Sunday, December 20, 2009
Use Think Math to improve thinking about - Math! Choose either a grade level (K through 5) or a subject (such as Algebra, Geometry, Time and Money, or Data Analysis, to name a few.) Use one or more of the e-lab activities for each subject as well as interactive tutorials explaining the topic. Use the glossary in the upper left corner to understand the meaning of the terms being used. Don’t miss the “Teacher Resources” link with great Adobe PDF resources.
I know I have not written many blogs lately, but I only really want to post when I have something very worthwhile for you to examine and see how it might work in your classroom. I am hopeful that you are about to begin a wonderful winter break and that it will have in it some time to be with family and friends!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Let's Say Thanks is a project done by the Xerox Corporation. This project is done completely online and does not give the actual feeling of sending a card but postage costs will not be a problem.
Can you imagine all the happiness cards from children all of the United States would bring to the members of the military who are far away from home this season?
I also hope that this Thanksgiving Holiday finds you all surrounded by family and good friends, enjoying love, laughter, good food, and football!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Take a look at Block Poster. In three easy steps you can upload an image, decide how big you would want your poster and then click on the pdf that was made for you. It prints out on 81/2 x 11 inch paper or other sized paper that you specify. It can be printed in portrait or landscape.
It is just another useful tool for "Taming The Tedious Teacher Tasks".
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
After you register, you will be placed in a group with 24 other schools, hopefully from far and wide. You will be asked to make and send holiday cards to the 24 other schools in your group. The cards will include information about your school and your city. Links for ideas of making cards will be provided and of course using scanners and digital cameras to publish cards on your computers would also be an option. By December 7th., you will send your cards and start receiving ncards. The cards you receive will include information about the school and the city it is coming from. Using a map to identify where your cards come from will have students "talking geogrphy". For example, one child will see a card form Minnesota and exclaim, "That class is so close to Canada!" Of course, cities can be located on Google Earth or Google Maps simply with a zip code.
The cards form the basis for the project - but so much more learning about the world can come out of this project.
Again, Thank You Jen!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I learned about the Simple Timer from one of my favorite blogs ILearn Technology.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
There are two types of games. One is a simple multiple choice and the other is more complex (easy to create) one like the map of the states.
This is a wonderful Teacher-Tool website for creating your own games or using games that others have created. I liked this alot! Purpose Games
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I found it on Teacher First, an excellent newsletter that is in my in-box every Sunday morning, just like the New York Times (but that arrives in my mailbox!) Sign up HERE to get Teachers First sent to you.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Registration is now open for this great project. Much gratitude to Jen!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Today, her blog invited us to visit the newest video and downloadable book that is featured on iKeepSafe. It is called Fauz Paw and the Dangerous Download. Faux Paw is a Techno Cat who learns the hard way that downloading a file or music may lead to trouble. Much is learned about the legality of downoading and file sharing, but within the appropriate level for elementary students. Very well done!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I read about this great tool on Free Technology For Teachers.
All you have to do is provide a title for your word list. Then you list all of the words that you would want your students to define. Click on "Next Step" and each word is defined with one definition or if their are several to choose from, you will have the opportunity to choose from the several options to be used as the definition. Make all of your choices and one click and you are presented with a vocabulary worksheet to print.
There are other vocabulary quiz makers that I have written about in the past that provide interactive online quizzes, but sometimes the "paper or pencil" worksheet will serve your purpose just fine.
Hope you enjoy them!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
When I list websites that allow students to listen to or watch animated stories, I do so for the purpose of giving them one more opportunity to appreciate the idea of the "story". I want them to realize that stories provide interesting characters, settings, conflicts, and resolutions. They will become "hooked" on reading when read to often, and I encourage that to be done by all of the adults who care for them. However, adding more occasions for developing that love of "story" will lead to an ever increasing love of reading. That's why I love the online stories that are available - especially the free ones. Thus when Kelly wrote about Story Cove-A World of Stories I had to check it out. Well into my fifth story that I watched and several others that I listened to, I was hooked!
You must be 13 to register for the website. It is designed to have parents register their own children and then the child has a sign in and password. You will have to decide how you will open this to your students. Not only can students watch the animated story, but they can also listen to it in order to develop visual imagery on their own. The books are also available for purchase and are quite inexpensive. There are lesson plans to download and activities for the students to engage in after watching or listening to the stories. There is an awful lot to gain from this website. Enjoy!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
For students who often ask “where will I use this?” of math, this site answers those questions through a fun virtual world. Kids can explore first hand how math is used and then act as an apprentice and solve problems.
