Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Links

I recently received the Starrmatica Newsletter with lots of great sites for kids to use over the holidays.  Check them out below:
Make a snowflake by clicking here.
Create another snowflake by clicking here.
Decorate a gingerbread house by clicking here.
Decorate another gingerbread house by clicking here.
Decorate a gingerbread cookie.
Play the Dreidel game by clicking here.
Make a snowman by clicking here.
Make another snowman by clicking here.
Have fun with one more snowman site.
Make a Christmas tree by clicking here.
Decorate another Christmas tree by clicking here.
Play Christmas Brain Teasers by clicking on the title below:
Play a Christmas game by clicking here.
Play another Christmas game by clicking here.
Here's another Christmas game.
Make some music with this site.
Make some music with reindeer.
Learn more about Christmas with this site.
This is a crazy game, very frustrating but try it and you might get hooked!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Make Your Own Snowflake

This is fun, fun, fun.  Check out my snowflake below.  I'm ready to write a few haiku poems.

Make Your Own Gingerbread House

This is lots of fun!  I designed my own gingerbread house and now I'm ready to write a poem about it.  I'm thinking I'll do a series of couplets!  Check out my house!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jeopardy Labs

I've started reviewing our weekly reading selection using Jeopardy.  Students love playing the game and enjoy the competition.  They don't even realize they are learning and reviewing!  The problem is that it takes me forever to build a powerpoint for each story.  I recently started using a web-based program called Jeopardy Labs.  The template is easy to use and I can build my Jeopardy game quickly, save it to my account and I am ready to go!  You can build your own game and save it to the public file or pay for an account so you have your own files.  Check out my game for Saving the Rain Forests by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Word Tamer

Word Tamer looks like a good site for learning to write or tell a story by traveling through a fair.  Students can build their story as they move through the fair and then write it off-line.  Click on the title to check it out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Exploriments

Need some simulations for math or science?  Check out Exploriments.  Here's what they say about themselves...Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning units for enhancing conceptual understanding in Science and Math in an experiential manner. Useful for students and teachers alike, Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory, and engaging experience.experience.  Looks good!  I'd suggest you head to this site by clicking on the title of this post.

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Botanical Planet

This looks like a fun site for grades K-5 to learn about plants.  There are specific lessons and a teacher's guide to support the lessons.  In addition, there are several games to play.  Kids will like this site!  Click on the title to link to My Botanical Planet!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Word Search Maker

Sometimes it's nice to have a simple word search for students.  I know...it doesn't offer a lot of educational value but many kids enjoy word searches.  This is a word search generator.  Click on the title to check it out!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Graphic Organizers

I'm always looking for graphic organizers to use with the students.  Click on the title to go to the Holt site where you will find almost any type of organizer you might need.  Look carefully on the page to find the teacher notes to help you.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dice Simulator

This looks like a great tool for use in the classroom.  Click the title to check out Dice Simulator.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Story Before Bed

This looks like a great site for older students to use to read to their younger siblings.  A Story Before Bed allows you to record reading a story.  You need a microphone and a webcam to complete the recording.  They have some free books however most have a fee.  It does appear they have a special for teachers in grades K-5 for a trial 2 month subscription and 50 free books.  I've signed up even though I teach grade 6. If you want to learn more about this program, click on the title of the posting.

Read Together

Learn Central has some great activities to use with students.  You can read several stories together or you can have students change the story and add graphic details to the story to personalize the book.  When students are finished, they can print off the book, put it together, and take it home.  My 6th graders would love this especially if they were making the books for younger siblings.  Check it out by clicking on the title of this posting.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Spend a Day with Your Kids

This looks like a fun site to use when you want to find something fun to do as a family.  I searched Morgantown, WV and the site found 6 places like Pricketts Fort, Audra State Park and Valley Worlds of Fun.  Check it out by clicking on the title of the post.  It's easy to use and includes links to the suggested places.  This is great for families but also an easy way to help teachers find field trip ideas!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Holt-Social Studies Site

Need some help to spruce up your Social Studies lessons.  Just click on the title of this posting and go to the Holt, Rinehart and Winston Social Studies Home Page.  Click on the area of interest at the left and you will head to resources that work as a whole group lesson or as individual reviews.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Math Pickle


This site was shared by someone...wish I remembered who!  In my excitement about this site, I didn't even mark it as a favorite.  I just started sharing it with fellow teachers.  So thank you, whoever you are!

