Monday, May 28, 2012
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
We are proud to announce that Dan Powell, (right) Social Sciences Teacher at Galesburg High School North has been selected to become “The Voice.” Dan will spend a portion of his summer recording these messages for all schools and buildings in our District. As reward for this commitment, Dan has received a tablet computing device, a certificate suitable for framing, and “a really big check.” …LOL…
If you would like to conduct a similar activity in your own school or district, you can read the details of this contest on our website for The Voice of District #205.
Here’s a great resource to tuck away for next school year. James Hollis of Teachers Love SMART Boards has created a “Spin to Win” review game template for use on SMART Boards. All you have to do is enter the text of your questions and answers. Kids can tap the board to randomly select review questions of varying difficulties or categories, depending on how you set things up.
Instructions on how to edit the file and play the game are on one of the last slides near the end.
Here’s a quick video overview showing how to edit the file & use it in the classroom.
Download the file for free from Teachers Love SMART Boards!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Memorial Day was originally established as Decoration Day following the Civil War to honor soldiers who had fallen in battle. Over time the traditions have expanded this remember all loved ones who have passed away.
To learn more about this observance across the nation and similar ones around the world, I highly recommend Larry Ferlazzo's The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day
Fakebook now allows users to animate events on a Fakebook profile, so users can experience the progression of events in a figure’s life, etc.
The post also includes links to other ways to incorporate false Facebook-like profiles into instruction.
At this point in the year we’re all looking for a way to hook kids’ interests – this would be a great tool to tuck away for next year.
Learn how to use Fakebook in 90 seconds.
The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons
What do you think would have happened if... That question alone stimulates higher-order thinking about what students have learned...
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I’m slowly dipping my toe in the waters of Google+ as a Professional Learning Network (PLN). One of the neat features is that blog posts here can be shared automatically to my Google+ stream, so anyone else who wants to participate can also read my blog posts.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous – or if you pity this poor Johnny-Come-Lately – visit Google+ and add me to your circle!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Great Post from Vicki Davis on the Cool Cat Teacher blog: 7 Ways to Keep Students Focused While Using Technology (from Edudemic). While on the surface these may seem a bit elementary, the details offer surprisingly helpful tips for your next foray into the computer lab, etc. Read the full post to learn more.
- Encourage direct engagement
- Ask for more participation
- Delve into a topic
- Make use of online resources in class
- Assign research topics
- Use real-world problems
- review what they’ve learned
Friday, May 11, 2012
Learn 360 and BatsLIVE are hosting a free interactive electronic field trip Thursday, May 17, from 1-2 pm ET (12-1 Central Time). The e-field-trip is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and produced by the Prince William Network.
BatsLIVE focuses on Bat conservation and is intended for students and teachers in grades 4-8. Click here to learn more and register if you have a Learn 360 account. All others can register through the BatsLIVE web site.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
There is no other job more important than education. It is the foundation of our democracy. By seizing on what’s working, and recreating those successes from one classroom to the next, we can make it better for everyone.
Thanks to every educator out there for all the hard work and extra effort you put forth every day!
To remember Maurice Sendak, here are some helpful and nostalgic links:
- Build Your Wild Self – Kids can upload their picture and turn themselves into a Wild Thing. From the New York Zoos & Aquarium.
- NPR News Story on the passing of Maurice Sendak
- WTWTA Lesson Plans, from Bright Hub Education
- Book Report Alternatives using WTWTA, from ReadWriteThink
Thanks to Read Write Think, Bright Hub, and Free Tech for Teachers for tips on these resources
Each month, the NetSmartz Workshop publishes “The NetSmartz Five” – an email digest of 5 tips for safe and educationally relevant tech use ideas and resources. To sign up to receive these emails, visit the NetSmartz Web site.
This month’s email – viewable here as a Web page – is entitled, “5 Things You Should Knows About Using Technology with Special Needs Children.” It contains some great ideas and advice from experts to help teachers and parents use technology tools with students having special needs. Check it out!
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