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    28 Tech Tools to Bring Out the Story in History

    28 Tech Tools to Bring Out the Story in History
    When I was in school, I dreaded history.  I found it completely uninteresting, dry, irrelevant, and quite frankly...boring.  This was unusual for me.  Normally, I really enjoyed school.  Creative writing, language arts, science, and even math were fun.  History was unbearable.      I can count on one hand the things I remember learning in history.   I learned that in ...
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    Switcheroo Zoo

    Switcheroo Zoo
    What it is: Switcheroo Zoo is a site I learned about from Kevin Bibo on his outstanding blog Cal Teacher Blog. Switcheroo Zoo has fun interactive games and activities such as “Make New Animals” where students can create their own animal combinations, “Build an Online Habitat” where students choose animals and match them to the correct environment, “Switch Zoo Puzzles”, “Where ...
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    Activinspire from Promethean

    [photo:62030] What it is: ActivInspire is a new software from Promethean that is free! The free edition is a ‘personal’ license that can be used by anyone. The ActivInspire software works with ANY interactive whiteboard (SMART, Mimio, Wiimote Whiteboard, eBeam, etc.) and even for those of you who do not have an interactive whiteboard, use the software with just a computer ...
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    Math Doodles

    [photo:62038] What it is: Math Doodles is a set of math games created by Daren Carstens that help students learn the most important aspect of math…it can be fun! Daren created Math Doodles as a place where students can “discover the joy, wonder, and fun of mathematics.” I have to admit that I would not have classified math as a “fun” ...
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    Techno-Transformation: Is it Working?

    Techno-Transformation: Is it Working?
    Technology is on the brink of transforming education, argue Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard Business School and Michael B. Horn of Innosight Institute, authors of Disrupting Class, in Education Next. So far, the $60 billion investment in education technology has been used to support the status quo, they write. _Computers do not deliver instruction. The teacher is still at the center ...
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    Teaching Students About Money and Math

    Teaching Students About Money and Math
    Part of being a great teacher is making learning fun. Teaching students about money and math together can not only meet your standards, but help students learn lessons that they will use on into life. Start with a free program like Moneyopolis. It is an awesome game for teaching kids money and math! Each math question in the game is correlated ...
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    Why the Web Won’t Kill Books

    Why the Web Won’t Kill Books
    Are you worried about the death of print? Are you concerned about the disappearance of newspapers, magazines, books … even, maybe, literature? Who’s not worried? Over the past decade, the digital world has captured children’s attention and affection like perhaps no other invention ever. Kids’ time spent on other activities—reading, playing sports, watching TV—has been dropping. And remember that Apple guru ...
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    New and Improved: Free Rice

    New and Improved: Free Rice
    Free Rice is an amazing website that I have written about two or three times in the past. It has been a site where students can play a vocabulary game and earn 20 grains of rice for each correct answer. The grains of rice are distributed to hungry people all over the world through the UN World Food Program. Two of ...
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    The Great Plant Escape

    The Great Plant Escape
    The Great Plant Escape is a wonderful interactive website created by the University of Illinois Extension for fourth and fifth grade students. Every school that I know of teaches a plants unit at some point in the curriculum. This is a great way for your students to interact with their learning in science class. Each lesson in The Great Plant Escape ...
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    Teacher-Bloggers: Is there a line?

    In reading the California Teachers Association magazine, teacher Darren Miller learned that teacher-bloggers’ free-speech rights may be limited by rules barring “immoral or unprofessional conduct.” Or not. The courts haven’t ruled. Related Links Product: Integrating Technology Into Teaching Buy now. Discussion: What do you think about teachers blogging? Talk back. Get the education you need to start earning more. Connect with ...
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    Tips and Tricks for Designing a Class Website

    Tips and Tricks for Designing a Class Website
    The internet is the way of the future for technology-savvy educators. Creating a website for your class can be a worthwhile tool to connect and share with members of the class, parents, other teachers and the world! Post news, photos, links and other useful tools. If you want to create a website for your class but don’t know where to ...
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    Professional Learning Communities: What They Are & What They Are Not

    Professional Learning Communities: What They Are & What They Are Not
    In education, as in many professions, the years become filled with the "next best thing," and often, those ideas fade away over time or morph into something else. Since the turn of the 21st Century, the concept of Professional Learning Communities has been on the rise in United States and throughout the world. What is a Professional Learning Community? Is it ...
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    The False Promise of Technology

    The False Promise of Technology
    Technology is amazing, hey? The fact that you’re reading this right now is nothing short of amazing. How many new tweets/blog posts/Facebook status updates have been projectile vomited into cyberspace in the short time it has taken you to read these three sentences? It’s like that scene in Stand By Me when Lard Ass Hogan barfs on four-time pie-eating champion, Bill ...
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    Fold a U.S. Candidate

    Fold a U.S. Candidate
    Fold a US Candidate is a fun site that has paper foldable puppets of the US candidates for the 2008 election. This is a fun site to get your students interested in the upcoming election. (I am very entertained by this right now!) Both presidential nominees are featured as well as their wives. There is also an election day count down ...
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    3 Interactive Activities for Engligh & Language Arts

    1. Skype an Author Network What it is: The Skype an Author Network is doing what technology should do, connecting students to the world. The Skype an Author Network provides a way for teachers or librarians k-12 to connect authors, young readers, and books through virtual visits. Students can video chat with authors while they are reading books written by the ...
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    Homework Done Faster

    Homework Done Faster
    Dweeber is a social networking site for students that encourages kids to get their homework done faster and with more understanding by working with their school friends online. Dweeber was created to help students understand their strengths and talents, and help them work together more effectively with parents, mentors, and each other. The goal is to get students working together to ...
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    Send Your Students' Names To the Moon

    Send Your Students' Names To the Moon
    Join NASA’s Return to the Moon by sending your name to the moon. Names are being collected online by NASA and will be placed onboard the LRO spacecraft for its next mission to the moon. Students who sign up will receive a certificate showcasing their support of this historic mission back to the moon. The purpose of LRO is to map ...
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    Colorado Podcast Summit Tips

    Colorado Podcast Summit Tips
    I want to share some of the incredible uses of podcasting in the classroom that I heard at the Colorado Podcast Summit yesterday. One of the keynote speakers was ISTE Primary Teacher of the Year Carol Greig. Her Keynote entitled “Podcasting for the Struggling Reader” was truly inspiring. Carol teaches kindergarten in the Eugene School District in Oregon, here she started ...
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    Podcasting: Creative Communication Collaboration

    !http://teaching.monster.com/nfs/teaching/photos/0001/4605/Picture_2.png! h4. Bookcasting-Grades: 3-5 > Project: A Bookcast attracts a reader to the exciting, funny, or major themes of the book without giving away the story. A Bookcast takes all of the fun that is packed into movie-trailers and applies them to student created book reviews. After reading a book, students use GarageBand to record a Bookcast review that other students ...
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    Podcasting Resources

    h4. Videos h4. Integrating Podcasting into Your Classroom h4. Steve Jobs, of Apple, demonstrates how to use Garage Band to make Podcasts. h4. Podcasting Classes h4. Reference Books !http://teaching.monster.com/nfs/teaching/photos/0001/4620/podc_max192w.jpg! Review: Finally-a technology that helps bridge the gap between content delivery and today's "digital native" students. Podcasting is a method of making audio or video content available regularly via the Web. It ...
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