SparkleBox

SparkleBox2 “provides high-quality downloadable resources to enhance your teaching, classroom displays and school environment.  All of the resources can be downloaded completely FREE!”

All you need is a colour printer and a laminator to create professional-looking signs, banners, flashcards and games, or you can download them and add them to your webpages, PPT presentations or IWB programs.

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Also check out SparkleBox, the original site with resources for younger children.

SparkleBox 2

SparkleBox 2

SparkleBox

SparkleBox

StudyStack Flashcards

http://www.studystack.com/

Here is an online study site you can recommend to students and teachers, where they can revise for exams using flashcards that are already on the site, or they can add their own set.  As well, they can revise and learn by playing games such as hangman, word scramble, word matching, word search and crossword puzzles.  To make it even easier to revise, the flashcards can be printed, or exported to a phone, PDA or iPod.

Students or teachers can add stacks by creating an account, and once they have done that they can also add notes to existing stacks.  

The stacks cater for a wide range of ages and abilities, and the games make learning fun for younger students – for example:

*  a Bug Match game for revising 2 and 3 times tables:  http://www.studystack.com/BugMatch.jsp?studyStackId=110705

*  a hangman game for remembering French explorers:  http://www.studystack.com/hangman-193693

*  a crossword puzzle for revising chemical elements:  http://www.studystack.com/crossword-230642

                                               

Click on the links below to see the huge range of stacks that have already been created.

YouTube-EDU

YouTube-EDU

On March 26 Google launched YouTube-EDU, a website which features videos from over 100 different colleges and universities. Unfortunately, at this stage Australian content is distinctly lacking, but this is likely to change very quickly as universities from around the world realise the potential of the site.

According to Andrew LaVallee “YouTube Edu lets viewers sort clips by school or number of views, and the schools offer content ranging from complete courses to campus events to information for prospective students.”   Michael Arrington of TechCrunch says  “The site is aggregating videos from dozens of colleges and universities, ranging from lectures to student films to athletic events. Some of this stuff is solid gold (the Stanford and MIT lectures are really good). Other content, not so interesting.”

Despite its limitations, the site is a good option for students to search when looking for video clips to further their knowledge and enhance their presentations. The clip below is from UCTV, the television channel of the University of California.