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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Power Searching in Google

Just saw a post about power searching in Google. I believe this is a skill we need to instruct our students in. Many do not know how to use the advanced features to search, especially when it comes to images that are considered Creative Commons. Google Power Searching Class This looked interesting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Google Drive and Documents

Yes, I like Google Apps. There are times when they do not do everything I want, but in education it make a lot of sense to use Google. Student have access to the program no matter what device they are on. They can save and find their documents at home and it is easy to share with others.

I have followed Richard Byrne's blog and below I embedded an excellent resource on Google Drive and Document.
Google Drive and Docs for Teachers 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Teaching 6-Traits Using Mentor Texts

Mentor texts are a valuable source when teaching 6-traits. Students need the process modeled  continuously and children's books are excellent tools for this strategy. This PDF resource lists the traits by categories and list books for modeling of each one. I hope to keep this list handy when I am looking for a books to use as a mentor text.