Back to the site.  The first thing I checked out was a 6th grade lesson on prime and composite numbers.  I clicked on the video and was disappointed that it was on YouTube until I realized this was a video to help teachers use a particular strategy to teach the concept.  Then I noticed an associated powerpoint to show to students.  In addition, there is a pdf with the graph paper needed for students to complete the exercise.  Unfortunately I was unable to open another file however, give it a try.  You may be able to open it.  WIth the resources I could access, I would be set with this lesson!

I skimmed over the $1,000,000 Problems and I think I need to give that a bit more attention.  In fact, there are other pages that need a bit more of my attention. 

All you MATH teachers out there...make sure you check out this site! Just click on the title of this post.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Classroom Sweepstakes

Click on the title for your chance to win over $500 worth of supplies from Carson Delossa and Scotch.  The sweepstakes runs until September 30th and you can only enter once.  25 teachers will win.  Maybe you will be one of the winners!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Target Field Trip Grants

Just got a reminder about the field trip grants offered by Target.  Thanks to Free Technology for Teachers for that reminder!  Each year Target store awards 3 grants of up to $700 each for field trips.  Click on the title of this post to check out the grants.  Do it fast though because the clock is ticking.  Only 46 days until the applications close.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Week in Rap

The Week in Rap returns next Friday with upgrades.  A recent email shared the news. It's always been a quality resource and I will be interested in the upgrades especially the weekly quizzes.

Direct from the email...

What's NEW about The New Week in Rap?
_ - Activities and quizzes for students each week
- Teacher-created lesson plans and handouts
- A better quality streaming video (hosted on our site - no Vimeo or Youtube)
- We'll be charging a subscription fee of $5/month to access The Week in Rap.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Discovery Education

I've wanted Discovery Education for a long time now and have asked the principals to consider purchasing a school subscription.  No luck there.  Yesterday I received information about free resources on Discovery Education.  If you click on the title, you'll go to the home page.  Go to Teachers near the top and the drop down menu will give you the option to click a grade level and the free resources.  There are lots of great lesson plans and some videos.  I followed the link to Social Studies and found Student Adventures.  Looked interesting and I may be able to use this in the classroom especially during our country projects!  Next I checked out the Students tab and found some videos under Homework Help.  The videos could be very helpful for students to use.
I'd suggest you click on the title of this post and head over to the free resources to see what you can find at Discovery Education.  I'm dedicating some time today just for that!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Story Starters

Scholastic is a great resource for teachers.  You can find almost anything you need to reinforce areas of curriculum.  I was just looking at the site again today as I gear up for the first day of school and was reacquainted with the story starter generator.  Click on the title of this post to check it out.  I'm thinking this might be  fantastic to set up for the writing center.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Teach By Magic

This is a neat site I found last school year. There are lots of great videos to use for free or you can subscribe to an upgraded account and have access to all the videos. My 6th grade students enjoyed the "Hole World" video and were excited to complete the activity. The site includes the solutions to the tricks, printouts and directions. Check it out by clicking on the title of the post.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Free Computer Recycling

Direct from a recent email...

Free computer recycling from Apple ends September 2nd. Sign up by September 2, 2011, and Apple will collect any brand of computers and peripherals from your school for free recycling. Secure and environmentally responsible, the process Apple uses results in a high recovery rate of commodities. Plus, all recycling is done locally, so you can rest assured that your old electronics won't be shipped overseas.

To learn more about why Apple recycling is good for your school and to register for pickup, visit www.apple.com/education/recycling or call 1-800-APPLE-LN.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Algebra Help

This is direct from the site...

Algebrahelp.com is a collection of lessons, calculators, and worksheets created to assist students and teachers of algebra. Here are a few of the ways you can learn here...

Lessons
Explore one of our dozens of lessons on key algebra topics like Equations, Simplifying and Factoring. Check out the entire list of lessons...

Calculators
Having trouble solving a specific equation? Our Equation Calculator will show you the right answer and a step-by-step solution so you can solve the next one. Over the years, algebrahelp.com has helped students solve over 15 million equations! Our calculators don't just solve equations though. See all the problems we can help with...

