Thursday, February 28, 2013

Calling All Android Dojo-ers!!

For all those Class Dojo lovers, who happen to also carry an Android phone or tablet.......the wait is over!



Class Dojo has officially launched the app in Google Play. Now you can award students from virtually anywhere and continuously update your class points on the go.

Way to go Dojo! Get the FREE APP HERE.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Seuss-tastic Day Coming!

Anyone who knew me when I was in the classroom, would quickly tell you how obsessed I am with Dr. Seuss. He is whimsy, fun, thought provoking and comical. I love him so much, my entire classroom was Seussical. So, as ever Seuss-obsessed person already knows....his birthday is right around the corner on March 2. Right in time with

Here is a great infographic about some little known fact about his works:




I am also linking several great websites to use, if you choose to incorporate Seuss into your Read Across America Day coming up:


I hope everyone have a Seuss-tastic day! And remember, "“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Monday, February 25, 2013

5th Grading Period Symbaloos

A new grading period starts tomorrow. All symbaloos for 5th grading period are ready for student use! All activities directly correlate with the curriculum for the 5th grading period. Remember, these can be used at home and/or at school.
Enjoy!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sumdog English



Sumdog Math is so popular in our schools. Now they have created Sumdog English which has thousands of questions covering vocabulary, reading and comprehension.
You do need to have a Sumdog English subscription to use Sumdog English. This is not the same as Sumdog Math where games are free. However, since the number of teachers who requested a free trial was huge, Sumdog decided to have it for free until the end of February. I know it is not a long time but it is a great opportunity to learn more about Sumdog English. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hungry for Techno Knowledge

Every year we attend the TCEA Conference in Austin, TX. We are very excited about going once again, since this is the place where teachers and administrators across the nation share their experiences and ideas. Every year we come back with a plethora of resources to share with wonderful teachers in our school district.

We will be tweeting resources all week long, so stay tuned and check our Twitter feeds often for #TCEA2013 updates! @Jasna_A  @brianhdean98 @AngelynCheatham


Tech for All!

This past week I had the opportunity to help spread the tech love to some secondary teachers by sharing some technology integration ideas. We had two full days: one with middle school teachers, and one with high school teachers. We had so much fun learning new, exciting ways to integrate technology into the secondary world. Some of the resources might be familiar to all of our elementary folks however, I want to share some of the unique resources that were shown. You just might find some use for it at home or in the classroom as well. 


Animoto - http://animoto.com/ 


TIPS:
  • use the free app for on-the-go videos!
  • spice up your videos with copyright free music from www.soundzabound.com 
  • make sure you have applied for the 'Educator' account for extra perks
Prezi - http://prezi.com




TIPS:
  • pull in existing PPTs to animate your presentation
  • link directly to YouTube videos on your topics to create richer multimedia shows


Desmos - https://www.desmos.com/calculator


TIPS:
  • great use for students who do not have graphing calculators at home
  • use for enrichment and extensions of lessons

Interactive Periodic Table - http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/


TIPS:
  • see history, alchemy, and more information on EVERY element in the periodic table
  • utilize the videos on the origin of each element

TumblebookCloud - http://www.tumblebookcloud.com/



TIPS:
  • enjoy higher-level reading
  • variety of e-books, read-alongs, graphic novels, videos, and audio books that appeal to older students
  • most selections are mobile device compatible


Vokis, Vokis, Everywhere!

I was recently asked by Voki to provide an interview on ideas and ways that Voki is used in the elementary classroom.

Elated. Honored. Ecstatic. <---ME!

As Voki is one of my ALL-TIME favorite Web 2.0 tools, I enthusiastically accepted. Of course, in the process of describing the amazing ways that Voki can be used to deepen learning and extend the connections made in the curriculum, I thought of all of our elementary teachers who are the prime examples of successful technology integration.

So I created a prezi highlighting the ingenious ways that our GISD teachers and students are rocking the Voki!




Check it out here: http://blog.voki.com/2013/01/29/2325/