I love the multi-player games on www.arcademics.com! Our computer lab gets pretty loud when they get on the games, they like racing together in real time while learning. Try them out, free to play. I highly recommend them.
I'm sorry, I wasn't very clear I guess. "Drill and kill" is just a term I use for repetitive type games on skills like multiplication,they were often boring and nonimaginative.. I thought the penguin game was really cute. And I liked it best, but there is certainly variety. Sorry no such specific game as "Drill and kill".
I spent the summer searching the Internet for "cool" tools for teaching. It all started with Thinkfinity and its Content Partners! I just kept finding more and more resources to use. I found so many that I used Portaportal.com to keep track of them. This is a free bookmarking site, although there are advertisements on the site. I have been watching the ads all summer and there have not been any objectionable ones (safe to share with students). You could also use Delicious or Diigo. I have a Diigo account just to get the daily updates on educational Internet sites.
I would like to share my site with other teachers. My focus is middle school students, and there are several tools that have already been mentioned in this area. Also, several activities are listed from Thinkfinity and its Content Partners.
You can contact me through the email icon at the top of the website's page. Please share any "cool" sites with me and I will add them to the site for all teachers to use.
Here are a few highlights:
http://www.voki.com is an easy way to create speaking avatars.
http://blabberize.com is a fun way for students to write script for a speaking picture of themselves.
http://www.harmonyhollow.net/hat.shtml lets you insert student names so they can be drawn at random (saves on popsicle sticks).
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html has free videos of many famous speeches.
Check out my bookmarking site. Have a great time exploring. There is definitely something for everyone! I am sure you will find something you will be excited to use in your classroom tomorrow!
This isn't a tool, but a single resource I saw today that I thought was phenomenal and can't wait to share with my kids:
It's a video of a group of kids and a teacher in Brooklyn that sent an iPhone into space with it's video camera recording the entire time.
I was preparing a presentation for elementary teachers that involved using tools to support reading and writing. Some tools I found very useful and would be engaging for elementary students include:
I was just introduced to another great site for creating animations -- Xtranormal/Text-to-Movie. There are demos of animations already completed plus capabilites for creating online animations with students. If anyone has used this tool, I'm curious to know what you think. I look forward to playing with this new animation resource.
Has anyone ever heard of Glogs--online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more? Glogster Edu is "the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond." There is an expense for Glogster Premium; however Glogster Basic is free for up to 100 student accounts. Looks really fascinating!
A fellow educator showed me the website Blabberize this week. Apparently it is gaining in popularity. I'm not sure how educationally sound this idea is, but it does appear to be creative fun. You can take a picture of an animal and "make" it say what you want it to say. It's a "cool tool"; any ideas how to use this with students?
Wow! I just stumbled on an incredible site ClassTools.net. So much great stuff linked from this page. Create free educational games, quizzes, activities, and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge! Lots of sample files by subject and by template. Really "cool"!