Tip: To begin playing the Math Apprentice games, you have to click on “Explore the Math” button on the bottom of the homepage.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Reading in Free Technology For Teachers tonight, I learned about grants for Field Trips that were being offered by Target. They will be awarding 5,000 $800 grants for school field trips. Applications for the grants are due by November 3, 2009. You can find all of the grant details and applications here.
This is also very cool about these grants:
On the grant application page you can find a Field Trip Idea Generator. To find an idea, enter your state, city, and subject area. The Field Trip Idea Generator will give you ideas based on what past grant recipients in your area have done with the grant money.
Give it a try - What have you got to lose?
Monday, August 31, 2009
Globetracker’s Mission is a unique, engaging way for students in grades 2-6 to learn geography, map skills, and landforms through an episodic story. Each week, a new episode, in the format of a blog post, appears on the Globetracker’s Mission site. The “blog” is written by fictional teenagers Geo and Meri as they travel on a secret “mission” for an unnamed government agency.
All the registration and participation information will be up in mid-September, but as you are planning out your year now, I thought I would alert you to this great resource.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Goldstar Registry is a free service for teachers to use to get school supplies. The idea behind Goldstar Registry is the same as bridal registry services. Teachers visit the Goldstar website and register for classroom materials that they would like to receive. Then if a parent or grandparent asks if you would like anything for your classroom, you can have them look at your online registry.
Classwish is a service through which teachers can find people willing to help purchase supplies for their classrooms. Classwish operates in a very similar manner to Donors Choose. On Classwish, teachers can create a wish list of supplies that they need for classrooms that aren't provided in their school budgets. People looking to help teachers can purchase products on a teacher's list and receive a tax deduction for their purchase.
iLove Schools is a non profit organization that aims to provide teachers with classroom supplies that their schools don't provide. iLove Schools operates in a manner similar to that of Donors Choose and Class Wish. To get classroom supplies teachers register on iLove Schools and create a list of items that they would like to have for their classrooms. Donors can visit iLove School to choose a classroom to which they would like to donate supplies.
If you love free stuff as much as I love free stuff, check out Go To Freebie. On Go To Freebie you can find free samples of everything from bath and beauty supplies to toys and school supplies. Go To Freebie has forums and feedback to share experiences and tips about the freebies. Go To Freebie could be a good resource for teachers that are looking for simple "prizes" to give away to students as recognition for levels of achievement. Something that I do with free samples at the beginning of each school year is give out free notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies as prizes in ice-breaking activities.
As you start your year off, maybe you can not only wish you had what you needed or wanted , but actually get some of these things! Good Luck!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I hope many of you are enjoying this weekend and not sitting inside planning for the upcoming school year....but, if I know teachers - many of you are, if not actually planning, you are thinking about planning.
It is time to get in on a wonderful program for teachers from Acer, the company that makes those very reliable, very small laptops that are really easily portable and convenient.
There is a program that goes like this: You, as a teacher apply (deadline is August 30, 2009) and they send you this computer with no cost to you. You are then obligated to listen to 2 conference sales calls. After 30 days, you then decide if you want to keep the netbook for $199.00 -(most prices I saw were over $325.00) or whether you want to send it back in the box they provide postage-free. With your application also comes a chance to be one of three classes outfitted with a class set of these netbooks.
This is something I really wanted to be a part of. However, I was told that I did not qualify since I was not connected to a school. Boy, I would have loved one of those for travel for under $200.00. So, the next best thing is to pass this offer on to all of you! Good Luck!
Acer Seed Unit Program
Friday, August 7, 2009
So for a quick review or to remember why you thought all of these had such potential for the new school year, these tutorials will get you started. Thank you Mr. Byrne!
Using Wikispaces for Creating Wikis
Setting Up A Blog
How To Use Glogster For Education
Animoto and Voice Thread Tutorials
Another Post About Animoto
Friday, July 24, 2009
Here is what you need to do now:
Join Office Max Teachers Perks Program by going to the Office Max Perks Website and click on the dark grey box on the right that is for teachers. Sign up for a card with your email address and you will be notified of their special Teacher Appreciation Day. From what their Customer Service person told me when I called is that on certain days when they sell school supplies for a penny, teachers with the Awards Card, will have no limits on how many they buy, where others will be limited.
