"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"
~ Richard Steele ~

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Class 12/14/10

Below is the link to a site I created that contains videos and links on how to use Google apps.
Link to Google Site for Class

Web 2.0 Tools

Tagxedo (another version of Wordle)

Delicious (bookmarking)

Photostory 3 (on lab computers)

Twitter (great PLN for ideas)

Ten Tips for Using YouTube in the Classroom
Ways to view a YouTube video without the ads.
Ways to download the video.
100 best videos for teachers

How to Get Students Thinking
Great list of Web 2.0 ideas

Format Factory
Video converter for Flip Videos

Kidblog - (how to get kids blogging in under 5 minutes)

Embedit - easy tool for embedding any file into a blog of web

The Learning Network (run by the NY Times. Articles are made easier for students)

Google Slam (just for fun)

Weboword (visual vocabulary)

Vocabahead (videos)

TVKim (unusual videos)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Odds and Ends

Graphic Organizers "contains a  various graphic organizers for any content area

10 Great Resources from Discovery Education

Brainpop Resources on Promethean Planet (Install Active Inspire on your computer and you will be able to use these with your projector)

Best Embeds for Wiki/Blogs/Site

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tech Tips for Teachers

Tech Tips for Teachers

Ideas of technology tools to:
  • Visualize Texts
  • Make Content Comic
  • Create Interactive Time lines
  • Design Interactive Presentations  
  • Map and Brainstorm Ideas

Podcasting and an Interesting Site

Creative Ways to Use Podcasts in the Classroom

Who's Alive and Who's Dead? - curiously addictive reading...

Editing Youtube Videos


The safest way 2 share You Tube Videos w/o inappropriate ads, and the ability to crop the video. Works slick!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Learn It in 5

Learn It In 5 is a relatively new site that features short how-to videos for teachers. The videos are intended to help teachers quickly learn how to use some of the the web tools are essential to being a successful user of classroom technology. The videos cover tools like Skype, Diigo, VoiceThread, and more.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Research and Collaboration

Kids Research Portal (game plan for doing research)

Collaborative Tools (long list of sites to use for collaborative work)

Read - Write- Think (collection of student interactives)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Technology and PBL

Project Based Learning can be defined as an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation.

Project Based Learning Integration Here is a list of ideas on how to integrate technology (web 2.0) with project based learning. Some new and old ideas

Exemplary Projects (class ideas)

IPod Touch in the Classroom (great wiki for ideas)

Thinkfinity (great source of lesson plans and activities)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

PLN - Personal Learning Network

What is a PLN? A PLN is a way for you to make connections and share ideas and resources. You have one with colleagues that you work with. You can also have one online where you can reach and connect with educators from around the state, country, and world. Talk about a great resource!

Twitter (Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets)
Follow Education PLN Builders on Twitter

(A platform for creating your own social networks.)

The Educator's PLN

Creating a PLN
(blog article)

100 Blog Examples

Wallwisher (example of collaborative post-it notes)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Digital Storytelling

Xtranorma (text-to-movie) Students create talking movies from written text.

Template for planning story ( PDF file)

Digital Storytelling Wiki (ideas, links and projects)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Podcasts, Books and Differentiation

Podcasts (podcast organized by topics and grade levels)

Book Trailers (Video book trailers )

Grammar Girl (fun podcasts of quick grammar tips)

Reader Girlz (ideas for connecting to books)

Boy Reader (ideas geared for boys)

Dare to Differentiate (ideas and strategies relating to differentiation)

Scaffolding vs Rescuing

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Interesting Ways

43 Ways Series
(all slide shows taken from Tom Barrett's blog above)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Webquests and IWB

Webquest Builder (examples of webquest as well as a system for building one)
Webquest.org (information on how Webquests started along with examples of ones already created)

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. This is a planned way of using the internet that is guided by the teacher.

IWB This site has a series of links for Smart Boards and IWB

Graphic Organizers

Rubrics (nice assortment from Kathy Schrock)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Google Lit Trips & Voc 2.0

Google Lit Trips This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place.

Vocabulary 2.0 Looking for new vocabulary ideas using videos and pictures? You will find some great ideas here.

How to Create a Google Lit Trip

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Flipcams and Digital Storytelling

Use of Flipcams (sideshow giving 41 examples on why to use a Flipcam in the classroom)

The Art of Storytelling This blog shares examples of how to incorporate storytelling into your classroom.

Digital Storytelling in the classroom Microsoft offers a site of ideas and links about digital storytelling.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Word Clouds, 21st Century Skills, Web 2.0

Another creative technique with words can be done using WordItOut. This site has different capabilities compared to Wordle. I took a poem called "Since My Valentine Got a Computer" By Joanna Fuchs and placed it into this program.

21st Century Skills
This article covers 9 common principles for 21st century skills. Most of it is good common sense.

Here is another list of Web 2.0 Tools. Some interesting categories to sort through.

A fun interactive artistic site when you have a need to paint like Jackson Pollack, an expressionist painter.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Math Interactives, Art and Creating Phrases in Wordle

Math Interactives
Math videos and printouts for a wide variety of areas

Delicious List of Art Interactives

If you are trying out Wordle and want to have a group of text together, here is an example on how to add the words

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Science Tools Links

Science Net Links
This site has a nice collection of science tools sorted by grade level.

Friday, January 22, 2010

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers

This site had a variety of videos from history to science (frog dissection) to technology.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Blogs in Education

During summer school, I posted a blog of the activities demonstrating what the students learning in summer school.

Digital Cyber Camp

Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2009


Wordle a program to make word clouds

43 Interesting Ways to use Wordle in the Classroom

Guess the Wordle

Wordle: read