Thursday, December 31, 2009

Notable blog of the Day
I wanted to write a post thanking the people who taught me this year but there are far too many of them to name individually.

"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." - John Dewey

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wonderwheel's answer to visual or mindmapping searching.

Google's Wonder Wheel

Monday, December 28, 2009

Doing a unit on teeth. Add this site to your arsenal.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

As we head back to school this new year I thought I would revisit and focus on some education resource potals one of which is Awesome Library You wouldn't believe from looking at the home page that the Awesome Library organizes 37000 carefully reviewed K-12 education resources for kids. It contains a directory, an index, and a search engine. Over time its purpose has expanded to include college students and professionals

Curriki welcomes you to post your lessons and ideas on Curriki. Why reinvent the wheel. Here is a guided tour of Curriki The site is created by the Global Education and Learning Community

It is well designed and with eye catching graphics. There are approximately 16,000 resources with subject area and grade level indicated. Highly recommended.

There is a web 2.0 flavour to this site. You may wish to join Curriki so you can edit, build up, organize, copy, comment on, rate, flag, and nominate resources.

Why not have fun teaching in 2010. Increase the fun quotient in the new year with these easy to access materials which include songs, worksheets. movies on such topics as grammar, literacy, story elements, volume in math, respect along with educational games.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Free Reading provides a 40 week course and sequence of phonemic awareness and phonics activities. The goals of Free Reading are to enhance your or extend your reading programme and to create quality research-based instruction for reading free, and to provide a community of educators with an open source intervention toolkit for K-3 educators. Free Reading is completely free… downloads, prints, teaching materials! Free Reading is ideal for the reading intervention classroom, or for small guided reading groups. Give it more than a glance.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

diigo education pioneer

Sunday, December 20, 2009

WebMath is designed to help you solve your math problems. In terms of functionality, WebMath is one-to-one coached problem solving. It can help reinforce skills taught in the classroom.

Good Stuff this Week .. notable sites to investigate congratulations to all the winners and a means of exploring and finding new blogs to follow
ie ..videos online but are not blocked in school districts; some new sites with educational content free sound clips available free text trade in

Saturday, December 19, 2009

And the winners are..... Edublog Awards are now posted!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Storybird is a lovely site for digital and collaborative storytelling that connects you with others.You can easily start your very first Storybook by just dragging pictures and, writing your own texts for the pages. When you finish it, you can watch it online and share it with the world. Also, you can create a collaborative story with others. You create your story and send the story to your friend to finish it. It’s a great way to publish your books. No doubt that my kids will love using this tool!!

How to integrate Storybird into the classroom: Storybird is an excellent way to get your students enthusiastically writing.

More info about Storybird can be found at the iLearn tech site

Also refer to the Storybird Blog for additional home/school connections.

This blog is devoted to Physical Education. Lots of resources to use with your students. Hope you are inspired.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Boowa and Kwala's activity site is for preschoolers and is jam-packed full of fun interactive games, songs and craft activities. It is definitely well suited for classrooms with Smartboards. It's a preschool activity center with over 800 games for kids aged up to six

Top Ten sites for Young Learners

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Web Site ..ings and comments gleaned from my PLN this week

Get Ready to Integrate Technology: Ten Great Tips to get you started!

If you liked Free Rice you may enjoy Lemons for Literacy

interesting comments from my PLN
"Still trying to figure out why we have great tech tools, great resources, great teachers, but none of that is working together...."

Audio Tall Tales Storytelling is storytelling for Kids of All Ages which includes Adventures about pirates, talking animals, time travel, magic princesses, friendly ghosts and...

Teacher Book Wizard is a handy tool for finding children's books for all ages, grades, and reading levels. It also levels books in your classroom library. What an amazing tool! A real timesaver.

A Numeracy math gem

Writing Guide for Students

Monday, December 14, 2009

Reading Lady was created by Laura Kump of New York City. Laura obtained her National Board Certification in Literacy:Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. She is currently a Literacy Coach working in a PreK-5 school on Staten Island. Laura has presented at the International Reading Association Convention and the Four-Blocks Leadership Conference.

Laura created to provide support to teachers throughout the country. Teachers come to her site to network and share ideas. There are many free resources housed here, along with discussion groups. If you have something you would like to share with other teachers, please email Laura with any questions or ideas. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Reading Comprehension strategies is just one example of ready to use strategies with students

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Virtual Vine is a resource for Early Childhood teachers, preschool through second grade. It's a site filled with ideas and activities to make teaching and learning FUN through themes and units, displays, literacy and math connections. You can also tour my classroom, find teacher inspirations and tips, website help, printables, links galore, and a whole host of other things as well. Included are things that I've done in my classroom as well as ideas that have been shared among teachers, hence the site name, The Virtual Vine. I hope you find lots of things that you can use in your own classroom. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back often.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tthe Saskatoon Public School Board has some great resources on their website about different ways to run literature circles, as well as assessment and evaluation considerations.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Classroom resources and lesson plans for K-12. Materials, reviewed by teachers and sorted by subject area and grade level.

TeachersFirst:The Giving Tree Lesson

TeachersFirst:The Giving Tree Lesson

Sunday, December 06, 2009


Today’s topic again focuses on another valuable teacher freebie, and free is in my price range. How about you? Today’s post gives each of us a rare professional development opportunity – learning from other teachers who teach the same curriculum as you. Think about it. Wouldn’t the idea of having just a first grade teacher conference be phenomenal? How about a drama teacher conference? Or one for middle school English teachers? What sort of conversations would you have? What resources would you share?

Sites Gleaned from edtechtalk and my PLN

MultiMedia Training Videos:

Teacher Training Videos:
A great tool for teaching grammar .. super opportunity
reverse dictionary
How to Stream Skype to Ustream (Mac)
BookGlutton is an online bookstore and community for reading groups. It allows online communities to chat inside the book they're reading and annotate each ...

Keeping up with Tech News
50 Web Applications for Teachers
Let them sing it for you

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Mr. Warner explains the process of registering and using Edmodo with his students.

Use given Internet resources to track down traditions. Timely activities to engage those energetic students at this busy time of year.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Grade 1 and 2 students are using Twitter

I will let the graphic speak for itself. Yet more useful ideas for using Wordle with students.

I will let the graphic speak for itself. Yet more useful ideas for using Wordle with students.

So aptly named! Easy to access materials on this site include worksheets, songs and movies on topics volume (math) and respect (movies are a little syrupy) plus educational games like Spiderman Voc Word Game and the Penguin Diner Money Game.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Cool Collaborative Sites

Cool Collaborative Sites
"Collaboration has become the key concept to learn and engage ourselves through web. Web tools offer us the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other; so this week, I would like to share my top collaborative tools for Shelly’s Cool Sites Series. Palbee is a free online service that ..."

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Notable blog of the day and very well worth following.

Stacy Bodin is a retired teacher, enthusiastic tech ed helper and supporter! Still very active in the district helping teachers/leaders with technology. Also webmaster of several sites! Follow Stacy on Twitter as well.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"" is a free, no registration site with award templates organized in categories for business, education, and special occasions. I have noticed new templates and a name change. A certificate for every occasion in the classroom.

Free online digital library of media resources (video, interactive, audio, images) for classroom and teacher professional development. Teachers Domain is a treasure trove for K–12 teachers. The Teachers' Domain online library offers more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to your national standards and benchmarks. nce you register, you can personalize the site using "My Folders" and "My Groups" to save your favorite resources into a folder and share them with your colleagues or students.