I am still glued to the media outlets as the crisis in Japan unfolds. An earthquake, a tsunami, the nuclear meltdown threats, and the many losses Japan is enduring. I started to create a folder for our Global Portfolio on all three of these topics – earthquakes, nuclear power, and tsunamis to help with current lessons on these topics, but alas – I couldn’t.
Not becuase we don’t have the resources. I found many great interactive sites that explained earthquakes and tsunamis. I found a wonderful website from the UK Science Museum about how nuclear power plants generate electricity. Many videos, articles on the topics. I even found results for Japanese culture to understand this nation.
And I just got word that even more resources were added. Our content editors are careful at finding websites from trustworthy sources, such as PBS, NASA, and USGS, and careful not to include sites that allow comments. (Comments can really detract from a great resource with ugliness – which is a great shame.) To find these resources, click on the high school tab and the keywords are: Honshu Japan earthquake 2011, Japan earthquake and tsunami 2011, Japanese earthquake and tsunami 2011, Tohoku earthquake. There are some also found in elementary and middle school, just not as many.
I turned to the Current Events Widget – one of my favorites drill down widgets. There I was able to find great links to trustworthy news sources. I liked that. The news was not in my face, scaring me with a nuclear meltdown as I’m trying to work with my students. Instead, I could could find the articles I wanted them to read, and possibly use to create their own newspaper or blog entry.
My problem was, what should be the end result? Should I include a project that the students are going to work on? Or is it just a folder with some great links? I could come up with many project ideas using cartoon sites, Glogster EDU, Kerpoof, Wixie, and even LetterPOP. My problem was that none of them felt right. At least to me.
netTrekker definitely has the resources you need to teach current events. Our content editors work hard to find reliable, trustworthy sites on hot topics, and get them added to netTrekker in a timely manner. As I work on creating this global folder that has the links to these very topics, I wonder, what do your lesson plans look like? Should I just make it a folder of resources and not worry on a complete lesson?
netTrekker is the Internet search engine for students and teachers, helping you find the resources you need that match your teaching style and your student’s learning style. But what do you do with those resources and all of that great information? You need to a way to show what you know, and in the 21st Century, multimedia is definitely the way to go!
And one of those multimedia tools is Glogster EDU. What’s that? A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a “poster or web page” containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data. A Glog is created using a very easy to understand, drag and drop interface that is relevant, enjoyable, and scalable for students of all ages and learning styles.
Therefore, we are declaring March the “Multimedia Madness” Month. Along with our friends at Glogster EDU, we want to hear from YOU, on how you use netTrekker and Glogster EDU together. Share with us a lesson plan on how you use netTrekker and Glogster together, then a post a sample Glog on the discussion thread at either netTrekker Village or Glogster’s Get Satisfaction Forum.
The first 30 individuals who submit both a lesson plan and a Glog will receive a special surprise from us, along with 2 month premium access to Glogster EDU. But what if you have more than one great lesson that you want to share? We encourage that as well! Submit as many as you like for extra chances to win the grand prize.
Grand prize? Yep! We’re going to select our top 5 favorite lesson ideas and then have the community vote on their top favorite. The winner will receive a complete training pack from netTrekker and Glogster EDU, including Quick Reference Guides and Handouts, a 1 hour webinar, a prize from both companies, and a $50 gift card for treats at an upcoming training, along with two- one year licenses to Glogster EDU.
March Madness starts today, March 2, and runs thru March 22 for sharing lessons and Glogs and the voting for the grand prize will be from March 28-30 with the winner announced on March 31. Stay tuned for webinars on how to use netTrekker with Glogster EDU.