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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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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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Remember what timelines used to be?

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November 30, 2011
Remember what timelines used to be?

We all know the typical method of timeline creation in schools. “Draw a line, add some dates and document events in chronological order”.  Students will typically use poster boards, markers and possibly cut out images. The students in Mr. Papa’s grade 8 social studies class in our district are putting a new spin on...
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Explore the Museums of the World – Google Art Project

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February 2, 2011
Explore the Museums of the World – Google Art Project

I have been working in instructional technology for the past 10 years. During that time I have experienced the development of some amazing instructional tools. The Google Art Project goes directly to my “best of” list of innovative web-based tools! The Google Art Project uses Google Earth street view technology to allow visitors to...
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Interactive Math and Science Simulations

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January 31, 2011
PHET

I recently came across the PhET website project that was developed by the University of Colorado. I have found it to be a really great resource for all grade levels. Here is a description of the site taken directly from their about page: PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free....
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Interactive Sites to Teach Grammar

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January 25, 2011
Interactive Sites to Teach Grammar

I came across these two websites recently while working on an interactive curriculum portal for our Language Arts Department. Both sites contain interactive activities and games for teaching Grammar.  Learn English was developed by the British Council. It is designed for ESL students, but the activities can be used in any elementary language arts...
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Interactive and Collaborative Story Writing Smartboard Lessons

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November 24, 2010
Interactive and Collaborative Story Writing Smartboard Lessons

SMART and Scholastic have worked together to create a series of Smartboard lessons that teach students the process of story writing and analysis. There are a series of four lessons that cover: 1. Planning Stories 2.  Story Styles 3. Creating Characters 4. Re-inventing Stories The lessons are designed for students in grades 2 or...
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16 Live Underwater Webcams of the Gulf Oil Spill

July 12, 2010

The following website  has 16 live underwater webcams of the Gulf Oil Spill.  It is very interesting to watch. This type of resource would be great to pull up on a smartboard as a discussion starter. It would also have a place in current events lessons. http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/bp-live-oil-spill-cam.html Tweet This Post
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Create music tracks and learn about copyright – Digital Story Resource

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May 12, 2010
Create music tracks and learn about copyright – Digital Story Resource

MYBYTES is an interactive website sponsored by Microsoft. It contains a free and easy to use Music mixer that allows for the creation of your own music track. The finished track can be downloaded as an MP3 to be used in a digital story. Completed tracks can also be shared on the site for...
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Glogster as a Teaching Tool?

April 19, 2010

I have written about the website http://edu.glogster.com. It is a website that allows students to create digital posters. These posters may contain text, images, videos, and clip art. There are some really great examples available on my wiki page as well as on the Glogster site. You can read my previous post on Glogster...
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