Worksheets
Need to practice a new type of problem? We have tons of problems in the Worksheets section. We can grade your answers automatically, or you can compare against the answer key. Browse the list of worksheets to get started...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Math Fun Facts

This looks like a fun site to use to challenge your students. Each fact is a puzzle or an article to foster interest in mathematics. Just click on the tilte to go to the site.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Comic Creator

Here's a great site from Boys Life. Students can make a comic easily by adding characters, adding text and then printing it out. The only thing I don't see is the ability to embed the comic in a blog. There are plenty of kid comments on the page and it looks like most liked using it. Check it out by clicking on the title of this post.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thinglink

I signed up for this site a few weeks ago and had some trouble getting it installed on my blog. I don't know what happened on my first try because it worked just fine the second go round.

So what is a thinglink? The site says...A thinglink is an interactive hotspot you define inside an image, from a thing (an object, a person, or a place) to a link (a shop, a blog post, or anywhere you like).

Once I added the widget to my travel blog, all I had to do was add tags on my photos. Check it out on Travels with the Boones. I've only just played with it on 3 photos and I need to do a bit more work with it on my student site but I can see using it in the classroom as a teaching tool.

Check thinglink by clicking on the title of this post.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

B & N Studio

I love it when companies provide free things for kids...and that means free for teachers also. Click on the title of this post to go to the Barnes & Noble Studio site to watch videos of children's books. I listened to actress Molly Ringwald read Rob Scotton's Splish, Splash, Splat! as pictures from the book were shown. More things are available but the on-line storytime is spot that interests me!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sunlikely

I love to keep track of weather, especially winter weather. Here's a new site shared by Make Use Of. Just click on the title of this post to check out Sunlikely. Type in the name of the city or the zipcode and click enter. That's it! Simple to use with basic info. Use it for the US only!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Google URL Shortener

Have a google account? If you do, add the Google URL Shortener to your account. It's extremely easy to use and it has a social networking aspect so you are able to share your shortened links.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Live Binders

I've been working on organizing my resources this summer and have used Live Binders to help me. Recently I noticed that I could actually have shelves of binders so I organized my Language Arts and Social Studies binders on shelves. I've embedded the Social Studies binders below...some ready to go, others are works in progress. Those works in progress are labeled Private however I believe you will be able to access them. Feel free to check out all the Social Studies Live Binders. Most importantly look at LiveBinders by clicking on the title of this post. Even if you don't want to build your own binder, you will find lots of resources to help you in your classroom. If you are from TAEP School and are interested in using this great resource and need some help, just let me know!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Read Write Think

I've written about this site before but I wanted to remind you of the great resources available to you. I like everything about this site but my favorites are the interactives that you can use on the whiteboard or students can use independently. Click here to go to a Letter Generator or here if you are teaching compare and contrast. Writing Poetry with your students? Try the Shape Poem interactive by clicking here.

The site is easy to use. You will usually find some of their best interactives right on the home page but if you don't see what you want, just go to the side and fill in the search section. Add your keyword and then go down the page and make sure you fill in the filter sections so you get exactly what you want. Happy Searching!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Learn 21


The West Virginia Department of Education's Learn 21 site is a wonderful collection of grade and subject specific games and resources. Just click on the title of this post, find your grade level and your subject area and find the activity you want to use. The interactives can be used on your whiteboard or students can work on them independently or in small groups. Don't miss this site!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Easy Notecards

I'm always on the lookout for ways to help students study. i recently came across a new flashcard site called Easy Notecards. It's free, seems easy to use and all you need to do is sign up for it. This is one of the only sites I have found that does not require an email address. That's helpful for kids who don't have one. In just a few minutes I made a test set for the 9s times table and ran through the practice just to see what it looks like. The notecards look like real notecards; you know, those ones with lines. You click at the bottom to flip the card or you can set the practice to show the question with the answer. The creator of this site is looking to have 500 notecard sets by September. I have a feeling there will be more...much more! Thanks to Free Technology for Teachers for sharing this great resource!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Earth Calendar


Want to know what is special about today? Click on the title of this post to go to the Earth Calendar, a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world. It's easy to use; just click the 'Today' button to view holidays observed on this date or use the tabs at the top to navigate by date, country and religion. I like their suggestion...celebrate everyday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Woodlands Junior School

I've taken to exploring other teachers' websites lately and have found some great resources out there! Just today while reviewing my RSS feed I found another site from a Junior School in the UK. A big thanks to Richard Byrne who shared his Updated Best of the Web and included many resources including this one from Woodlands!

