Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tech Trends

While browsing through a number of EdTech articles, I stumbled across an interesting comment by Jeff Knutson of Common Sense Media.  A trend he found after attending TCEA in early February is:-

 "Less Emphasis on Interactive Whiteboards: As tech tools are increasingly in the hands of students, interactive whiteboards may soon fall by the wayside. Whole-class instruction will always have its place in the classroom, and the BYOD model may not work for every situation. However, it seems that expensive, oftentimes cumbersome interactive whiteboards aren't as popular now that so many new tools can offer a more personalized learning experience."

What do you think?  Are we seeing the end of interactive whiteboards in the classroom?  

To read the entire article, click HERE.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Presidents' Day Playlist

Offer your students the opportunity to learn more about Presidents’ George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and their contributions to the United States this Presidents Day!

Younger students will enjoy Schlessinger Media’s Presidents Day, which encourages children to find out more about how this holiday is celebrated today and learn about how the president is elected, his or her responsibilities and the nation's most famous home, the White House. George Washington (Schlessinger Media) examines the life of the man whose leadership helped transform 13 colonies into a brilliant new country while Abraham Lincoln (Schlessinger Media) examines the life of this country boy from Kentucky, who rose to become President of the United States and guided his country through one of its darkest hours while speaking out against slavery at a time when many were too afraid to take a stand.

Middle and high school students will appreciate A&E’s George Washington: American Revolutionary which traces Washington’s life and career, concentrating on the 10 days in 1776 when his inspired leadership turned the tide of the Revolutionary War and National Geographic’s Lincoln: American Mastermind which reveals the hidden side of Lincoln and the well-orchestrated, strategic moves that took him all the way to the White House.

Also, be sure to check out the 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives which includes President George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech (1789), President George Washington’s Farewell Address (1796), the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), the Gettysburg Address (1863) and President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address (1865).

Click Celebrating Our Presidents to access playlist.

Monday, February 17, 2014


LyricsGaps is a new website that help students to learn another language through music. LyricsGaps has songs that you can listen while reading the lyrics. Each song has activities available in ten different languages and the option for your to create your own, after creating an account, LyricsGaps encorage you to share your activities. LyricsGaps is a fun way for students to practice skills such as listening and writing in the language that they are studying.

Here are my favorites

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Olympics Winter Games Playlist

This February all eyes will be on Sochi, Russia as the very best athletes in the world compete in the XXII Olympic Winter Games.  Utilize these SAFARI Montage Olympic-themed resources and pave a way to gold medal lessons in your classroom!

  • Olympic Oval (Defined Learning) - Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada's flagship science program, features daily news, discussion and commentary on the scientific aspects of current events.  In this episode of Daily Planet, take a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the enormous Olympic Speedskating Oval in Vancouver.
  • Ski Tunnel (Defined Learning) – In this episode of Daily Planet, students will visit a ski tunnel located in Vuokatti, Finland, which allows winter Olympic hopefuls to train when outdoor conditions are not favorable and researchers to study athletes' techniques under controlled conditions.
  • The Real Olympics (PBS) – Chronicles the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games. Narrated by Brian Greene, the program examines the games' origins and ideals, and presents stories of athletes and various games. Featuring reconstructions of the ancient Greek Games and dramatic highlights from modern games, the program explores similarities and differences between the two sporting events.
  • Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – 1936 (The Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century) - Primary source footage of the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany including Chancellor Adolf Hitler presiding over the opening ceremonies and the hockey and skiing events.
  • Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California (Hockey) – 1960 (The Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century) - Primary source footage of the U.S. hockey team defeating the Russian and Czechoslovakian hockey teams to win the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.
  • The Games at Ancient Olympia, Greece (Schlessinger Media) – Students will learn how the road to professional athletics had its beginning in Olympia. The first Olympiad began with a 200 meter sprint in 776 BC. Over the years, the Olympic games grew from a one day event to a five-day festival.
Click HERE to access the Olympic Winter Games playlist.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Safari Playlists

Looking for a new playlist that covers the Constitution and The Civil War?  Click the links below to access these playlists in Safari!

Changing the Constitution                              The Civil War:  Reconstruction