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Website makes the world smaller

Take students on virtual field trips to meet interesting people from all around the world at www.meetmeatthecorner.org. Meet Me at the Corner is an online selection of video podcasts that aim to educate kids about the world in which they live without requiring them to travel.

Topics covered on the site range from architecture and astronomy to poetry and pets. The videos include:

  • A Kid’s History of the Biathlon—A trip to the Tenth Mountain Ski Center in Fort Kent, Maine.
  • History of Yarn—A stop at the Lion Brand yarn store in New York City.
  • Interview with a Zookeeper—A visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Each video page highlights links to related websites, and the site’s Big Apple Book Club features video book reviews created by kids for their peers. There’s even a place where kids can submit their own videos about their “corner” of the world.

A reading tool that’s on the level

If you’re looking to build a better classroom library, help students find books that match their reading level or access free, book-based resources, look no further than Scholastic’s Teacher Book Wizard, http://bookwizard.scholastic.com.

This section of the Scholastic website features a variety of search tools, including a quick search of known titles; a leveled search to find books specific to a reading level, subject, interest and more; and BookAlikeTM, which provides lists of books at a reading level similar to titles entered by the user. The site relies on four of the most commonly used leveled reading systems: grade level equivalent, Guided Reading Level, the Lexile Framework® for Reading and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA).

Also available on the site is the List Exchange, a community in which authors, celebrities, education experts and educators post book lists covering a variety of topics as well as tips for evaluating and expanding classroom libraries.

Loving the ambiguous conundrum

Merriam-Webster Online, www.merriam-webster.com, has compiled a list of the 10 most frequently searched words on its website. Many of these words aren’t easily defined

  1. pre∙ten∙tious
  2. u∙biq∙ui∙tous
  3. love
  4. cyn∙i∙cal
  5. ap∙a∙thet∙ic
  6. co∙nun∙drum
  7. al∙be∙it
  8. am∙big∙u∙ous
  9. in∙teg∙ri∙ty
  10. af∙fect

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