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
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.


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!