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

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.