Sunday, September 18, 2011

Free Posters - Poster-Street.com

Check out this website for creative posters for the classroom as well as some for personal use.  There is no registration fee and they may be downloaded for free.  Below is a great poster for classrooms…”I am a Smart Reader.”

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Free Posters - Poster-Street.com

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Greg Heffley's Journal Grade 7

We cannot keep these books on the shelves.  Here is an online version of the first book at Funbrain.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The Google+ project: real life sharing, rethought for the web.

In case you have not heard, Google is finally on the verge of releasing their version of Social Networking.  Google+ is still in the testing phase with only a limited number of invites.  It is similar to Facebook, with many unique features that could steal Facebook users away in the future.  Circles allow you to set up groups of friends, Hangout is online video chatting among circles, Sparks searches online news and events interesting to the user, and Huddle enables easy group chatting.  Check it out to see the future of Social Networking according to Google.  You can also be added to their list to receive updates and possibly be able to setup an account in the near future to assist with their testing.  Click the link below to send your email address. 

  

The Google+ project: real life sharing, rethought for the web.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Web2.0 and Education: Issuu: Create your own magazine or book or...

A friend recently told me about Issuu, one of the many useful Web 2.0 tools out there.  Issuu is a venue for posting documents in a format similar to Flipsnack.  How is it different?  You can post multiple documents in one location for quick and easy access.  It is much like an online file sharing service, yet the documents are read-only and more visually-appealing.   There are many possibilities for marketing.  I am most interested in looking at this service from an education perspective, from the curriculum and planning stages to student publications.  Below are two websites: one is Issuu’s website and the other is Issuu ideas in education.

http://issuu.com/explore

Web2.0 and Education: Issuu: Create your own magazine or book or...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Titlewave | Follett Library Resources

This is for the librarians out there.  I am sooooo loving the Titlewave iPhone app!!  For those who are not familiar with Titlewave, it is Follett’s online Collection Development tool.  You can search for books and order online, and processing is included for libraries.  I like to actually get my hands on books before ordering, if at all possible.  This app helps so much with this because it has a built-in barcode scanner.  We can now visit other libraries, book stores, classroom libraries, etc., scan the barcode of a book we like, and it is automatically added to our order.  Love it!!

TITLEWAVE | Follett Library Resources

Monday, September 5, 2011

Aynor Elementary September Newsletter!

Below is an example of the FlipSnack app at work!!  It only takes a few minutes to create and embed on the site of your choice...Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, etc.

SnackTools | Free web apps & blog and website widgets

This is a great set of apps to set your website apart from others.  There are several free apps here, including PhotoSnack, QuizSnack, TubeSnack, PodSnack, and my favorite, FlipSnack.  Flipsnack takes a pdf and turns it into an interactive Flipbook that you can easily post to Facebook or your website.
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SnackTools | Free web apps & blog and website widgets

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Getting Children to Read - Oprah.com

Take a look at some of Oprah’s tips on how to get your children excited about reading.  There are simple tips here, but one of my favorites is that our children should see us reading.  It is difficult for them to take us seriously about the importance of reading if they always see us sitting in front of a television instead of immersed in a great book!  Food for thought! :-)

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Getting Children to Read - Oprah.com

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Infinite Learning Lab

This is a website using one of our favorite characters, Garfield, to teach kids about basic life skills such as Self-esteem, Self-control, Peer Pressure and Diversity.  There are also several media lessons I use when teaching Online Safety, CyberBullying, Fact vs. Opinion, and Forms of Media.  This is a totally interactive experience for the kids and a great website to use with Smartboards.  There are questions to follow most videos, as well.

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Infinite Learning Lab

ALA | Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938-Present

Check out the link below for a complete collection of all Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books.

ALA | Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938-Present