Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lent: Giving Up Envy

I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.


What, Why and How

The 3 sites below offer quick, simple tutorials and articles on learning just about anything, scientific answers about why things happen and how to do lots of different things!

Geography and Maps

Smarty Pins is an online game combining Google Maps with historical trivia questions. Start a game, and a trivia question pops up requiring an answer that can be mapped. The game gets you started in the right general location, but you have to drop a pin in the right spot to answer the question. Your score depends upon how close you are. Starting with 1000 points, you lose a point for every cumulative mile you are away from the target(s). The questions come from broad categories like science, history, current events and entertainment, and it's possible to narrow your questions to just one of the categories.


Create Interactive Powerpoints

Everyslide lets you Improve your slide presentations with audience interaction. Upload any PowerPoint or Keynote presentation and you will then receive your unique presentation URL. Viewers participate by typing in the code displayed at the top of your presentation. Participants can provide feedback via instant polls or question responses. Following your presentation, review feedback or download answers into a spreadsheet. Create instant polls, word clouds, class reports, and more.


The Middle East

According to their site, Teachers First, "Understanding the nuances of the Middle East is a challenge for anyone. TeachersFirst offers these interactive activities to help students grasp the basic political geography and religious make-up of the region. The activities include some basic facts to acquaint students with historical events, resentments, and alliances in the region. With this foundation, you can move on to meaningful discussions of the many interrelationships in the Middle East and their impact on the world today."

Link to the three lessons:

How the World Sees Us

Worldcrunch delivers news from top world-language outlets, translated into English and providing a non-U.S. "view" via reputable sources.

During periods of controversy or high international tension, this is an informative source for teens to adults. Explore the interactive map to find news from specific locations or browse through headlines on the main page. This site is very up to date and includes articles from the news today around the world. Choose from topics such as World Affairs, Tech/Science, or Culture/Society.