Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rock Your Room with Your Whiteboard!


Teachers are using interactive whiteboards to enhance the lessons in their classrooms! It is a great tool to deliver content to your students! Let's push it farther! It can help you do soooo much more!

I found a fantastic graphic from'Edudemic' that will help you take advantage of the board!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Disinhibition - Do your students have it?

Have you seen anyone lately take 'Selfies' at a funeral, students 'tagged' at a party, or unfriendly posts? 

Should schools teach a 'Social Media' Curriculum?

Social Media is here to stay, who is going to teach our youth how to protect themselves in the ever-changing virtual world?

To read more about a counselor who is doing this click below...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dedicate Class time to Crack the Code!

"Don't just download the latest app," Obama says in his video. "Help design it."

Read more:

"Backed by the likes of President Barack Obama and Ashton Kutcher, non-profit is challenging teachers all over the U.S. to dedicate one hour of class time to educate their students about programming this week." 

Read more:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Share You Tube Videos Without the Ads

SafeShare.TV is the Safest Way to Watch and Share YouTube videos. 

When you want to share a You Tube video with your students in the classroom,you don't want commercials that come with the video.  SafeShare.TV,is the answer! It's a free Web service that generates a safe link when the URL of the video is pasted into it. "Then, when the video comes up, you don't have to worry about inappropriate things showing up too," 


What Is 21st Century Learning?

Can your classroom provide this?
Copyright TeachThought 2013

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning Copyright TeachThought 2013

1. Learner-centered 
2. Media-driven (this doesn’t have to mean digital media)
3. Personalized
4. Transfer-by-Design
5. Visibly Relevant
6. Data-Rich
7. Adaptable
8. Interdependent
9. Diverse 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Try Tour Builder

How will you have students prove they learned the path of Lewis and Clark, the adventures of Columbus, the conquests of the Ancient Romans, the historical happenings of WWII, the path of the Civil Rights movement, or even the migration of various animal families?
Have your students use Google Earth to illustrate their understanding!

Check this one out...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Writing Process Help with Tech


There are so many 'road-blocks' that a student can run into that keeps them from writing, especially if they are using a computer to get through the process.  The internet can become an enormous distraction, however, it is also a tool that can streamline the writing process! Help students become effective and efficient writers with these great on-line writing tools!


Citelighter is a technology company based in NYC. Our innovative academic research platform allows students and researchers to save, organize, and automatically cite online or offline information throughout the duration of the writing process, and store content privately or aggregate it by topic to be shared with the community via Knowledge Cards

Focus Writer

FocusWriter is a simple, distraction-free writing environment. It utilizes a hide-away interface that you access by moving your mouse to the edges of the screen, allowing the program to have a familiar look and feel to it while still getting out of the way so that you can immerse yourself in your work. It's available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, and has been translated into many different languages.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Holiday Movies

Holiday Movie Guide 2013
Get the scoop on all the major winter blockbuster releases for kids and teens from 'Common Sense Media'.  To learn more, click below...

Monday, October 28, 2013

PBL - Know What it Is?

What is PBL?

Project Based Learning

With Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through a process of inquiry in response to a question, problem, or challenge.

If we are serious about reaching 21st Century educational goals, PBL must be at the center of 21st Century instruction.  The project contains and frames the curriculum, which differs from the short "project" or activity added onto traditional instruction.  PBL is, "The Main Course, not Dessert.2013 Buck Institute for Education

What are the benefits?

  • Students gain a meaningful, deeper understanding of the concept being learned
  • builds 'life-long' learning skills
  • Students gain vital work-place skills
  • Students become motivated and responsible for their own learning!

The Most Important Ingredient to Successfully Using PBL in Your Classroom...

"Give Up Power to Empower" This is my mantra for teaching. For too long, students have been conditioned not to have power in their education. As PBL helps to empower students, the teacher must be willing to give up the power to them. Don't be a helicopter. Be present, but also give space for them to take ownership and problem solve.
 To read about the 20 most important tips for successful PBL management go yo:

Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning

Monday, October 21, 2013

Video Story Problems!

Video Story Problems!
This is such a great idea for getting your struggling learners to think through story problems! If they can create a video script for the problem, they will be more successful at solving them!

Here is an example:

To learn more about using this concept in your classroom read this post from Ben Rimes' blog;
Tech Savvy Ed

Google Docs for Writing...WHAT???

Teaching Writing with Google Docs;

Why Google Docs?

First, Google Docs can do the job. It is not as feature-rich as MS Word, which is the Swiss Army knife of text production, but GDocs has all of the features that I require. Indeed, I find GDocs’ neat, clean, clear subset of features to be a welcome relief from the crowded swarm of features in MS Word, most of which neither my students nor I ever use. My career-oriented college requires APA (American Psychological Association) style for all academic papers, and Google Docs can handle that.
"But if Google Docs can only do what MS Word already does, then the switch would not be worth it. Fortunately, GDocs can do so much more—things that fit quite nicely into my flipped, just-in-time, technology enabled classrooms." By  Published October 21, 2013
 Read more at;

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fun with Text!

Fun with Text!
Whether you're teaching the ABC's or want to add a little fun to your class projects these are fun! Generate signs, notes, graffiti walls, etc. to coincide with key points in a story, important historical or current events.

Add Letters Header

Monday, October 14, 2013

You are the Digital Referee

You're It!
You are a teacher, a coach, a parent, a nurse, a role-model. With Technology effecting everything you teach
the world comes together in your classroom so you are the digital referee.

Luckily, 'Common Sense Media' has what you need to teach your students how to be digitally safe as well as get parents involved!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Technology Teacher Guides

Here is a great source for guides to blending Technology into your classroom!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Customize 'You Tube'

Have you ever found a video on YouTube that would be perfect for your lesson but its just too long or you would like your students to hear your comments at certain points in the video? With Embed Plus you can do all that! Embed Plus allows you to begin a video where you choose, skip sections of the video, and annotate. Slow motion and zoom are also available for you to create in a video.