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Flipping Instruction Using Video Tutorials K-12

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January 9, 2012
Flipping Instruction Using Video Tutorials K-12

How can we provide individualized instruction, independent learning opportunities, targeted review and supports? These are the questions and the demands of today’s classrooms. How can we differentiate, facilitate learning and utilize technology to simplify the process.  The Flipped Classroom Model of instruction is one example. Student and teacher made tutorials or recorded lectures can...
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Using Skype for Grade Two Book Talk

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May 13, 2011
Using Skype for Grade Two Book Talk

The students in Ms. Johansson’s grade two class at our Cozy Lake Elementary School are taking their book talks around the country. Today the students in Ms. Johansson’s class hosted their first online book talk with a grade two class in Dillwyn Primary School located in Buckingham County Virginia. The project was organized by...
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Add a Back Channel to Your Classroom

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March 22, 2011
Add a Back Channel to Your Classroom

There is a new phenomenon occurring in classrooms, workshops and meetings. It is called back channeling. This refers to participants in a event communicating and collaborating with technology to take notes, ask questions and reflect in real-time. A great tool to accomplish this is the website Today’s Meet. In order to get started you...
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Pyramid of Intervention

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March 9, 2011
Pyramid of Intervention

I have recently been involved in a initiative in Jefferson Township Schools to design and develop an interactive Pyramid of Intervention. The pyramid is used to supplement our district work on PLC’s. The goal of the pyramid is to provide an interactive resource that teachers can access to uncover instructional strategies and specific interventions...
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Facebook in the Classroom

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March 1, 2011
Facebook in the Classroom

Have you been to the Google Docs template gallery lately. If you have, you will notice that the available templates are continuing to grow. I recently searched for a template that could be  used to create a fictitious Facebook Profile. The first returned result ended up being exactly what I was looking for.  Take...
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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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Publish your own page turning book with Story Jumper

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November 8, 2010
Publish your own page turning book with Story Jumper

Story Jumper is a web 2.0 site that allows students and teachers to create their own page turning, online story book.  You can make adventure stories, fairy tales, treasure maps, photo books, calendars… whatever you can imagine! The software is easy to use and comes with a complete set of directions. As a teacher...
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Online Collection of Audio Books Grades K-12

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September 29, 2010

Lit 2 Go is a website developed by the Florida Educational Technology Clearinghouse. It contains a collection of audio books all posted in MP3 format. The site allows you to search by Author, Title, Reading Level and Subject. If you have Itunes installed on your computer you can download the Audio book directly into...
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Comic Writing With Make Beliefs Comix

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May 17, 2010
Comic Writing With Make Beliefs Comix

Have you ever thought about introducing comic strip writing into your classroom? If you haven’t you may change  your mind after you take a look at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com.  Make Beliefs Comix was introduced to me by Dan Papa, MS Social Studies teacher in our district. After spending some time exploring this new resource i felt...
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>My Own Books

June 4, 2009

>I learned about this next site from Larry Ferlazzo’s Blog. He Teaches English Language Learners. My thoughts are that this site would be a great resource for not only ESL Students but also any struggling readers. Here is a quote from Larry’s blog: My own books is a fantastic site for fostering reading skills...
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