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District Academy Awards 2012

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June 15, 2012
District Academy Awards 2012

On Monday June 11, 2012 we hosted our second annual academy awards ceremony. This was the first time that it has been a district-wide event. Previously it was limited to only the Middle School.   I developed this event with our middle school gifted and talented teacher, Dr. Nancy Harris.  The purpose is to...
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Grade 5 Class Winners of Digital Earth Day Contest

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May 30, 2012
Grade 5 Class Winners of Digital Earth Day Contest

The student’s in Mrs. Halsall’s grade 5 class in White Rock School were recognized as winners of the Glogster Edu Earth Day Contest. The contest required students/classes to develop digital posters that explore methods to go green in your community. The Glog they created contains text, images, video and audio.  Mrs. Halsall used a...
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Google Earth.. Not your typical classroom map!

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May 3, 2012
Google Earth.. Not  your typical classroom map!

Google Earth has been available as a free download for computers and mobile devices since 2005. The core feature set is a mapping of the earth using satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D Globe technology. Google earth can be downloaded and installed for free. Click here to download.  Once opened you can start...
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News Stories for Grades 1-3

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April 26, 2012
News Stories for Grades 1-3

In the past I have written about Tween and Teen Tribune. You can read more about them here. These sites provide news stories for students. Teachers may setup student accounts that allow them to leave comments that are moderated by the teacher. Tween Tribune just released Tween Tribune Junior for grades 1-3.  It includes...
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Student’s Illustrate, Record and Publish

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April 2, 2012
Student’s Illustrate, Record and Publish

Little Bird Tales is a free site that allows teachers and students to create and publish their own digital tales.  Here is what i like about it. Class Management The has a simple to use teacher interface in which you can setup classes and control access. Teachers manage student accounts.  The teacher assigns usernames...
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Insert Your Own Flash Content in Smart Notebook Software

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March 16, 2012
Insert Your Own Flash Content in Smart Notebook Software

The smart notebook software is a powerful and feature rich addition to any classroom. The gallery is loaded with images, backgrounds, interactive content and flash-based lesson activities. Did you know that you can add most flash activities from the web directly into a smart notebook page? Here is how it works. First, using Google...
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Create Your Own STEM Textbook for Free!

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March 1, 2012
Create Your Own  STEM Textbook for Free!

The CK-12 foundation has introduced a new resource called the flexbook. CK-12 provides free access to textbooks for science, technology engineering, math and SAT review. They are now offering the ability to design your own “flexbook”. You can read more about this initiative here.  The web interface allows the user to select chapters from...
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A Creative Approach to Representing Content Receives Recognition

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February 24, 2012
A Creative Approach to Representing Content Receives Recognition

Congratulations to Mr. Levine, a social studies teaching in our high school. Mr. Levine has been using Glogster EDU as his primary method of delivering instructional content to his students.  His recent Glog on FDR and The Great Depression has been published as a top 5 Glog on the Glogster Edu website. You can...
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A Collaborative Project to Build Bullying Awareness

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February 8, 2012
A Collaborative Project to Build Bullying Awareness

The students in Mrs. Bock’s reading class at White Rock Elementary school wanted to work together to apply what they have learned about bullying, character counts, and the writing process to publish a book about bullying. The students and Mrs. Bock had recently been introduced to Storyjumper  through one of my training sessions. Storyjumper...
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Collaborative Writing In Elementary Classrooms

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January 20, 2012
Collaborative Writing In Elementary Classrooms

The development of Web 2.0, or the Read/Write Web, has produced a number of free resources that allow students and teachers to publish and collaborate online. One of my favorite sites to use with students is Wikispaces.  Wikispaces is a web service that allows teachers to create a wiki in which students may contribute content....
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