Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Take a break and play a game!

Got your attention?

Here is an amazing learning opportunities for all your kids. Game play is a great way to explore and discover new learning. These simulations will cover many different subject and they are able to be embedded into websites and moodle courses.

They are broken down by grade level.  



Why not check it out?  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tick...tick...tick...

Time is running out! Have you signed up for the most amazing learning opportunity? It is FREE!!! I have read about a number of these events and every post was out of this world. Click on this link and sign up! edcampstl

Youtube - The Gift the Keeps Giving

I learned something pretty amazing today from twitter. There is a area on youtube that has curated videos for teachers based upon a title or subject.

Take a look at the site. Youtube Teachers What can you find on this site?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reader's Workshop-Taking Anecdotal Notes

Check out how Megan Vallis and Desiree Bagot are using Google Forms to keep anecdotal notes during reader's workshop. As the teacher, you create a form like this one. Here is how it looks as you are filling it out on your laptop.


Then you will be able to see the data in a form similar to Excel.  It looks something like this.


Here are the directions on how you can create and share a form in addition to using a form someone else has already created to make it your own.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I know... paper is dead but...

Do you recall those trapper keepers from long ago? There is a site that called LiveBinders that is very similar to that binder from long ago.

This LiveBinders site is full of some really good resources to print out and use in the classroom.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!

XtraMath

Check it out!   XtraMath is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. Our goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities and make them available for free. XtraMath Overview from XtraMath on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Using Epson Tools

Check out blogger Jessica Dimitro using her Epson toolbar for a brainstorming lesson.  She shared this on her blog and students commented on how they show good citizenship at home and at school.

Blog/QR tip

Great way to remind students to visit your blog. Make a QR code to put in their assignment book.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cell Phones in the Classroom?

Take a look at this presentation about how to use phones in the classroom.  There are over 30 different ideas shown here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Using Facebook?

Check out this Prezi on a 1st grade teacher's use of Facebook in the classroom.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Live, Free Webcasts-Polar bears, Scientists, and the Artic

 

Adding Facebook to Your SchoolCenter Account

Here is a post on how to add Facebook to your SchoolCenter Account.

1:  Teacher must have Facebook Classroom page set up first.

2:  Get FB class page URL by logging into Facebook.  In left sidebar, you should see a section called PAGES, which lists your classroom page.  Right-click on the title of your page and select COPY SHORTCUT (Internet Exploder) or COPY LINK LOCATION (Firefox)

3:  Go to your START Button, select PROGRAMS, then ACCESSORIES and click on NOTEPAD to open a new blank text document.

4:  Paste the address of your classroom page here for safe keeping. FILE, SAVE this to your desktop or H:/ drive.

5:  Go to http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box/

6:  In the field marked Facebook Page URL, paste the address of your classroom page.  If you

7:  Leave the WIDTH and Color Scheme settings alone. (292 and light)

8:  Uncheck SHOW FACES and SHOW HEADER

9:  Click the GET CODE button.  A pop up should appear. 

10:  Next to IMPLEMENTATION, select iframe from the drop down menu.  The code should change to something similar to this:


11:  Click once on the code. This will highlight all the code.

12:  Now RIGHT-CLICK on the code and select COPY from the pop-up menu, then click OKAY, dismissing the pop-up code window.

13:  Go back to the Notepad document you created with your classroom page URL.  Hit enter a few times to create some blank lines, then PASTE the code you just copied.  FILE, SAVE for safekeeping.

14:  Go back to your Internet browser and login to SCHOOLCENTER.

15:  In SCHOOLCENTER, you must create a new home page.

16:  In EDIT mode, create a new page.  Choose Scrapbook.  When the New Page details pop-up opens, name the page NEW HOME in the GENERAL tab.  In the DETAILS tab, make sure HIDE LINK IN NAVIGATION is checked, and in the LAYOUTS tab, select NEWSLETTER.
You will get a pop-up saying: Altering Page Style will not transfer the contents of this page. Are you sure you want to change this setting?

Click OK to close that pop-up, then DONE.  This new page will become your new home page, but we have to customize it first.

17:  In the EDIT bar, click NEW NEWSLETTER BOX.  In the pop-up, click ADD PICTURES AND TEXT.

18:  In the GENERAL tab, give this box a title like Facebook Feed, then paste the Like Box code into the DESCRIPTION field.

19:  In the OPTIONS tab, check the "Hide Title Box For This Item", then click DONE.

20:  Go to your old home page and begin copying the content from there and pasting it into newsletter boxes on the new home page. DEMO EXAMPLE.

21:  Sort newsletter boxes

22:  In EDIT bar, select PAGE SETTINGS.  In the pop-up, click on the DETAILS tab and check the "This page is the homepage" box.  Make sure that "hide link in navigation" is not checked.  Click DONE.

23:  Go to your old home page.  You can now either delete it using the link in the EDIT bar, or change the PAGE SETTINGS so that "hide link in navigation" IS checked.  If you hide the page, be sure to rename it In the GENERAL tab to something like OLD HOME.

24:  In the EDIT bar, choose EDIT NAVIGATION to move the NEW HOME to the top of the sidebar.

25:  Got a link to your school homepage?

26:  District homepage?

27:  Rename NEW HOME to HOME in PAGE SETTINGS.

Communication in the 21st Century

ELITE training...great discussions about Facebook and blogging.

Build Your Own Spaceship - Academy of Science

Check this out! There is a free event happening soon at the Grant's View library. The event is sponsored by the Academy of Science , ...