Learn a Foreign Language Online – for free!

  Mango Languages – HomeMango beta is an online language learning system freely available to everyone. Learn at your own pace with a suite of features that make language learning more engaging and fun. (tags: multilingual free cooltools tutorials language/foreignlang)

Diet and Hyperactivity

As shared in Exchange Every Day, from Child Care Information Exchange, a new study reports a link between consuming food dyes and sodium benzoate, and hyperactivity in children. A UK study reported in Work & Family Life (November 2007; www.workandfamilylife.com) demonstrates the impact of food additives on children’s behavior. Researchers …

TRUCE Toy Guide Now Available

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) has released its 2008 Toy Action Guide, just in time for the holidays. In their own words, This guide is intended to help adults promote children’s creative and constructive play by making informed choices about toys, and by working with others at home, school, …

Excellent Blogging and Wiki Resources

Kathy Cassidy — Blogmeister An excellent model of blogging with younger students. Notice how the kids type their own posts and the adult ‘editor’ adds a readable translation. She also comments on the children’s writing, encouraging more. The class posts photos, videos and more. (tags: ages06-09 examples trldsites blogging) Classroom …

10 ways to use your edublog to teach

From Edublogs themselves (the folks who host this blog and will host your education-oriented blog for free, too!), here are ten ways to-use your edublog to teach. From discussions to newsletters, sharing lessons, materials and assignments to posting events and dates, here are concrete ways a blog can enhance your …

Designing Web Sites for Users with Learning Difficulties

Juicy Studio offers this article on Developing sites for users with Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties: When people think about accessibility of web content, there’s a tendency to concentrate on people with visual impairments. People with cognitive impairments and learning difficulties are often overlooked.This article by Roger Hudson, Russ Weakley, …

Homework Tips for Parents

I recently wrote a short article for parents on coping with their childrens’ homework struggles and demands – a topic near and dear to my heart as I sit across from my own 9 year old who’s struggling with his last assignment of the evening. The article is posted on …

Ning to provide ad-free social networking sites for educators

This is big news. I’ve been dabbling in Nings* for a few months now and my interest is piqued. I’m a part of the Classroom 2.0 and Assistive Tech Nings, which connect me with hundreds or thousands of other educators interested in collaborating and exchanging questions and ideas. The new …

SchoolNetAfrica.net

SchoolNetAfrica is a pan-African education portal for practitioners, policymakers and school communities across the continent with resources in English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic. SchoolNetAfrica is made up of the African Education Knowledge Warehouse: SchoolNet Centre, which has tools and resources to support national SchoolNets Policy Centre, which provides resources …

Skitching again…

I’ve written about Skitch before, but now that I’ve been using it a while, I have to put it out there again as one of my must-have’s. Why? It’s fun, it’s good looking, it’s easy and above all, it’s several practical tools built into one. Screen Capture – grab a …