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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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    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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    A Great Technology Activity for Students: Animalia

    A Great Technology Activity for Students: Animalia
    h4. *What it is:* The Animalia website is based on the popular book and television series written and illustrated by Graeme Base. The website is just as impressive as the book with amazing illustrations and activities for students. On the Animalia website, students are introduced to the characters of Animalia, the goal of the Animalia site, Animalia news, and games and ...
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    How to Integrate a Powerpoint Presentation into the Instructional Process

    How to Integrate a Powerpoint Presentation into the Instructional Process
    Students of today’s generation are much more technologically savvy and as a result, they can process information at a much higher rate than their counterparts of just a few years ago. For teachers, this means a lot more work in adapting user-friendly materials, but in a structured way that is also motivating and communicative. Plan a Powerpoint Just Like A Regular ...
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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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    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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    Do Teachers Have the Right to Blog?

    Do Teachers Have the Right to Blog?
    One of our brethren has been released from his teaching position due in part to the reflective teacher writing that he posts anonymously on his teacher blog. Instead of being reprimanded, or even censured, he’s been fired. It seems so odd to me that anyone would look at this so important part of the teacher process as being anything other than ...
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    Look at Looky Book

    Look at Looky Book
    What it is: Lookybook is amazing me today. This site, still in Beta version, is a place where kids can go to read and view picture book in their entirety. These are quality picture books such as “Alphabeasts” by Wallace Edwards and Franklin books by Paulette Bougeois. After a book has been read, it can be reviewed, rated, shared and put ...
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    The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators: FREE eBook

    The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators: FREE eBook
    I am excited to announce the release of a free ebook: The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators- a comprehensive introduction to using technology in all k-12 classrooms. Think of this as an early Christmas present! [gate] Richard Byrne from Free Tech 4 Teachers is the brilliant mind behind this ebook. About a month ago, he approached some of your ...
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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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    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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    The Hows and Whys of Wikipedia in the Classroom

    The Hows and Whys of Wikipedia in the Classroom
    Teaching featured writer, Katt Blackwell, was recently asked by a colleague why and how she taught Wikipedia in the classroom. In the following article, she delves into four reasons she uses Wikipedia in the classroom and how you can use it in your classroom. h4. Why Teach Wikipedia In the Classroom? h4. It teaches students to pay attention to authorial credibility ...
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    8 Ways Blogging Makes Me A Better Teacher

    8 Ways Blogging Makes Me A Better Teacher
    I have found this year that I have been making a lot of progress on my own personal teaching style. It’s my 6th year to teach, and I begin what could be seen as the downhill slope of teaching. Now that I am pretty adequate at getting children to be and stay quiet throughout class so that I can teach them, ...
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    Feature Column: Navigating the Internet with Safe Sites for Students

    Feature Column: Navigating the Internet with Safe Sites for Students
    The internet is one of the most popular and valuable tools for finding and sharing information. Educators can take advantage of all the internet has to offer students with many sites that were designed for classroom use. From catching a bad internet character in a game to social networking with tweens in mind, these sites offer teachers good direction and ...
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    Online Audio Stories

    Online Audio Stories
    What it is: Online Audio Stories is an impressive collection of free audio stories online. The audio books are all free and downloadable. The online version of the story includes accompanying text for students to follow along with. The short stories will transport students on a fun adventure of listening to fairy tales and classics. The extensive collection includes stories by ...
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    Feature Column: Geography Made Fun With Technology

    Feature Column: Geography Made Fun With Technology
    h4. Feature Topic: Geography & Technology Resources *_iLearn Technology is dedicated to giving teachers practical tips for integrating technology into the classroom. All of the resources are free to use and simple to implement. This column is a weekly Friday feature, don't miss it!_* h4. Knowledge Box h4. What it is: Knowledge Box has math, science, language arts, and social studies ...
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    Teacher Podcasts, Students Tune into Learning

    Teacher Podcasts, Students Tune into Learning
    Amol Patel, biology teacher at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia was a first-year teacher when he discovered that the use of podcasting can transform instruction in the classroom. The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow initially implemented podcasts as a solution to poor attendance. “I made podcasts of lectures, including the best questions asked in class, so that students who missed ...
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    International Children's Digital Library

    International Children's Digital Library
    A Library for the World's Children URL: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ Intended for: Kids ages 3 – 13 and Adults As a reading and ESL teacher in Cairo, Egypt, I was constantly on the lookout for interesting books that would appeal to the diverse group of students that I taught. I liked to think I was pretty up-to-date on what was available online. Without ...
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    An Educators Guide to Podcasting

    An Educators Guide to Podcasting
    Our very own featured writer, Kelly Tenkely, presented recently at the Colorado Podcast Summit hosted by Apple Education. Her presentation can be useful to us all, "Podcasting: Creative Communication Collaboration. " In addition, there are many resources for using podcasting in your classroom. Learn more about Kelly's presentation at the Summitt, podcasting tools, and more. Podcasting: Creative Communication Collaboration Podcasting Resources ...
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    Garage Band Introduction

    Garage Band is a program that comes on Macintosh computers. It lends itself to many uses, both in the music classroom, computer class and general classroom. h4. Music Classroom Uses With No Additional Equipment h4. 1. Record Live Music Create a new project. It doesn't matter what tempo or key if you're recording live music. You do, however, want to turn ...
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