Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Using Websites in the classroom

Thanks for hopping by!

If you are anything like me, you have come to rely on techonology in the classroom! I love how great it can be to use up those precious left over minutes with something fun, like a video of Just Dance on YouTube or something educational, like a quick game or song. I wanted to share a few websites that are a staple in my classroom and totally suitable from K-2.

This one has some great games for Literacy, Maths and Science. Very easy to find things and easy for students to navigate.

This is another great one! Divided into Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4, you can search by year level or topic. The game above, Ladybird Spots is always a great one to play for number. There are some really great games for Grade 1 and 2 as well that are pretty engaging.

One of my favourites and also a fave of my students. As you can see from the pic, you pic your grade level and you are good to go. It also has a great 'games' section where you can do things like build a car or a pizza or a robot! The learning games are great, I particularly like the Maths section.

In NSW, we have a new English syllabus this year and there is a huge push towards visual literacy and multi-modal texts. Storyline online is a firm favourite in my classroom becuase the children can enjoy stories through technology. I often put a story on during eating time at lunch.

YouTube is one of those great resources that hopefully you still have access to at school (if you dont, a great alternative is to google 'save youtube video' and there are many sites which can save the file). These are 2 of my go to youtube favourites
Cliff Hanger will never get off the cliff! It has a bit of a phonics focus and the kids like the humour.

I have written about Dream English before HERE. There is something about Matt that my kids just eat up! From weather songs, to phonics, days and months and even left and right, Matt has songs for anything. Disclaimer: The songs may get stuck in your head and you will find yourself singing "What's the weather?" for two straight days lol.

I hope you have found some websites that might be useful in your class. Have you got anything you could add to the list?

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I had never heard of Turtle Diary before. It looks perfect for my RtI lab time! The kids will be so excited to use it!

  2. Thanks for the great websites! Very helpful!

  3. I have never hear of some of these! I can't wait to check them out!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  4. These will be great for a couple of my little ones! Thank you!

    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  5. I love dream english and I use it with my K/1 ELL's weekly! Thank you for a wonderful blog post! :)


    1. and.... I pinned your post to my ELL board! :)