Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy December!

Welcome back! If you have not already started planning ways that your class can participate in the Illinois Internet Safety Contest, please take a moment to listen to the podcast at left. Give me a call or an email for ideas on how you can participate!

Winter Holidays: many Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for these quick lists of links and activities to help kids learn about the many winter holidays coming up:

Research Supports SMART Boards!  And not jsut any research - Robert Marzano (author of Classroom Instruction That Works, etc.) has recently released a report on how Interactive Whiteboards (like SMART Boards and others) actually help improve student achievement in the hands of effective teachers.  Read the Research, or Read this quick Summary from Lori's Latest Links

FLIP Video in YOUR Classroom: Do you recall that we have a case of 15 FLIP Video cameras that you can check out for use with your classroom activities?  We also have a few that we can loan out individually for special projects and activities!  Here's a great wiki on how to use FLIP Video Camcorders in almost any classroom.  This site shows a slide presentation of more than 40 different ideas you can adapt to use FLIP video camcorders with content within your classroom.  Give me a call or send me an email and I'll hook you up!

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Monday, December 7.  Here is a list of the best sites for learning About Pearl Harbor, from Larry Ferlazzo.  The National Park Service has a web site dedicated to the USS Arizona Preservation Project, as well as the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.    You can also learn more about United States Naval history and view a specialPearl Harbor photo gallery at the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

Latitude & Longitude:  GPS (or ANY technology, for that matter) might be nice, but it's not a replacement for basic skills.  Have a look at Larry Felazzo's Best Sites for Teaching About Latitude & Longitude. Let your inner geographer come out and play!

Power Point Games: Here are some great Power Point review game ideas that you can use with your SMART Board or projector.

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