Monday, December 9, 2013

No Registration Needed...

As teachers we are always looking for great Web 2.0 tools for our students, however required registration becomes a problem especially for those of us who work with students grades 4 to 6.  Well lucky for all of us,  Nathan Hall  has done the work and complied a list of of tools that require no registration!  In the posting, Web Tools: No Registration Needed For Students,  Nathan Hall  has complied a list of tools which include - QR Codes, poll and survey tools, online whiteboards and cork boards, word clouds, maps and charts, photo editing and the list goes on and on.  Web Tools: No Registration Needed For Students has suggested tools for all content areas, as well as resource and reference.

Web Tools: No Registration Needed For Students lists many tools that are new to me and I can't wait to check out some of them.  I recommend taking a look at the list, I bet you find something that becomes one of your favorite tools.  Big thanks to Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers for share this post!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Science Take Videos is a series of 60 to 90 second videos hosted on the science page of the New York Times.  These videos do quite a nice job of describing the qualities of animals that we, as humans, find fascinating.  A small sampling of the Science Take Videos explaining these unique qualities include sharks, dolphins, spiders, and even bacteria.  Science Take Videos can be a nice supplemental resource for your science curriculum.

Science Take Videos is a small piece of the New York Times Science site both are definitely worth checking out.  Big thanks to Richard Byrne and his blog Free Technology for Teachers for sharing this site.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Meet Me At the Corner...

Meet Me at the Corner is an interactive video collection offering virtual field trips for kids. The videos introduce kids to people and places from all over the world. Meet Me at the Corner's collection includes topics that will interest kids such tarantulas and hedgehogs, authors, careers, inventors, and the list goes on and on. Meet Me at the Corner enhances the video experience by offering challenges and questions for kids to tackle. The learning is further extended through the links that Meet Me at the Corner pairs with each video.

Meet Me at the Corner is unique in the fact that it encourages student participation by allowing the submission of videos to express themselves and their interests.

Meet Me at the Corner is a great resource to add to your digital toolkit. The videos offered by Meet Me at the Corner will enhance lessons you have planned for your classroom.

Copyright a Mystery? Here's a Little Help!

Copyright Kids a site created by the The Copyright Society of the U.S.A, which fosters the study and knowledge of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, theater and movies.

Copyright Kids is an web-based tool dedicated to teaching students the ins and outs of copyright. Copyright Kids teaches basic information about protecting your own creations, offering the basics of copyrights, copyright definitions, and answers basic questions students may have. Copyright Kids also offers a parent/teacher component.

The homepage of Copyright Kids allows quick access to links offering information on each given topic. Each page then offers helpful links to increase understanding, as well as providing examples of copyrighted materials.

Copyright Kids also offers the Lincoln Middle School Multimedia Yearbook Club.

This portion of the site guides students though copyright issues, along with Copyright Cat. Working with the yearbook club students learn how copyright laws may actually effect them and why it's important.

Copyright Kids is a nice copyright resource for the classroom. Definitely worth taking a look at. Big shout out to EDge21 for sharing this resource.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No More Boring Grammar...

NoRedInk is a web-based resource that helps students improve their grammar and writing skills. NoRedInk provides a fun way to encourage kids to enhance their grammar and writing skills by using their favorite celebrities, movies and TV shows, friends, and personal interests.

Teachers set up classes within NoRedInk and then give students the class key code. Students are then able to set up accounts and email accounts are not needed when the class key code is used. NoRedInk keeps track of student progress based on the practice questions, quizzes the students take, and grades earned on the quizzes.

NoRedInk offers students the chance to take practice quizzes on their own, takes quizzes assigned by the teacher, and complete assignments that have been created for them. NoRedInk also allows students to view their own progress and help determine where they need more practice.

The account was easy to set up and site is very intuitive. It's worth checking out. It could become one of your new favorite resources!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jog the Web

Looking for a way to minimize the distraction the web creates for students while in the middle of a project or lesson. Jog the Web is a nice website that helps with this sometimes daunting task. Jog the Web is a web-based tool that allows the user to create a Jog List of websites. It is quick and easy to create. Give the list a title and then add the title and url of the pages you want. Once you have chosen to save your Jog List then Jog the Web allows you to share your list with others.

Jog the Web could be a valuable tool for any classroom, any content area. After creating an account then Jog the Web keeps a list of all the Jog Lists you create, allowing you to access them at anytime. This is one of my new favorite tools and I am looking forward to sharing it with the teachers I work with. Thanks to Twyla Felty for introducing me to Jog the Web.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Inference with Pictures...

Looking for a unique way to help teach Inference? Here is a great Pinterest board...Inference with Pictures!

Rachel Lynette created this board. The board contains pictures of people, places, and things exhibiting various emotions, facial expressions, events, and poses. Such as...

As you can see the pictures ask what you think may have happened and then ask that you defend your answer by acquiring evidence from the photo. These photos can be used as daily starters, reteaching resources, or even reinforcement. Inference with Pictures also offers Tips for Teaching Inference from Minds In Bloom. It is worth checking out.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Slime Your Way to a Good Book...

Slime Kids is a unique way to encourage kids to read. Slime Kids is a site created by Andy Fine, a parent and teacher, offering an extensive collection of book trailers. The site is well organized and easy to navigate through. Along with the book trailers, Slime Kids also offers literacy based sites such as author webpages and book review websites. Slime Kids not only offers literacy resources but also games focusing on typing skills, spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

Mr. Fine’s intent with Slime Kids is to help younger students find and access websites designed for kids. Slime Kids encourages students to judge website content and determine what is most useful to them and their resource needs.

Slime Kids is a pretty cool site. I would recommend giving it a try.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Primary Games

Primary Games is a great little site full of learning games for kids. Primary Games offers games for kids in the subject areas of math and reading, as well as puzzles, sports games, and games for girls. Primary Games also offers a wide variety of holiday activites including games, crafts, and coloring pages.

Primary Games has a Curriculum Guide to help teachers find the right activity to match the needs of their classroom. The Curriculum Guide is divided into Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

Primary Games is definitely worth checking out. I will warn you that the site is very, very busy which could cause your students to get lost on the page. You might want to take some time familiarizing yourself with the site.

Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary

Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary is a fabulous site. This site offers science vocabulary, including definitions and a visual representation of the word. For example: the word volcano...

As you can see the definition is provided as well as a picture of Augustine volcano in Alaska. Students are able to enhance learning by not only learning the definition of a word but by gaining a visual representation of the word.

Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary is a creation of the Hawaii Department of Education so obviously the focus of the site is on the standards for the State of Hawaii. However, Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary could be an additional resource to enhance and reinforce the learning in any elementary science classroom. It is worth checking out.