Friday, September 9, 2011

You Can't Just Google It.....

My students seem to think that as long as they have Google, they don't need any other assistance with their research. When I meet with classes I show them how their results can change when they know what tools to use when on the Internet. Thanks to my colleague Nora, I have a new video to use in my presentations. Created with the wonderful site Xtranormal, this video is called "You Can't Just Google It".(It's funny, and we all know that will keep their attention)

You Can't Just Google It!
by: SweetSearch

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sharing 9-11 With Your Students

This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Here is a wonderful discussion guide which can be used by parents, caregivers and educators entitled "What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001." Produced by The American Psychological Association and Nick News, the guide has several activities which introduce students to the events that unfolded that dreadful day. Why not start with the video, "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001".  I've embedded it below for your convenience. Thank you to my colleague Brenda for sharing this link on Facebook!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

School Has Begun!! 24 Sites to Get Started With Icebreakers

Many of you have started school already and I hope you are off to a great year. Getting to know your class can be loads of fun for your students if you try one of the many great icebreakers out there. Here are some places to begin:

Back to School Icebreakers- 6 activities are listed here

The Big Book of Icebreakers
- from

Education World
- currently there are 12 volumes of icebreaking ideas on the site

First Day of School Activities- elementary grades

Icebreaker Ideas- list of teacher ideas

Icebreaker Tags- enter a name prompt, write a question, upload a logo if you have one

Icebreakers- from Dave's ESL Cafe

Icebreakers- from Teachervision; covers K-8

Icebreakers and Energizers-site says these are for any age group

Icebreakers for High School Students- check out the related articles at the bottom of the page

Resources for the First Day of School- from; grade levels are listed for each one

TeAchnology- for grades 5-8

TeAchnology- for high school

Teampedia- currently has 50 icebreakers and 100 team building activities

Thinkfinity- teachers share ideas for 8th graders


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