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Crowdsourcing the classroom

By Cara Mullin

Sharing information, educational material and resources with parents, teachers, pupils and educators.

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Introduction:

Every individual can make a difference in their own way utilising their own skills and resources. Share information, download educational content for your local schools especially those with no internet or budget to do it themselves, (many videos, worksheets and even flashcards are available for free). Get creative and share your ideas. Everyone can make a difference, no matter how small.

Social Networking:

ObamiObami.com
Obami is a social networking site that’s been developed as an e-learning, collaboration and communication platform for use within and between both primary and secondary schools. Obami was voted as one of the Top 10 most innovative technologies in January 2011. If your school has not registered with Obami, you can go on to the web site and send them a "nudge" and Obami will send your school an email to let them know more about Obami.

 

Educational Video Sites:

Khan AcademyKhan Academy
A not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

 

Sophia.comSophia.org
Sophia enables innovation by connecting learners, teachers, experts and parents. We provide an academic community where everyone has access to learning that surrounds and supports the traditional classroom. We encourage variety and creativity in teaching so that everyone can learn in a way that makes sense to them.

 

Watchknow Watchknow
Free educational videos delivered over the Internet. Viewed any time, from anywhere.

WatchKnow Classroom!
Construct your own WatchKnow—your own directory of educational videos.

 

Other Resource Web Sites:

THRASS Calendar ChartsTHRASS CALENDAR CHARTS
THRASS Calendar Charts are available to help teachers, assistants, parents and children with early language learning. Hard copies of the charts are available in English and several other European and African languages. 

 

Free Flashcards

Download 100's of free flash cards. Every set of flashcards comes in color and 3 different sizes to make teaching easier. They are free, but if you feel like buying the web site owner Eric a beer, he would be grateful!

Enchanted Learning ®
Enchanted Learning, LLC produces K-12 educational material that is published online. They have 25,000 pages on the website covering a wide range of topics. Their mission is to produce educational materials that emphasize creativity and the pure enjoyment of learning. The underlying message of our materials is that curiosity and exploration lead to delightful learning experiences. We hope to maximize the student's creativity, learning, and enjoyment.

Maze generators
Generate your own maze and solve it.

Visuwords
Online graphical dictionary and thesaurus.

How Stuff Works
HowStuffWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, is the award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded by North Carolina State University Professor Marshall Brain in 1998, the site is now an online resource for millions of people of all ages.

iTunes University
Learn anything, anytime, anywhere. iTunes U — a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours — is an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students.

Initiatives:

Challenge to innovate
Challenge.gov is an online challenge platform administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in partnership with ChallengePost that empowers the U.S. Government and the public to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on our nation’s most pressing challenges. This platform is the latest milestone in the Administration’s commitment to use prizes and challenges to promote innovation.

Inspiring Videos:

Sir Ken Robinson
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson will ask how do we make change happen in education and how do we make it last?

Sir Ken Robinson
Bring on the learning revolution.

Sir Ken Robinson
How to escape education's death valley.

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert

Dr John Ratey
The connection between exercise and the brain's performance.

Dr John Ratey - Spark Lecture 1
Dr John Ratey - Spark Lecture 2
The Spark of Living and Dying: The Aging Brain. Lecture: "Exercise, The Magic Potion For The Body and The Brain, Better to Wear Out than to Erode"

Tim Brown
The powerful link between creativity and play.

Stuart Brown
Play is more than fun.

Education Portals

ISASA
The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa is the largest association of independent schools and private schools in the region.

Department of Education
South African Government outline the action plan to schooling 2014.

Teachers Monthly
An online resource dedicated to teachers.

Books:

Does your school have a library for teachers and parents? If not, why not start one! Here are some suggestions:

Future-proof Your Child
Future-proof Your Child will open your eyes to and get you thinking about what the world will be like in 10, 15 or 20 years time when your children leave your home as young adults to make their own way.

Mind Moves - Removing Barriers to Learning
In this book Dr De Jager discusses ways to remove various barriers to learning such as ADD and ADHD.

Creative Beginnings
A handbook about teaching art to children, designed to stimulate and support facilitators, caregivers and parents.

Spark!
The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain.

About the author:
Cara Mullin, a successful internet entrepreneur, is founder and owner of www.kidzworld.co.za, an online resource directory and ezine for parents.

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