Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thinkfinity? Free Standards-Based Resources for 21st-Century Learners
Jennifer Fritschi, Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity
Struggling to find ways to address specific state standards while also incorporating 21st-century skills such as problem solving and critical thinking?

I couldn't wait to go home and play with all of the great resources that I gathered in this amazing presentation. Just read below what she shared with everyone.

She told us that many times the teachers ask: Where can I find quality resources to address these specific skills but with a limited budget? What does 21st Century teaching and learning look like? How can I teach discrete skills from the state standards while at the same time incorporating 21st Century skills such as innovation and creativity?

She shared that offers a free high quality solution that responds to these challenges. Thinkfinity’s 55,000+ free resources have been aligned to each of the state’s standards while also serving as great resources for addressing 21st Century skill building. resources are at no cost, are commercial free and are created by the nation’s experts, the Thinkfinity Content Partners: American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Reading Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Council of Teachers of English, The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council on Economic Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic Society, National Center for Family Literacy, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and ProLiteracy Worldwide.

Did you notice all of the great business sponsors and partners that are listed? That is big time because now we have complete access to their tools.
The most profound thing that I walked away with is the fact that we can learn about cultures, gather lesson plans and actually view videos about just about anything, totally free.

Make sure that you all look for terrific resources for your virtual learning adventure.


Anonymous said...

Wow KK, this looks like a great resource for our theme next year! I can't wait to investigate more.

Moena said...

I am impressed with all of the resources and networking that you all are experiencing. I feel extremely blessed to be surrounded by professionals who love to learn and share the wealth!y

Debby Cothern said...

Timing is everything. We need to keep track of how many times we use this huge resource at Chets next year.

dayle said...

This looks like an interesting site. In playing around with it, I can certainly see how we will use it for our theme next year but also for new Science content at each grade level. It's great to find new quality resources! dayle

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful resource. It's good to remember that most teachers are incorporating standards to everything they teach and using technology to get there! Can't wait to try this tool.
Lori M.

Anonymous said...

I think I am in love with Invention at Play! Our little explorers are going to love this!
:),rachel bridges

Sherrie Anderson said...

This really looks like a wonderful tool. Can't wait to see how we utilize it at Chets.

Nicole C. said...

Can't wait to play!

Cursillos in Christianity said...

I explored this site briefly (plan to go back soon) and set it as a favorite. I played with the interactive Venn diagram and can already see myself using this tool in my mini-lessons, as part of my work period, and closing meetings! The interactive resources will keep my students engaged and motivated. I am also hoping that this will provide a resource for new reading comprehension strategies and to help parents support reading strategies at home.

Melissa Ross said...

Wow, some great things on this site! I Think I've been on it for an hour and barely scratched the surface - I keep getting caught up in the games. I can't wait to link back to these!