Monday, June 28, 2010
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Click here for Ted Talks.
Click here for PopTech.
Click here for ForaTV.
These are listings of sites where you might find interactives to align with your CSOs.
e-Learning for Kids
Math in Action Videos
Math is Fun
Elementary Math Games
The Interactive Math Classroom
Fuel the Brain
Learning Games for Kids
Math and Reading Help for kids
Learn with Math Games
Story Cove-Great story videos and associated resources
Science Up Close
Build Your own Volcano
Quia-Go to Shared Activities
Here's a new site I just found this morning thanks to @skipz on Twitter. Carnegie Mellon Library has put together a wonderful story maker for students. It is complete with characters, settings, actions, emotions, and scenery. It starts writing the story but asks students questions to help them expand the sentences. This looks like something kids would love to use and a great way to work on their writing.
Students may preview their story, print it or publish it to the Carnegie Mellon Library website. I don't see a way to embed it in a blog but I'll keep looking for that and let you know when I find it.
Monday, May 31, 2010
This is a great site to help with ideas for writing. The genie helps come up with a what if question. Students read the question and write. If they don't like the question, all they need do is click on the genie to get a new what if question.
Here are some of the questions listed. Cute and fun!
What if an opera singer was saved by a huge kid?
What if a monkey tackled a recipe?
What if a millionaire lost a job because of a school?
Saturday, May 29, 2010
"CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion Web site are available free of charge throughout the school year.
At CNNStudentNews.com, you'll find a wealth of teacher materials presented free of charge, including Daily Transcripts for each show, Daily Discussion questions, the Media Literacy Question of the Day, in-depth Learning Activities, downloadable Maps and additional support materials to help students understand the news.
In addition, the educators at CNN offer Discussion Guides for CNN documentaries and initiatives, including Black in America, Latino in America and CNN Heroes."
Check this out for the most recent news video.
Friday, May 28, 2010
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TeacherHub shares videos with suggested writing prompts to use in the classroom. Unfortunately the videos are usually from YouTube which is blocked at our school but the concept is so great I wanted to share the video and the prompts. Copied directly from their site, here are the prompts:
Sound of Music Dance Writing Prompts
Grades K-2: Describe Dancing List 3 adjectives to describe how dancing makes you feel (optional: in complete sentences). Bonus: Draw a picture of someone dancing!
Grades 3-5: Contageous Rhythm If you were in the train station, would you have joined the dancers? Why do you think so many different kinds of people (young & old, boys & girls) joined in?
Grades 6-8: Ballroom Brainstorm There are many different kinds of dances. Brainstorm as many forms of dancing as you can. What do all of those dances have in common?
Grades 9-12: Compare Performances Is this surprise performance more entertaining than a scheduled dance recital at at theater? Why or why not?
I've posted about TeacherHub before but if you haven't checked it out and signed up for their e-newsletter you can click here to do that.
Thinkfinity has been redesigned and has some new features. You can now search by West Virginia Content Standard and you can bookmark your favorite finds. You can also share what you've found with other teachers. Watch this video to hear about all the changes on Thinkfinity. Just click here to go to the WVDE site to watch the video.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
"FillAnyPDF.com is a website where you upload your PDF form and link to it so other people can fill it out and sign it online. No software is needed. Any PDF form can be used, even if it's not "interactive", so you can get started right away. You can even invite a group to fill out your forms and track the results. Anyone that collects signatures or filled out forms will find FillAnyPDF.com to be a valuable time-saving resource."
Try is out by clicking here. I think you'll find it very useful.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I found this fascinating quote today:
Explore is an excellent site for getting great educational videos. This site reminds me a lot of United Streaming but free. Once a person finds a video they are interested in they can either download it to their computer or view it on the web. These videos fall into different categories such as: environmental, human rights, health, philosophy, etc etc. Another great feature is that the films are broken down by grade level and there is a great photo area as well!!Dkapuler, Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero, Apr 2010
You should read the whole article.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I'm adding Lisa's video here but it is on youTube so you will need to watch it at home. Thanks to Lisa Stewart for her great directions on making chalkboard paint! Don't forget that you click on the title of the post or click here to go directly to Lisa's blog.
When you open the site by clicking on the title of the post or here, you will be directed to the home page. Make sure you spend a bit of time reading over the directions for using the site. Once you move to another section, the menu will be on the right side, small and in the middle. Click there to return to the home page.
