Saturday, December 27, 2008

What about the other kids?

A former student of mine is a counselor at a group home for troubled teens. This year, he said he would have 8 kids who would have to stay at the home for Christmas. In an effort to make things a little easier, his mom (of her own free will and kindness), made each teen a gift bag filled with Christmas goodies. For the holiday, my former student escorted the kids to church, then they returned to the group home to the beautifully wrapped goodies. Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest impact.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


ScreenToaster is a free beta (in testing) application that records your computer screen. This is a handy tool if you need to demonstrate a process for your students. Also, the students will benefit from using ScreenToaster as another web2.0 tool that may enhance any projects they work on. I've attached my first attempt at using ScreenToaster. It was very easy to use. Currently, there is not an audio option, but that is something ScreenToaster is working on.

My video

Saturday, December 13, 2008

2008 Best Free Lessons

Readers' Survey 2008: Best Site from Which You Can Download Free Lessons and Materials. ReadWriteThink made the list of favorite sites for free lessons on the web in Edutopia's 2008 Annual Survey. Other picks include Thinkfinity, Merlot, and BrainPOP. You can access their choices and a teacher discussion of the list at this link:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What does "integration" look like?

Do you find yourself asking this question? Watch this 5 minute video, "The Networked Student," and you may have a better idea.

The Networked Student or find it on Kathy Schrock's Blog

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Technology Integration

Welcome to CITEd!
The Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd), a technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and the Education Development Center (EDC). CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides support through identification of evidence-based practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice. Learn more about CITEd on our webpage, About the Center , or through our information sheet . This site has lots of excellent resources for technolgoy integration. Check out the free on-line class for Differentiation.

American Authors Resource

Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck are featured on America's Authors. Each author has his own page full of links, lesson ideas and other resources. The Mark Twain page even has a recorder embedded so users can record themselves reading a passage from Huckleberry Finn. Once recorderd the user can submit his/her recording for a contest. It's a great resource. Check it out.

Wikipedia Should Be Used By Students

Scott McLeod wrote an interesting blog article for TechLEARNING entitled, "Teaching administrators about wikipedia." He addresses the concern we have all heard from educators, librarians, and media specialists about Wikipedia. The concern voiced is most often regarding accuracy. McLeod compares the accuracy of print materials that are universally given the thumbs up to the updated, highly used wikipedia that is often banned. Every educator, librarian and media specialist that currently bans wikipedia should take a look at this article and re-evaluate if this is such a bad thing after all.

The blog article can be read by following the link below:

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Helpful Source Right to Your Inbox

You are pressed for time, and the last thing you want to do today is start surfing the web for web2.0 tools. Fortunately, you don't have to. Subscribe to Kathy Schrock's Help for Busy Teachers, and you will receive a weekly update from her on new web tools. Kathy includes the name of the tool, the link to the tool, and what it does. Often she includes a link to a project she's created using the new tool.

Sign up here to receive the new sites (and descriptions of how to use them in the classroom).

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