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Monday, January 21, 2013

More Standards?!

I know most of your heads are full of Common Core State Standard stuff - which I think is a good thing . They are asking us to teach less stuff better and more deeply. Yeah! I just thought I would share with you the public release of a draft of the NEXT Generation Science Standards put out on Jan. 8 for feedback. Even though Common Core doesn't have a specific set of science standards, so many things within the ELA and Math section tie nicely to other content areas. If you're interested, take a peak. There's a link in the "CCSS" tab above. Happy reading!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Black History

With Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday and Black History month approaching I thought this tidbit from Richard Byrne's amazing blog Free Technology for Teachers was a goodie not to miss. This latest interactive from Scholastic takes students on a virtual trip from a southern plantation to freedom in Ohio. The trip is divided into four sections; On the Plantation, Escape, Reaching Safety, and Reaching Freedom. In each section students can listen to short narrated stories and browse through slideshows. The slideshow images are accompanied by short narrated captions. The link is all set for you in the links tab above. Thanks Richard!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cleaning Out

A new year is a great time to clear out the old so to speak. My husband repainted my office last week and in the process I found myself going through my filing cabinets and bookshelves. I came across lots of things I had forgotten about and one of them is Shelfari. This is a free social network where users can create a virtual bookshelf to show what they've read, see what their friends are reading, and recommend, collaborate, and communicate about these books. Students can rate or review books on their bookshelf and invite friends to join their network and set up a shelf of their own. Students can even personalize their shelves by creating different sections (and book covers for each section) of their shelf. Go ahead and check it out. There's a link to it in the Links tab above.

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! Well, it's time to make those resolutions again and clearly mine is going to be to try and post more stuff. I am shooting for 2-3 times a month, which would be a big boost!

So, here's the first: I came across this information in a blog I read daily by Richard Byrne - Free Tech 4 Teachers - and it addresses Internet safety. There are videos for all grade ranges starting in Kindergarten about how to stay safe while you surf. While I want your students to use the fabulous Web tools that are out there, it's important to keep them out of murky waters online. Click the "Internet Safety" link on the Tech Bits page.

See you soon!