I'm adding this site to the pages for grades 4/5 and 6/7/8 but check it out if you teach younger students. I think you'll find lots to use here.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
You have to register for the site however that took me less than 1 minute. They sent me a password and I was searching for videos and watching one on elapsed time in less than 5 minutes!
Click on the title to sign up or go here for Teacher Zone and get started today!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at Aniboom
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I hope you are all enjoying a spring holiday. Kip and I are having a great time in Scotland and you can follow our travels at http://mountaintoptechie.blogspot.com/ I won't be adding much content here but I will be busy with the Travels with the Boones' blog. Join me there for the next week!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Poetry Splatter is simple to use. First you choose a poem title from the list. When the poem opens, you will have to fill in the blanks with words that are splattered onto the screen. All age groups are included.
Acrostic Poem is from Read, Write, Think. Keep in mind that you have to complete this in one sitting. You are not given the option to save but you may print it. Looks like there will be space for students to draw a picture after it is printed.
Diamante Poem is also from Read, Write, Think. Same info as above pertains to this interactive.
Another resource from Read, Write, Think is Shape Poem. Use this link here for tips and more information about how to use the Shape Poem interactive.
Off the Charts is a neat site from PBS. It allows you to write a poem and turn it into a song. PBS provides the music. Looks like fun to me!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Don't forget that WestTest Language always has a lengthy poem for students to read and then questions about the selection. Students have difficulty understanding poetry and a little review within the classroom will go a long way to helping them on their tests. Here are several sites to find poems to use.
Famous Poets and Poems
Poets.org allows you to search for poems but you may also sign up for a poem a day (in April) to be sent to your email.
In honor of the vernal equinoz, here's a short poem to share.
by A.A. Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead."
I found this poem at DLTK. You can follow the link by clicking on DLTK. Go to Spring on the left side and scroll down to the poetry section. When you find this partciular poem, you may listen to it and print out a coloring sheet. Some of the other poems have activity sheets to go with them.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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In addition to the search engine, you'll also find biographies on the SweetSearch ste. Just scroll down slightly and click on the Sweet Search Biographies. Consider using this site when you have your students write biographies. There is advice on writing them included. When you go to the Sweet Search Biography site, look to the right for the Happy Birthday section. Each day they post an article about someone who was born on that day in history. Now look to the right on this blog and see the findingDulcinea widget where you will also see the birthday articles. This widget does have ads but you can click the x to close most of them. Be careful when you scroll to read the article. Right at the bottom, you will find another ad. To avoid this ad, I have to pay a subscription to the widget company OR you can just slide the bar down to see more of the article.
Friday, March 5, 2010
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Even though we don't use this program for spelling, it's still a great place to go for some games that could help students (K-8)improve their spelling skills. I was particularly impressed with the proofreading game. Students read a passage and find the errors. One passage I corrected had spelling errors only. I clicked on the proofreading mark and clicked on the error. A box came up and asked me to spell the word correctly. Another passage had other errors. I was able to add words, place punctuation marks, correct spelling, use capitals and proof the entire passage. Check out the passage I proofed!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Made with WordItOut
Friday, February 5, 2010
Want more?? Click on the title of this post to go to the Ted site. You may find something neat to share with students but you will more likely find videos that you will enjoy.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Here's a good interactive site students could use to practice addition and multipication. The games all follow the same format...add or multiply and type the answer, however students may practice leveled problems. Lower grades may use the easy while upper grades go to the more difficult. Make sure you try this out first to make sure you have anything you need on your computer to run this program. Thanks to the blog, iLearn Technology. Remember to click on the title to go to the MathTwo site.
I follow Anne Marie's blog Talking Smartboards and she always has something neat to share. She posts easily accessible interactives that can be used on the whiteboard. All you have to do is take a few minutes to look at the site, turn on the whiteboard and make sure the Cat5 cable is plugged in so you have the internet.
This site is an interactive clock which gives you the current time. I especially like this site because you can change the clock using the buttons at the bottom. Think about using this clock not only to tell the current time but to talk about what time it would be in 1 minute, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour. Students find this concept difficult to understand and this interactive clock might help them!
When you go to the site, you should click on the clock to open the interactive application. Notice that on the home page you will find a student game, teacher lesson plans, worksheets and a wealth of resources to practice telling time.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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We had great fun in one session when the presenter gave away prizes by flipping a coin. Try it out by clicking here. This would be great to use for a probability lesson.
