Site recommendations: Web Urbanist & Web Ecoist

02 Jul

I want to take a few minutes to promote a couple interesting sites that can be used in the classroom.

Sometimes it’s easy to rely primarily on “educational” sites that are geared specifically to teachers and students. While I certainly have nothing against educational sites and there are many extremely valuable ones out there; I think it’s important to find the educational value in things that are not specifically for school.

So with that, I encourage you to check out and These sister sites are a trove of interesting information and photos. Both sites rely on the list format with photos and descriptions relating to specific topics. Web Ecoist focuses on environmental themes. Both sites are updated roughly 5 or 6 times a week. As with all material, please review before sharing with students. Some material may not be suitable for younger grades.

It’s possible to avoid many advertisements with both sites offering full posts via RSS.

Here are a few recent topics that I found interesting.



Posted by on July 2, 2010 in Resources


3 responses to “Site recommendations: Web Urbanist & Web Ecoist

  1. ktenkely

    July 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I think there is a lot of value of stepping outside of the education related bubble and introducing students to a variety of tools and resources. While those sites geared toward education are nice, sometimes they can be watered down versions of something that fits in the classroom better. Thanks for these suggestions, I’m looking forward to checking them out.

  2. Sparky

    July 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Above commenter is dead-on. In addition, here’s my two pence worth… I think a ‘thinking classroom’ is very dependent on whether the teacher themselves is a ‘thinking person’. Do they pass on interesting things they’ve read or noticed, regardless of whether it fits with the current scheme of work? I would even dare to suggest that the often the most educational value is found in places that, as you say, ‘are not specifically for school.’ It’s these kinds of sites that get US thinking and, in turn, our enthusiasm for learning gets passed on to our students.

  3. Peggy James

    July 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I agree with both of the above comments, and I am looking forward to checking out your suggested resources. There is something to be said about looking to an expert in the field when you are looking for the information to share with your students. Thanks for sharing!


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