Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Livebinder: Apps for Teachers and Students

Apps for Teachers and Students is a great Livebinder created by user tobyprice. Apps for Teachers and Students include teacher tools, reference apps, storytelling apps, and many apps broken down by subject area.

The list of apps found in Apps for Teachers and Students is very comprehensive and each apps is accompanied by the iTunes description pages. This is a great resource and the author has done a fabulous job of putting this list together and keeping it updated. Definitely worth checking out.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Apps for Professional Development

Apps for Professional Development is a post from the blog, EdReach. Apps for Professional Development is a list that was developed for a school that is beginning iPad implementation. This list mentions apps that the author uses on a regular basis to enhance his own learning.

Apps for Professional Development is a wonderful resource. I found it very comprehensive and useful. I ound apps that I have now downloaded and will begin using as well.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bloom's Taxonomy of Apps...

A few days ago I posted about Bloom's and iPad apps found on the Langwitches Blog. Today I came across a similar blog posting by Kelly Tenkely on her blog iLearn Technology. This is a catalog of apps, Bloom's Taxonomy of Apps, which is a handy little resource for any teacher with iDevices. Bloom's Taxonomy of Apps does a fabulous job of organizing the apps so that user has an easier time of find the desired app. It is definitely worth checking out. I think you find it as a must have resource.

And if you have not ever visited iLearn Technology, I think you will find it a valuable resource for the classroom as well.

Virtual Base 10 Blocks

The Learning Box Base 10 offers a virtual version of base 10 blocks. The Learning Box Base 10 is a fun practice game that gives students the opportunity to add blocks to represent a given target number. The Learning Box Base 10 gives a counter at the bottom of the page to keep track of blocks that are currently on the paper. The Learning Box Base 10 offers a great way for students to practice counting by ones, tens, and hundreds as well as practice place value. When the games starts, students are given a number and once they successfully create that number with blocks, The Learning Box Base 10 offers a new target number. With the new number is given, the students then have to determine whether or not to remove or add blocks. The Learning Box Base 10 allows you to adjust the level of difficulty.

The Learning Box Base 10 is worth checking out. A great virtual manipulative.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bloom's Taxonomy and iPad Apps

If you are planning to use iPads with kids then Bloom's Taxonomy and iPad Apps is a resource you need to look into. Bloom's Taxonomy and iPad Apps was created by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and posted on her blog, Langwitches Blog. Each app represented, is one she has personally tested and is recommending. Bloom's Taxonomy and iPad Apps is a chart listing the levels of Bloom's with apps representing each level. Tolisano makes a point of letting readers know that apps that are listed can be applied to multiple levels of Bloom's. The blog posting also takes the opportunity to remind us of the levels of Bloom's and the components of each level.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Put Your Students in a Pickle...A Math Pickle!

Math Pickle was created by Dr. Gordon Hamilton who has a passion for problem solving and believes this to be the very heart of mathematics. Math Pickle offers videos for all grade levels K-12. In the videos students are engaged in solving math problems and puzzles. Math Pickle also offers videos that feature unsolved math problems throughout history that students work to solve. The videos from Math Pickle actually put your students in "math pickle".

I learned of Math Pickle from Kelly Tenkely's blog iLearn Technology

A Unique Way to Follow World Events...10X10

10x10 is a site that allows you to explore world events with words and pictures that represent defining events in the world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image. The result is a fitting snapshot of our world sometimes shocking and many times moving, but always relevant. By clicking on a single frame with the the 10x10 snaphot you can dig a little deeper in the story.

10x10 scans RSS feeds of several leading international news sources and conclusions are drawn on the hours most important words. The top 100 words are chosen as well 100 corresponding images from the same sources and then 10x10 creates a new frame every hour.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Math Dictionary for Kids

A Maths Dictionary for Kids is a great resource for the elementary math classroom. A Maths Dictionary for Kids contains math terms that are taught in the elementary classrooms. Definitions that are found in A Maths Dictionary for Kids are represented with words, pictures, and numbers. A Maths Dictionary for Kids also allows visible content to printed. Another component of A Maths Dictionary for Kids is printable math charts. Math chart contents include numbers, operations, fractions, decimals, and numerous other subjects.

