Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Watch the video for The Wonderment and you will likely fall in love with it as quickly as I did!  I hope we can use it at school this year.  Very cool!  It is a social platform for kids, but of course, warns that you need a parent or teacher to help you sign-up, if you are under the age of 13.  It's all about doing good, learning about others, and contributing to and connecting with the world in positive ways.

I was excited to learn more about Listen Edition, which uses public radio broadcasts to teach.  (I've always thought about using an excerpt from "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" to help students learn to write with greater detail, as they have a segment in which they read three different stories, where two are completely false and one is true.  The guest has to guess which is the truthful story.  The false stories are so filled with details, statistics, and quotes, that they seem as plausible as the true story.  I've yet to find three stories that are all appropriate for elementary school though.)

However, it looks like price per year per teacher is $49, and for a school is $1,800.  Pretty steep, for only 80 Common Core linked lessons to their 300 public radio stories.  I have not tried, personally, to download stories off of NPR to use in the classroom.  I do have several of their Podcasts on my phone, so maybe this is an endeavour to try this year...

P.S.  Upon further review, The Wonderment is by invitation only.  I'm still waiting for my invite.  ;)