Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free SMART Board Lessons!

imageMany thanks to Galesburg High School Math Teacher Amanda Aberle for the tip on this resource. Wow!

A+ Educators and Digital Nation are offering educators FREE SMART BOARD lesson activities until September 27, 2012!

Visit the A+ Educators Web site to access the lessons. Scroll down and click on any of the “Download Now” links.

When you are asked to enter a username & password, use:

    • PASSWORD: 4aplus

This takes the user into their Digital Nation site, where educators have access to pre-made SMART Board lessons at all of the grade levels (K-12) in Math, Science, and Language Arts. The few I’ve downloaded & browsed through are pretty good quality and use a variety of interactive SMART Board techniques. (These are definitely NOT intended to be “tech-facilitated lectures,” folks, and that’s a good thing!)

The Digital Nation site also provides access to similar lessons that work with Promethean interactive whiteboard lessons, as well as other interactive and web-based resources, games and assessments. (You’ll also find a link to future iPad resources, but this has not been populated with resources yet.)

Users can also search the activities by National Common Core State Standard to find resources, which is very handy.

The username/password expires September 27, 2012, so I’d encourage educators to download these great resources ASAP!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Personal Learning Network Ideas

Many educators are using social media to develop their own Personal Learning Network (PLN) to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and topics affecting their classrooms.
imageIf you haven’t started this practice yet, or if you’re looking to expand your PLN, here’s a great place to start. In June 2012, EdTech Magazine published a list of “50 Must-Read K-12 I.T. Blogs.”
While many on the list are tech-focused, you’ll find that most are traditionally-trained teachers who happen to use tech to communicate good classroom practices to the world outside their classrooms. Given a chance, I think most teachers will find something on the list that will appeal to them personally or professionally, regardless of your tech-comfort level.
Among these are several that I peruse during that rumored-and-always-elusive “free time.”
I am amazed that the following were not included – you may find them useful too!
Many of these can also be found on various social networks, too, like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.

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