Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Add A New Level Of Cool To Interactive Lessons...

As a user, teacher and all-around champion of Interactive Whiteboards in the classroom, I am always on the hunt for the best ways to use these tools.I remind my teachers often that anything you can sit your students down at a computer with headphones to do in isolation can be done as a group with a IWB.

Besides using the plethora of software available that is IWB specific, websites that offer a level of interactivity always catch my eye. Yesterday I discovered a great list over at the WebUpon Blog that highlights 10 Really Awesome Interactive Websites. While IWB's are not mentioned, why could these websites not be used that way! Here are a couple of my favorites from the list.

Alien Empire-Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about insects. Investigate insect parts, wars among insects and other really cool (and sometimes gross) things about bugs!

Interactive Radio-Find music for your classroom based on conventional methods like genre, era or location. But why do that when you can pick music based on your mood. Once you choose the site shows the artist and title. Lots of great stations here.
Mr. Picasso Head- My favorite from the list, this site gives you the opportunity to paint like Picasso. Choose a face, add features and make it abstract. When you are done print it out, save it or email it to your friends and family.

There are some really great other ones like the virtual autopsy (for older audiences), virtual kaleidoscope and more. So head on over to the WebUpon Blog and check out the list. You won't be disappointed!

10 Awesome Interactive Websites


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