Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hanukkah Interactive Sites

Here are some Hanukkah themed games to use in the classroom for learning and for fun:

Hanukkah from Scholastic:

The Dreidel Game:

Elijah Rocks: Spin the Dreidel:

Connect the Dots:

Tic Tac Dreidel:

The Jewish Museum: Menorah:

Latke Stacker Game:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Brainteasers

UPDATE: Find even MORE Christmas games for the classroom on my updated site by clicking here!

Here are some fun Christmas themed brainteasers from that are perfect for the holidays:

Factory Balls: Christmas Edition:
See if you can create the patterns and colors for each of the holiday balls needed on the tree.

Sugar, Sugar: Holiday Edition:
Draw a line with your mouse to get the sugar crystals into the cup.

Monday, December 5, 2011

MORE Christmas and Winter Holiday Games

UPDATE: Find even MORE Christmas games for the classroom on my updated site by clicking here! has some cute holiday games that would fun to use on your SMARTboard for indoor recess or for a story starter activity.  Be sure to check out my posts from last year for more holiday fun: Christmas Interactive Games, Build a Virtual Snowman, and Online Gingerbread Houses.

Make a Snowman:

100 Snowballs:

Make a Christmas Tree:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Have You Discovered Pinterest Yet?

What is Pinterest?  It is a collaboration of user-created virtual pinboards.  Users create pinboards based on topics of interest.  You browse Pinterest for a visual search of images, links, recipes, lessons, printables, and fun!

Many teachers are discovering Pinterest.  Just look at the Education section and you will find a ton of great ideas for the classroom.  Just browse, search, or start creating your own pinboard to share your best resources with others.  Be warned: this site is addictive!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Voicethread in the Classroom

Voicethread is a site that will allow you to create a multimedia conversation around a picture or series of pictures, an example is above.  Please add your comments to the above example.  Just click the comment button, log in or register, and choose to record your voice, type a comment, phone in a comment, or to use your webcam.   Voicethreads are great for collaborative project based learning in the classroom.  A Voicethread project can be created on any topic.  Use it for students to comment on units of study, book reviews, to discuss what they learned on a field trip, or to share classroom projects with parents and community.  Once your Voicethread is created, you can publish (embed) it in your classroom website, blog, or wiki and invite others to comment.  Of course, you could allow just your students to comment, but why not open it up to the world and make that global connection?

Here are some links to learn more about using Voicethread in the classroom:
Voicethread 4 Education Wiki- examples of student Voicethreads
100 Ways to Use Voicethread in Edu- Voicethread submitted ideas.
Voicethread Examples in Education
26 Interesting Ways to Use Voicethread in the Classroom

The free Voicethread account will allow you to create 3 projects.  There is also an educator version which will provide you with more options and the ability to create more projects.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Discovery Atlas: Interactive Map with Videos

Discovery's new interactive atlas is a great resource for teaching about geography, countries, and cultures.  Select a country by clicking on it or selecting it from the drop down box.  The atlas has the feel of Google Earth as you fly to the location and zoom in.  Once the country is located, the user can choose to learn about that country's culture, government, history, and natural world.  Clicking on these categories will open various streaming videos that explain or show facts about the country.

Thanks to Suzanne Whitlow-ITRT for sharing this site on her blog.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom

I am currently teaching a college course for educators about Web 2.0 tools and I wanted a way to easily share the course resources and links.  I created this Glog so that the teachers can easily access a variety of Web 2.0 tools that we cover in class.  To view the Glog online click here:

Did I include your favorite classroom tools?  Add your favorites in the comments below!

Evaluating Student Multimedia Projects

Have you just stared using Web 2.0 tools in your classroom?  It is important to assess multimedia projects to ensure that students are using the tools to show mastery of curricular concepts.  I think that rubrics are the best form of assessment for online or multimedia projects. 

