Monday, November 5, 2012

Be Thankful!

I came across this reading a blog I follow and thought I'd pass it along. Scholastic has created some cool virtual field trip type interactives about the Mayflower and the like. Let your students wander through it if you've got individual devices or take them through it if you have an interactive white board. Either way, have fun by clicking on the link I've placed in the Links tab above.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Discover Discovery

Tech and Learning is a publication I subscribe to both in print and their online newsletter. It helps me to keep up on some of what is going on in the ed tech world. Today's "Tech and Learning News"  shared a Powerpoint presentation done at an Ed Tech conference in New England recently on free technology resources sponsored by the Discovery Education. There are 25 of them! Check out the "Tech Bits" tab above and enjoy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A New Pinning Option for Educators

Many of you check out Pintrest on a regular basis for a variety of reasons. It started out as a way to share personal passions and ideas with pictures. Teachers latched on to it as well and there are many great classroom and lesson ideas to be found. About 6 months ago I came across the purely educational version of Pintrest - Learnist (the link can be found in the Links You'll Love tab above). Both teachers and students can go there and create "learn boards" about any topic or theme you wish. Today, as I am filtering through some blogs I read regularly, I see a post Richard Byrne added last week that Learnist now has an app. It's free and is installing on my iPad right now. Check it out either online or on your favorite device.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Become a Curator!

Check out the newest entry in the Tech Bits tab above. I've added some information and a link that will help you keep you web resources organized.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

On the Road Again

It's been a busy summer for me traveling around the country seeing all of you! Now that I am back home and settled it's time to get serious about helping you start this new school year on the right foot. My goal this week is to add a few resources that might be new to you. The first I've just added to the links tab above - it's an online community for teachers (and it's free) to find and share lessons and resources. It's called Share My Lesson. I think it's one you'll go back to again and again. Stay tuned for more - maybe even later today!  :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Txting 2 Lrn

Many educators get chills (the bad kind) when texting is mentioned anywhere near a dictionary but I just read an interesting article from Instructor Magazine (spring 2012) by Anne Trubek. Take a peak. I've placed a link in the "Links" tab up above (scroll down past the abstract and you'll see the text of the article). Happy reading!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

When It Rains, It Pours

OK, I know I've been a little neglectful but I've been busy writing trainings for Staff Development for Educators (SDE) on Common Core Standards and New Teachers and I've been out and about doing SMART board  and Common Core ELA trainings in schools in Ohio and Arkansas. All good news for you because while I was traveling I had some time to catch up on my reading. The result? I added something to almost every page on the ribbon above. Click the tabs to find out about using QR codes, an app newspaper that's an app itself, assessing without using standardized tests, and creating text-dependent questions for your basal readers So check out each page and see what's new - you'll be glad you did!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Smart Notebook 11

Just when you thought you had your SMART board software conquered, there's a new version of the SMART board software - 11.I'd be interested to know what folks think. Some of the changes are pretty cool and some of them are pretty annoying. Check out the "SMART" tab above to find out how to view the tutorial for what's new. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Control Freak

Have you ever wished you could control what's on your desktop from somewhere else in the classroom on an iPad? I wanted to do that with my SMART board and I found a way. It's an app called Splashtop Whiteboard and it lets your iPad talk to your computer through a wireless internet connection. Now I'm pretty cheap when it comes to apps - $2.99 is a big splurge for me. This one is $19.99 but I love it! Not only an you use it for your SMART board but you could be someplace else in your building and open any file on your desktop or laptop that's in your classroom. Too cool!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

'Video' is not a bad word

I read an article today that reminded me of something I already knew - we are lucky to have the resources that we do to use in our classrooms. The author, Jim Forde, gave a nice list of internet video goldmines. So, with that in mind I added some of those sites to the Links page. Click on one and it will take you to great video resources like PBS, NBC Learn, and one that was new to me - Science 360.  Video clips are a great way to bring what you're teaching your students to life and give them views of things they would never other wise see. Check them out. So much of it is free!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fun Reading Activities

Just Added! - A link to an article that give you 103 things to do before, during, and after reading. It comes from Reading Rockets. Check it out on the links page above.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Whetting Your APPetite

I am just back from a first grade conference sponsored by SDE in Illinois. I had a great time with a nice group of teachers and we spent some time talking about apps. I've added a few for you to check out on the App page - just click on the word in the ribbon above.

One thing we talked about was the fact that even if you do not have app-enabled devices in your classroom it's nice to be able to recommend some educational apps to parents. Your students are probably already playing on their parents' smartphones while waiting in line at the bank or going through the grocery store, so we might as well try and capture some of that time for skill-building.

Keep checking the Apps page above. I'll try and add anything new I think you'll like and I always try and find things that are free or almost free. Have fun!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Playing Pays Off

Just finished doing a little fishing through some websites I had made note of a while ago but never got around to looking at. One of the sites helps students and teachers create customized comic strips. You can add characters and move them around, dialogue, speech bubbles,'s really cool. What a great way to get kids to write! I've added the link on the Links You'll Love page on the ribbon above. Have fun.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Just Added!

I just added a page for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) tidbits. There's a link to some nice documents created by the National PTA for parents. It might help you too! Check it out in ribbon above.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hello and welcome to the Bulletin Board! I've created this blog just for teachers and designed it to give you quick access to great tidbits. Each page listed in the ribbon above has a quick tip, link, suggestion, title, or something to explore. Have fun and check back often. I'll be adding more pages soon!