Engage Students With Online Classroom Discussion Platform

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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.

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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.

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Museum: National Mining Hall of Fame

The National Mining Hall of Fame which is located in Leadville, Colorado, is a museum that educates the public about mining and the history of mining.  It commemorates miners and those that work with natural resources.  This is a great museum for kids with lots of hands-on exhibits along with lots of interesting history lessons.

We visited this museum while on vacation, and I was surprised how much we enjoyed it.  It takes a minimum of an hour to go through it, and I’m sure we spent much longer than that. You get to walk through several old mining replicas that are realistic and fun for kids of all ages.  They have a huge rock collection, and those who collect rocks would enjoy this section.  The museum is located in an old mining town in an absolutely beautiful part of Colorado and is well worth the drive to get there!

For those who are interested, you can take a quick online tour of the museum.   You can also read a biography of each of the inductees to the Mining Hall of Fame.

Teaching Kids About Columbus Day

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Christopher Columbus and three ships named the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, are well known and studied by students every year in October in remembrance of Columbus Day.  Columbus made four voyages in search of a western route to the Orient and to discover new territories, and it was the first voyage in which the three famous ships sailed the Atlantic.  Columbus was not the first European to reach America but was actually second, and he miscalculated the longitude in getting to the Orient.  However, he did have beneficial information about the trade winds which greatly helped traveling the Atlantic Ocean, and his travels were the beginning of American colonization.

FREE ONLINE MATERIALS:

  1. First Voyage
  2. Second Voyage
  3. Third Voyage
  4. Fourth Voyage

CHILDREN’S BOOKS:

  • Christopher Columbus:  The Voyage That Changed the World (Sterling Biographies Series) by Emma Carlson Berne.  Good for ages 10-12.  Reveals the thoughts and emotions of Columbus.

  • Columbus Day by Vicki Liestman.  Good for ages 6-8.  Presents basic facts in a simple yet very informative way.
  • Junie B., First Grader:  Shipwrecked (Junie B. Jones Series #23) by Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus.  Good for ages 6-9.
  • What Columbus Found:  It Was Orange, It Was Round by Jane Kurtz

DVD:

  • Magnificent Voyage of Christopher Columbus (as seen on Public Television).  Educational and entertaining.

Pictured below is the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at Union Station:

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