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This website explains the hobby if geocaching. It shows how geocaching is a fun and a healthy pastime for individuals of all ages especially for groups like classes and youth groups working as teams. The basic idea is to have individuals and groups set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the Internet. Geocaching consists of using a handheld GPS receiver unit, such as the Garnin GPS 12, to guide you to a destination where a hidden treasure or cache is stored. Once found, you log your visit in an included logbook, and optionally trade one of the many contained "goodies" for one of your own. Typically, cache treasures are not high in monetary value but may hold intrinsic value to the finder. The website provided visuals and ideas for teachers and students. The idea is to plan ahead and imagine the activities that will appeal to the children and stimulate them. As a teacher, you want to encourage the children to enjoy nature by bringing along items such as nature guidebooks, cameras, pda’s, and audio/video recorders. This technology will give the students an opportunity to see, feel, and smell what nature is. In conclusion, this website showed you how to 1. find a cache, 2. incorporate a geocache project as a nature cleanup, 3. create a cache, and 4. establish a historical or cultural cache.

The Busy Teachers website provided teachers with all sorts of visuals, games, lesson plans, and other materials to enhance classroom activities. The site has an archive of questions for all grade levels. College students, professors, and teachers are available to answer any questions or to give advice. There were several links that were interesting. However, I thought the link to the Learning Center was very brilliant. The Learning Center helps provide online tutoring for students. As a student of any age, this is a great way to enhance mastery of a specific subject matter.

This website contained activities for both students and teachers. There were visuals, games, magazines, puzzles, and interactive labs. Any teacher can utilize and implement any of the activities from this website and incorporate it in any lesson. The activities will be fun, engaging, and will merit class participation.

The website for the State of Florida Sunshine State Standards is a very user friendly website. All teachers should use this site because it is very detailed and thorough. Although the site is under revision, “the Sunshine State Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in 1996 to provide expectations for student achievement in Florida”.

This website contains a grid that lists all subjects on the left vertical side of the grid. Also, it lists the Sunshine State Standards, the Sunshine State Standards with grade level expectations, and the overview of grade level expectations on the top portion of the grid. Then, the top portion is divided into four different grade levels such as Pre K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There are bullets listed on the grid, and all anyone has to do is to click the proper bullet to download a PDF file on a particular subject. Once the file displays, each subject is divided into different areas with each standard listed.

Anyone who teaches in Florida has to be very well informed of the Sunshine States Standards. Teachers will be able to incorporate these standards when designing lessons, which will help students reach mastery. As a teacher, we have to maximize our abilities to help children realize their full potential.

This website is full of information. This site will be most useful to teachers working with ESL students. There are interactive tests, exercises, and lessons by email. All of this is free. A bookshop is available, and you can browse electronic dictionaries for over forty-five languages. As a student,...
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