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)

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10/01/2016

Tech Links from Diigo (weekly)

9/19/2016

Are You Teaching Texas History?

Greetings Everyone!

Guess you know I have been on a "Blog Break" and now want to start back with some relevant posts. The other day, I was approached by a teacher who wanted MORE sites to help her in teaching Texas History. She said she thought the resources were limited, so I have been on a quest to find some engaging site. She already knew about the Virtual Reality Tour of the Alamo. So, I will begin with that one.



  1. The Alamo  - (the mission, the battle, the legend) This is a keeper because of the awesome, engaging experience for students who have not been able to visit live.
  2. Texas Beyond History -  For Kids Only site has fun & games, fantastic facts, adventures, etc. This requires Flash and is a great site for students to explore. There is an interactive Virtual Museum with Texas' Cultural History by clicking on different map locations.
  3. Texas State Government - where Texas kids meet Texas state government (Leveled by grades)

  4. Texas Senate Kids - follow Bluebonnet Betty and Lonestar Bob on 3 different adventures to learn about Texas State government.
  5. Portal to Texas History - a Gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.
  6. Teach Texas Archive (TAMI) Texas Archive of the Moving ImageResources by Topic and Grade; great place to obtain images
  7. Four Regions of Texas (Weebly Website) - very simple with good visuals
  8. Texas Colonies -  Focus on Texas History; This has lesson plans with pdfs/docs with lots of reading material, but good information and visuals.
  9. Texas Treasures (Texas State Library & Archives) - an online exhibit of historical artifacts and documents.
  10. Lone Star Junction - this is a favorite of mine! Great facts, images, songs and links.

9/17/2016

Tech Links from Diigo (weekly)

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