Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thousands of Science Fair Project Ideas! Find Them on These 25 Web Sites

All Science Fair Projects- this site boasts that it has "hundreds of science fair projects"; all grade levels

Discovery's Science Fair Central- everything you need to get you started

Earthquake Related Science Projects- from the US Geological Survey

IPL2 Science Fair Project Guide- step-by-step instructions

Prepare For a Science Fair- lesson plan for grades 6-8 from HotChalk

Science Fair Adventure- projects cover every category of science including mathematics and computer science

Science Fair Primer- getting started tips

Science Fair Project Ideas- from; covers grades K-12

The Science Project- ideas for 7th and 8th graders

Science Fair Project Ideas- choose from lists of easy, medium and challenging projects

Science Fair Projects- over 400 to choose from

Science Fair Resources- Science From Scientists

Science Fair Sanity- grades K-12 ideas for download

ScienceBob- this site has loads of "science stuff," and you'll find ideas, videos, research and experiments

Science Buddies- currently 1,073 ideas grouped by area of science

Joyce Valenza at TEDxPhildelphiaED: See Sally Research

Teacher-Librarian Joyce Valenza teaches at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, Pa. In addition to her job there she also writes a blog for School Library Journal entitled The Neverending Search. Having met her her at this year's Edcamp Philly unconference, I am very impressed with her passion for her work and what she has done for all teacher-librarians. Here is a speech she made on September 5, 2011 at TEDxPhiladelphiaED.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Guidance Counselors: Here Are 15 Web Sites Where Students Can Compare Colleges

College Board Matchmaker- over 3,900 colleges

College Finder-browse by location, major, degree; then compare

College Navigator- site maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics

College Prowler- compare colleges

College Results Online- compare colleges of your choice

College Search Engine-search by school directory, program directory or by state and compare

College Solved

Get Recruited- search technical, vocational and traditional colleges

Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges

Online Colleges- find and compare accredited online colleges

Peterson's- colleges & universities, online & continuing education

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Have You Tried Backchanneling in Your Classroom? Why Not Try These 33 Web Sites and Videos!

Backchanneling: using networked computers to maintain real-time online conversation alongside live spoken remarks- Wikipedia

Several of the junior high school language arts teachers in my building have been using Edmodo with great success. It's great to see seventh graders excited about sharing ideas and communicating online. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Edmodo reminds the kids of Facebook.

5 Ways to Use Twitter to Avoid a Backchannel Disaster- from

7 Things You Should Know About Backchannel Communication

9 Tips for Enriching Your Presentations with Social Media- from

10 Observations About Backchanneling- written by David Warlick, an educator with the popular blog, 2 Cents Worth.

10 Reasons to Try Backchannel Chat

Back Noise - works with web browsers and iPhone, iPod and iPad

Backchanneling Explained- this video explains what takes place in a classroom using backchanneling:

Backchannel in Education-Nine Uses- written by Dr. Derek Bruff, who has an interest in teaching with clickers (his blog is all about this)

Backchannel Discussion- LiveBinder

Backchanneling in Grade 1- first grade teacher's blog post includes the video below:

Backchanneling in Middle School Social Studies

Backchanneling with Elementary School Students- written by educator Silvia Tolisano, whose Langwitches blog very popular

BackNoise- create conversations on the fly

Cacoo- collaborate on online diagrams

Chatzy-have your own private chat room simply by inviting people and giving them the URL

Donut Chat- filter words, manage many rooms and embed in your web site

Edmodo- classes can have their own micro blogging network; students can communicate in real time, teachers can post assignments, questions for discussion

Google Wave-invite people into a conversation, post any links you might have, see text in real time and use many gadgets Google has.

HootCourse-  take your class conversation online

Installing a Backchannel in My Classroom This Week- from Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis

Joint- group chat for Twitter (my school blocks Twitter, so this one is out for us..)

Kicking it Up a Notch: Back-channels in the Classroom- from K12 Online Conference

MeetingWords- real time collaborative text collaboration

MicroMobs- "name your mob" and "create your mob"; easily create your group discussion and share info, images, links etc.

Neat Chat- very easy site to use; simply enter the nickname and click "start group"; then email URL to people you want to invite.