First things first! I have been following Richard for some time now...both his blog and via Twitter. If you haven't checked out his site, do that soon. He's got great resources and provides professional development to schools around the country. Click here to check him out.

Now, back to Woodlands Junior. The Homepage is a table of contents for almost anything of interest to teachers. Clicking on the Maths Zone takes you to Math teacher heaven! The resources seem to go on forever. I especially liked the equivalent fraction interactives. Don't stop at Math...you'll find Geography, Language and some interesting pages specific to the UK. Just click on the title to go to Woodlands Junior School. Enjoy!

Kids Courses-MathLibs

Was it Twitter? How about Facebook? No, maybe it was my RSS Reader? I don't remember where I found this site, but whoever shared it, THANKS!! Kids Courses.com has some great lessons and resources for grades 3-4. I was most interested in the MathLibs activity. It's a great way for students to review math skills especially multiplication while having some fun. After you check out MathLibs, scroll down below the MathLibs window to find links to lessons and quizzes. I looked a bit farther along and found a great teacher website. I'd urge you to check out Mrs.Renz's 4th Grade Website. She has lots of great resources. Impressive to say the least!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Body Maps

Attention Health Teachers! Here's a great site to check out the human body. You can mouse over the body to learn more about each organ. You can look inside the human body. You can get a 360 view of the human body. The site is simple to use. Just point and click to get info for a particular organ. Just remember, the naked human body is shown so be prepared to preview first and decide how much you want to show the students. Click on the title of this post to go to the site.

Monday, July 18, 2011

TAEP Grade 6

I've been working like crazy to be VERY prepared for this schoolyear. The TAEP Grade 6 site has been changed a bit and I have added resources for student use and teacher use. For the first time, I have added documents including lesson plans and powerpoints. Using Google Docs helps a lot however I have also been using Windows Live which allows me to have documents on the cloud for use anywhere I have an internet connection.

More importantly, I have been adding student interactives to the reading units 1-3. I have organized the specific skills taught and/or reviewed with each story and have linked student interactives. The resources on the internet are overwhelming and I was able to find something for most comprehension skills and grammar skills. Check out the site by clicking on the title of this post. Then click on Unit 1 on the left side to see the listing of stories and skills. Altough I teach Grade 6, the skill interactives are not necessarily leveled for 6th grade. Since students will use this site independently for review, I used various levels.

I have also included teacher resources from PBSMedia, Starrmatica, and BrainPop. PBSMedia is a free site that has exceptional resources to assist with your teaching. The other two sites are paid subscriptions but well worth the price. As you scroll to the bottom, you will find the documents. I have completed lesson plans for all my units but have only recently started making PowerPoints to review the stories in preparation for the selection test. Mrs. Langley's Website gave me this idea and I have recently started making ppts for the first unit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Virtual Fieldtrips

Just found this site with virtual fieldtrips for many, many places. Students can travel around the world right from your classroom! Check it out by clicking on the title of this post!

Office Depot Star Teacher Appreciation

Star Teacher Appreciation Week and Breakfast coming soon to an Office Depot close to you! Click on the title of this post to find out when. Enjoy free Breakfast and free giveaways on the Saturday of your store's event week. You'll get a free tote, samples of Office Depot products and a coupon book with offers throughout the year. During the week long event, you'll receive 20% off qualifying in-store purchases. Not a Star Teacher?? Sign up right away because you'll need a card to participate! Just click on the title and find the sign up link right under the 20% off ad.

Live Binder on Immigration

I've put together some resources for my unit on immigration. Using a Live Binder is a great way to organize interactives, sites, lesson plans, etc. If you haven't used Live Binders check it out here. It's easy to use and they have plenty of tutorials and are quick to respond if you need help. So...back to my Immigration Live Binder...well, it's a work in progress but so far it has more than enough to target the few Content Standards and Objectives for 6th grade. Check it out by clicking the link below or the title of this post.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

PBS Learning Media

I recently signed up for an account from PBS Learning Media and I wondered why I needed one more ed site! Now I know. I have found amazing lessons to support reading comprehension skills and I've already added them to my lesson plans and my 6th Grade site. Pigs as Pets is a great lesson to review main ideasand analyzing information. The lesson plan includes worksheets, rubrics, transcripts and a great video. Everything is lined out and easy to follow.

