Apparently there are some soccer games going on in Brazil. Lots of people are getting excited and staying up late or getting up early to watch.
It seems that students might be interested too, so if you’d like to harness some of that enthusiasm in your classroom over the next few weeks here are some useful websites and resources to help.
Football and The World Cup from Teaching Ideas (UK)
Football resources from TES Connect (UK). Downloadable activities including quizzes in various languages – French, Italian, Spanish.
IPC 2014 World Cup Resources – a very visual collection of resources about all aspects of the game, the World Cup and Brazil.
World Cup for Kids from Activity Village. Lots of printable resources like colouring sheets, puzzles, bookmarks, flags and worksheets.
The World Cup: a fair game? Use the World Cup to explore inequality. From Oxfam.
World Cup 2014 Harness the energy around the football World Cup in Brazil 2014 and use these resources with children to explore global justice issues through the lens of sport and football. From CAFOD, the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.
29 Free World Cup worksheets From Busyteacher.org
World Cup of soccer from Teacher Planet.
If you know of any other great resources related to the World Cup please let me know and I’ll add them here.
Google recently introduced add-ons for Docs and Sheets. Add-ons give you extra functionality to make Docs and/or Sheets even better. You can access add-ons by opening a new Doc or Sheet and from the Add-ons menu select Get add-ons. A new window will open up with a range of different add-ons to browse; you can install the add-on directly from here or click the item to learn more.
One of the most useful add-ons available is Easybib bibliography creator – copy and paste in a URL or search for a book or journal and EasyBib will gather up the bibliographic details ready to create a reference list in one of three styles to insert into a document – it couldn’t be easier! I have successfully used EasyBib in creating a reference list for for a university assignment. If we encourage our students to use a tool like this then there is no excuse for not referencing properly.
Other useful add-ons for teachers and students alike include:
- Open Clipart – choose from more than 50,000 free clipart images to add to documents
- Thesaurus (Docs)
- Gliffy diagrams (Docs)
- VexTab Music notation (Docs): Add music notation, drum notation, and guitar tab to your documents using the VexTab language.
- g(Math) (Docs)- Create graphs and write complex math directly in your Google Doc
- Template gallery (Sheets) – Save time by using professionally designed spreadsheet templates
- Doctopus (Sheets) – this one deserves a Bytes post of its own (coming soon!) – An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive
- Styles (Sheets) – Now you can quickly add style to your spreadsheet by highlighting cells and choosing a style from the style viewer
Add-ons are relatively new so no doubt the clever people at Google and other third-party developers are working on more – stay tuned!
As you read the information on this image you can see just what is happening on the Internet. It is mind-boggling to think about what goes on and how much data is transferred in just a few seconds.
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