Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Highlights of ISTE

the blogger's cafe where all share ideas and your batteries get charged ...what apps are working, app swapmeet, vetted listof apps

making connections from your virtual world

smackdown at edubloggercon

ways to use Twitter

So many #iste10 sessions are how to use "website/brand name." I can read a manual, how about we talk about edtech teaching strategies??
The killer app for 21st Century learning is a good teacher
Technology doesn't improve education, it changes it......TEACHERS improve education.
Howard Gardner's 1 of 5 minds needed to succeed today: respectful mind - aware of world's diversity
needed today: creative mind - mash up knowledge creating value
synthetic mind - seeing the related concepts
seeing the possibilities and related concepts
disciplined mind - mastering a specialty

Keeper Sites~
Teachers First Resources by subject & grade:
Check out the #ISTE10 Diigo Group for great resources shared at the conference:
ISTE Wikisapces Playground 2010
David Warlick Back Channel
Learning Tools Smackdown

One of the many blogs I follow.

Also following~

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rushton's Resourses ISTE 2010

ISTE 2010 Web Sites that Caught my eye...
Celular Ed
Classroom Response System
ALGODOO - Science and Art in Playful Synergy

ISTE 2010 web site..ings for Tuesday. Sites that caught my eye...
Storybird is a is a free a source for creating digital stories in elementary classrooms
Goofram enables you to Search Google and Wolfram Alpha for more relevant data
ISTE2010 Smackdown

Some relevant quotes ~
Technology doesn't improve education, it changes it......TEACHERS improve education.
How to retool yourself--a roadmap of at least 15 ways by Joyce Valenza

14 Ways K–12 Librarians Can Teach Social Media by Joyce Valenza

Monday, June 28, 2010

You can find over 200 Jams on topics like The Universe , listen to songs about Landforms , and test yourself on various strands of your math and science curriculum. Study Jams is an online learning tool by Scholastic Corporation. It was created with the intention of teaching math and science to grades 3-6. Its use of real-world examples allows for the application into everyday life and the assistance to classes and school to become easier. Study Jams uses interactive study techniques such as karaoke, videos, and tutorials. It can be used at home by parents or at school, either by teachers or in the library.

and other notable and interactive sites gleaned from ISTE2010

Top 10 Sites for Brainstorming and Mind Mapping by David Kapuler

10 Steps to Better Searching

Signed Stories

TeacherLed aims to provide teaching and learning resources to make the use of the interactive whiteboard in the classroom easier and more productive.

ricket Web's educational interactive resources for Primary Schools

Games for Literacy

Wonderville ..for Science Learners

Blogs of the Day
Web Tool Being Used on Smithsonian Site by Teachers and Students to Create Short Movies

Saturday, June 26, 2010

There are some great primary blogs on this wiki that can serve for inspiration.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ideas for differentiating instruction.....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

From the Edudemic main page ...many more resources to explore

And if you like casual exploration and some web adventures or just feel like being lost in cyberspace on a hot, hazy summer day these diigo resources are just the sort of thing to peruse....
diigo's group items tagged "education"

Thank you for sharing.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A very stylish tag clod or Wordle like generator!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Web of the Day

As an end of the school year project students will enjoy Storybird. Yes, our students go until the end of the month. So poke around, make or read Storybirds, and give us your thoughts. ... Storybird is a creative and commercial platform built just for you and your students

May I share these additional sites related to Storybird ~

The Storybird blog
Be sure to access the "quick links" on the righthand site of the blog for support and related updates.
Storybird Tech Integration Ideas
More Storybird Ed Tech Resources
An Example of a Storybird Experience
Storybird Feedback
Simple Storytelling for Special Education Students with Storybird
Storybird from a Librarian's Perspective

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lisa's demonstrates a bottom up approach to learning for Special ed students. PaulDB in a recent tappedin session on UDL stated " I believe that teachers have a right to teach and students have a right to learn and both can find success in a classroom that follows the UDL principles."
"Personal growth, creating the opportunity for current and future success is generally the more important focus"

