Saturday, July 12, 2014

Improving your Searching with Google

Searching with Google  the top 10

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summertime Exploration and Reflection

Thank you, Barbara and Tina from LiveBinders, for bringing ISTE to life for those who were unable to attend Not at ISTE 2014

HackEdSmackdown2014

Podcast: Web 2.0 Smackdown

The Problem with PBL notatiste14 links etc

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Hard Part About Teaching

Summer Reading and Reflections ... Notable Links

"They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate." The Hard Part

'It's the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer all he gains is a little fact but give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. That way, when he finds the answers they’ll be precious to him, the harder the question, the harder we hunt, the harder we hunt the more we learn, an impossible question . . .' What Questions Shall We Ask?"

"Every year, thousands of educators flock to annual conferences to hear what the best and brightest minds of the industry are up to. But what if you could hear from these luminaries every day?" The 2014 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs

"Do corporations make their employees pay for their own office supplies? Nope. Yet the average teacher spends up to $1,000 of his/her own money every year on classroom supplies (not to mention personal time spent getting the classroom in shape before school starts!)." Teachers: Equip Your Classroom for FREE

"With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country." Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

"You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. There are lots of apps, and these are just my opinion based on what I've used with my students or successfully tested." 51 Tools You Can Use Now

"Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter." 50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Students need a voice.

13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice "The platforms part can go a long way toward serving the confidence part. ... but if the goal is to help students find their own voice, they will need choices. Here are six very different possibilities, from those text-based to ... and like YouTube, tech-savvy to manage the channels; those that tend ..."

Instructional Technology Tweet Wrap for the Week of 04-28-14 "This week’s collection of inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets about education and instructional technology articles, resources, etc." (Originally posted on Twitter by @EmergingEdTech over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers). If you are an educator or interested in emerging technology and developing trends in the classroom I encourage you to follow Kelly Walsh @EmergingEdTech

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Frog Days of Spring

Frog Alert ~

Life Cycle of a Frog

My Life as a Frog ..an interview

Frog Unit of Study (Pinterest)

Neat Idea of the Day from Education World

A great seasonal idea!

Friday, April 25, 2014

cluuz

A unique search engine with a twist.

A web search engine featuring semantic cluster graphs, image extraction, and tag clouds.

http://www.cluuz.com



It is considered the next killer startup company

Monday, April 14, 2014

Next Vista For Learning

Next Vista For Learning



Next Vista For Learning provides a library of free videos made by and for teachers and students everywhere. It is an excellent resource site with over 1000 student and teacher-created videos on a wide variety of topics.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites


The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

WordSmyth



One of the best online dictionaries for children!
Add the children's version of the WordsmythNow widget to your toolbar, and students can look up new vocabulary no matter where they are online.

of particular interest
Welcome to Wordsmyth Kids

A Novel Ending/ Closure Activity



Teacher's Note: This activity is intended to be used at the end of a novel study (or story). The above objectives should have already been taught and practiced prior to the completion of this activity. This is a closure activity.

Friday, January 17, 2014

15 Best Websites According to Redditors

easel.ly and Infographics

Create and share visual ideas online. Other sites of interest .. How to Make an Infographic with easel.ly How to Create an Infographic with easel.ly

Attention Grabbers

educreations


Description

Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Real Place Kids Learn Math |

http://mathfour.com/math-around-us/the-real-place-kids-learn-math

"Hey there!

How do you teach math? 

I don't mean, "How SHOULD you teach math?" but really - how DO you?

Okay, let me try to be a bit clearer (because at this point I'm kinda getting myself confused).

There is "official" math teaching and there are the things we do that accidentally teach math.

When teachers plan out lessons, there's intentional teaching about to happen. This can show up in the form of giving students step-by-step algorithms or through guided experiences. And different kids need each.

So really, there's not one way that we SHOULD teach math.
But how about the math that we teach when we don't even know we're teaching it?

Like counting to 5 when parents are about to punish their toddler. What kind of message does that send about counting?

Or just interacting with kids - you'll be surprised how math comes out in games, cooking, gardening or just driving down the road. From this they learn logic, fractions, volume and rates. 

Did you know we were teaching math that way? 

Stop for a minute the next time you interact with your students in a non-math situation. Is there math there? When you see it - say it out loud!

Let me know what you find and how you say it. I'd love to hear it!"

