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Friday
Dec122008

Marzano High Yield Strategies

I have been looking at the Technology Integration book that goes along with Marzano's High Yield Strategies. Mrs. Frazier asked me to present some of the things I have found when she did the review session. I found a website that has lots of graphic organizers, templates, and lesson ideas for the various strategies. I used some images from that website to create a ppt to share at the staff meeting. I also put a link to the site in the ppt. The presentation seemed to be well received. I also showed teachers how to get to the Marzano folder in the S drive where I put a copy of the presentation and some other things realted to Marzano. I was unsure of how the younger grades might be able to use what I had to present. I was very pleased to have questions and comments from some Kindergarten teachers followed by ideas on how they thought they might be able to use some of the stuff presented.

Friday
Dec122008

Wiki

I used pbwiki to create a wiki for my AIG/Enrichment students to use for collaboration on their PBL projects. I received an email from them each day for the first week with an instruction on how to add or edit something on the wiki. Even though I waited to do all 7 instructions at once, the instructions really helped me understand what to do with the wiki and how to set it up. There is a link to the mrsedwardsenrichment wiki on the students blogs that I have created. I was able to set up accounts for my students to comment even though they don't have email addresses.

Thursday
Dec112008

5th Grade

Landform Words

I worked with a 5th grade class today. We used the ActivBoard to explore a website about "oxbow" lakes. That is a landform term that will probably be on the test coming up. We also viewed a flipchart (powerpoint conversion) introducing and reviewing vocabulary words dealing with various landforms. After discussing both of these things, we listed words students remembered on the ActivBoard. I used those word to form the word cloud above.

Tuesday
Nov252008

Shining STARS Thanksgiving Special

I attended another webinar tonight that was a time of sharing ideas and sites to explore.
• Discovery Education Interactive Atlas
DE Streaming . . . Teacher Center . . . DE Atlas . . . Launch Atlas
• Search for images on DE Streaming to use as backgrounds for powerpoints?
• DEN Website (new revision hopefully going live this weekend)
calendar is being replaced by picture gallery, major improvements in the teacher resource area, DE Media share is being made available to STAR Educators for free (clean, powerful, nice features, search, new way to upload resources, add set of files rather than individual things so whole units of lessons and videos connected can be together . . . STARs can flag, tag, . . . but regular educators can just download), also integrating a live chat area in DEV website, when you upload videos: link, embed, or watch now
http://classroom.4teachers.org/
Classroom Architect allows you to virtually rearrange furniture in classroom (or whatever room) to find a good arrangement before actually moving anything . . . it is also great for teaching scale in math (possibly area and perimeter too)
http://www.instacam.com/search.asp?searchbox=ma&searchtype=state
WeatherNet Camera is your window to learning in the classroom - and beyond!
Now your students and the entire community can benefit from this powerful and interactive learning tool. It's visual learning at it's best!
"WeatherNet Camera is a wonderful addition to our WeatherNet Weather Station. My fifth-graders think that the view is so cool! It lets our students use real data - not canned data - to make real connections to math, science and technology. Our community is just in awe of the whole idea."
-Jeanne Ecton, Teacher, Boonsboro Elementary School
With WeatherNet Camera you can:
• Discover the world outside your classroom
• Present a new way of learning about weather to your students
• Experience real-world learning by integrating weather imagery into your lesson plans
• Create stimulating time-lapse weather animations for classroom applications
• Capture the interest of the community by providing a valuable weather resource
• Feature your weather images on your school's home page, WeatherBug and the local TV news.

• Media Conversion Sites
http://mediaconverter.org/
http://zamzar.com/
http://storylineonline.net/index2.html

• National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Interactive online math lessons that can be adapted and collaboratively developed
http://nlvm.usu.edu/
http://enlvm.usu.edu/ma/nav/doc/intro.jsp

http://oneword.com/
One word appears each day at the top of the page and you have 60 seconds to write about it. Your entry is then posted on the site. One grade level is using it a bell work to have students write one sentence containing that word related to a certain content area (ex. Write a sentence about science using the word when in science class). Some teachers are just having students write in journals rather than online.
http://fantasticcontraption.com/
fun online physics game
http://b-7bobcats.wikispaces.com/
great ideas for using glogster to build webpages in wikis
http://www.glogster.com/
to make glog ok size to add . . . view this glog . . . scroll down . . .embed this page . . .copy code . . . create a new page . . . you can change height in html . . . preview first to make sure of size

Tuesday
Nov252008

helping out

This week, I sent out several emails with links to websites that may help some teachers with their lessons. Emory sent me some interactive sites to use with the ActivBoard. I used one of them today and the AIG girls loved it and requested that I put it on my useful links so they could use it on their own.
Mr. Pilson and I worked on his website. Mr. Smith and I also worked on the school website. Ms. Walenciak began working on a blog for her classroom (I commented on hers too).
My students have worked on their learning logs this week as well. They are not only learning reading and math strategies, but some technology ones as well.