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    13 Things in the Digital Vault of the National Archives

    13 Things in the Digital Vault of the National Archives
    One of the best resources I have found for students to use is from The National Archives Website. When we think of the National Archives we immediately picture the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, etc., and we should because these very important documents are housed under the care of the National Archives. BUT….they have sooooo much more, and you can see ...
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    Use Videos to Enliven Lessons, Engage Students

    Use Videos to Enliven Lessons, Engage Students
    What it is: There are some really neat online tools that I find that live in my Google Notebook for a long time (I have upward of 800 links for educational websites yet to post to iLearn Technology…and growing daily!) Some get pushed aside for my newest cool find, and some move to the bottom of the list because, while they ...
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    Web 2.0: Resources for a Collaborative Class

    Web 2.0: Resources for a Collaborative Class
    If you're wondering what "Web 2.0" is, then keep reading! It's time you learned what you're missing and how many great (and free) applications that you can utilize. Make reading, language arts, and even communicating with parents easier and more enjoyable. Below are five great ways you can get started found by Teaching featured writer, Kelly Tenkely. If you are already ...
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    Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

    Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
    One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. Just as every student grows and develops at different rates, they learn in different ways and at different speeds. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student's learning level and can ...
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    Its Back...and Online? Presenting Lite-Brite 2.0

    Its Back...and Online?  Presenting Lite-Brite 2.0
    What it is: Some websites just make you smile. Lite-Brite is one of those sites for me, I am a child of the 80’s so the Lite-Brite holds a special place in my heart! The site is exactly what you would expect, an online version of Lite-Brite. No fancy moving flash animations, sound effects, etc. Just 9 different color pegs to ...
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    Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers

    Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers
    Being a first year teacher can be overwhelming to say the least. There is new curriculum to learn, unfamiliar school policies, classroom management challenges, and new teammates. Technology can help to ease some of these first year growing pains. 1. Develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter. Twitter is an excellent place for new teachers to connect, collaborate, share ideas, ...
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    A Web Browser Just for Kids

    A Web Browser Just for Kids
    Kido’z is a web browser specifically designed just for kids. The Kido’z browser is a completely protected environment where kids can surf web sites, watch kid appropriate videos and play games. Kido’z has an incredibly simple interface that is even appropriate for non readers and writers. The browser blocks links, scripts and other opportunities for kids to be lead to websites ...
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    10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports

    10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports
    The most dreaded word in school reading for students: book reports. Teachers assign them, viewing them as a necessary component of assessing reading comprehension. Book reports can be a contributing factor to 'readicide'. "Read-i-cide n: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools." http://stenhouse.com/html/readicide.htm. So, how can we as teachers continue ...
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    Interactive Curriculum to Enhance Student Learning

    Interactive Curriculum to Enhance Student Learning
    It can be challenging to find time to engage one-on-one with each student daily, but active learning is important for student comprehension and retention. When you can't reach every student every minute, let technology step in to help. There are several free websites that offer curriculum integration with videos, games, and interaction in a variety of subject areas. Some of these ...
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    The Beginner Teacher's Guide to Social Media Success

    The Beginner Teacher's Guide to Social Media Success
    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! [gate] But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
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    Jeopardy Labs

    [photo:59826] Jeopardy Labs is an awesome website that lets you build a Jeopardy game board without the use of Power Point! All that you have to do to start is enter a password so that others can’t edit your game. Then it is as simple as titling it, typing in categories and then entering questions and answers. This is really SO ...
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    How to Use Web 2.0 Applications in Class

    How to Use Web 2.0 Applications in Class
    Do you consider yourself a technology novice or an expert? No matter what level you are, using technology to connect with your students can be an important tool. It may be easier than you think to incorporate into class. Web 2.0 applications are a fairly new trend that aim to facilitate creativity and collaboration- a perfect pairing for a classroom ...
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    5 Fun Internet Activities for the Classroom

    5 Fun Internet Activities for the Classroom
    If you want to spice up your lessons and get your students motivated, using the internet is a great way to get started. There are many free sites that offer fun and games for students that teachers can use as educational tools. Some applications focus on reading and science, while other offer tools that you can apply to just about any ...
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    Free Wordly Wise Online Activities

    Free Wordly Wise Online Activities
    Wordly Wise 3000 is a vocabulary curriculum that can be purchased, any time I see a website mentioned as part of curriculum, I always take a look. While the Wordly Wise 3000 curriculum costs, the website activities are free! Students are told to choose their vocabulary book (I just choose the appropriate grade level). Students can go through a word list ...
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    Teach Compassion Using Online Games

    Teach Compassion Using Online Games
    What is it? I have posted before about a website called Free Rice. This vocabulary game has the added benefit of donating rice to help end world hunger. For each correct answer, Free Rice donates 20 grains of rice on your behalf. This isn’t the only website with a cause. Aid to Children is a vocabulary game like Free Rice — ...
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    Social Media Failure in Our School Districts

    Social Media Failure in Our School Districts
    By now, we've all heard the concerns about social media in the K-12 setting. The fears of teachers revealing their personal lives of Facebook. The worry of what can be accessed and posted on YouTube, revealing the good, bad, and ugly of the 21st century classroom. Even ongoing tweets about both policy and practice in the classroom or the central office. ...
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    Helping Students Improve Their Reading Speed

    Helping Students Improve Their Reading Speed
    If you're a teacher, you know what it's like to try to help a struggling reader get through a sentence. While we want readers to improve with comprehension and phonics skills, there is a way you can turn practice into a game your students will love. Featured writer, Kelly Tenkely, has found a free site that teachers can use just for ...
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    Should Teachers Friend Their Students?

    Should Teachers Friend Their Students?
    On Facebook, how classroom rules do and do not apply. In real life, people don't just usually walk right up to you and ask you to be their friend. Little kids do, I guess, but adults generally see that sort of question as just plain weird. I think of this sometimes when my students friend me on Facebook—adding yet another ...
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    Can Cell Phones = Learning?

    Can Cell Phones = Learning?
    Let’s face it: Kids love mobile technology and its here to stay. Schools across the country have been struggling with how to manage cell phone use during school hours, with some banning the use of phones altogether and others coming up with innovative ways to integrate mobile phones into the curriculum. Just a few weeks ago, researchers at the Joan Ganz ...
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    Use the Technology Available to You

    Use the Technology Available to You
    There is a myth, a common misperception, that teachers’ use of technology is a relatively recent phenomenon.  However, the great teachers in my life have all had one thing in common; they all used the technology of the time to encourage and enhance learning. When I was growing up this rarely meant computer use—computers were still relatively new to education at ...
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