Monday, November 26, 2007

SEA's Workshop

Online tools for working with students:

Google for Google Docs, Google Notebook.
You need a Google account to use these tools.

Toondo for creating online cartoons with little drawing ability. for online bookmarking.

Copyright Free Images for images which can be used freely BUT with the proper citation.

Reference Resources:

Visual Dictionary

Merriam-Webster with audible pronunciation.

Gale for magazine articles, biographies and reference.

World Book

Search Engines:





Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Search Game

The Rules:
- work with a partner
- find the fewest number of hits per search
- find the correct answer to the question
- use no more than 10 keywords per search
- keep a record of your keywords

Game Tips:
- use quotation marks when terms need to be found together like this: "war of 1812", "Remembrance Day"
- use a minus sign to exclude words from your search like this: bears -Chicago or -teddy
- use site operators such as site:edu, site:gov or site:org to limit your search like this: Canada confederation history site:org

The Questions:

1. How high was the tidal wave generated by the Halifax explosion?

This game has been adapted from an article by Katrine Watkins and Kathleen Elder. The Google Game.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ancient Egyptians

Before going online build your keyword list. Consult encyclopedias as well as the non-fiction section in the 930s to 932s. When searching consider keywords such as "primary source", documents, images, history.

Recommended Sites:

Sacred Texts
Ancient Web
Gale: Biography Resource Center
Ancient History Sourcebook - Hatshepsut and other pharoahs - check the side bar.

Use alternative search engines such as:

Photo Credits: Creative Commons by Husar

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Cardle SS8 Countries

SS 8 countries project. Use the Countries search box on the right to find current information on European countries. Remember to search for the topic and type of information you need. For example: "Italy map" or ...

- map
- glossary
- faqs
- history
- chart
- diagram