Monday, September 24, 2012

TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

Check out the TED -Ed video library. You will find educational videos created by both educator and animator. You can browse videos by Series, Subject, and Best Flips.  These videos are a great way to introduce big ideas or just inspire students to think deeper.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Great Web 2.0 Resources for Students and Teachers


Trackclass is a great, free resource for students. This site allows students to keep their school work organized, from reminders to notes to assignments and grades.


Dweeber is a free homework collaboration site that allows students to solve problems together, participate in virtual study sessions, and communicate with friends. A collaborative whiteboard can be used to solve math and science problems or to create joint drawings and diagrams

Google Student Blog:

Google recently launched the Google Student Blog. This blog site includes information, updates, how-to's, tips, and much more on how to use Google's applications as a student.
Scribblar is a multi-user whiteboard, live audio, image collaboration, text chat  online meeting room. Students can use it to collaborate on projects, teachers can use it to tutor students via the computer..

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Congratulations Mrs. Burton!!
Wanda Burton just received 4 Nooks (electronic book readers by Barnes and Noble) through Donors

Here's how it works:
1. Go to the website and create an account. (
2. Post a project with the monetary amount needed to meet your goal.
3. Donors will have the opportunity to donate money to your project.
4. Once your goal is achieved Donors Choose will deliver your materials

Korina Chapman and Jennifer Rouse also have projects posted on Donors Choose.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Skype In the Classroom

An Engaging Lesson:
I had the opportunity to visit Alex Randel’s class today. (DV 5th Grade) His students were immersed in a conversation they were having with a woman who is currently living in the Ukraine.  This woman is Alex’s sister who talked to the kids and answered questions about life in the Ukraine.  This conversation happened via Skype, projected through his computer onto the big screen.  Wow!  What a great example of giving students 21st Century learning opportunities. 
If you are interested in learning about using Skype in your classroom, check out the following web site
Skype in The Classroom
Meet new people, discover new cultures and connect with classes from around the world, all without leaving the classroom.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spelling City

I was recently introduced to a great website called SpellingCity.  Today my daughter and I used it to practice her spelling words.  As we were going through some of the activities and games, it made me think how fun this would be on an interactive whiteboard (i.e. Mimio).  Whether you have access to an IWB or not it is definitely worth taking a look at. Make sure to go to the teacher resource page to find all the ways you can incorporate this website into your curriculum.  The table of contents includes activities for learning analogies, homophones, contractions, Dolch site words, math vocabulary and much, much more. Thank you Debra MacFarland for sharing this site!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

User Guides

Welcome Back!
You can find quick user guides for reconnecting your document camera, VCR/DVD players and many other useful topics on the following web site.
I have some great websites and resources to share with you and will post them in future blogs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brainstorm online with Easily create colorful mindmaps to print or share with others.
So easy to use.  Students can save their work online and access it from any computer. This is a great tool to use to encourage students to organize their ideas.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shorten A Web Address

Many times we need to give students URL links (web addresses) to access websites. These  URL's can sometimes be extremely long with special characters.
The following are a list of websites that will allow you to create shortened URL's for any website. Keep in mind, you really aren't changing the URL you are only creating a link that is easier to remember.
and it's free....... 

1.     Allows you to paste in several URL's so that student only need the one you give them in order to access several websites.
2.    can customize name 
1.    can customize name

Friday, April 1, 2011


SchoolTube is a K-12 media sharing website designed by teachers for their school community. SchoolTube is recommended by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and many other well-respected middle and high school national associations. SchoolTube authorizes you to use any of their links or embedding codes in your school newsletters, websites, or to pass on to your friends and family.  The following are examples of the types of videos that are being uploaded by schools to SchoolTube.  What a great safe environment for schools to post video to and it's free.