To find PBS Learning Media just click on the title of this post and sign up for an account. Start browsing the 14,000+ resources, favorite the ones you like and tag them for use later. Trust me, this is a great site so check it out right now!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Yellowstone National Park

If you can't get to Yellowstone this summer, make sure you check out all the on-line opportunties. Take a virtual field trip by clicking here. You have a choice of 17 free electronic trips. Visit the Old Faithful Visitor Center by clicking here. You'll start with a flyover of the park finally landing near Old Faithful. You can click here to go to a listing of on-line resources from National Parks. Find videos and photos by clicking here. A series of short, 4 to 22 minute, videos are included along with links to webcams, slide shows and field trips. Click here to view the new Old Faithful streaming webcam. You can also find lots of photos to use in the classroom by clicking here. In fact the photo I used of Barronette Peak was from the 13,000+ collection. The main site which can be accessed by clicking on the title of the post has all the links I mentioned plus more...much more. It's almost as good as being there, but not quite!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Simple K12 Webinar

Click on the title to head to a free webinar from Simple K12. You will be introduced to 5 webtools.

My Fake Wall
Wetoku
Wordle
BibMe
StoryBird
And an extra one...Popplet

Great PD sitting right in my living room and it's free! Thanks SimpleK12!

Monday, June 27, 2011

PBS Learning Media

Here's a new site from PBS...new today! PBS has collected over 14,000 resources and have organized them based on subject area. You can search their resources, tag them and add them to your favorites for use later in the classroom. Check it out by clicking on the title of this post.

WorksheetWorks

Do you need worksheets specific to your needs? Here's a site that will make worksheets based on your specifications. I've made several this morning after hearing about this site from @marynabadenhors on Twitter. The site is in Beta which means it is new and being perfected. You might find a few glitches along the way but so far, all has looked fine to me. Click on a subject area and specify what you want, click a few boxes and make the worksheet. You'll need a pdf reader but that is no problem. The site has a download for the free Adobe Reader. You can save your completed worksheet to your computer or print it. It keeps a record of what you have created at least during the time you are on the site. I haven't found any subscription so you don't need to set up an account nor do you need to pay anything. Free! I like that!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Image Swirl-Google

Where have I been and how long has Google Image Swirl been out there?? I just found it today on Kathy Schrock's Tech Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.You can find that by clicking here. She's shown lots of Google Apps and Tools and I saw a few others that are new to me so I will be checking them out later today. So back to Image Swirl...

Click on the title of this post, type in your subject, hit enter and just let it do its thing. You'll get lots of images but don't stop there. Click on one of the images to go to a web of other images. Click on another image and go to a new web and before you know it you have spent an hour looking at various images. It is somewhat addictive!
Here's the Swirl landing page for Wahington, DC

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Live Binders

I've been using Live Binders for over a year now and have found it a great tool to organize and save my web resources. Live Binders is extremely easy to use. Sign up for an account...it's free by the way. Add the BookMark tool to your browser toolbar, start browsing and when you find your special site, click the Bookmark tool. Keep doing that and you'll end up with a binder organized with tabs and all the sites you love. I've made a few binders and you can access my public shelf by going here. Keep in mind that the binders are always available for changes and additions and are always a work in progress!

The other neat thing about Live Binders is that thousands of educators are using this great tool and organizing resources on all different education topics. You can search for specific topics and if you have an account, you are able to copy the livebinder and add it to your shelf. I often do that so I don't have to go back and search again! One of my favorite Live Binder authors is K.B.Connected. She has multiple binders on a variety of topics. Check out her shelf here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Microsoft Mouse Mischief



I remember hearing about this Mouse Mischief thing awhile back but I just didn't take the time to look at it until yesterday. I've downloaded the program...free by the way...and have looked at some of the ready made ppt lessons. So far so good but I still need to have some wireless mice to complete the picture! So here's what it looks like - in a nutshell.

PowerPoint becomes interactive! Students have mice which are connected to the individual ppt. They are able to respond to surveys and questions throughout the presentation just by clicking on their mice. Teachers get results after each question and these results can be seen by students if the teacher wants. Sound good to you? Just click on the title of this post to go to the site where you will find anything and everything to explain this program.

