Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ClassMouse - Learning Objects K-8 Home and School Use

The ClassMouse resource tool is now available to WECDSB Teachers through the STAFF and STUDENT portals. This resource is available for Teachers and Students at home and at school.

New objects and materials are added daily. For those Teachers who enjoy Student Link you now have a choice of which resource to use.

ClassMouse does not require a login. Just enter the Staff or Student Portal and ClassMouse will be available. Learning materials are organized by grade. Select a grade and choose the type of search you would like. MouseSearch allows for a keyword search such as "space". MouseGuide will allow objects to be filtered by Expectation.

For this example I chose Grade 3 Science and Technology. A list of subjects will be available to choose from. A fantastic addition to the list of subjects is Catholic Education.

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ClassMouse is designed to satisfy the ever-changing content demands of the educational community. WECDSB staff will benefit from rapid access to over 40,000 resources specifically related to the expectations of the Ontario Elementary Curriculum.

Next I chose the strand "Forces Causing Movement".

ClassMouse will post a list of expectations to choose from.

There are some filtering options available and icons for each resource to identify what category the learning object is such as "Student Activity" or "Teacher Planning"

For this example "Friction" was selected. A web site with many resources on the topic was available. A PowerPoint on Friction was selected.

The real benefit of ClassMouse is it's simple navigation menus and the ability to find activities based on Curriculum Expectations. Vist the Staff or Student portal and try it out. Most importantly please post your opinions in the comment section below this post. If you need the passwords for the staff or student portal contact your school tech. They cannot be posted here.

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