Courtesy "Bon Crowder"

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Top 100 Twitter Tools for teachers

Monday, December 23, 2013

Teach Smarter and More Efficiently

Monday, December 02, 2013

Blog of the Day

http://www.weareteachers.com/
WeAreTeachers is a powerful online resource for lesson plans, professional development resources, grants and contests for teachers, and much more.
Follow the on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest for up to date resources, topics and tools to use in your classroom.

As an example check out these art resources for the core curriculum. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Day in the Life of An Educator

http://www.justintarte.com/
Do you wonder what teachers do all day? Would you like to tell the world that this job doesn't end at 2:00 when the bell rings? Ranging from insightful to funny to contemplative, these blogs offer an honest look at what life as an elementary school teacher is really like
Also of interest Life of an Educator

A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Teacher


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Great Websites for Kids

Friday, November 15, 2013

A 15 Minute Pizza

http://thegoudalife.tumblr.com/post/64303579835/15-minute-meals-with-hillshire-farm-wild-mushroom
For those nights spent at meetings or parent teacher interviews
A quick delicious and energizing supper.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blogs that Caught My Eye

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dolch Phrase Worksheet Generator

http://www.mrsperkins.com/dolch-phrase-generator.html
The busy teacher loves generators. Have your students use them in interesting and creative ways tied to your curriculum.
Other generators you may like~ 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Writing


Resource Ideas for Subbies

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9wrRDdvdko-ZjYwZjIwMzctODYwNi00YmVjLWFlMzMtYzhkYWZmOGE3OGFh/edit?hl=en_US
FREE Fact Swap Review Game for Any Subject. To begin, each student writes three facts about the subject in the top three boxes. Then students walk around .. a fun way for students to share facts they have learned about whatever you have been teaching
Swap Review Game a sheet of paper folded into nine blocks

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Gooru ..a search engine for learning and teaching

http://www.goorulearning.org/#discover
With Gooru, a free search engine for learning, you can quickly find topic-relevant, standards-aligned resources and organize them into teachable and sharable “collections” — all in one place. 

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The Power of Math

http://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/1st-grade-number-activities.html
"Many people believe that only a minority of children are born with mathematical talent, while the rest simply do not have the ability to succeed at a high level. Recent discoveries in cognitive science are challenging this myth of ability. The brain is not hard wired; it continues to change and develop throughout life. Steady incremental learning can result in the emergence of new abilities."

Friday, October 25, 2013

Notable Sites That Caught my Eye

http://www.pinterest.com/janbernard10/best-classroom-anchor-charts/
Inspirational ideas and printables collated from Pinterest
An anchor chart, is very effective in promoting student success. It outlines or describes procedures, processes, and strategies.
Julie's charts provide additional taking off points
A classroom staple is for this teacher ~
I have been using anchor charts from my first day of teaching and often have the students create their own. Teachers have a thing for anchor charts 
Searches related to anchor charts

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hallowe'en Phys Ed Games etc

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Community Hub: Fiction to Fact! A Lesson ...

http://www.thinkfinity.org/community/hub/blog/2013/10/13/fiction-to-fact-a-lesson-to-try
Always on the search for the ultimate lesson plan.
Of interest is the top 25 Lesson Plans ....

"How did we teach without the Internet? Our favorite sites simplify lesson planning, keep the classroom running smoothly, and engage students." Thank you Hannah, for this great compilation!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Word Sense

http://wordsense.me/

This fabulous language tool is a boon for teachers and students alike... it's more than a thesaurus, dictionary, graphic organizer, vocabulary and language tool and idea simulator.
Do give it a try and I do recommend students add it to their language/english toolbox of language tools.
Also recommended ~

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Philosophy According to Malcom Gladwell

http://danpollock.blogspot.ca/2009/04/quantity-before-quality.html

Philosophy According to Malcom Gladwell as it applies to teaching and learning

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Common Core in Action and Writing

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/common-core-in-action-writing-for-audience-rebecca-alber?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-common-core-audience-list
"What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news. The "audience" for student writing was once the lone teacher sitting after school with her cup of coffee, a red pen, and a stack of essays or other writing projects."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mathwire etc.

http://mathwire.com/archives/index.html
Check out techie classroom's ideas on how to integrate and marry this site with your math core curriculum standards.

If you like Math Wire be sure to add math four to math curriculum toolbox.

Online Art Games to consolidate, enrich and enhance your art programme. Why not allow your students to explore works of art with educational games.

An Overview of Balanced Math Instruction

http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/13/K067/TopLinks/Balanced+Mathematics.htm
An Overview of Balanced Math Instruction from the NYC Department of Education

"What does it mean to do, learn, and understand mathematics? John A. Van de Walle, amathematics teacher, consultant and author, puts it this way, "Doing ..."

