Monday, July 27, 2009

This is an excellent, easy to use online mind mapping tool. Text2MindMap will take text and convert it to a visual mind map. A great tool for primary youngsters to brainstorm a topic or create a list. It works much like Kidspiration and Inspiration, but simpler. Just type the main idea. topic and subtopic in the right hand column and let the text2mindmap generate the map for you. When you are all finished save the final project as a .jpg image and upload to your blog or wiki.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Use Etherpad for professional development collaborative sessions for simplicity. Eight people in a pad, no email acctount or password needed!

Ideas for using Etherpad in the classroom
Etherpad is text… and text only, but it’s a fantastic way of getting multiple users to share their thoughts / ideas. It also incredibly easy to set up – just make a new pad and share the link.
More Etherpad exciting ideas to inspire

Some grrrreat resources here for use with your brand new smartboard!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

At this time of year teachers enter a reflective mode as their thoughts drift back to back to the classroom and the start of a new school year.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Also recommended highly from my PLN is 21 Things for the 21st Century Project Based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Web Site ...ings of the Day ... Worth Checking out for Classroom Applications
Text To Speech
The Naked Scientist Podcasts

"Slatebox is a slick, new tool for collaboratively creating mind maps and organizational charts. Slatebox offers a variety of good-looking templates and intuitive tools for designing and editing mind maps and charts. Creating a mind map is a simple matter of selecting a template and using the visual editor to place text and images in boxes. Those boxes can be resized and rearranged using the drag and drop editor. If you need more text boxes, simply add more.

Inviting people to join you on Slatebox is easy to do in part because of the variety of sign-in options. It is possible to use Slatebox without having to create a new username or password. To use Slatebox you can sign in with your Google, Open ID, Facebook, AOL, or Windows Live account. If you don't have one of those accounts you can create a unique Slatebox username and password, but you will have to wait for an account verification email.

Applications for Education
Slatebox could be a great way for students to brainstorm with each other over the Internet. Slatebox could also be used on an interactive whiteboard. On a whiteboard you could have students take turns editing elements and moving elements around the mind map. "


Saturday, July 18, 2009


Friday, July 17, 2009

Techy Tips for Not so Techie Teachers

Thanks to some great “Techy Tips for not so Techy Teachers”! I am reminded of the great, creative tools that one can use on a daily basis in and out of the classroom.

Sites to peruse on a hot summer day ..gleaned from tweetdeck

Write Now





Printables/Graphic Organizers


Alan November at NECC09 considered Skype the number one tool to have at your disposal in the K to 12 classrooom!
Alan November's presentations are thought-provoking, creative and motivating.

Live from NECC

More Live from NECC

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New collaborative resource site for teachers. Mostly preschool and K related activities. Free resources for teachers and parents. Download activities, course work, themes and units or share you own ideas with our online community. And it's absolutely free! Thanks to BJ Berequist of for the link

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dinky Page

Choral Reading
An update on dinky page
Dinky Page update

free video conferencing with sharing of files and more .. ...synchronous audio and the ability to share photos, files, and videos makes this tool very cool; you need to install a local client to use it, but you do not have to have an account to join a room ... great for collaboration and teacher prep

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

I came away from NECC with some great resources for the K to 3+ teacher. One I would find useful with the little ones is which allows you to create one URL from a bunch of links. Just enter your desirable choices, and will do the rest. It even has a slideshow navigation look & feel.

Shorten multiple urls or web sites with ease.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

NECC 2009 reflections

VoxoPop is a way to do audio recording. For example the classroom application is a way for ESL students to communicate with other ESL students around the world. It can be an ongoing asynchronous conversations on various topics.
Voxopop in Education
See what others are saying A quick word about Voxopop
Voxopop and Collaboration

Friday, July 03, 2009

Sent to Computer Contact Conference by Pierre Renaud via Google Reader: ]“Interesting Ways” Series On Using Web 2.0 Apps In Schools

via [ ]Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... by Larry Ferlazzo on 6/13/09

[ ]Tom Barrett
has created a bunch of great presentations on “Interesting Ways” to use various Web 2.0 applications with students.
Here are some of them:
[ ]Interesting Ways to use Voicethread, Wordle and the Nintendo DS
[ ]Interesting Ways* to use your Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom
[ ]Interesting Ways to use Google Docs in the Classroom
[ ]Interesting Ways to use Google Earth in the Classroom
[ ]
Interesting Ways to use your Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom
I’ve added all of them to [ ]The Best places to learn Web 2.0 basics list.

Authored by [ ]Larry Ferlazzo. Hosted by [ ]Edublogs.

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A great site to use as an intro to math classes! A back to school site to put in your backpack!!

Everyone needs these cheat sheets!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

An excellent example of literacy learning at the primary level

This land is ...

Gleaned from my NECC experience. As online facilitators we can always use some helpful tips or reminders! I must include music for my next session online at TappedIn ..hmm perhaps and the site is GrooveShark