Sunday, June 22, 2008

Thinking About Thinkfinity

I spent two days last week in a seminar learning all about the website Thinkfinity. Once I left the seminar all I could think was "I can't wait to share this!" With three new preps starting in the fall, I know I'll be spending a lot of time this summer exploring the website and all the lesson plans it has to offer. If you're in a similar situation, or if you're just looking to find some new lessons to add to your repertoire, please start here!

According to the website, Thinkfinity:
makes it easy for educators to enhance their classroom instruction with lesson plans, interactive activities and other online resources. Thinkfinity.org also provides a wealth of educational and literacy resources for students, parents and after-school programs.

All of Thinkfinity.org's 55,000 standards-based K-12 lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools and reference materials are reviewed by the nation's leading education organizations to ensure that content is accurate, up-to-date, unbiased and appropriate for students.
Before you read any further, I should also warn you that I've been playing with screencasts using Jing. That's been a lot of fun! So let me show you how to get started with Thinkfinity.

Once you're at the website, click on the link for "educator." This will take you to the "educator resources" page where you can choose to either do a search for what you're looking for (on the right side of the page), or check out the "content partners" (on the top left of the page). These are the organizations who have created and contributed the thousands of lesson plans that you'll find here.


Contributors include National Geographic, the Smithsonian, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Reading Association, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Aside from the fact that you will find wonderful lessons and activities here, what I love most is that each lesson comes with links to everything you need to conduct the lesson in your classroom: handouts, worksheets, website links where you can get more information or your students can do their research. No more spending hours upon hours looking for just the right resource to share with your students.

If you can't already tell, I'm very excited about using Thinkfinity and sharing it with my friends and coworkers. If you have any questions about this wonderful resource, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment or send me an email. Feel free to visit the list I've created on Diigo where I'll be saving all the lessons I'm finding on Thinkfinity that I'm anxious to try next year. You can find that list here: http://www.diigo.com/list/mcteach/thinkfinity-lessons

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, now your going to have to tell me about Jing. I went to that link and watched the info video. You are just becoming a techno goddess...V

McTeach said...

Next thing we need to do is get you signed up on Twitter! I have learned more from the teachers I've met there than I ever could have figured out on my own.

Gail Desler said...

Hello there McTeach. I wondered into your blog via Twitter and enjoyed reading your post on Thinkfinity. I'm currently looking for a northern California training as I'm very impressed with all this site has to offer...for FREE.

McTeach said...

Hi Gail. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I'm glad to hear you're interested in Thinkfinity. I'm so excited about it myself! I found the training I went to through our county office of education. Were you looking to become a trainer? Or were you looking for someone to explain the site to you? If that's the case, you can always have someone come to your school to offer a training session.

Let me know if I can help!