Be Funky is free online photo manipulation software, that students and teachers can use. Read about it and another, slightly more sophisticated photo site here at 2Learn.
rEading & WRiting
The History of English in 10 Minutes
"This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago."
Resources connected to the Alberta Curriculum related to the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in Canada. In Alberta, women gained the vote on April 19, 1916.
"Melati and Isabel Wijsen are on a mission to stop plastic bags from suffocating their beautiful island home of Bali. Their efforts — including petitions, beach cleanups, even a hunger strike — paid off when they convinced their governor to commit to a plastic bag-free Bali by 2018. "Don't ever let anyone tell you that you're too young or you won't understand," Isabel says to other aspiring activists. "We're not telling you it's going to be easy. We're telling you it's going to be worth it.""
Science & Math
A lesson in scale: 209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence
Creativity edition for
Free templates for Google Slides presentations of to download to use with PowerPoint..
Meme Generator - Easily add text or Images to create your own meme. (You can sign in with your Google account or create an independent account.)
Add cool fonts to your Google Drive to use in all your docs, sheets, presentations, etc.
Kizoa.com - Make slideshows, videos, collages, and edit photos for your web page or lesson presentations. (Free to use, but sign-up required)
Browse & download free music for your project.
PixTeller lets you make visually attractive designs. Make easy a bunch of powerful image quotes, banners, greeting cards or any amazing image you wish.
Lots of free resources for last minute holiday activities - drill down this search by grade & subject.
Purify YouTube videos before you show them to your class by pasting the URL into ViewPure. All ads, comments, related videos, etc. will be removed.
Digital Literacy & citizenship
5 Ps for a Positive Digital Footprint. Shared under a CC license by the Queensland government.
New video from Crash Course
FUN, free, and educational math activities especially for December
Your body is like a house… If you don’t take care of your body, where else will you live?
Check out Wonderville for more on Synthetic Biology.
People care about what they love. If we can reteach people to notice and therefore love the environment, saving the planet from environmental damage will become a lot easier.
Reading & writing
With the Pulp-O-Mizer, students can create and download high-resolution pulp fiction style covers for their compositions.
Explora in the Online Reference Centre is a new visual interface and federated search of all the EBSCO products licensed by ORC. These resources include Advanced Placement Source, Literary Reference Centre and Canadian Reference Centre. One interface to search all of these resources! The new visual interface offers links to hot topics, current events and popular people on the homepage. A great place to start for your Gr. 7-12 social studies projects. (The ORC is available to all Alberta students & teachers - login automatic at school. Get login credentials for home use from librarian.)
Screenshot Reader and more now available for Read & Write in Google Chrome. Read more about it here.
“Mathigon is a collection of educational resources for children, the general public and teachers. These range from interactive eBooks to slideshows, videos, animations and lesson plans. With colourful design and using many new technologies, Mathigon shows how exciting and entertaining mathematics can be.”
“Mathigon wants to improve the public understanding of Mathematics, why it is exciting and why it is important. And there is no better place to do that than in schools! Teachers are encouraged to use the resources on this site to enrich the mathematics curriculum and show children how fun and beautiful mathematics can be.”
The Human Body & The Immune System: In this game you are an evil apprentice and take control of some common allergies (bee venom, pollen and food) and navigate the systems of the body to see how an allergic reaction is caused. You’ll have to be quick to make it through the body and cause the allergic reaction!
Reading & Writing
"In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another."
The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Its extensive holdings provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.
Christmas resources & printables from Sparklebox - Categories above and more.
Alberta schools have access to an amazing collection in Learn Alberta's Online Resource Centre, however just because of richness of this collection, it can take time to find the perfect resource for your project. That's why these downloadable Curriculum Maps can come in so handy. Just click on the links, listed in these documents to go straight to where you need to be.
Tech Tools that have transformed learning with dyslexia
Design & print holiday projects with Avery label templates. Check out their Pinterest page for inspiration.
The Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage is, "an extraordinary resource documenting the histories and cultures of the Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Explore a selection of material drawn from the Museum's artifact and archival collections. Historical and contemporary objects, images, and documents vividly express the cultural diversity as well as the creativity, resourcefulness, and endurance of this country's First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples." Don't miss the "Kids & Teachers" tab where you'll find games and teacher's resources including lesson plans and worksheets for Kindergarten to Grade 12.
(The Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage is one of 96 online exhibits from the Canadian Museum of History.)
Reading & Writing
The Martyn Godfrey Award is back for another year! This writing contest is open to all Albertan students in Grades 4 to 9. The entry deadline is midnight, March 31, 2016. Students are urged to submit their best work for chances to win book prizes, bookstore gift cards, and even author visits for their schools! Prizes will be awarded to the best submission in each grade as well as to three grand prize winners: Best Overall Elementary Story, Best Overall Junior High Story and Best Overall Junior High Comic Book.
From primary half-sheets to polygonal graph paper, from calendar and budget blanks to games & storyboards, and from music paper to perspective grids, there is huge variety of paper you can download and print off on this site. (It will ask you to complete a one-question survey before downloading, which you can skip if you prefer.)
Free online movies listed and linked on this page at Open Culture where you can also find lists of and links to free textbooks, eBooks, audio books, MOOCs, and courses to learn 48 different languages.