Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Smile for you


I will add new content in the next week but I thought you'd enjoy a "technology" smile.


1. You accidently enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played Solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach only 3 of your family members.

4. You e-mail the person who works in the room next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull in your driveway and use your cell phone to call anyone in the house.

7. You start tilting your head sideways to smile :)

and 8. You're reading this and nodding and laughing :)

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Looking for a place to get lessons and conversation with educators all over the country? Try is an educational networking community that enables teachers to connect on professional development, classroom management, and lesson plans. The website is free to join and also offers blog space for users. The best feature of this site is its easy to use for beginners and advanced enough for those with more technology knowledge. I found lesson plans for science, social studies, language arts, music, etc.

Truly worth a look ~

Monday, March 23, 2009

Looking for Something Different? Here's a website that leads you to contests


We know there are plenty of contests out there that the children can use to showcase their talents and you can use to reinforce lessons. There is a website that catalogs contests and offers other types of entertaining ways to use contests in the classroom.

Try the website, - Teaching with contests. Right now is a contest for saving animals represented by St. Francis for the Animal Society. Contest ends April 15th so look it up quickly!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Have you used Kidspiration?

Kidspiration is a great tool for helping students up to grade 5 learn how to organize thoughts and outline ideas. Kidspiration can be used for all types of classes - science, social studies, math, etc. There are activities already built into the program and it allows you to create your own.

Want an idea on what it looks like and how to use it? Atomic Learning Library has some great tutorials for both PC and Mac users - click here to go to the portion of the website that has the tutorials - you will need QuickTime and your speakers on to view and listen to them.

Want to try it? Here's the link to the Inspiration/Kidspiration website for a free 30 day trial:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

How are things going with your Professional Development?

Do you feel the Professional Development that is offered on a one day basis is enough? Or do you feel there should be ways to continue to learn more about the new ideas you found? Take my poll and see how others feel as well. It's anonymous and will be shown at the ASCD conference on March 16th.

Click here to go to the poll


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Consider using wikispaces for your classroom!

I know you all have heard of Wikipedia and how content can be edited by anyone who logs into the website. Wikipedia is a good place to start for a conversation regarding almost any topic and we know that there are times when the information is accurate and times when it is not. However, did you know you can have your own little wiki for classroom use? As the teacher you can start the wiki with a question that students log on to answer or you can post something and encourage the students to add to it or make their own corrections.

I have a wiki for you to look at: I took one of my blog posts from the past and made a few errors to it. Feel free to log on and make some corrections, or leave a discussion on the page.

Try it - it's free! Go to to begin your own account. Students will love the interaction and being able to see what the other students have added.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Use Verizon's "Thinkfinity" to find lessons on everything from A to Z

Verizon Foundation has long ago created a website that can verify content on any subject and provide availability and verification in one site. This free service is available to educators, students and parents. Since today is an important day in history, I went onto" and looked up "inauguration." It offered several sites by reputatable companies such as EdSitement and Smithsonian History by grade level, state standards, interactivity, lesson plans, etc. Here's what I found interesting today:

Celebrating Inaugurations

George Washington (1789-1797)
gave the shortest inaugural address, 135 words, at his second inauguration.

James Madison (1809-1817)
held the first official inaugural ball in 1809.

William Henry Harrison (1841)
gave the longest inaugural address--8,445 words.

Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
was the only president to use the words "I affirm" as he took the oath of office, rather than "I swear."

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
wore a ring to his 1905 inauguration that held a lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair, cut off after Lincoln was shot.

Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
was sworn in using his nickname, Jimmy, instead of his given name, James Earl.

Why not start incorporating this site into your lessons? Have your students look for information on ThinkFinity and have them site the sources and reliability? Happy hunting!