Here are some sites that you can use to create a rubric for your student projects.  
Teachnology Rubric Generator
4 Teachers Project Based Learning Checklists
Rubric Machine

Here are some rubrics that are already created for you.  Get some ideas and then create your own.
Multimedia and Web 2.0 Tools Rubrics:
Animoto Rubric
Blogging Rubric
Multimedia Project Rubric
Glogster Rubric
Some of these links and many more links about rubrics and assessment can be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Assessment and Rubric Information.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Google Earth in the Classroom

This week I will providing Google Earth training for middle and high teachers.  This slideshow includes rationale for using Google Earth in the classroom, resources for learning how to use Google Earth, links to pre-made lessons for social studies, math, language arts, science, and word language, and info on how to create your own Google Earth tour/lesson for your classroom.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Vocabulary Games for Your Smartboard

Increase or review vocabulary with these team-based game activities from BarryFUNEnglish.  Choose from games like The Wheel (based on Wheel of Fortune), Battleship, Word Scramble, Card Match, Englishopoly and more!  The games are already pre-loaded with words in many categories such as: adjectives, American holidays, animals, colors, countries, food, months and seasons, musical instruments, prepositions, sports, and weather. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

How Do You Save Your Bookmarks?

Do you still use the favorites star to save your bookmarks (favorite websites) on your computer?  If you do it is time to move to social bookmarking.  Social bookmarking is a way to save your favorite websites- but instead of saving them locally on your computer, you save them on the web so they are accessible from any computer with Internet access.  Social bookmarking isn't new, but I find that many educators do not realize that this even exists!  If you're a newbie, watch this Common Craft video to learn more about social bookmarking:

What are the advantages of social bookmarking and how can you use social bookmarking as an educator?:
  • Save all of your bookmarks in one place.  You will no longer have some of your websites saved on your home computer and some saved on your school computer.  Many bookmarking sites also have apps that you can use on iPads and Android devices, so you can also access your bookmarks on iPads or mobile devices, too. 
  • Social bookmarking is social because you are sharing your favorite websites with others.  You can also view the bookmarks of people with similar interests.  So, if you teach math you may find some great sites that are bookmarked by another math teacher.
  • Bookmarking sites allow you to add tags to the websites you save.  So a math website could be tagged: math, 6th grade, and algebra.  Tags allow you to categorize and organize your sites.  So when you are looking for a particular site, it is easier to find.
  • Share your online bookmarks with teachers, students, or parents.  You are creating a great resource!
  • Create a grade-level or classroom account and invite students to add websites.  Encourage students to evaluate websites for educational merit before including them on your class bookmarking site.

Here are some sites that you can use for social bookmarking:





Or, try these sites to make a customizable, visual bookmark page to link to the sites you'd like to share with others:










Monday, October 17, 2011

Periodic Table of Text Messaging

I came across this image on Google and I thought that this was an interesting way to display text message abbreviations.  Teachers could share this image with students to teach them (and their parents) about net and texting lingo and it could be used in a lesson about Internet safety and netiquette.

As far as I can tell the image is from Lab Five.  There is also a link available on the site to a .pdf printable version.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Digital Storytelling for Halloween

There are so many great digital storytelling sites and applications to help your students to share their stories online.  Here are some sites that have Halloween images and themes that can easily be used to publish your seasonal stories and poetry.  Plus most of these sites provide you with an embed code that can be used to publish your stories directly on your class website, blog, or wiki:

Storybird provides the art work (many different themes) and you create the story!

A Halloween Story 

Storyjumper:Storyjumper is simple to use with primary students.  The program comes loaded with backgrounds and images for many themes.  The only downfall is that there is no embed code available, but you can provide the link to share the stories.

ToonDoo:Make a comic strip of your story.  ToonDoo has wonderful backgrounds and images to choose from!Halloween

DomoAnimate:Easily create videos with a great selection of backgrounds, images, characters (that you can control), sound effects, music, transitions, and text boxes.

Vokis are so much fun to create- choose and edit a character, choose a background, add text or record your voice and you have a Voki to tell your story!  Halloween characters include a pumpkin, skeleton, and vampire.

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