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a blog about Ning

The popular social networking site NING allows you to create your own social network.  The ability to create your own social network allows you to create a site that is centered on your individual tastes.  Want a social network just for keeping in touch with your family?

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Perhaps you want a social network for your school or college?  The choice of what social network you create is up to you.  Here is a blog with information about NING and a step by step guide for teachers.  Visit the blog:  http://maricasaliba.wordpress.com/

Submitted by Marica Saliba

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Boowa and Kwala… A site full of fun, games and activities

The following website (http://boowakwala.com/) is a fun packed site full of games, songs and activities suitable for kinder classes and early years.

Boowa and Kwala, the main characters featured in this website, accompany the  children in the various activities.The site is available in English and French, so login using the
English version (click on the icon as displayed below)    

The site offers a number of options to choose from:  

 In the presentation section children meet the main characters and get to know them. This section also provides some games such as finding the differences in pictures, jigsaw puzzles about the character’s family, their family photo album, etc.

In the 818 games section you can find games dealing with various topics including stories, animations, songs, musical games, jigsaws and shapes just to mention a few. Browse through this section for more fun and activities.

From the songs section teachers have 94 songs to choose from. The songs are short and can be used to introduced topics to children or just to add some fun to the lessons. With early years songs can act as a breather for children to refresh their concentration.

In the Around the World section one can find a number of stories. These stories are narrated sentence by sentence. The children may listen to the narration over and over again. These stories may be used to expose the children to vocabulary or to introduce particular topics covered in class.

The site offers colouring pages that can be printed. Another interesting section is the galleries section. Here teachers can upload children’s work on the website. However to do so you must first register yourself with the website. All it takes is to create an accound and submit your name, surname and email address.

Have fun learning with Boowa and Kwala!

Submitted by Mrs Antonella Ferrante (eLearning support teacher)

Kizclub-another site full of resources

Kizclub Homepage

Dear Colleagues

Maybe www.kizclub.com is a familiar website to most of you, but for the sake of those who never heard of this site, I will give a very brief overview.

Kizclub contains mostly Language Arts educational material that is suitable for Kinder to early Primary school age children. This website provides:

http://www.kizclub.com/activities.htm In this section one finds ready-to-print classroom resources, worksheets to work with the class and links to other sites. All these resources are found on the left hand side of the browser.

http://www.kizclub.com/phonicsactivities.htm  This section can be particularly useful to those teachers who use phonics in their classroom. There is a variety of printed material from games which one can print and use with the children to worksheet that consolidates the teaching of phonics.

Other sections in this website include:

Topics

This website holds a section dedicated to topics which are commonly used in the class. Covering each topic there are various worksheet which make learning fun and exciting to children. The topics that one finds in this page are: Animals, Body and Health, Colours, Community, Food and Nutrition, Holdays and Seasons, Myself, Opposites, Shapes and Time and Numbers.

Crafts

For those teachers who find a difficulty what to do during their craft lesson, this page provides useful printouts which one can easly use and relate to topics which are covered in the class.

Stories and Props

Here are many props related to children’s story books which one can use to compliment story time in class. This section also provides online stories to various topics which teachers normally cover in their classrooms. All these links are found on the left hand side of the page.

Nursery Rhymes

Under this section one finds a collection of famous nursery rhymes together with word cards, coloured or black and white cliparts.

Flashcards

From this section one can print ready-made flashcards both in colour or black and white.

Teaching Extras

I am sure that teachers will find this section very useful. This section contains cliparts categorised by topic which most teachers usually cover during the scholastic year.  The cliparts are both in colour or black and white which makes it easy for the children to colour them in.

I hope that teachers will find this review very useful and will make classroom life more enjoyable, interesting, colourful and lesson preparation more easier!!!

Submitted by: Lucienne Gilson (eLearning Teacher)

Building Language for Literacy

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bll/

Learn to read with Nina the Naming NewtReggie the Rhyming Rhino and Leo the Letter-Loving Lobster, three original characters created for Building Language for Literacy, who lead children on a language adventure to different places in the community, helping children not only develop language skills, but a sense of the world around them, as well.

“Building Language for Literacy is the definitive early literacy program that equips young children with the critical language and literacy skills and experiences they need to build the foundation for success in reading.”
(http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=7615)

How to integrate Building Language for Literacy in our teaching:

Nina the Naming Newt” helps students identify places within their community and common items found in those places. This is a wonderful activity to integrate with Social Studies about ‘The World around Us’. Children drag the correct items into the box.  It is a great activity to learn everyday vocabulary.

Leo the Letter-Loving Lobster” activity  helps a small group of students with letter recognition by having pupils choose the letters that match the object. Students can also keep a word dictionary in a notebook and add the new words that they spelled.

Pupils practice their rhyming skills with “Reggie the Rhyming Rhino“.  Pupils choose the words that rhyme in a fun way especially if activity is done on an Interactive Whiteboard.

All activities may be worked out on an Interactive Whiteboard.

Read about more ideas on how to integrate these activities in the following link: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=7615

Submitted by: A Giles (eLearning Teacher)
Website:  http://theeteacher.wordpress.com/

www.learningclip.co.uk

Learning Clip contains a collection of  Interactive Whiteboard Resources for teaching primary maths. These interactive activities cover a huge range of mathematical topics and concepts.  Each IWB activity is accompanied by a matching worksheet. Activities are grouped under each respective year and than subcatagorised under units. Although these units may not match maltese schemes of work, the topics covered by each year are very similar.

One has to register to use use this website. Although registration is free, not all activities are free of charge. Subscription is not expensive but if the teacher opt not to pay it is still worth using the free of charge activities.

The interactive activities found in this website are very colourful and easy to use. The thing that fascinated me most is the full screen mode facility, this makes the activity itself to spread out across the whole interactive whiteboard. Those teachers who do not have an Interactive Whiteboard in their school can always use their classroom computers as an alternative.

These activities can be used by the teacher as a starter/plenary activity or as a reinforcement for a particular topic.

Submitted by Lucienne Gilson (eLearning Teacher)

Game Goo – fun, educational games for kids

http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html

Check out this really great website containing games to improve reading at the primary age level.  It can be found on the Earobics Foundation website, a foundation aiming to tackle difficulties in reading at Kinder, Early and Junior levels.

“With Earobics, educators have the tools and resources they need to provide flexible classroom instruction for students of all abilities, and help their at-risk learners close the achievement gap before it’s too late.” http://www.earobics.com/solutions/programs.php

The fun, educational games on GameGoo are split in 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, with characters, such as Squanky and Fearless Frieda which will appeal to the children.

How to integrate GameGoo into our teaching:

GameGoo games may be used in the classroom to reinforce literacy and reading.  They compliment any language lesson throughout all the Primary Years.  Moreover, such a website works great on an Interactive Whiteboard.

Enjoy!

Submitted by: A Giles (eLearning Teacher)
Website:  http://theeteacher.wordpress.com/

ichild.co.uk – a site full of good stuff

ichild.co.uk is another great site full of printable stuff. Educators, especially those teaching in the Kinder and Primary must have a look at this websites. This website has loads of printables which one can use in the classroom. Printables vary from worksheets, role play activities, crafts, certificates, flashcards and much more.

Teachers should register before to be able to print the resources. The registration is FREE.