Memorial Day Art Project!!! This link will take you to an easy art lesson marking Memorial Day designed for kindergarten students. Follow the directions and make a colorful flag with your students. Click on the image to the left for the complete website.
Check out this Mindomo map created by librarian Naomi Bates to show the apps she has on her phone. Pretty cool tool, full of interesting information. Katie
Duolingo offers free self paced language classes in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and English. I don't think it is ideal for true beginners but has some value to reinforce students who have had a little exposure. I didn't try jumping ahead to look at the more advanced units. I'll leave that to you. Check it out and see if you want to provide a link to the product in your foreign language and ELL resources.
Hear references every now and then to Goodreads but not sure what it is? School librarian Travis Jonker has a great article on Goodreads and what he likes about the product in the Digital Shift blog for School Library Journal. There is also an insert describing and providing links to other similar products such as Library Thing, Shelfari and BiblioNasium. I always thought it would be neat for parents to set up an account for each of their children when they're very young so they could track all the books they've read (or had read to them) in their life!! Wow...that would be so much cooler than a year's 'reading log' for a teacher that gets tossed in the trash at year end. Katie
Check out the myriad of projects Shannon Miller has planned for Digital Learning Day.
And also check out the Digital Learning Day website where it says-
What is Digital Learning?
Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience. Much more than "online learning," digital learning encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practice, digital learning emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.
Characteristics of Digital Learning in Schools
(Sorry....this post has been in my Drafts for a while. Maybe because I never received the book...guess I'll have to replace the hold!)
I don't know what grabbed me more about this post from librarian Deborah Ford, the thought of Aunt Betty visiting the classrooms with her suitcase or the student responses to her reading of Tadpole's Promise. I know I promptly put in a hold on the book so I can personally see why it is so effective!
NASA has created an entertaining interactive site where the viewer can investigate the multitude of ways inventions resulting from space-exploration-related research have been adapted for use in our own homes and cities. The viewer can move from the bathroom, to the bedroom or living room or switch to a city view to learn about devices all around us in our stores and airports. This site is jam packed with information! And, be sure to look at the NASA Education page for much, much more for students and teachers too! Check it out! Katie
Have you been hearing about projects funded by Kickstarter but wasn't sure what it was? A recent local Kickstarter project was the solstice fireworks display downtown. However, as you'll see in this slide show of their annual report they facilitate a huge range of projects, from kindergarteners putting a project into space to huge art works to books and movies. They describe themselves as "the world largest funding platform for creative projects." Find out how it works here and ponder the power of the internet to connect people! Or click on the image of Ivy & Bean The Musical to hear about on particular project. Katie
Remember this is the TumbleBook product for older readers. Here is a link to a demo of the product. Let them know if you'd like the way they present their content changed to a different format. But while you're there check out what they have to offer. National Geographic videos and an impressive selection of audio titles which should appeal to our intermediate and teen readers.