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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Importance of Teaching Technology to Teachers

    The Importance of Teaching Technology to Teachers
    We’ve all said it. “Technology is the wave of the future.” There’s no denying that. It’s actually the wave of the present. I know that every teacher in academe today has heard that the need to use technology in the classroom is imperative now. If we are going to engage our students in the class discussions and the lectures, we need ...
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    A Day in the Life of an Elementary Computer Teacher/ Technology Integration Specialist

     A Day in the Life of an Elementary Computer Teacher/ Technology Integration Specialist
    I am a computer teacher at a large private school. I teach 545 students every week in kindergarten through fifth grade. During my off hours, I am a technology integration specialist, helping teachers utilize technology to increase student learning. A Typical School Day: 7:00 Leave the house, I am SO lucky to live minutes away from the school, on nice days ...
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    17 Ways to Meet Individual Learning Needs in the Math Classroom

    17 Ways to Meet Individual Learning Needs in the Math Classroom
    Differentiating instruction can be challenging. Student's educational strengths and weaknesses can be widely varied, making it a difficult task to meet each student's needs in any given lesson. Math is one such subject area where student skill levels can be very different. Some students have their basic math facts so well mastered that completing more complex tasks isn't hindered. Other students ...
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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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    Should Social Networking Sites Be Blocked at School?

    Should Social Networking Sites Be Blocked at School?
    I think part of the desire to block is fear of the unknown. When rock and roll first hit the scene, parents around the world were horrified and wanted this new type of music banned and hidden from their children. I’m sure that when the first automobile hit the roads, there was fear of how this newfangled thing would affect our ...
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    12 Tools for Blended Learning

    12 Tools for Blended Learning
    With H1N1 lurking in our schools and the possibility of pandemic illness, there has never been a better occasion for blended learning. Blended learning occurs when schools and classrooms mix traditional face-to-face teaching, with online instruction and interaction. Aside from the flu, there are other great reasons to create an e-learning environment for your classroom. Natural disasters, weather, school closings, long ...
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    Top 20 Blogs for Teachers

    Top 20 Blogs for Teachers
    When I first started out, I was living by myself far away from home. I didn’t have any friends in the community outside of the school. And those were either other band directors or band parents. I didn’t do anything to really try to keep in contact with college friends, I sort of had the Lone Ranger type approach. That was ...
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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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    5 Lesson Planning Tips for Incorporating Technology

    5 Lesson Planning Tips for Incorporating Technology
    The signs of technological revolution are everywhere - kids with their cells and ipods; teachers with their laptops, digital presentations, and parents and teachers and kids with their blackberries. The possibilities of course, are endless….. Since we are teachers working in a digital age, we also need to think a bit more digitally in both the user and learner sense of ...
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    Friending Your Students: A Researcher’s Perspective

    Friending Your Students: A Researcher’s Perspective
    When I was in Form 6 (today’s Yr 12) I had a teacher who gave us his phone number so that we could contact him if we needed clarification about the work we were doing out of school hours. We knew that on certain nights he had umpire training and wouldn’t be home until after 10.30pm. Did I ever call him? ...
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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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    Three Cool Tools for Teaching

    Three Cool Tools for Teaching
    Glogster is a great creativity site who’s tag line is “poster yourself”. A ‘glog’ is basically an online poster web page. Students can combine text, pictures, graphics, video, and audio to create an interactive online poster. Glogster has a very simple to use interface. The final glog can be hosted by Glogster or you can embed it into a wiki, blog, ...
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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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    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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    How to Create Virtual Bookshelf

    How to Create Virtual Bookshelf
    As summer break approaches, we teachers start thinking about how far we have come during the school year with our students. We also dread that they will be on their own for the summer and may or may not be reading. Shelfari is a virtual bookshelf that you create to show off books that you have read and recommend. It is ...
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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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