I have watched few Ted talks but see the value in this website immensely. There are so many different talks that connect ideas together that relate to issues students are facing today. I have "pinned" many Ted links to my pinterest board!
Socrative makes assessment easy for the teacher and fun for the students. Quick quizzes can be created to assist in pre-assessment or post-assessment. I hope to be using this on my next student teaching as each child has a chromebook!
My local public library website allows me access to a large variety of books for the students in my classroom. If they do not have the particular book on the shelf, they will gladly order it for me from another library within the region. Having quick access to their website will provide me a quick answer whether or not we can loan a particular book.
It is hard to believe the strong community of teachers willing to make other teachers lives so much easier by sharing their work either for free or a small nominal fee. This website can save any teacher hours of time as well as provide different ideas that they may not have thought of otherwise.
Using Skype to "talk" with authors, artists, and other people who may be of interest in the classroom is a valuable method to bring the "outside" world in. I know one teacher who often uses Skype to connect her classroom with a French entertainer from Paris which encourages her students to perfect their French!
Brandon University Library website, including the S.J. McKee Archives, is a valuable tool to introduce to students to the workings of a large library. I believe that even though many books are not suitable for early years students, there are still valuable resources within the library. Many rural towns do not have a library even close to the magnitude of the BU library and organizing a tour of this facility would impress the most avid reader. Using the website to teach older students the dewy decimal system would benefit them in smaller local libraries as well.
Of course, who in their right mind would not access the wonderful world of Pinterest! I often use pinterest to pin different crafts and sewing projects that interest me not to mention the MULTITUDE of arts and craft ideas and activities geared toward any curriculum concept that is out there. I am so very thankful (maybe? as I can become quite addicted...) to the Hutterite lady who introduced me to Pinterest!
During my kindergarten placement last spring, I used a variety of videos from YouTube to show the children different aspects of Canada. As young children enjoy music and video, YouTube assisted me in introducing them to traditional Canadian songs that I did not have access to otherwise. I am sure I will be using it in my upcoming Grade 6 classroom with instructional videos in regards to Electricity!
In a class last year (Multi-level Classroom with Devon Caldwell) we used this handy online binder. As I have a multitude of links and valuable information within onenote (as well as having access to it on my phone) it is an important tool for my success!
I chose to include the Southwest Horizon School Division website link as I hope to secure employment somewhere in the division. Also as my children attend a school within the division, it is a quick easy link in finding the school calendar and other information that I need as a parent!