Check out ClassTools. Use the template drop down menu and choose Random Name Picker. You can add your students here to have a system for randomly chosing students. Once a student has their turn they are removed from the list. I believe if you sign up for this, the list stays there! Fun!!!
This tip has nothing to do with school but it might come in handy sometime when you just can't find your cell phone but you know it's somewhere in the house. Go to WheresMyCellPhone, type in your number and this site will call your phone. Let's just hope you left it on and the battery is charged!
Use Google as a dictionary. Use the search feature and type define: then a space, then your word. Click enter and you will have the definition!
Use Google as a calculator. Type the math problem in the search bar, click enter and your problem will be solved.
Use the search function in a slightly different way. Type in a topic and click enter as you have always done. Look to the left and find the words Show Options and click on that. Look at what pops up on the left. Scroll down and find Wonderwheel. Click to see what you get next. You'll have fun clicking around on the Wonderwheel! When you are finished, go back to the left side and click on Timeline and watch what happens next.
Now try the Advanced Search. Type in a topic but now click on Advanced Search. You'll get a window to fill in but just for now, go down to file type and choose PowerPoint. Your search will now take you to PowerPoints that you can view and download. Once you download, you may change the presentation to meet your CSOs. Remember, it's always appropriate to give credit to the original author!
Keep checking back for more Google Tips!
Friday, January 8, 2010
1. You do not need to sign up for the blog, join it or follow it. All you need to do is type in the address just like you would for any website.
2. I usually tag or label the posts with a curriculum/subject area. If you scroll down the blog and look on the right side, you will see the labels. To see what I have posted on Math, just click on that tag and you will go to all the posts about math.
3. Links within the posts are underlined and usually a different color. All you need to do is click and you will go directly to the new site. To return to the blog, click the back button on the title of the blog.
4. Typically if the post is about a particular site, the title of the post will be the link. It has no identification that it is a link. You'll know if I have added the link by clicking on it. If the link is nowhere else, it is on the title.
5. The Archives list all the postings over the months I have been blogging. All you need to do is click on the post title and you'll go directly to that post.
6. I often change the widgets on the right side. These widgets are just fun things that I find and add. Right now I have a translator and a very cool clock. These are changed whenever I find something neat!
7. I am attempting to post at least once a day. That's a New Year's Resolution...at least one of them. That means that if you are checking the blog on occasion, you may miss something. As you look at the posts and scroll to the bottom, you will see the words older posts. Click on that to see what you may have missed.
8. To leave a comment, just click on comment and a box will come up. You can comment anonymously if you have no other ID. It would be nice if you just put your name at the end so I know who added the comment though. You may have to type in a security code which should pop up for you.
Most all blogs work in the same way so hopefully this will help you with your blog reading experience.
New Hampshire Public TV has a great writing program called the Write-n-ator. Students watch a brief video clip and take the challenge suggested in the clip. There is a space for students to submit their work but I am thinking you might just want to share the video and challenge with students and have them write on paper or with Word. I do not believe there is a print option for the completed projects. There are 20 challenges with great vocabulary mini-lessons that could supplement your writing lessons. If you check on the teacher tabs for each challenge you will see the associated NH objectives with suggested grade levels.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
HotMath is a subscription site for middle and high school math. They do have some good free things to check out and the link will take you to several neat games. Explore the site and find some of the other free activities to use with your students. Thanks to Eric Sheninger-Twitter name-NMHS_Principal.
Twitterer rmbyrne, teacher from Maine shared MathTrain TV. This site has math videos made by students...kids teaching kids!! The nice thing about this site is the videos do not appear to be from YouTube so you should be able to show them in school. There is a download button so I think you can download them and share them without having to worry about the problem of streaming video.
Now sharnon007 has so many great ideas that I am overwhelmed by all her resources. She's come through with many great sites and she keeps sending more and more! Here's a few...
Smartkiddies Mathematics is from Australia. Although you have to sign-up, the site is free. I haven't looked at all the activities but what I have seen is good! Lessons go from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Math Doodles has some interesting games. Click on Web Demos to find them. Right now I think the site is in beta. That means it is new and still being tested. Sites in Beta are typically free but may later have a fee attached to the subscription.
Students don't always need to be on the computer. Sometimes the good old worksheets come in handy. The only problem is that you need to check the papers! Mathmaster doesn't do the checking but this site can help you make customized math worksheets or provide you with premade worksheets.