Merriam Webster's Word Central



Thanks to Edgalaxy for sharing this site from Merriam Webster! This looks to be a grand place for kids to work on words! Students can practice their vocabulary skills with games and build their own dictionary. There is a dictionary, a thesaurus and a rhyming list with definitions. All seem easy to use.

The Daily Buzzword looks like something you could use when you have only a few minutes. You get a word, the pronunciation, the definition, and a sentence. Then students are asked a question about the word. Check out today's Daily Buzzword below!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Teachers' First


I'm sure this site has been around for ages but I just noticed it and WOW...I am impressed. They have lots of link to resources including Ready to Go activities, instructional units, lesson plans and links to sites with more resources. Check it out and sign up for a subscription. They are making some changes to their site so you may be unable to subscribe and/or see all the resources right away but give it a few days and I bet everything will be back to normal soon!

Monday, June 6, 2011

School Visits

Here are just a few of the photos taken last week during a visit to PA schools. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Zoom-It

I've been looking for a zoom tool and just received an email about Zoom-It. Not only is this a tool to zoom but you can annotate as well. Seems easy to use as long as you remember the keys to use. Check it out by clicking on the title.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Grammar Practice Park


This looks like a good grammar practice site for students in Grades 3, 4 and 5. These are just sample games so if you have harcourt textbooks, I imagine you have lots of interactives!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Social Studies Fair

Enjoy TAEP's 6th grade Social Studies fair projects.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spark-An Evidence Based Curriculum

Spark looks like a great curriculum however it does cost money! I was pleased to see that there are free activities...free download of a lesson plan, free download of the assessment, and free video...each month. This month's activity is Twist, Turn, Bend and Stretch.

Check out the grant finder section also. Once you get to the site you can put in your state to see what is available. All target wellness and could certainly be used for the Spark curriculum.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Story Jumper

This is a great site for writing books. I spent a bit of time today writing a story for my students. I'll share it tomorrow and let the kids know they will be using this site to publish their Young Writers' stories. This should help continue the excitement of writing!

Check out the site by clicking on the title of this post. If you want to find my story, go to explore and look for The Hidden Treasure. I haven't seen a search button but I clicked around enough to find some great suggestions for building a story. Overall this is a fun and educational site!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Language Garden

I've spent just a little time this morning exploring Language Garden and I am thinking about using it with my students next week. It looks like a great review for grammar and targets parts of speech. It should also help with expanding simple sentences using adjectives and prepositional phrases. Check it out by clicking on the title of the post.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let Them Sing it for You!

Oh MY...this is so much fun. Type in a few sentences, click the forward button and listen to famous artists sing the words! It doesn't always turn out quite right but you can change the words they can't find to make it work. When it's just right, then send it via email to a friend. Enjoy yourself with this site!

Qwiki

This is a neat new site billing itself as the Information Experience! I've been following Qwiki for several weeks now during there Beta phase and I have enjoyed their daily emails with links to the Qwiki of the day.

Try is out. Click on the title to go to the site. Then all you have to do is fill in your topic in the search box and wait for the Qwiki to load. The computer then reads the information while you look at the text and pictures. Additional related Qwikis are included at the bottom and once the Qwiki is over you see more related Qwikis and links to other sites on your topic.

I love Qwiki and recently added a number of links on our classroom social studies page. I've embedded a qwiki on the Whitehouse below. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Penguin Storytime

This is a great site with lots of resources for teachers. I spent a good deal of time clicking around the site and liked the Storytime section the best. Chek out the video below.








Clay Yourself


I had a great time making a clay person. It's easy to use; just click and drag. When finished, it is simple to save it to your computer for use in your blog or website later. If you want to take a step farther, fill in a few blanks with a mad lib and record it to add to your clay person. Great fun!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Quiet Write

Quiet Write looks to be a great site for practicing your writing skills. You will need to sign up, use a log-in but then all your writing will be saved. I believe it is in beta right now...that means it is new and may have some glitches...but my first swipe at using it was easy. Click on the title to go to the site.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dolch Words


This looks to be a good site to use to review dolch words. I tried out a matching game with the word pronounced and I had to match the written word. It was great fun however the speaker had a British accent.

A New Year

I stopped using this site months ago and have since built several sites for use in my classroom. I think it's time to get back to work on Sally's Tech Tips! Expect to see regular postings to this site for all grade levels! Happy New Year!