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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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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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National Poetry Month – Listen to Poems Read by Poets

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April 18, 2012
National Poetry Month – Listen to Poems Read by Poets

April is National Poetry Month. While there are a number of online resources with activities to celebrate and explore poetry I really like the Poets.com Listening Booth .  The listening booth contains audio recordings of poet’s reading poems. You can search by poet name or poem name.  There are a number of benefits to having...
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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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How to Bring Celebrities into Your Classroom for Reading Instruction?

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March 26, 2012
How to Bring Celebrities into Your Classroom for Reading Instruction?

Storyline (www.storyline.com) is a website published by the Screen Actors Guild. The site features videos of  famous actors and actresses reading children’s books.  There is an index of books to select from. The videos display well on an interactive white board. They can also be used in a listening center. With most stories there...
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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 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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A Technology Integration Matrix – Developing our K-12 Neo’s

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July 23, 2011
A Technology Integration Matrix – Developing our K-12 Neo’s

The University of South Florida has published a technology integration matrix that is quite impressive. The matrix is to be used as a guide to initiate a paradigm shift with regards to how we infuse technology in the classroom. The matrix is an excellent resource for all k-12 teachers to not only assess where...
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Primary Source Documents in Social Studies

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May 4, 2011
Primary Source Documents in Social Studies

Primary sources are the building blocks of history. They are not limited to printed documents. They may also be artifacts, places, sounds and images. When primary source documents are used in instruction they expose students to various perspectives on issues from the past. They promote inquiry. Students engage in question asking, critical thinking, inferencing...
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