Balanced  mathematics instruction is a method for educators to use the texts and tools that they currently have to create a balanced math curriculum.
Balanced math instruction offered here ~ 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The 5 Minds of Learners

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/09/the-5-minds-of-learners.html

"Howard Gardner is one of the prominent figures in the field of cognitive and developmental psychology. He is best renowned for his multiple intelligences theory, a theory which has had some far reaching impact on the pedagogy and teaching practice."
Also see~
5 Minds of the Future

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Writing Fix

http://writingfix.com/picture_book_prompts.htm
a comprehensive resource for writing teachers
Students should enjoy the random story prompt generator. 
Similar to WritingFix ~


Helping Students Manage Time

"There are many posts regarding this topic. I didn't realize there were so many until I conducted a research Google search.  324,000,000 results to my query.  Wow, I'd spend a lot of time if I had to review all of those!"

And for the younger student and time management ~
Helping Busy Kids Manage Time
ADD Students and Time Management
Increase Efficiency in the Classrooom
Key to Solving Discipline Problems

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Don't Be an Angry Bird!!

http://www.thehometeacher.org/2012/02/dont-be-angry-bird-free-printables.html
A sensational graphic for those students who "lose it"! Thank you so much.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Math and the POWER OF JELLY BEANS

Monday, July 22, 2013

Digital Photo Tips and Tricks

Summertime and time to take more photos than usual. Digital Photography Tips

Monday, July 01, 2013

Game Board Centers


http://new-to-teaching.blogspot.ca/2013/06/game-board-centers.html
"Students playa number of games which have been devised by someone else, discover faults and short-comings and suggest improvements. (This involves the strategic skills of understanding a situation' and 'identifying relevant factors in it'.)"
The aim of this resource is design an important area of real problem solving that many people face regularly in their lives at home and at work.
This is a great strategy to use as the school year ends and to keep students focused.
If you like this resource you may want to integrate these resources~
Mathwire

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Poster

http://www.edudemic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Blooms_Digital_Taxonomy.jpg

You may also like ~
Common Core & Ed Tech ... "practical, proven tools to engage students in technology while meeting Common Core Standards"

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Math Resources That Caught My Eye

http://mathhombre.blogspot.ca/


Thoughts from a Reflective Educator


Quite a few different types of worksheets, includes word problems, and permits customization

Contains videos, original worksheets
You may also like ~
This is a British site, but the fraction worksheets are awesome - so are most of the others.  Nicely spaced and larger print.   www.math-drills.com/
Ton's of great blackline masters:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What caught my eye on ISTE 13 today?

Friday, May 03, 2013

Top 6 Search Engines for Finding Images

top-6-visual-search-engines-for-finding-the-image-you-want

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Art Projects for Kids

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Need Inspiration or a Lesson Plan!!

Words for Spring

Words to Use for Spring

Words for Spring. Find words and phrases to describe spring and the arrival of springtime. Adjectives; Nouns; Verbs; Phrases. abloom; active; airy; alive 

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Tales from a K to 1 Classroom

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Anchor Charts

http://jennifersteachingtools.blogspot.ca/
Reading and writing resources including anchor charts

Resource Sharing from various Edcamps

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Kindergarten Resources

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Character Traits

http://www.talesfromoutsidetheclassroom.com/2013/01/character-traits-and-cause-effect.html
"A little while back we worked on Character Traits in my groups and I totally forgot to share with you!  I made this anchor chart (please pardon the GIANT wrinkle!)"

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Trend Spotting Sites for Educators

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sites to explore over the Xmas Holiday Season

http://cybraryman.com/authors.html
A chance to explore .....
Other Sites that caught my eye this week~
Ed Tech Buzzwords .. An interesting interpretation of where we are heading with the current technology available to us.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

OCDSB Instructional Technology Coach Resources

https://ocdsbinstructionaltechcoach.wikispaces.com/Tech+Discussions
Welcome to the OCDSB Coaches Corner, a wealth of resources linked to the Ontario curriculum

Feature sites ~

edgalaxy

http://www.edgalaxy.com/journal/2012/8/21/over-40-lesson-ideas-based-on-charlie-and-the-chocolate-fact.html
Cool, trendy stuff for nerdy teachers!!

Also see a sampling of GREAT resources from the site ~

edgalaxy on Pinterest

Calculate, area, volume and perimeter using Lego as an engagement tool. 
An interactive mindmap of teaching ideas and lesson plans