A Maths Dictionary for Kids would be a great resource addition to the elementary math classroom.

I've Got Skype - Now What?

I know you have heard it all before...Skype is a wonderful way for teachers to open up their classrooms and their students to the world. Skype allows students to the experience the world in a way that they may never of had an opportunity to do before. Skype gives students opportunities to learn from other students in other parts of the world opening cultures and expanding their knowledge.

But now that you have Skype what do you do next? How do you get started?

Well I recently found this great posting: 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom, from TeachingDegree.Org.

50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom lists ways to use Skype that range from resources for getting started to promoting education to promoting community. There is even a section of ideas for teachers and parents. 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom is a great resource for virtual field trips, connecting with authors, professional development, and connecting parents and teachers. 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom is an extensive lists of resources to help get started with a tool that people just can't stop talking about!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Looking to Integrate Technology?

50 Ways to Integrate Technology and 50 More Ways to Integrate Technology are terrific sites created by Jessica Branch and Angelyn Cheatham.

50 Ways to Integrate Technology lists many websites and categorizes them as websites for learning and teaching, websites for management, web 2.0 projects, digital storytelling and others.

50 More Ways to Integrate Technology offers numerous websites and have them broken down into categories such as learn, create, collaborate, share, and a "just because" section.

These two sites have many resources listed and would be beneficial for any classroom!

Sizing up the Universe

Sizing up the Universe is a wonderful resource demonstrating for students the size of the solar system using items that they are familiar with. Sizing up the Universe is a product of Smithsonian Education for students.

Sizing up the Universe uses items that kids are familiar with such as basketballs, beach balls, tennis balls, and golf balls to compare the size of the earth to other objects in the solar system such as the sun and the moon.

After guessing the relative sizes of the earth, moon, and sun, Sizing up the Universe, then lets you enter an address and will estimate the distance between objects using familiar surroundings powered by Google Maps.

Sizing up the Universe is a fun site that does a great job of providing students with a size comparison of different objects in the sky. Definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Teaching Blog Central

Looking for blogs to follow that focus on the grade level you teach? Well today I was introduced to Teaching Blog Central. This a fabulous blog created by Charity Preston. She is also the creator of the PEN Group Online which consists of several websites. (The Organized Classroom Blog, PEN Group Online, Classroom Freebies, along with several others). Mrs. Preston's goal was to create a place where teachers could come and find ideas from other teachers. The best thing is that Teaching Blog Central is grade specific.

Teaching Blog Central consists of teaching blogs, with a few collaboration blogs included. There are blogs for all grade levels. I highly recommend checking out Teaching Blog Central because more than likely it has what you are looking for!

NOAA - Planet Arcade

NOAA: Planet Arcade offers interactive games that focus on the ocean and air. NOAA: Planet Arcade promotes environmental facts and issues.

NOAA: Planet Arcade offers games for elementary age students covering topics such as lightening and thunder, energy, water life (above and below), and keeping our water and beaches clean. Many of the games are hosted by the NOAA, however some of the games are linked to PBS, National Geographic's, and the Environmental Protection Agency's websites. NOAA: Planet Arcade would make a great resource for the science classroom.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Photos for Bloggers....

Photo Pin is a great new site offering images for bloggers. Photo Pin makes it fast and easy to add photos to any posting along with the attributions for each photo. Photo Pin uses the Flickr API and searches creative commons photos to offer royalty free images.

Photo Pin would also be a great resource for the classroom. Photo Pin offers a quick and easy way to search for Creative Commons-licensed images along with a gentle reminder to link to the image sources.

I learned about this new site from Richard Byrne's blog, Free Technology For Teachers. If you never visited his blog, it is a fabulous resource for every classroom. I highly recommend checking it out.

Scientific Tuesdays...

Scientific Tuesdays on You Tube can be a wonderful resource for the Science Classroom. Scientific Tuesdays is new from Household Hacker. Scientific Tuesdays offers videos that represent different scientific experiments using common household items and simple explanations. Video topics are varied, including magnetism, chemical changes, and light refraction. Scientific Tuesdays videos range in time about 4 to 6 minutes in length.

