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Happy 2009!   Just wanted to jot a quick note to you my readers.  Thank you for your continued support and encouraging words, they truly keep me going!  When I started teaching technology, I had a hard time finding a comprehensive website for free technology resources in the classroom.  I knew there were great free resources  out there because I stumbled upon them all the time.  What I really hoped for was a place that didn’t just give me a list of links to great websites for the classroom, but a place that gave me a snapshot of the site, and some useful tips for using that site with students.   I started collecting all of the sites that I was finding in my Google notebook.  One day my husband suggested that I start a blog so that other teachers could have access to the sites I was finding and notes I was taking on them.  That was the beginning of iLearn Technology.  Now, two years later, I have readers on almost every continent and I hear encouraging stories from you about how you integrate technology into your classrooms.  You are an inspiration to me, I hope that iLearn Technology continues to be a valuable resource for you!  Keep sharing your success stories and ideas, I love to hear them!  This year I have a few new resources in the works.  I am currently developing curriculum, specifically for Mac schools (woot!) but it could be adapted for any computer classroom.  I will be selling the curriculum bundled or as individual lessons.  Even if you aren’t a computer teacher, some of the lessons will be perfect for technology integration in the classroom.  I also hope to come out with my second issue of the iLearn ezine focused on Macs in education sometime in January.  In this issue I focus on using iPods in education and project based learning.  As always I will be posting new ideas for free technology integration daily right here. :)  I wish you all a blessed New Year!

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The Hobby Shop

Posted by admin | Posted in Fun & Games, inspiration, Interactive Whiteboard, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Websites | Posted on 08-05-2009

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What it is:  The Hobby Shop is an amazing interactive site where students can learn about science.  Students can learn about a compound microscope, dissecting microscope, catapults, chemistry, and rockets.  Each section of the hobby shop is completely interactive and has students discovering learning through virtual experimentation.  Students can look through microscopes, each step of the way they are taught how to do things like prepare petri dishes, and clean up properly afterward.  In the chemistry lab students can create an ingredient found in chalk, make a chemical used in photography, make liquids change colors, or test chemicals for electrical conductivity.  Students are led through each step of an experiment just as they would do it in an actual lab.  There is an interactive periodic table of elements that students can use to learn about different elements.  Students can create their own rocket in the rocket lab choosing the body, nose cone, and fins of a rocket and then test it out.  Students can also test out catapults with water balloons.

How to integrate Hobby Shop into the classroom: Hobby Shop is a wonderful place for students to experiment and interact with science in preparation for doing the experiment in class.  It is interactive enough to take the place of experiments where the science budget doesn’t allow for a class set of materials.  I am SO impressed with the way that this site leads students through each step of the process to complete an experiment.  Use this site with the whole class using an interactive whiteboard, invite students to come up to the board and conduct the experiment.  This site is also perfect for use as a science center in the one or two computer classroom or for individual use in a computer lab environment.  


Tips:  Check out the Teacher Resources for standard alingment, correlating worksheets, and other pdf files.


Leave a comment and tell us how you are using The Hobby Shop in your classroom.

Comments (2)

Thoroughly enjoyed the rocket excercise! I am an associate director of a nonprofit dedicated to bringing technology into the classroom. Check out our website when you have a moment, and please consider becoming a member. I was pointed to your site from a member of the Education Consultants Community.

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