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Web Sightings

So many great links have come my way this week and I'm excited about sharing them with you!  Here are three I think you'll love:

Teaching Shakespeare Audio and Video Resources  On Wednesday evening, I attended an online webinar entitled "Remixing Shakespeare" hosted by PBS Teachers Connect and Classroom 2.0.  The 90 minute free session shared lesson ideas and resources for teaching Shakespeare using digital tools. One of the resources that I discovered during the webinar was the Folger Shakespeare Library and their Audio and Video Teaching Resources. There you'll find brief audio and video recordings to help teachers learn new strategies for teaching classical literature. If you're interested in seeing more of the links shared during the webinar, you'll find a link to the entire presentation on the PBS website. If you're more into Science and Math, never fear! The next two webinars in April and May focus on Math and Science strategies.

ShowUSA Data Visualization  This resource came to me via Twitter when Cindy Grabe shared the link.  The Show website makes demographic and place-based statistical data really easy to visualize. Simply select a set of data from the pull down lists and watch as the states resize in relation to the data.  You can select from data sets sorted into the categories of People, Planet, Business, Politics, and Living. Here's a version that shows the number of rollercoasters per state:

I can see this site being an interesting addition to a lesson in graphing and statistics!

Jeopardy Labs  One of my favorite ways to help students review for tests is by using games.  There are dozens of  templates out there where you can create a PowerPoint style presentation modeled after the television show Jeopardy.  The Jeopardy Labs website makes it even easier by creating an online template that you simply fill in with questions and answers. You can create your own or browse through the ready made games for one that matches your curriculum.

What's your favorite web sighting of the week?  Share them with us here!


I love to read.  Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, you name it.  Even when I worked as a math teacher, I still found ways to bring content related reading material into my classroom.  To me, instilling a love of reading is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to our students.

Now that I work with technology every day, I've found even more ways to create passionate readers.  Here are four of my favorites:

Thought 1: Connect with other readers online.


Scholastic has created a new community for student readers that you have to check out.  Called The Stacks, it's a student-friendly community where kids can explore new books, play book-related games, participate in polls, leave comments, and ask questions on books they're reading.

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Holiday Compu-Crafts

Picture_2 Looking for some fun and easy holiday crafts?  Every year around this time, my computer lab would be filled with busy student elves who worked to create holiday gifts for mom and dad.  Here are a couple of favorites from my computer lab.

Primary Grades: Make a Holiday Card

In primary grades, we combine learning to read and recognize our shape names with creating an illustration that can be used on a holiday card.  Using a drawing program like KidPix, have students create a Christmas tree with the following instructions:

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Technology Tricks and Treats

Witch_7Halloween's here and what better time to share a couple of laptop management tricks I use with students as well as a few treat-worthy sites to make you and your students smile!

Technology Tricks

Trick #1: Show before they go.

Technology is a very motivating (and sometimes distracting) tool to place in front of a student.  Before you start a task, spend time going over directions and showing an example of what they will be doing.  If you have a computer attached to a projector, use it to walk through the process students will need to follow to be successful.  Taking the time to go over procedures first will save you lots of time in the end.

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