Scientific Tuesdays would be a great way to introduce new scientific skills or a fun way to wrap up skills already learned. Scientific Tuesdays is definitely worth checking out.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lost in the Abbreviations?

Ever feel like you have been left out of the loop when it comes to reading text messages or twitter posts? You know those abbreviations have meaning but you have no idea what they are? Seems that nothing makes us feel older than not being able to read what our kids are sending in their text messages...or what's worse is when our contemporaries are posting those abbreviations in their twitter posts! Well here is a list of some of the most commonly used abbreviations for beginners to help stay in the loop.

404I haven't a clue
A3Anyplace, anywhere, anytime
ADNAny day now
AFAIKAs far as I know
ASAPAs soon as possible
B4NBye for now
BBIABBe back in a bit
BBLBe back later
BBNBye bye now
BBSBe back soon
BEGBig evil grin
BFNBye for now
BGBig grin
BLBelly laughing
BMGWLBusting my gut with laughter
BOTECBack-of-the-envelope calculation
BRBBe right back
BTABut then again...
BTDTBeen there, done that
BTWBy the way
BWLBursting with laughter
BWTHDIKBut what the heck do I know...?
C&GChuckle and grin
CNPContinued in next post
CRBCome right back
CRBTCrying real big tears
CUSee you
CULSee you later
CUL8ERSee you later
CYASee ya
CYOSee you online
DLTBBBDon't let the bed bugs bite
DIKUDo I know you?
DITYIDDid I tell you I'm distressed?
DOSDozing off soon
DQMOTDon't quote me on this
DTRTDo the right thing
DWBDon't write back
EGEvil grin
EMFBIExcuse me for butting in
EMSGE-mail message
EOMEnd of message
EOTEnd of thread (meaning: end of discussion)
ESTOEquipment Smarter Than Operator
EWGevil wicked grin
F2FFace to face
FAQFrequently-asked questions
FCFingers crossed
FOMCLFalling off my chair laughing
FTBOMHFrom the bottom of my heart
FWIWFor what it's worth
FYIFor your information
GALGet a life
GIGOgarbage in, garbage out
GD&Rgrinning, ducking, and running
GFNGone for now
GIWISTGee, I wish I'd said that
GLGood luck
GMABGive me a break
GMTAGreat minds think alike
GOLGiggling out loud
HAGNHave a good night
HANDHave a nice day
HHISHanging head in shame
HIGHow's it going
HTHHope this helps
IAEIn any event
IACIn any case
IAWI agree with
ICI see
IHUI hear you
IMInstant or Immediate message
ImingChatting with someone online usually while doing other interactive things
IMOIn my opinion
IMSI am sorry
IOWIn other words
IRLIn real life
J4GJust for grins
JICJust in case
JKJust kidding
JMOjust my opinion
JTLYKJust to let you know
KITKeep in touch
KWIM?Know what I mean
L8R G8RLater Gator
LOLLaughing out loud
LTMLaughing to myself
LTNSLong time no see
MTFMore to follow
NPNo problem
OTOHOn the other hand
OTTOMHOff the top of my head
PAWParents are watching
PMPrivate message
ROTFLRolling on the floor laughing
RTReal time
S^S'up or what's up
SETESmiling ear to ear
SOTShort on Time
SOTMGShort on time must go
STWSearch the web
SUPwhat's up
SYSSee you soon
TAThanks again
TAFNThat's all for now
TCOYTake care of yourself
TB4UToo bad for you
TMIToo much information
TTYLTalk to you later
TYThank you
UWYou're welcome
WAYDWhat are you doing
WBWelcome back
WFMWorks for me
WTGWay to go

If you would like a more extensive list I founds these at techtarget.com.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fuel the Brain

Fuel the Brain is a fun site for educational resources and games for the K-3rd grade classrooms. Fuel the Brain offers interactive games, printables, and other resources. Fuel the Brain also offers Teacher Guides which offer integration ideas for the classroom.

Currently the curriculum focus of Fuel the Brain is math. Covering topics such as Counting & Cardinality, Numbers and Operations, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. These topics are promoted through interactive games and fun printable pages for students to enjoy while enhancing their learning.

Fuel the Brain is a site definitely worth checking out.