Staples is having a Teacher Appreciation Day in August. Go HERE to find out the day and date in your area. They also have a Teacher Rewards Card that I signed up for. You will then earn Reward Points and get emails about their specials for teachers.
I know you all spend way too much money out of your own pockets - so maybe this little bit of information will help!
Guess The Wordle Level 1
Guess the Wordle is a collection of Wordles which are randomly generated text images using specifially selected words and numbers. Each image imbodies a task. The task requires problem solving skills which range from basic knowledge and comprehension skills at level 1 , comprehension and classification skills in level 2, and highest levels of critical thinking in Blooms Taxonomy when they attempt to solve level 3 problems which require them to look beyond simple categories and classifications to a more specific answer.
Included in your purchase is:
52 Guess The Wordle Puzzles Level 1
1 PowerPoint presentation of GTW Level 1
1 PDF color print of GTW Level 1 (For use on bulletin boards/document cameras)
1 zipped file of GTW in jpeg format to transfer to your ipod/ipod touch
Instructions on how to transfer the files.
10% of all sales from GTW Book 1 Level 1 will be donated to the NECC NEWBIE 2010
After you payment is received, you will receive a link to download the files.
All wordles in this book were created by Jennifer Wagner and/or Kathy Shields.
We would like to thank Wordle.net for the generosity in allowing their images to be
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
If you have any questions, please contact us at guess the wordle (at) gmail (dot) com
I truly believe that Jen and Kathy are literally giving this away for $5.00. I thought I would help them spread the word and help you to have these "brain teasers" handy when you want to have your students think in a brand new way!
P.S. I have not figured out today's Wordle!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Today as I read through this weekend's blogs, one of my favorite blogs, Free Technology For Teachers had written a wonderful blog about 10 different websites that allowed you to find, share, and make your own flashcards for numbers or vocabulary. I was going to pick and choose a few and blog about them, but they all sounded so good that I thought the best thing to do is to share the site where you can find the entire blog. It can be found at Ten Places To Make and Find Flashcards Online.
My advice is to, after reading the blog, pick two or three to try out and then pick no more than two that you are going to use during the school year as your tool for making flashcards. No one needs ten different tools that you use to make flashcards. That is much too confusing. I am sure you will find the one that is just right for you!
Do enjoy the rest of your summer. Mine is going way too fast. I am doing quite a few workshops leading up to the opening days of school in different cities. Maybe I will see some of you!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Playing for Change is an inspirational music project that celebrates diversity and culture that was born out of the idea that through music we can inspire each other to come together as a human race. The project started four years ago on the streets of Santa Monica, with the recording of a street musician playing Stand by Me. Make sure you first listen to the introduction.
This was shared today in a newsletter that arrives each week with one new website. It is called Worthwhile Websites and is sent by Sandra Gluth of Canada. Sign up so that you will start receiving her emails in the Fall. Thanks, Sandra - I really liked this.
I am doing a two day workshop tomorrow and the participants are receiving graduate credit. This means that we go from 8:30 AM to 4:00 each day. I hope I can keep "up"!
Whatever you are doing this summer - take some time for yourself. I will keep blogging as things look appealing.
NEW! Playing for Change
Playing for Change, an inspirational music project that celebrates diversity and culture, started four years ago on the streets of Santa Monica with the recording of a street musician playing Stand by Me. The project was born out of the idea that we can inspire each other to come together as a human race and that music is one way to achieve this. Playing for Change contains videos and musical recordings of artists that have been recorded over the years. Start with the Introduction. And for the Stand By Me video by itself, go here: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2539741
*This site is also listed under The Arts.
Sandra Gluth :-)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tonight I was going through Larry Ferlazzo's lists of the Best Websites For.... He has quite a few lists. Tonight I found the one that listed Crossword Puzzle Makers and websites that allow you to make other word games. There were a few I especially liked. Even if you need to register, the registration is quite simple and Free. Here are the ones I liked:
Study Stack - Here you easily create flashcards, hangman games, word searches, and many more activities. (Easy registration needed).
Word Duck - This is an online hangman game for many user-created topics. Once you register for free you can create games using your own words.
APTE At this website you can create crosswords, as well as a number of other word games. One advantage is that they can then either be played online or printed out. Here, too, you have to register.
Just Crosswords - is an easy way to create an online crossword puzzle. No registration is required — just plug in the words and clues and the site hosts it for you.
Thank you to Larry Ferlazzo for not only finding these websites but explaining them in a concise manner.