Also check out this post UDL from the Bottom Up
and Using UDL to Set Clear Goals

Thank you, coolcatteacher, for sharing your students' personal website project.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I regret missing Learncentral's “Technology Integration in Grade One Classroom with Aviva Dunsiger.” Join Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini and Peggy George for another Classroom 2.0 LIVE session with Aviva Dunsiger. Aviva will share the innovative ways she uses technology with her first graders.
LearnCentral Link: .. You can check out the archived discussion during the sumer holidays and pick up some fresh strategies for tech integration in the primary classroom.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

You can learn these topics in 5 minutes.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Monday, June 07, 2010

Grandview Library
Please stop in and visit the Grandview Library -- visit the grade level links to find out what's happening! Find out what books we have in our library.


"It all started when author Mona Kerby visited Grandview Library in 2008 to talk to our 2nd graders about her book Owney, The Mail Pouch Pooch. In 2009, Ms. Kerby visited our new class of 2nd graders via Skype. The children and their teachers cheered when Ms. Kerby "appeared" on our Smart Board. Ms. Kerby talked about Owney and the process she went through to research, write, and publish the book. Several of the children asked Ms. Kerby questions and the whole group enjoyed waving at and thanking Ms. Kerby for "visiting"."

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Weekly Web Site..ings
quizinator has great potential.
kidstube a kid safe youtube type site for students and classroom use. Preview before showing. Can be integrated into all areas of the curriculum.
Twitter for Classrooms

Learning how to be a learner... comments from Sunday's edtech talk

... Learning to learn is important, but that is not what standardized testing is looking for, what you are talking about is not measureable in our measureable environment today?

... I need control to be effective all teachers do but building relationships and trust is key

... Planned ignore for minor misdemeanors, proximity, etc all useful tools in the kitbag

... Instructional Tolerance is a good much can we and students subject ourselves to in the classroom.

... I find myself sometimes saying, "You need to do this because I cannot function when you don't."

... I am slowly learning what parts of my classroom I need control over for my own sanity & what parts I can turn over to my students. It's a learning process...& I'm finding that with the right structure, I am comfortable turning more & more over to my students.

... So, not the control freak; I like that term Instructional Tolerance. I do not enjoy being observed by administrators who are control freaks!

Thanks, Jennifer, for sharing your blog with the webheads group at We glean sooo much from the weekly casual Sunday meetings. Members join us from such places as Argentina, Nevada, Pittsburgh, Israel etc. These webheads are definitely globetrotters!

Also gleaned from the tappedin session is this NING... maiziea's ning

Friday, June 04, 2010

WOULD YOU BELIEVE! Can you believe the end of the year is already here? It has flashed by. Your hard work has paid off and your students will proceed to the next level! Here are some fun ways to finish out the year with your class! I hope you find an idea or two you can use in your classroom to make the end of the year fun & educational for your students. They worked hard and so did you. Congrats on a great year!!!

..end of the school year sites that ...

Student Memory Book
An eight page mini book for your students to write in, color, and illustrate.

A wrapper you can wrap around a candy bar. Give the candy bar to your class as an end of the year reward. You can personalize the candy bar wrapper with your name and name of your school.

Student graph classmates favorite flavors and then answers questions about the graph. Create a graphing book with these graphing ideas from A to Z List of Graphing Ideas

A Countdown Timer


Worksheet Works Try the Cursive Writing Practice

Boggles World Printables and Word Searches

Everyday Edits

It alAdds Up

Lesson Plan of the Day

20 Field Day/Gym/Outdoor Activities

5 Minute Fillers

Ice Breakers Vol. 1

Ice Breakers Discussion Board

Free Printables

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Tech Tidbits looks at some of the newer and older search engines. Give them a try and compare results. Look for the ones that suit your educational setting and purposes.