Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gotta Keep Reading

Do your kids feel like they’ve just “Gotta Keep Reading”?  Want to help encourage them to keep reading?  Take a look at this Teacher Tube video (also available on YouTube and other video sharing sites), from Ocoee (Florida) Middle School, done to the tune of “I Gotta Feelin’” by the Black Eyed Peas:

Here’s a little bit about how they pulled it off.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Free Stuff for Busy Teachers

j0441426 Free web Project Ideas!  Download The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book, by Terry Freedman, for hundreds of ideas on how you can incorporate more technology into your classroom activities.


Many thanks to everyone who helped by nominating Galesburg for the Google Fiber for Communities Project!  We have no idea when we'll learn to final outcome of this project, but Google says it will announce it's decision by the end of this calendar year.  keep your fingers crossed, and keep believing in Galesburg!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Flippin Out -- THE Journal

Flip Kit 001 Here’s a great article on the use of small handheld camcorders – like the FLIP cameras and other competitors – with your classroom activities.  (The article features links to a number of other types of cameras, both more and less expensive than the FLIPs.) 

Keep in mind, we have a number of FLIP Video cameras that are available to loan out to you for your classroom activities! Let me know if you’d like to utilize 1 or a classroom set!

Flippin Out -- THE Journal

Google In Galesburg

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Only 5 days left to nominate Galesburg for the Google Fiber for Communities project!  Let me know if you need assistance recording or posting a video to support your nomination.  If you’re not uploading video, please use the Google In Galesburg site as your supporting link.  Thanks!


Google In Galesburg

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Blog Tools, Blogging Software & Website Editor | Windows Live Writer

Live Writer If you use a classroom blog with your students, you might want to consider downloading and installing a tool called Windows Live Writer.  This tool works great with many popular blogging platforms (BlogSpot, WordPress, EduBlogs, TypePad, LiveSpaces, etc.) and makes posting to your blog much simpler and more straightforward.

The interface “looks like” a melding of your blog platform and Microsoft Word.  In some cases it appears to offer a simpler interface, and easier ways to insert pictures, videos, maps, etc., than the standard blog interface.  (It even offers photo-editing tools that are completely absent from some blogging platforms.)  There’s even a plug-in for Internet Explorer, so you can publish a blog entry about a website directly from your surfing session!  And, since it’s Microsoft, it works almost seamlessly with Word, Excel, etc.

Blog Tools, Blogging Software & Website Editor | Windows Live Writer

Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekly Web Wonders

Texting and Literacy - Here's a great video describing the ways that "text-speak" may be affecting how our students communicate.  This video includes interviews of current college-age students, but would be very appropriate for any Secondary classroom that requires research skills, especially High School English classes.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Office 2007 Training Resources

Office 2007 Training Resources: We've just launched a new web page filled with links to help you figure out how to use Microsoft Office 2007!  The links on the web page will take you to videos and free interactive training courses to help you get up to speed on Office 2007. Also available on this new web page are links to a number of plug-ins, like Search Commands and Ribbon Hero, that help take the work out of learning these new programs.

This software suite is available for any District #205 teacher to use - just submit a Tech Help Request and we'll evaluate your workstation to see if you're ready to have it installed.  This software is also available for a small fee for anyone to install on their home computers as well. (However, installation and support at home is up to you.)  Email the Technology Department or myself for mor information.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Random Ramblings

Nature Online Video Streaming Archive - Great UNBLOCKED resource for natural and physical science classrooms of all ages!

Teacher Vision on Women's History - March is Women's History Month!  These are some great videos to help you share the important contributions that women have made throughout US and World History.

See my previous post for other Women's History resources.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Galesburg Hosts Avi!

The Reading at the Crossroads team invites you to "An Evening With Avi."

Avi, the award-winning children's author will visit Galesburg schools March 16-17.  Avi will also conduct a public forum at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.  Avi's books will be on sale in the lobby, and he will be available for personal autographs directly following the presentation.

Come see this award-winning children's author who has published over 70 books for children and young adults!

Sponsored by Galesburg CUSD #205, Galesburg's Sunrise Rotary and Noon Rotary Clubs, and the Galesburg Public Schools Foundation.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March is Women's History Month!

March is Women's History Month!  Here are some links to help our students learn about the important contributions that women have made to our state, our nation, and our world.

History Channel on Women's History - Watch great videos about women in History ("Herstory"?)

US Census Bureau with interesting demographic facts about women in America

Library of Congress' Women's History Month site

The Smithsonian on Women's History Month

Free Women's History Month Resources from the US Department of Education

Library of Congress on Women's Suffrage

Women in Rural America

Writing Women Back Into History, from the National Park Service

Larry Ferlazzo on Women's History Month

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