Sunday, April 29, 2012

National Geographic Education

National Geographic Education is an educational site, currently in Beta, created by National Geographic. National Geographic Education is working to increase geo-literacy skills in kids, helping them to learn how the world works and how people and places are connected. National Geographic Education offers incredible educational resources including rich media materials and scientific exploration for both student and teachers. National Geographic Education is a site that would be a great resource for the classroom. Worth checking out!

103 Interesting Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom

Have an iPad and not sure what to do with it? Then 103 Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom is a resource you should check into for some great ideas. 103 Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom suggests apps (some free; some not) and then includes ideas of how to incorporate these apps into the classroom. 103 Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom has suggested lessons and apps that include basic subject area content as well as suggestions on music, making movies, converting speech to text, and many others.

You can see other interesting Ways presentations that Tom Barrett has created on the Interesting Ways page on his Blog.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Looking for Apps? Check these out...

If you are always on the look out for some good apps, then check out the Google spreadsheet created by TCEA, TCEA Recommended Apps, a collaborative effort by TCEA and many others.

TCEA Recommended Apps contains two sheets. The first lists numerous educational apps, both free and many others that quite affordable. The TCEA Recommended Apps spreadsheet offers apps in every subject area and all grade levels. There are also specialized apps listed for foreign languages, special needs, study tools, and teacher tools. The second sheet of the TCEA Recommended Apps spreadsheet lists personal apps that cover topics such as news, cooking, photography, technology and weather.

TCEA Recommended Apps is a fabulous tool that will help make your iPad a more personalized and effective tool. I recommend checking it out and contributing as well.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Different Kind of Cookie...

Cookie is a fun site for kids in grade PreK to 2nd grade, offering interactive online games, videos, worksheets, and even arts and crafts. Cookie offers games focusing on math, language, phonics and science to help kids build their skills in these subject areas. Along with the many interactive games offered, Cookie also provides a variety of worksheets covering letters, numbers, calendars, seasons, and animals.

Cookie also offers a variety of videos. These videos cover topics such as personal hygiene, the five senses, life cycles, and food chains. The Cookie videos are designed with the younger learners in mind.

I learned about from David Kapuler's blog, Technology Tidbit: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero. Cookie is definitely worth checking out.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Google Doc for Teachers

And now a little something Google for the teachers...If you are unfamiliar with Google Doc then Free Technology for Teachers is the place to go. Richard Byrne, a high school History teacher, a Google Certified Teacher and author of Free Technology for Teachers, created a guide for teachers who are new to Google Docs.

Google Documents for Teachers addresses topics such as creating self-grading quizzes, sharing and publishing documents and presentations, and creating a personal Google account. This is a step-by-step guide to make learning more about Google doc more efficient. Mr. Byrne is also offering Google Documents for Teachers as a free download.

Free Technology for Teachers is absolutely one of my favorite blogs and is a great Google resource. I recommend visiting and checking out Google Documents for Teachers

52 Google Doc Secrets for Students

Google Docs is one of my favorite tools - for myself, other teachers, and students. Google Docs has become my go to tool and I use quite often. It is a great way to share resources with other teachers and my technology co-workers. The fact that it is a fabulous colaborative tool makes if fun for students to complete assignments. Sharing Google Docs has become the best way to introduce it to non-users here at school.

I find that I am constantly finding new things to learn about Google Docs...features that make using it extremely useful and effective. Thankfully I learned about 52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students from David Andrade's blog, Educational Technology Guy.

OnlineColleges has made learning about those feature a bit easier by producing 52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students. Each tip has a link to other websites that offer explanations in greater detail. 52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students offers tips to aid in adding videos, converting to other formats, inserting photos, embedding docs anywhere and various other features and tips!

Definitely a resource to have on hand for for all Google Docs users.