4/11/2017

Interested in Learning Photoshop or Excel for FREE?



Hey friends! It has surely been too long since I have posted anything to share. I have missed blogging and sharing with you. Hopefully things will settle down and I can resume my posting in a more timely manner. Today, I ran across this awesome chance for anyone to brush up on Excel skills or learn Photoshop free! Thanks goes to my Twitter friend, Lisa Monthie who I was so thrilled to meet in person this past February. She is full of information and tips.



2/20/2017

Where is YOUR next step?

Love to find little treasures on Twitter. Ran across this one today and thought it worthy to post here today! Have a great President's Day! Remember not to focus on your past failures, but always pick yourself up and look for that step forward (or upward)!




1/26/2017

Do You Want to Encourage Reading?


Hello friends! Today I ran across a great online reading site to help encourage students to read more. It is called Epic! - Books for Kids and what is GREAT about it is that it is FREE for educators! All I did was fill out my school information online and was approved in no time. It did not take me 5 minutes and I was online listening to books being read aloud. Epic! recommends books for students (ages 1 - 12) and they offer have videos too. Teachers can set up different classrooms and earn points to get books and supplies for your classroom. Teachers may choose to add students and individualize their reading with assignments, quizzes, and activities. Epic! has a web version as well as apps from Apple or Google Play. Epic's goal has always been to empower children through reading and learning and they are in AWE of the many teachers that share this mission! Don't delay, check it out and you won't be disappointed. Look for the link LEARN MORE (small) to get to the Educator form. (See visual below)

1/12/2017

Do You Teach Writing?

Just ran across this wonderful site that was created by an English teacher called "Grammar Me" or GRMR.ME. It is designed to help students learn to write with immediate feedback and the ability to learn more on the spot while practicing writing. I think you will agree that this is worth your time and efforts to check out. As you grade student writing, you can give them the simple "code" or link as you discover an error. Here is a code for the ever so hard skill of subject-verb agreement: grmr.me/sva
All you would do is type that in your address bar and voila! You have a video lesson and students can even take a quiz to see if they have mastered the skill. Love this resource and I don't even teach writing. He is a quick guide to the different grammar codes. The best part of this resource is that it is FREE!

11/08/2016

Are Your Students Blogging?

I have posted about blogging before, but cannot say enough about the impact it has on students. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite resources to get you hooked on blogging with your students. PLEASE try it for six months and I know you will see how much it improves students' writing. I challenge you to try it NOW.


  1. Pernille Ripp on Student Blogging (great expert resource)
  2. Blogging 4 Kids by William Chamberlain
  3. Student Blogging Basics by David Theriault
  4. Easyblog.org
  5. Comments 4 Kids
  6. Blogging by Cybraryman  (lots of resources)
  7. Paper Blogging by Pernille Ripp (great for introducing blogs)
  8. QuadBlogging 
  9. Blogging without Text by Richard Byrne 
  10. Sample Student Blogs on Edublogs

11/05/2016

Tech Links from Diigo (weekly)

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10/15/2016

Tech Links from Diigo (weekly)

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    • Technology Applications, High School
    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   locates, analyzes, processes, and organizes data. The student is expected to:

       

      (A)  construct appropriate electronic search   strategies; and

       

      (B)  use a variety of resources, including other   subject areas, together with various productivity tools to gather authentic   data as a basis for individual and group programming projects.

    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student   is expected to:

       

      (A)  create a research plan to guide inquiry;

       

      (B)  use and evaluate various search strategies,   including keyword(s) and Boolean operators;

       

      (C)  select and evaluate various types of digital   resources for accuracy and validity; and

       

      (D)  process data and communicate results.

    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student   is expected to:

       

      (A)  create a research plan to guide inquiry;

       

      (B)  plan, use, and evaluate various search strategies,   including keyword(s) and Boolean operators;

       

      (C)  select and evaluate various types of digital   resources for accuracy and validity; and

       

      (D)  process data and communicate results.

    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student   is expected to:

       

      (A)  create a research plan to guide inquiry;

       

      (B)  discuss and use various search strategies,   including keyword(s) and Boolean operators;

       

      (C)  select and evaluate various types of digital   resources for accuracy and validity; and

       

      (D)  process data and communicate results.

    • Grade 6
    • Technology Applications,   Grade 6,
    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student   is expected to:

       

      (A)  create a research plan to guide inquiry;

       

      (B)  discuss and use various search strategies,   including keyword(s) and Boolean operators;

       

      (C)  select and evaluate various types of digital   resources for accuracy and validity; and

       

      (D)  process data and communicate results.

    • Grade 7,
    • Technology Applications,   Grade 7
    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student   is expected to:

       

      (A)  create a research plan to guide inquiry;

       

      (B)  use and evaluate various search strategies,   including keyword(s) and Boolean operators;

       

      (C)  select and evaluate various types of digital   resources for accuracy and validity; and

       

      (D)  process data and communicate results.

    • Grade 8,
    • Technology Applications,   Grade 8
    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires, analyzes, and manages content from digital resources. The student   is expected to:

       

      (A)  create a research plan to guide inquiry;

       

      (B)  plan, use, and evaluate various search strategies,   including keyword(s) and Boolean operators;

       

      (C)  select and evaluate various types of digital   resources for accuracy and validity; and

       

      (D)  process data and communicate results.

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    • Kindergarten-Grade 2
    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires and evaluates digital content. The student is expected to:

       

      (A)  use search strategies to access information   to guide inquiry;

       

      (B)  use research skills to build a knowledge   base regarding a topic, task, or assignment; and

       

      (C)  evaluate the usefulness of acquired digital   content.

    • Grades 3-5,
    • (3)  Research and information fluency. The student   acquires and evaluates digital content. The student is expected to:

       

      (A)  use various search strategies such as keyword(s);   the Boolean identifiers and, or, and not; and other strategies   appropriate to specific search engines;

       

      (B)  collect and organize information from a   variety of formats, including text, audio, video, and graphics;

       

      (C)  validate and evaluate the relevance and   appropriateness of information; and

       

      (D)  acquire information appropriate to specific   tasks.

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10/08/2016

Tech Links from Diigo (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.