Year–end resources round-up

Resources related to “Timeless Truth, Different Delivery #5” post:

Online tools for the visual/spatial learner: http://www.collegeathome.com/blog/2008/06/10/100-helpful-web-tools-for-every-kind-of-learner/

Tools/project ideas related to Marzano’s Classroom Instruction That Works:

http://t4.jordan.k12.ut.us/t4/content/view/189/38/

The wiki related to these ideas that is an ongoing resource:

http://technologythatworks.wikispaces.com/

I gave several presentations on Web 2.0 recently and share these potentially helpful sites for teachers:

Top Learning Tools for 2009
Master List of Web 2.0 Tools linked to Marzano’s Classroom Instruction That Works
Wiki of Cool Tools
100 Essential Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
Web 2.0 tools listed by learning style
Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher: An Internet Hotlist on Web 2.0
Kathy Schrock’s list
Web Tools quiz and wiki
10 Interesting Ways to Use a Wiki in the Classroom
Using YouTube in your classroom
Video tutorial on using YouTube in the classroom

Books/resources that I have not had time to write about, but are worthy of your consideration:

Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: Connecting This Life to the Next by Nathan L.K. Bierma – a very helpful summary of Reformed worldview thinking particularly as related to views of heaven and our response. Great summation of many Reformed thinkers such as Mouw, Wolterstorff, Plantinga, others in engaging language.

Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion by Richard Foster and Gail Beebe – looking at personal faith formation through the eyes of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, etc. Offers practical faith practice applications at the end of each chapter.

God Wins: A Look at the Mysteries of Revelation by Lew VanderMeer – leader guide CD, classroom DVD offering 20 minute video presentations and session guides make this a helpful resource for high school Bible classes or church adult education classes.

Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott– impressive summation of a $4 million research project and nearly 6,000 interviews, this is a positive book about the Net Generation, how the Net Generation is transforming institutions, and how the Net Generation is transforming society. Should be required reading for all who work with kids in educational settings.

The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens by Malina Saval – reminds us not to pigeonhole boys or give up on them too easily. The bullying and suicide rate info in this book is very sobering.

The Triple Bind: The Hidden Crisis Threatening Today’s Teenage Girls by Stephen P. Hinshaw with Rachel Kranz – author examines how girls are in a triple bind – expected to be good at the girl stuff and be pretty, sweet, and nice; be good at boy’s stuff such as winning, being competitive and getting all A’s; and remain perpetually “pretty, thin, and hot.”

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