MathTwo looks like a new site but it has some great games to practice skills. Click on the title to link to the home page where you will find the activities. Each will give a brief overview and then give you a choice of skill level. After you check out the games, click on Cool Links to see a list of interesting sites.
If you want me to find specific skills, just let me know and I will send you activities to align with the CSOs you are teaching.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Twitter has been chirping for the past few days about this site so I finally checked it out! Several post ago, I shared Sue Water's list of classroom blogs and suggested you might be interested in starting one. I still think that would be a great idea but you also might want to think about each of your students having their very own blog! If so, this is where you want to go! Kidblog is designed for teachers by teachers! They have made a secure blogging platform for classroom use. You are in control of the student blogs and you decide who sees what! Students do not need an email address and it seems a simple process to set up your class and get things going. Click on the title of this post to review the site. If you are interested in using Kidblog, just let me know. I'd be happy to work with your students to get this going!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
ilearn Technology shared information about Math Snacks. This is a math site..obviously...for students in grades 6-8. There are short animations, games, learner guides, and teacher guides. Presently there are just a few units available but all are very good and may be used independently or as a whole group. Each snack has a brief overview and a list of skills addressed. Just click on the title to check it out!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Twitter has been growing by leaps and bounds this past year. I've enjoyed following a number of great teachers. Recently someone tweeted about a new social networking site for classrooms. I logged on to Twiducate right away, signed up to be a member and started playing with it. This site allows you to have a classroom social networking site that it just for your students and you control it! No chance of outsiders logging in with inappropriate content. The site is in beta and the teachers who are developing it are working hard to update and make it as user friendly as possible. It's been fun to watch the site develop via twitter. One tweet talked about wanting to have several classes and within a few hours that change was made to the site. As soon as they added a link section they twitted about it. Retweets spread the world across the world and people from all over have signed up and are following Twidicate on twitter. Click on the title and read a bit about this new social networking site for classrooms. Think about using it to have students respond to a question. Add a link for students to use for a particular project. Put reminders on for homework assignments. I think you'll come up with lots of ideas as you explore twitter and twidicate!
Friday, January 1, 2010
DLTK always has lots of great ideas for crafts. I was remembering when I made snowflakes as a child and would spend hours trying to get the right cuts. Here is a great snowflake type of craft to try out with students. Another great idea from this site is the 3-D snowflake. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the template.
Free Kids Crafts has directions for Snow Stars. Looks a lot like a snowflake to me! This same site has a few more great ideas. Keeping with the snowflake theme consider Q-Tip Snowflakes. Lay a sheet of wax paper on a table. Use Q-tips to make a snowflake on top of the wax paper. Squirt glue on any spot where 2 Q-tips meet. Let dry completely and peel off of wax paper. Don't forget, you don't have to use whole Q-tips, you can break them up and use pieces too! Try Pasta Snowflakes. Draw a large X on a piece of construction paper and then put a line down the middle to make a guideline for a snowflake. Use a variety of pasta shapes to glue on top of the lines and form a snowflake.
Dave's Snowflake Patterns is a great site for printing out templates for various snowflakes. He shares several patterns.
Kinderart has 8 patterns for snowflakes. When you click on the pattern you will be taken to an ad that you may click to skip. You will then be taken to the directions.
Tired of snowflakes? Check out Kaboose for winter printables. You'll find lots of neat coloring sheets for kids here. Keep looking and you'll find word puzzles, mazes and picture hunts.
Family Fun always has neat ideas for anything and everything. They have page after page of games or activities. Keep in mind that this magazine/website is written for parents not teachers but I know you will find some good things to try out in your classroom. I especially liked the Chopstick Pass on the first page.
Kids Games has oodles of games listed. Many are outdoor games but if you check out the links to circle games or mental games, you may find some ideas. Seven-Up is always a hit and the directions for that are listed under favorites on the left side of the page.
How Stuff Works has links to new and exciting activities to try out with your students. I like Tag Team Art and think the kids would enjoy it.
Family Education has hundreds...well almost hundreds...of great rainu day activities. This site has organized them by category and all you need do is click on a title to get the directions. Charades caught my eye!
Indoor Games is a great pdf that you can look over and print out for your files. Most of the activities seem to be for younger students.
Hope this helps you to find some new activities to share with our students. Happy Recess!!