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17 May 2011
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Shakespeare Sonnets

Meet the Bard: I was asked to find some interactive sites for sonnet study and couldn’t stop there…

Here is an article I came across highlighting various blogs, news, and links in reference to Shakespearean Sonnets.


12 May 2011
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Science Interactive Resources

Here are a few interactive sites I have gathered for Science:

Here are two Glogster Learning Stations I created for teachers to use in conjunction with interactive sites as a resource : Basics of the Periodic Table, Monkey Mayhem Periodic Table

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12 May 2011
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Middle Ages Resources

I had a teacher ask for interactive and online resources for the Middle Ages so thought I would share:

Please share other interactive sites and resources for Middle Ages and History as you find them.

12 May 2011
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Keyboarding Resources for Kids

Here are a few resources that I have put together for keyboarding practice and review.

  1. http://www.typingtest.com/ – older students could use this to test their wpm and even print a certificate plus it has a pacman game, bubbles underwater game, and get 4 free typing games (all of these resources are under “typing games” tab).
  2. http://www.freetypinggame.net/play.asp – this site has cool typing games as well as well as 30 lessons (each introducing two keys) with goals – only issue it is overrun with ads.
  3. http://www.typingpal.com/Exercises/ – I like this one a lot but it requires you to create a login – we could use the 30 day free trial for some of the younger ones and they could login in at home too…
  4. http://www.powertyping.com/ – this site is pretty basic but it has Qwerty and Dvorak and lessons to go with each – lessons and games are sequential – this might be really good for K.
  5. http://www.typingmaster.com/individuals/typingtest.asp – this one might be good for your older students. It is a free download with warm-up games and then it will test speed and track personal result history.
  6. http://www.customtyping.com/typing_tutor-schools.htm – I really like this one for the younger ones and we can get a 30-day free trial that could also be used at home. We could either use the free trial to get them warmed up or use it at the end of the course as a way to “test” them.
  7. http://kids.learn2type.com/ – this one might be good to measure students – it is free (no download/no trial) – it deals with touch typing and will adjust to their skill level – might be good for quizzes.

 

NEISD suggests these 3 additional resources: BBC DanceMat, Nimble Fingers, and Keyboarding Practice

 

 

AlphaSmarts & Neos are not just for Keyboarding: check out these lessons for ideas on how to integrate this portable technology!

12 May 2011
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Simpsons in the Classroom

I have used Simpson’s clips for years in my classroom as hooks, theme-based lessons, and to illustrate Mathematical concepts from fractions to Pi using Simpsons Math. Check out my Girls Just Wanna Add Sums Packet and the Simpsons Math site for even more resources on this topic/episode.

Now the Simpsons’ will be invading a Science Classroom near you. From periodic tables to Newton’s Laws, Simpson’s can provide a new perspective (or a frame of reference) on illustrating the not so concrete laws of science (e.g. Angular Momentum, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Metric System, Newton’s First & Third Law, Photon Pressure, Zinc Film, Inelastic Collision, and More…)


12 May 2011
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Web 2.0 Resource Sites

Planning a project and want to spruce it up? Want to learn about all of the new Web 2.0 resources available? Check out some of these sites! Most of them will categorize the tool and give a description, provide samples/examples of the tool, and even suggestions for how it can be used in the classroom.

Here are some other great resources for interactive learning and projects:
If products do not print or give the option to save as an image, consider taking screenshots to record student work.
As a way to model technology integration, I try to incorporate
a relevant Web 2.0 tool in each of my blog entries.

11 May 2011
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iPad Tips and Tricks


11 May 2011
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Appy Hour: SS/History App-Teasers

Appy Hour will provide you with a fast-paced introductory approach to FREE apps that are appropriate for secondary students. App-teasers for Social Studies/History will be sampled. After this class you will think beyond the concept of an App as simply being a game – you will leave with a menu of appealing concrete lesson ideas you can serve as soon as you are back with your students! An iPad with all required apps will be included for use during the duration of the class.

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APP HAPPY SS (Menu of History Apps Sampled)

10 Educational History Podcasts to Subscribe & Listen  (Check out History on Air Podcast)

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