Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
You may have missed Santa, but you just might find extra classroom funds by registering at Adopt-A-Classroom. The non-profit allows individuals to select a classroom and make a donation for classroom materials. The goal is to mitigate teachers' out-of-pocket expenses.
Donors can search for classrooms by geography, school name, teacher name and other search criteria. 100% of the donation goes to the teacher in the form of an online credit with affiliate vendors such as OfficeMax. If the teacher is unable to meet classroom needs with those vendors, Adopt-A-Classroom will work with the teacher on a one-to-one basis. Donors and teachers communicate throughout the school year, so that donors can learn about the difference they have made in the lives of the students. Donors often receive artwork and other student projects as a gift of thanks.
To sign up, visit Adopt-A-Classroom
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I know many of you may not agree with my political views, but I have not made any effort to hide the fact that I am politically active for many, many issues. As I sit here filled with joy today, not because my candidate is the one being inaugurated, but for the hope that I am feeling right now. I was moved to write the following and just sent it into our newspaper and to some other messsage boards, and if you do not mind, I am going to post it here:
Tribute to Those Two Million People on the Mall
As I look out into the sea of faces of those who have come to witness in person the inauguration of Barack Obama, I am struck by a feeling of not only pride but of gratitude. I am so very grateful to these people. They have not only made unbelievable efforts to get there, spent monies that might have been hard to come by, and endured cold weather, long lines, and assorted inconveniences., but they are all seen smiling, they are cheering, and the face that they are putting out to the world has got to “shout out” such a positive message from and about our wonderful country. Thank you to all of you who traveled so very far to carry with you your hearts, your dreams, and by your beautiful attitude as you stand waiting, hope for me, a senior, and for my children and grandchildren, our future.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Kelly says that her favorite thing to do with this website is to develop scavenger hunts so that students can use the site to find the answers, thus practicing searching skills as they gain knowledge.The site also contains great ideas for science experiments.
Thanks again, Kelly, for all the sharing you do. That's what it is all about!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
- Create and send birthday cards to the Abraham
Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
- Create a podcast or a voicethread about what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln.
- Add facts about Abraham Lincoln to a shared Wiki.
- Engage in activities using pennies.
You and your students will enjoy seeing all the projects that classes from many places will post. Jen has provided so many resources and directions for engaging in any of the facets of this project.
I will certainly be looking forward to seeing the results and where they all come from. Remember all of the occasions students will have to learn geography, math, and history through this project. Realizing that students all over the United States are participating right along with them makes this a very exciting learning experience.
A big salute and extreme gratitude to Jen who once again has developed an online collaborative experience for all of us! Thanks, Jen - I so admire you!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
- study the trail and musher biographies
- create a wall-sized map of the trail
- select a musher to follow in this year's race
- track the selected musher's progress as the race occurs
- post to each checkpoint's blog as the selected musher reaches each stop on the trail
- complete the problem solving tasks you find at each checkpoint's blog
- arrive in Nome vicariously with your selected musher
- receive an official 2008 eIditarod class certificate for completion of the trail!
Consider participating in this wonderful project. It will really bring this Alaskan event to life!
Monday, January 5, 2009
At Picasa you can organize all of your pictures in chronological order, edit the photos as you can in the more expensive programs, turn your photos into movies, collages, and slideshows, and share or purchase photos online.
Hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start! I am starting the week in St. Louis and ending in Witchita, Kansas! Better get some rest tonight!