Saturday, January 29, 2011

Student Interactives - ReadWriteThink
Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to ..."Interactives" provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Looking for a way to add non-fiction reading to your classroom? Try this site.
Wonderopolis is a huge hit in classroom!!
Wonderopolis reviewed with commenting
Wonderopolis: Students Writing Questions

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

There's a Book For That via kwout

Sometimes there's a book that can transform a child's world! A site to share a love of books with children from birth to adulthood.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jeopardy Games via kwout

" The following games have been created by Hardin County Teachers for use in their classrooms. Each will reflect the curriculum area that the game addresses. ENJOY!"

From Jan 2011 discussion ..

BjB: I attended a workshop where a checkerboard was used to create games. The question/problem is placed on a little post it note the checkerboard squares and students have to answer the question/problem in order to move.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A UK Ed Tech Blog Carnival? | The Whiteboard Blog via kwout

Sunday, January 09, 2011

About Skype: What is Skype? via kwout

Link your classrooms with projects. Or Skype in with colleagues for collaborative projects or bring in a Holocaust survivor during Holocaust week. This is just one example being used by teachers.
50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom
Skype in Elementary Classrooms

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Tagxedo - Tag Cloud with Styles via kwout

Tagxedo is similar to Wordle but with a few more bells and whistles. Tagxedo is great because you can shape it anyway you want. The benefit of Tagxedo in the classroom is its stronger connection to visual rhetoric.

Portable Radio via kwout

Friday, January 07, 2011

The 100 Best Online Education Resources - Education - GOOD via kwout

"To make it easy to figure out which resource will best suit your needs, the list is conveniently broken down into nine distinct categories such as "collaborative learning," "learner tools," and "live training and tutoring.""

60 second quickwrites for students made easy with - Literacy Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources - Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet. via kwout

What is OneLook? a search engine for words and phrases

Simple. You'll see one word at the top of the following screen. you have sixty seconds to write about it. click 'go' and the... a great warmup or starter to creative writing.

How would you use OneLook in your classroom?

Results on ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink via kwout

Just two of the Interactive writing tools available from Thinkfinity

Effective Teacher|New Teacher|Teacher Newsletter|Classroom via kwout

I opened my email to discover the following treasure from The Canadian Teacher

Hi Sue Roseman
All this week I've shared some free tips from a new teacher resource package created by award winning teacher Marjan Glavac.
If you enjoyed those tips, you can find dozens more ideas in his package: How To Stay Motivated In Teaching
I was shocked to find out that he's now giving away 16 free bonuses!
After reading through some of the teacher testimonials I can see that teachers have been mightily impressed with this resource...

Teacher Debbie Morgan from Banks County Upper Elementary in Homer Georgia USA had this to say:

"Thank you so much for the resource that makes me feel like I am still in the right career.  So many times before reading "How To Make a Difference", I left school feeling that it is time to make a change.  But now, I feel so much better about myself in the classroom that I am able to tackle even the most difficult of situations and still come out feeling that I AM making a difference in a child's life.  Your strategies, especially about the reward systems have had a wonderful impact on my students this school year.  For the first time, I have a student teacher and I have asked her to read it as well."  

"I have a very difficult behaviour class that would not complete their work or bring needed materials / homework to class. By placing the responsibility on them by asking them, "How do you plan to make sure that it's here tomorrow?" and involving the class in designing their own marking schemes has had a remarkable change on the majority of the class. Work is being completed, correctly and neatly and they are coming prepared to class. It has been a long struggle and a great adventure to get them this far and it will be great to see them go farther.
J. Jenson Tilly Grade 4"

How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students to Do Their Best"" saved my mind. I was at the point in my teaching career where I was having self-doubt whether I was making a difference in my students.  Reading the book and using some of the useful suggestions re-enforced my decision to become a teacher.  Thank you."
Marian Wood


Thursday, January 06, 2011

INK THINK TANK - Welcome! via kwout

I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids) Think Tank is a collaboration of a group of talented and energetic authors who write about all ...

See also Support Materials
Ink Think Tank and The School Library Journal
Doodles and Creative Writing

DOODLEBUG is delightful and creative – and it is sure to inspire readers to pick up the pen and fill their own journals with art and words – documenting their own creative journeys!

–– Peter H. Reynolds, CEO FableVision Learning, CEO/Owner, FableVision Enterprises

Monday, January 03, 2011

Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish via kwout

Sunday, January 02, 2011

MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages via kwout

Bill Zimmerman offers a treasure trove of interactive projects, journals, games and publications. Create, print, email and post to Facebook your original comic strips ...

Read more about Bill Zimmerman at Creative Times

Bill Zimmerman got interested in writing when he was in elementary school. He's open about the fact that childhood was not an easy time for him. He seems to reach out to kids and inspire.

You may aso be interested in reading Graphic Novel Reporter

100 Things to Do with Books | Listology via kwout

Have your students design and print these as activity cards ..a great way to break in the new year for LA programme.

learning2gether [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage via kwout

Children's author and science aficionado Lisa Westberg Peters has compiled an array of resources on her website that encourage K-5 students to make and explore connections between science and writing. Visitors can listen to Peters read her geology-inspired poems, access a bibliography of science and nature poetry books for kids, read an interview with Peters about the book-writing process, and find classroom activities relating to her books.

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TeacherTube - Teach the World | Teacher Videos | Lesson Plan Videos | Student Video Lessons | Online Teacher Made Videos | via kwout

Notable site for the New Year and worth revisiting ~ ~
Grammar Girl
Spelling City
Study Stack
Agenda Web
Edmodo ..a private twitter for educators andstudents

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Video: Teacher Moderation Guided Reading/Guided Writing Pt1 of 2 | Educational Video | WatchKnow via kwout

Thanks to one of my favourite tech buddies for sending me this link.