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Last year I attended a session at the 2010 May Mixer put on by Lyn Ballam on creating Google Custom Search Engines. Look on our new page under the MORE section called Custom Search Engines to see an example. I will post one here as well, though for now it doesn't have the nice picture the other one does. But test it out and type in some ocean related topic like 'whales' in the box and see what happens. It is set up so you are only searching within the websites I selected. Great way to focus students on the resources you want them to see. They think they're doing a Google search and they are
Parsley Rabbit's Book About Books by Frances Watts and David Legge. I'm not sure how we missed this one except that it is published in Australia. Sure looks like a fun way to teach kids about what makes up a book. I learned about it on a blog called Earthly Joyride as I was searching for online information on bookmaking. The blogger had a couple good ideas on bookmaking and then numerous others that would appeal to parents of young creative children.
I found this interesting post on the Follett Blog, The writer, a high school librarian, is talking about how to utilize concept of "20% Time," that is Google's arrangement to have their employees devote 20% of their workday (what an thought) on a personal project or collaborating with another employee on their project, to maximize creativity.
Read the article, "20 Percent Time: How would your students use it?" for more details.
This little lady will tell you a brief synopsis of the book "Taste of Salt". Creating A Voki was a fun, quick way to share a book you have read. I had a great time doing it and I think kids would really have a great time doing animated "book talks"
Check out this great interactive lesson on rocks and weathering done with a British accent. Listen for the 'magmar' coming out of the volcano! Kids are going to love this simple colorful presentation...accent or no!
The blog "7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast" has two delightful picture books to recommend for Women's History Month. Take a look a their entry about a new non-fiction book call "Queen of the Falls" by Chris Van Allsburg and a most charming biography about Jane Goodall by Patrick McConnell titled "Me....Jane." Enjoy Katie
The folks who made Don't Copy That Floppy back in 1992 have created an updated video dealing with the illegal copying of digital media. There was much discussion on the EdWeb webinar I watched about the appropriate age level for this video since there is a scene of a mother being taken away by enforcers for her minor son's infraction. The consensus seemed to be 6th grade and up. The makers of the product may produce a video for a younger audience. Be sure to watch the video before using it with younger students.
The video is available at the website www.dontcopythat2.com , which also has lesson plans which are downloadable. We'll be looking them over to see if they can be used in the digital citizenship portion of the new technology curriculum which is coming our way! Katie
The DenverPost.com has a blog, or actually a 'plog,' of the most amazing collection of depression era to WWII photographs, which are all in color. The 'plog' is an easy way to scroll through the collection but if you're interested in looking at the searchable Library of Congress collection check out the American Memory page.
What a wonderful, visually delicious collection of primary source documents!! Katie
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg 978-08109842 KS
The Good, the Bad and the Smelly by Chris Rumble (possible visiting author) 978-1582461229 JF
Stink Trek by Chris Rumble 978-1582461236 JF
Moby Stink by Chris Rubmle 978-1582461458 JF
Shark vs Train by Chris Barton 978-03160076 SH
Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale 978-1599900766 SH
Mouse and Mole: a Winter Wonderland by Wong Herbert Yee 978-0547341521 LM
April and Esme Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham 978-0763646837 LM
Yo Vikings by Judy Schachner 978-0525468899 PF
The Secret Moose by Jean Rogers 978-0688042486 PF
Spring Break Reading Challenge most popular prizes bracelet pens/sword pens from Oriental Traders
Everything Kids Money Book by Brette McWhorter Sember 978-159869784 MD
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonutlah 978-0810938724
Jimi Sounds like a Rainbow by Gary Golio 978-0618852796 MD
Some Things Are Scary by Florence Parry Heide 978-0763655907 DA
Open Me Up by Dorling Kindserly 978-075665532 CS
P is for Passport by Devin Scillian CN
Danny Diamondback by Barry E. Jackson 978-0061131844 CN