Thursday, October 30, 2014

Researching 1:1 : Is Your School 21st Century Ready?



Our school is currently exploring a 1:1 technology initiative and I have volunteered to be on the committee. When you school is considering a 1:1 policy, it can be with laptops, Chromebooks, tablets or iPads. Each student has the luxury of their own device to access the Internet and their documents.I have resources below which cover all the possibilities.


PROS AND CONS OF 1:1



4 Perspectives on 1:1 Success- from ISTE's blog

Carts, 1:1 and BYOD: The Journey Towards Personal Student Devices


The Device Conundrum: 1:1 vs BYOD- Eric Sheninger's blog post

The Mobile Learning Debate: BYOD vs 1:1 - from K-12 Tech Decisions

Technology Brainstorm: BYOD vs 1:1- Prezi


West Branch Community Schools- explanation of why this Iowa district is going 1:1

What Teachers Need to Know About 1:1 vs  BYOD- from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Why Are 1/3 of Librarians Unhappy About BYOD/1:1 Programs?


1:1 INITIATIVE










5 Questions to Ask About High School Laptop, Tablet Initiatives- from US News and World Reports

8 Positive Findings from 4 Year 1:1 iPad Initiative

(At Least) 101 Tips for Going 1:1 or BYOD



Making 1:1 Work- from Tech Learning
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One to One Computing in N.J.- list compiled by Rich Sciorra  (For my NJ neighbors...)
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Making 1:1 Work- from Tech & Learning

Plan a Successful 1:1 Technology Initiative- from ISTE

The Positive Impact of Launching a 1:1 iPad Project- Hove Park School (UK)

Preparing Students For the Digital Age and Beyond- Colorado Academy


The Realities of 1:1- from Tech & Learning


Six Tips for Implementing1:1 iPads in Schools- from Learning Today

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

25 Veterans Day Resources

America Honors Its Veterans- slideshow from NBC

CNN's Veterans Day Videos

Experiencing History: Stories From the Veterans Day Project- from the Library of Congress


Fact Monster- Veterans Day resources




The History of Veterans Day


MSNBC Picture Stories


Remember Our Soldiers- for any grade; Education World

Remembering Our Veterans- for grade 7

Take a Veteran to School Day- from History Channel

Teacher Guide to Veterans Day- from TeAchnology

The Teacher's Guide to Veterans Day

TeacherVision's List of Veterans Day Resources- articles, lesson plans, printables

Tomb of the Unknowns- scavenger hunt

United States Department of Veteran Affairs- teacher resources

VA Kids, K-5th

VA Kids- resources for grades 6-12

Veterans Day- activities, lesson plans, worksheets

Veterans Day Clip Art


Veterans Day Crafts- from Enchanted Learning

Veterans Day Lesson- from EL Civics (ESL students)


Veterans Day Lessons from Scholastic

Veterans Day Resources- this is a Livebinder with many links

Veterans History Project- from The Library of Congress

Veterans Honored and Remembered- from the Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teens Pick the Top 10 Titles to Read!!

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has just posted the winners of the top 10 best reads. You can find a description of each book HERE.


Post 500 Was Sunday! So Here's 501: 11 Visual Search Engines

I missed it; my 500th post was on Sunday, and I didn't send up the fireworks. So, without further ado...here is post 501.

Google is usually the first place students and teachers turn to when they are looking for images. But there are many other ways to search the web while making the experience a visual one. Many of the searches are for images only. See if any of these interest your students:


Boolify- teaches students proper search techniques

CamFind- visual search engine for Android phones

Compfight- search for photos, either commercial or Creative Commons


Evi- search online or use the mobile app for iPhone or Android

Google Images- choose the size, color, type, usage rights and more


Guided Search (Pinterest) for iPhone and Android

InstaGrok- interactive concept map

MUFIN-  (Multi Feature Indexing Network) search 100 million Flickr images


Quintura Kids- simple search for kids


Spezify- search online or with your iPhone

TinEye Reverse Image Search- "finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Break for a Serious Note

This coming Sunday, in memory of my father, I will be participating in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's event. My dad battled the disease for over 10 years, but the worst day (other than his death) was when he looked at me and didn't know who I was. Alzheimer's robs a person of all their memories. There are currently over 5 million people affected by this hideous disease, and it is predicted that the number could grow to as much as 16 million by the year 2050.  Could you take a moment and donate anything you can afford? I'm sure that unfortunately we all will eventually know someone with Alzheimer's. Thank you.

Julie Greller's Walk to End Alzheimer's Page

Friday, October 17, 2014

Trick or Treat? Here are 62+ Things to Do for Halloween Fun

In two weeks we will begin 3 months of indulging.  Candy, followed by Thanksgiving dinner, Chanukah, Kwaanza, Christmas and New Year's. The extra ten pounds. YUM!! Okay, I know I'm rushing things, but my calendar says it is exactly two weeks until Halloween. Here's a great list of resources for you and your students!

ARTS AND CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES / GAMES
7 Halloween Themed Activities- from FreeTech4Teachers

Activity Village


Bat Flyers


Craft Stick Mummy


Enchanted Learning- small list of crafts

Family Fun- wonderful site with loads of ideas


COLORING PAGES / WORKSHEETS

173 Free Halloween Worksheets- from Busy Teacher

Halloween Coloring Pages- from Teachers Corner



LESSONS

MISCELLANEOUS


Halloweenispere.com

MONSTERS AND CREATURES:
Alien: Assembly Required- for younger kids; part of the Arthur site

Goosebumps Monster Maker- based on the R.L. Stine series Goosebumps, students drag and drop body parts to create their own monsters.

Make a Monster- simple interface for younger kids

Me Make Monster- easy to use; share or save the monster created or print it on a tee shirt, mug, bag or baseball hat

Me Make Zombie- students upload a photo and make it into a zombie

Monster Maker- select various body parts for your monster and control the width, height, texture and background

Playnormous Monster Gallery- choose eyes, nose, ears etc. and have your monster rated on the site; gallery currently has over 5400 monsters.

Tinkatolli- create a "Tinka"

Toonix- create a "toonix" on this colorful site; many choices to create

The Troop: Monster Creator- the premise is simple: students recreate the monster they saw by clicking and scaling body parts

RECIPES
Bizarre Halloween Recipes- do you have the nerve???


Gross Halloween Party Food- they look really gross!!

Kids' Turn Central- recipes

RESOURCES / COLLECTIONS
Teacher Planet's Halloween Lessons, Worksheets and Activities

TeacherVision's List of Halloween Resources for Teachers- printables, slideshows, lesson plans, activities and many subject areas, including math, social studies

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Still Using Scantrons? Why Not Try Google Forms and Flubaroo!!

Today I bumped into a colleague of mine who was looking for the building's Scantron machine to grade a test. When I asked him if he had ever used Google forms to self-grade his quizzes, he told me he had never heard of it. The great thing was that he was open to learning about Google forms and Flubaroo. So for those of you out there who want to move away from Scantron forms and step into the 21st Century, here are a bunch of tutorials to help you on your way. This one's for you, Larry!!

Brent Coley- there are 5 videos which take you step-by-step, including creating, editing, analyzing/sharing, adding images, and creating a self-grading quiz with Flubaroo. Everything you need on one page.









Make Your Own Online Quizzes and Let Flubaroo Do the Grading- from ISTE

Self-Check Quiz Templates-  5,10,15,20 question samples from Tammy's Technology Tips for Teachers
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