Notaland- online collaboration

PinDax- take notes, upload images and chat in real-time; click here to see demo allows you to create a private micro-blogging network if you have the same email domain; collaborate in real time

ScribblarMulti-user whiteboard, live audio,image collaboration, text-chat and more:

Skrbl- interactive whiteboard allows you to chat, draw, write text in one spot

Today's Meet- create your room and collaborate in real time

Twiddla- online meetings; some accounts $$, one is free with limitations

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Why You Should Get to Know LiveBinders: Here Are 33 Examples For School Librarians (and Other Tech Geeks)

If you've never seen a LiveBinder, let me introduce you to them. LiveBinders are your 3-ring binders for the web. Think of them as resource links in a virtual binder. LiveBinders is offered for free and allows you to add as many tabs as you like to your binder. The following are mainly for my fellow teacher-librarians and media specialists, but there are several that many of you tech geeks should love. NOTE: This post will also be added to the page for Teacher-Librarians and Media Specialists.

All About Creative Commons and Copyright

Apps for Teachers and Students

Digital Citizenship Resources- all ages covered

Digital Curation for School Librarians and Other Tech Types

Digital Storytelling

Do You Read Me? - resources for elementary/middle school teachers

eBooks and Libraries

Edcamp: Do it Yourself Professional Development

Edmodo- Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

An Educator's Guide to Twitter 

Evaluating a Web Site

Focus on the Future-Connecting Books and the 20th Century Reader

Free Stock Images

Google+ For Educators 

Google Forms-More Than Just Multiple Choice 


Infographics for Librarians, Educators and Other Cool Geeks

iPads in Content Areas

iPads in Schools

Just Say No to PowerPoint 

Library Toolkit- everything for the school librarian

Professional Organizations for School Librarians and Media Specialists

QR Codes in Education


Research Skills for History and Science Fair Projects

School Librarians and the Common Core Standards

Staying Safe Online

Technology Integration and 21st Century Learning

Technology Integration Resources

A "Top Ten" Teacher's Guide to Being a Cyber Hero- Web 2.0 tools

Web 2.0 Elementary Resource Kit

Web Quest Information

Write On! for Kids

Games Add Fun To Any Classroom: Try These 14 Sites For Game Templates

Game Templates- editing required and add your own content
Game Templates for Teachers- includes Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Weakest Link and Twenty Questions

Games for the Classroom- many different PowerPoint games

Games for the Science Curriculum- includes Science Jeopardy, Science Bingo, Science Baseball, Science Pictionary

Jeopardy Games- long list covers elementary, middle school and high school and includes many curriculum areas

Jeopardy Labs- thousands of Jeopardy templates for various school subjects- browse or make your own

Math Jeopardy Games- covers grades 1-7
Parade of Games in PowerPoint- Bingo, what's the Truth, Scavenger Hunt and more

PowerPoint Activities- templates, games in subject areas, lessons

PowerPoint Games Templates- listing includes blank templates and games created with content

PowerPoint Games- nice listing includes Password, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Twenty Questions.

PowerPoint Jeopardy Games- created by 5th grade students

Templates and Pre-Made Games- nice listing includes Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Microsoft Word game boards

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

30 Websites Which Show the Pros and Cons of Social Networking and Students

Last year, one of our administrators asked me to compile a list of sites on pros and cons of social networking and students. The more information I gathered, the more I realized what an important post this would be for teachers. All of the infographics can also be found on the page I made for infographics. Here are  sites with information on the topic:

7 Ways to Fix Rude Tween Behavior

Anti-Bullying Programs- speakers for assemblies; online bullying surveys and more

The Benefits of Social Media for Teachers- from Richard Byrne, Free Technology For Teachers

Dr. Kowalski on Social Media- Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clemson University in South Carolina, and the author of Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Ages.

Education 2.0: Social Networking and Education- infographic

How College Professors Use Social Media- infographic

How Does the World of Social Networking Compare to High School?- infographic

How Social Media is Reshaping College Admissions-infographic

How Texting Changes the Way Kids Communicate

How to Get Better Grades Using Social Media- infographic

How to Protect Your Teens From Dangers Posed by Social Media Sites

Is Social Media Ruing Students?- infographic

Kids and Social Networking: Pros and Cons- CNN Health

The New Risks for Teens in Social Networking Sites

An Open Letter to Teens: re Social Media about social networking

Problems With Social Networking and Teens

The Pros and Cons of Texting and IM- written by Kelley Loftis for TechLearning Magazine

Responsible Social Networking For Teens

Rules 'n Tools for Social Networking Sites- from

The Secret Life of Kids Online- CNN

Social Media Finds a Place in the Classroom-USA Today report about New Milford H.S. Principal Eric Sheninger

The Social Media Stars of 2011

Social Networking and Bullying

Social Networking: Good For Children? - from the Cyberhood Watch web site

Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens- from the Federal Trade Commission

Study Links Too Much Texting, Social Networking to Health Risks- from CNN

Why Social Media is Actually Good for Teens

Why Social Media is Good and Bad For Kids

Why Social Networks are Good for the Kids


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