Thursday, May 31, 2012

Technology Finds

Today I attended and presented at Teach Meet Nashville.  It's going on again tomorrow; if you are in the area you really should go!

Here are some new tech tips from the Smackdown session.  The "Smackdown" is an open mic type event.  Each participant gets only 2 minutes to share their favorite tech tips.  I love this because I found a few new things:

Evernote Hello

A "waterfall" of your twitter feed.  They had this running with our hashtag from the conference (#tmnash12) in the main room.  I think it really helped people connect!  I loved seeing my posts up there too!  :)
Sidenote: If you are just getting started with Twitter, check out this blog post about how educators can use Twitter!

View 360 Panoramic views of places from all over the world with augmented reality on your iPad or smartphone.  You can also create your own "tours!"
Create 3-D realms!
I'm planning on making a virtual 360 degree tour of my classroom for my website.
K-8 Free Math Practice Site

AppStart Great apps to get started with an iPad
Real-time web based behavior management (also conveyed to parents) with cute avatars and positive reinforcement!  I love that it can track data and have all your behavior records for the entire year in one place!
Database for educational apps- great resource!

Cybraryman recommended this for sharing during Skype sessions.  He creates books and shares them with classrooms he skypes with.

This is a visual bookmarking site.  I like this one to use with my first graders.  I have a reading one and a math one.  I set them as the homepage for easy navigation.

Free online grading!  Works with Google Forms.

An app that turns your social media into a magazine format!  My favorite app.  Works with Google Reader, Facebook and Twitter as well as the news.

 Here is a larger list of my iPad recommendations or you can check out my iPad Livebinder.

I also have posts on Augmented Reality, QR Codes, Green Screen Movies, Wordle, and Podcasting.  
What new tech tools have you discovered lately?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Teach Meet Nashville: The "Un"-conference Conference!

I'll be presenting at Teach Meet Nashville tomorrow.  Come check it out if you can!

If you are unable to attend, you can still view my presenter resources on Live Binder.
Here are my new binders:

iPad & iPod Apps for Elementary Students

QR Codes for the Classroom

Google Reader & Educational Blogs

I have some big news!  I am moving to THIRD GRADE next year!  I'm really excited, but I feel like I'm going to have to expand my blogging community A LOT!  Let me know of any great 3rd grade blogs you follow!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Winner Announced

Congrats Cathy!  Thank you to Learning Resources for sponsoring this giveaway!

Visit Learning Resources on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Youtube for even more products and great ideas! 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giveaway ends tomorrow!

Be sure to enter here for your very own Easi-Speak USB Microphone.  The giveaway ends tomorrow! There are multiple ways to enter including blogging about this giveaway, liking our Facebook page, sharing the story on Facebook, and becoming a fan of Learning Resources social media outlets:
Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Youtube.

Good luck!  Winner will be announced tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Giveaway + Free Listening Center Ideas!

Have you ever had a "magical" tool that engages students to make learning fun?  I have been using the Easi-Speak USB Recorder by Learning Resources.  My students LOVED this kid-friend microphone.  As a teacher, I loved that it didn't require batteries- just plug it directly into your USB port on your computer to charge while uploading files.  
I had an autistic student in my class this year, and the end of the school year was a challenge.  He had recently decided that he didn't really want to attend guided reading groups.  The Easi-Speak Recorder was my incentive for him to participate.  He LOVED holding the microphone and reading into it during guided reading.  I also appreciated the self correction that the microphone provided.  The microphone can record up to 64 tracks (4 hours) at a time!  The students could record themselves reading a passage, and then play it back instantly.  I noticed a big improvement in fluency and expression!  
The files could also be recorded for data, uploaded to the class website, or even be used to create a digital storybook!  Audacity is free software that could be downloaded to work in conjunction with the Easi-Speak Recorder.  

I really wish I would have had this resource last year!  I had a student in my class last year with selective mutism.  She never spoke a single word to me all year long.  She was very timid, but I believe this device would have helped her.  I did record her, but this is much more kid-friendly!  Students want to use this exciting technology.

We also used this device during buddy reading and to practice Accelerated Reader books.  The students really enjoyed listening to themselves and each other.  I plan to have "mystery readers" record books for our listening center using the Easi-Speak Recorder.  The "mystery readers" can be anyone around your school: the principal, office staff, related arts teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, other teachers.... Simply have them read a book into the Easi-Speak Recorder and you have a digital file!   Have the mystery readers reveal their identity at the end of the recording. You could add background music and create CDs or use mp3 files with iPods!

The potential of this amazing little device is limitless.  Your students will be engaged and excited about learning!  I highly recommend this product.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Free Thematic Unit

Click here for my free Angry Birds Thematic Unit- One Day Only!!!!!
Happy Mother's Day & Teacher Appreciation Day!  Click on the TBA link above to get a linky party of free items!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Value Of A Great Teacher

Did you guys see this article on the NY Times about the Harvard Study about the impact of a great teacher? I appreciate all of the encouragement and creativity from all of you out there! You have all had a huge impact on my teaching today. So, thanks fellow educators! I'm joining in with others to give 20% off my TPT store

Runs from 5/5 to 5/11
A sale to celebrate teachers everywhere- 35% off!