Thursday, November 19, 2009

CAST - Book Builder

Have you ever wanted to create a book that students could have read to them? Do you want students to create their own books online. Well here is the tool for you. Book Builder is created to allow all students access - Universal Design Learning - to the content you are teaching.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Try out Diigo!

diigo education pioneer

Diigo has free educator accounts to use with students. It went really well. I need more people to share this with.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Strategy Exchange UCONN

Internet Reciprocal Teaching - Hmmm... new ideas on old ideas in reading and literacy:
Questioning
Locating
Evaluating
Synthesizing
Communicating


In the end to get evaluation across to 7th grade students, the students created hoax websites. Really interesting - Students in 2005 were already reading more online then they read printed text... What does that mean for how and what we teach in reading?

MassCue - Donald J. Leu, Keynote

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Monday, October 19, 2009

English Companion Ning

Bridget Leonardis,form CMS teacher just forwarded this to me. Thinking about how it might be useful...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Teachers' Domain

This free site compiles media and lessons for teachers to use using PBS resources. Science and Geography are strong areas on this site.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bare Bones Writer's Grammar

This site aligns well with Sentence Composing for Middle School by Killgallon and our work with Laying the Foundation. Check it out.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Delicious Tags

Here is a visual of the websites I'm currently using from the BLC conference.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New York Public Library Digital Resources

New Dorp: Interior view with r... Digital ID: 100819. New York Public Library
Thousands of open source Primary Source Documents from the New York Public Library. Between this and the National Archives and Records Administration, my goodness there are a lot of documents for students to be historians!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Heinemann Free Podcasts

Heinemann has launched a new site that features podcasts on topics such as RTI, Collaboration and Reading.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Building Learning Communities 2009

Here are some of the tools presented at the Building Learning Communities 2009 Conference. Please let me know if you would be interested in trying any of these resources and want to work together.

Archive.org Have you ever wanted to look at an earlier version of a website? Do you want students to evaluate how a website or organization has changed its message or image over time? Use the site archive.org and the "wayback machine" to look at all of the different versions of a site over the history of this site.

ipadio Ipadio offers a service where people can use a phone to talk onto the internet, in other words, post to a phlog. One of the presenters at the conference, Sara Kajder has a class account where she has a phone number that students can call into to post things that they have written or created at school or at home. Wow this is cool!

Flickr Project 365 I am not as familiar with this project because it is currently blocked by our filter. My understanding is that it has to do with using photos taken each day and journaling along with the photos. The teacher presenting this resource had students create character journals to accompany the novels that they were reading using images and formating on Flickr.

Beth's Delicious Page This page has all of my educational links. Hope they are useful to you!

John Davitt's Event Learning Generator This is an incredibly fun tool. Have a look! I heard that it is also an app that can be downloaded to iTouch/iPod.

Wordle Word Clouds Word Clouds? What are these? Create your own and think about what we could use them for with students...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Safe Email for Kids

Zoobuh.com offers a service for parents and guardians to be knowledgeable and involved in their children's online life.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Laying the Foundation

Within the site for Laying the Foundation, you can gain access to the materials the vertical team used this summer in the ares of close reading, syntax, grammar, and composition for all grade levels, not just the one you teach. Please see me in the Curriculum Office if you forgot the password!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Education News

Public Education Network Weekly News Blast- Includes summaries of articles from around the country on educational issues. The PEN is a private network of organizations working to support urban and rural public educations. I often get words of wisdom and encouragement from this site!

Advanced and Creative Resources

MathPath This site is dedicated to middle school students who are gifted in math.

Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students: Differentiating Mathematics and Science Instruction

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom This book is available at Collins and this site includes resources and handouts from the book that can be modified and typed into!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Digital Storytelling

This site allows users to learn how to create simple digital stories. It includes information about iMovie and other tools for creating these stories.