Our whole family loves WordWorld! We were first introduced to it when our daughter and son-in-law let their baby start watching it when he was a year old. WordWorld was the only show or video he would watch. He loved it! And the great thing is that he started learning his alphabet, letter sounds, and started reading words from watching this excellent children’s educational programming.
WordWorld is wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is their Valentine for you:
Christi at The Frugal Novice developed a simple craft for her young children. Check out her easy directions for making homemade Valentine’s Day pouches that are adorable! By the way, the cute little boy in the picture just happens to be our grandson!
Collaborize Classroom: How would you like a free online learning platform for your students that is secure and safe? Collaborize Classroom offers just that! Teachers can extend classroom discussions in a private online community of students. The online platform is safely structured to continue discussions, facilitate online learning groups, and allow students to share resources and engage in collaborative learning.
Watch a Collaborize Classroom Video to see how this happens:
This online collaborative learning provides deeper participation inside and outside the classroom as students are engaged in online discussions, activities, and assignments. Students can share resources and engage in discussions that will result in a richer educational experience.
What’s great is that teachers can set up their Collaborize Classroom site in just minutes. They just need an email address to utilize this free online learning platform that complements classroom discussions and encourages discussion, participation, and engagement. Teachers can also create online lesson plans using free resources. Here are some of the free resources available:
Do’s and Don’ts for Student Forums
Rethinking Your Role
Art of Asking Questions
5 Activities with Collaborize Classroom
The platform is not meant to replace traditional instruction but helps to facilitate learning groups in a safe environment. All of the sites are secure and have a password protected process. The password is known only by teachers, students, and those who are invited to join the site. All information and data is protected and safe!
Collaborize Classroom is free, allowing teachers to accomplish more than they could otherwise, and the free resources are a valuable addition to using this online learning tool. The web-based technology provides endless possibilities for student learning. In my opinion, this is a great way to encourage student engagement, especially those who are shy and don’t talk in class. Most students are online at home anyway using social networking. This platform fits right in with the way they communicate online socially. And with the current economic crisis, the fact that this is free enables any teacher to use this platform.