Issue 25, Volume 10
February 25, 2010
Thought for the Week
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. -- Dr. Seuss
Read Across America Day – March 2nd
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Read Across America has now become one of the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen since its birth in 1998. Plan your Read Across America event and win an award! Find out more at http://www.nea.org/readacross. Also, feel free to access any one of the activities below to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Seussville Story Maker
In this interactive game, students will explore characters and scenes from Dr. Seuss's "Horton Hears a Who" to design their own versions of the story, complete with text and music in a series of three scenes.
Seuss Sound Flip Books
Students will be focusing on beginning and ending sounds with this language arts lesson plan, themed to Dr. Seuss's book, "Hop on Pop."
Dr. Seuss Sound Words
Elementary classes will explore sound words in a selection of Seuss stories, with a Sound Observation Chart and Checklist included.
Click on the characters of the Dr. Seuss stories in this interactive resource to explore letter recognition, letter sounds, rhymes, numerals, number words, simple addition, and more.
There are some wonderful ideas listed here to help you and your secondary students create a memorable event out of Dr. Seuss's birthday, while exploring English topics in novel ways.
The Political Dr. Seuss
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss/ http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss/edu_1.pdf http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss/edu_2.pdf
How many of your students realized that Dr. Seuss, along with being a beloved children's author, was also a dedicated activist? This PBS exhibit explores the political side of Theodor Geisel, with clips from a film, a biography, and an exploration of political cartoons. The other two links include two lesson plans that also investigate these themes.
Are Netbooks Right For Education?
"During a time of steep budget cuts, many school leaders have turned to netbooks as a less expensive way to get computers into the hands of every student." This report, found at the link below, will provide food for thought and justifications for netbooks verses computers as more and more schools are turning to this inexpensive alternative. If you are considering netbooks, you may want to visit this site to aid you in making a more informed decision: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2009/10/08/are-netbooks-right-for-education/
Big Math and Fries
Want a math lesson that your kids will love as much as an order of French fries? Resisting this lesson will be hard to do! In Big Math and Fries, algebra teacher Michael Weingarden challenges his students to see if they can eat fast food and maintain the Zone Diet. In this lesson, students perform a variety of calculations, including percents and conversions. Pick up an order of fun learning here. The URL: http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?ID=L849
Calcasieu's Promethean User Group Blackboard Site --
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Be sure to check out the Calcasieu Promethean User Group Blackboard site that has been set up to support the integration of Promethean ActivBoards into the curriculum. The site is designed for all K-12 teachers and administrators.
Join today, and find some very useful Promethean information!
This Blackboard site is setup so that users can self-enroll. To self-enroll in the course, follow these steps:
1. Go to the Calcasieu Parish Blackboard at http://blackboard.cpsb.org.
2. Log into Blackboard with your user name and password.
3. Click on the Courses tab.
4. Under Course Catalog, click on Browse Class Catalog.
5. In the Search box, type the word Promethean.
6. Scroll to find the course, Calcasieu Promethean User Group. Click on the Enroll button on the far right-hand side.
7. In the box next to Access code, type the word active.
8. Click on OK.
You are now enrolled and will be able to move around the site. This site, Calcasieu Promethean User Group, will be added to your My Courses tab under Classes in which you are enrolled for the next time you log in to Blackboard.
Education Through Exploration With JASON
Backed by National Geographic, this interactive and immersive site connects students with great explorers and great events to inspire and motivate them to learn science. The award-winning curricula embed cutting-edge research from NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Geographic Society and other leading organizations and allow leading scientists to work side by side with JASON students. Register for free to access all content. The URL: http://www.jason.org/public/whatis/start.aspx
Ribbon Hero For 2007/2010 Office Applications
Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka "challenges"), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office. As a concept test, this add-in is not currently supported, but is an opportunity for you to try out an idea that Microsoft Office Labs is working on and to let them know what you think. Requirements: Vista or Windows 7 (32/64 bit), Office 2007 or Office 2010 (32/64 bit) The URL: http://officelabs.com/projects/ribbonhero/Pages/default.aspx
Using the online story starter from Scholastic, students can select their grade level, spin the lever and get the main parts of their story. They can click one of the levers if they want to select a different part. Students can then select the format of their story: notebook, letter, newspaper, and postcard. You can also include a drawing. After completing the story, you can print it, switch format, add a blank page, or start a new story. It is primarily for K-6th grade. Check it out at http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm.
Personalized Learning in Action Video Contest
NetTrekker just announced the launch of the Personalized Learning in Action video contest. Two lucky winners will each receive a $1500 scholarship to attend ISTE 2010 in Denver, CO later this year. Between now and April 16, with the help of your students, create a video clip illustrating how you use netTrekker (along with other resources) to engage your students in a personalized learning experience.
Examples of personalized learning in action might include:
*Showing how netTrekker is used to research and build lesson plans;
*Demonstrating how students are using netTrekker in the classroom for project research Building and sharing lesson plans that incorporate differentiated instruction elements for students with special needs; or
*Assigning projects to students that extend their learning experience beyond the walls of the classroom and into their home lives.
The two winners of the Personalized Learning in Action contest will receive $1500 towards registration at ISTE 2010, travel, accommodation and meal expenses. Another 5 winners will receive a BrainPOP classroom subscription and another 20 will receive a BrainPOP hat. So, are you ready? All it takes is some creative thinking, a video camera and a computer logged into netTrekker! Full details about the video contest along with a link to submit a clip can be found here: http://www.nettrekker.com/pages/video-contest.
More Web 2.0 Tools
For the past six issues of TechConnect, a multitude of free Web 2.0 tools that teachers are using to expand their professional knowledge and collaborate on projects were highlighted. This week TechConnect continues to introduce educators to Web 2.0 tools. The following tools are all free and simple to use.
Wallwisher is a website that allows you to leave virtual “post it” notes in one place on the web. As well as text, you can also embed hyperlnks, pictures and video. The Wallwisher online NOTICE BOARD maker is ideal for making announcements, keeping notes, and basically anything you can do with Post its and more. Students can partake without signing in or needing an email address.
This site features text to speech with a variety of voices. This site allows a teacher to download papers and exams into Read the Words. This site can also read many documents such as websites, publisher, and word. Students can use this website to have any text read to them and it is very easy to learn to use.
This site teaches students about responsible spending and saving is difficult. The great thing about Zefty is, although it functions like a bank account, there's no real money involved. Parents or teachers can set up and account for each student and specify how much allowance they get and how often.
Best on the Net!! -- Visit this site for hundreds of websites for teachers! We would love to hear from you about the best educational sites you have found on the web. Please submit, via email, the sites you feel merit inclusion. Send to email@example.com. Please include the URL and a short sentence about the site.
Featured Sites: (These sites were submitted by teachers in Calcasieu Parish)Little People Radio
Sing and dance along with the kids in this preschool online music resource. Change the color of the music machine, select a song, turn up the volume, and sing a tune. Lots of your favorites are here.Fractotron
Students should be able to drill through this interactive quiz at a fast pace, estimating whether the given fractions are more than, less than, or equal to one half. If in doubt, grab the pencil and paper and have them figure it out.The Soundry
Explore the world of sound with this online exhibit. Learn how we perceive sound with a map of the human ear and an Auditory Scene Analysis. An interactive sound lab is also available.
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