PBS Cyberchase SMART Board Game Show November 29, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : Uncategorized , add a comment
Here’s one for the teachers of the younger set …
Visit http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/whiteboard/ for a free game show template based on the PBS show Cyberchase. According to the description on the webpage, the game helps students develop skills in mathematics, logic and pattern recognition, and is aimed at students in grades 3-5.
QR Code Treasure Hunt Creator November 22, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : Uncategorized , add a comment
This site looks like so much fun! I wish I worked with older kids who had smart phones. A modern take on the age old scavenger hunt, simply enter your questions, the site creates QR codes for each question. You hang them around the school/classroom, then students use their smart phones to interact with the content. Give it a try, I bet the kids would love it!
More Screen Real Estate when using Google Docs November 15, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : How To, Useful Stuff , add a comment
When using Google Docs, you can gain a bit more screen real estate (aka viewing space) by clicking on the “compact” button to hide the menu while you are working. It’s a toggle switch, so getting those menus back is simple — just click it again! Oh, and in case you missed it, Google Drive is now where you go to get to your Google Docs. There’s a button at the top next to your calendar button.
Sweet Search November 8, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : Web Resource , add a comment
Here’s a new search engine for you to have students check out … Sweet Search. The site claims that “Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by our research experts.” The site also includes a link to biographical profiles for over 1,000 significant people, and a link to Social Studies specific content. The site has been added to the search engine links portion of our Jr/Sr High Media Center webpage.
Election Resources November 1, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : Web Resource , add a comment
MeL (The Michigan Electronic Library) is always a great place to look for resources on any topic and finding election information is no different. Check out the MeL 2012 Election Resources page to get quick access to websites such as:
- League of Women Voters
- MI Department of State
- Obama-Biden (Democratic Party)
- Project Vote Smart – MI
- Romney-Ryan (Republican Party)
Interactive Whiteboard Math Lessons October 25, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : Useful Stuff, Web Resource , add a comment
DreamBox Learning, an educational software company, offers free digital math resources and lessons for Kindergarten through 5th grade on their website. Topics include: Number Sense and Equivalence, Addition and Subtraction, and Multiplication and Division, Check it out!
Creating New Categories in PowerSchool October 18, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : How To , add a comment
Click the link to view a short set of directions on how to create new categories in PowerSchool!
Adding Categories to the Gradebook
Embedding Videos into PowerPoint October 11, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : How To , add a comment
Computer Jargon September 6, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : Useful Stuff, Web Resource , add a comment
Not sure what a router is? How about PVP, or RPG? Check out Webopedia, a free online dictionary that gives visitors definitions of computer and Internet technology words, phrases, and abbreviations in simple, plain language.
According to the site: new terms are added daily, and many of the new terms are suggested by the site’s users. In addition to a definition of the term or phrase, Webopedia also provides links to sources of further information on the topic, where applicable.
Check it out … you might find yourself learning a whole new language!
My Garbology May 22, 2012Posted by Katrina Gormley in : Web Resource , add a comment
Here’s a cute webpage to help teach students about garbage and recycling. Students have to choose where each item goes. Should the item be reused, recycled, sent to a landfill or composted? As students make their choice they then get to watch a short video that tells them a little more about the process — did you know it takes 250 gallons of water to grow the cotton for just one t-shirt?
There are also supposedly some teacher resources, although at the time this post was written, I was unable to access them.
I believe My Garbology would be enjoyed by kids of all ages, but is probably most appropriate for upper elementary through middle school.