Monday, August 24, 2009

Thinkfinity-Back to School

Mark Moore, WVDE, sent a link to some great back to school activities. Click on the title of this post to check them out. You'll find interactive games, podcasts and activities for Math, Science, History, Reading & Language Arts!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


We made AYP!!! Yipee!!! And you found out about it via an on-line phone service. You can sign up for a free account and send land line messages to up to 25 people...for free! Think about letting parents know about the upcoming parent/teacher conferences, classroom parties,or any number of messages and/or reminders. It's simple to use. First you need to put in the numbers and then you record the message. Phonevite sends the recorded message to the numbers you registered. Simple and free...what could be better than that??

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mini Movies

I found this great site with mini movies on varous subjects and was so excited! Most of the movies are quite short but would be great to use to add a bit more excitement to your lesson. The site looks somewhat new and still has room for growth but I think you'll find some things to use.

Check out this video on The World's Largest Glacier. It's less that 2 minutes but has some great footage!

Watch more Planet Earth videos on AOL Video

Saturday, August 15, 2009

ABC Teach

I have subscribed to ABC Teach for years and have found it to be one of the sites I can count on for printable resources. They are having a back to school special this year and are reducing the membership fee by $5. You can buy a year's membership for $35! Keep in mind that there are free resources also. Check out this link for some back to school resources.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back to School Collections

Check out the Microsoft Back to School Collection. You'll find downloads for forms, bookmarks, lesson plans, certificates, etc for students, teachers and administrators. Before you start to build your own form, make sure you look at this site first. Take a few minutes to look at the entire collection. I found some neat multiplication tables in the student section! If you don't find what you like, go to templates and browse the downloads. You might just find what you need and save yourself some time!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Direct from the site..." is the absolutely free math resource designed by teachers, specifically for students and children of all ages. A place where students can practice all aspects of math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, in a fun and pressure free way."

Monday, August 10, 2009

Office Depot

Have you signed up for a Star Teacher membership at Office Depot? Stop in this Saturday for a teacher Aprreciation Breakfast and giveaways. They are giving 10%discounts for this week just for teachers. Click on the title for more information. You can also sign up for the Star Teacher on-line!

Friday, August 7, 2009


Animoto for Education - Bringing your classroom to live
Sign up for a free Animoto account. Animoto provides tools for making videos in your classroom. For those of you who followed my Australia blog, you might remember I used this to make a very short video. I wasn't happy with the video but at the time I did not know that educators were offered the free premium service. As soon as my account is approved, I'll make a video to share with you! Other bloggers/educators rave about Animoto.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

Check out this video from Scholastic. Mike Thaler reads The Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Use your projector to show the 5 minute video. You can click on the title of this posting to go directly to Scholastic, then click on a button at the bottom of the video to maximize the screen. OR you can view it directly from this blog. This is a great book that targets first day jitters.

Must Pop Words

Here's an interesting interactive for vocabulary development. Letters drop and kids type words using the letters. Students have to use the letters before the screen fills up! The game typically starts with an advertisement but you can cancel that with a small button at the bottom of the screen. Click on the title to play the game.

Interactive Clock

Teaching time?? This is a great clock to use on an interactive whiteboard. You can move the hands to set time and have students tell the time or have them set a specific time. Click on the title to go to the interactive clock. Great resource!