I want to create a web page that would allow alumni of my little public elementary school to a) see a calendar of evening events they'd be welcome to attend b) browse a list of opportunities to volunteer, and, most importantly c) 'register' with an email address to join a mailing list and receive notices of the above. Since these are children, everything has to be moderated and likely a parent will be in charge of checking to make sure kids are who they say they are. I'm somewhat social-networking challenged and know that there are 'groups' for this sort of thing on yahoo and elsewhere- is there an obvious choice for this?
Looking for modern, easy-to-understand references to The Emperor's New Clothes that would help 5th graders understand what a literary reference is (and why it's useful to have a more-than-passing familiarity with source material that writers tend to reference.) [more inside]
I'm looking for Askme threads -- or other blog/conferencing threads -- that I can show my fifth graders as examples of what's good about this (conferencing) medium. [more inside]
Looking for ideas for teaching probability to kids. [more inside]
What's a good, very basic paint program for OSX? [more inside]
I run a computer lab in an elementary school. I use a very few programs to teach a lot of important skills- mostly about thinking, writing, and organizing one's thoughts and time, and only secondarily 'teaching kids to use technology' (as if such a thing was actually necessary.) We're getting a bunch of new macs next year, so we'll be migrating to OSX. I tend to hate 'kids software' and prefer using well designed adult software. What essential OSX app.s are cool, simple, and worth using with kids? [more inside]