Thursday, September 25, 2014

Some new content for this outdated blog!

I always find these great websites/articles/videos and never have the time to post them.  Today is the day that I try to post a few of the items I have found recently.

All About Explorers is a great website that is completely bogus.  It is an opportunity to teach kids that everything on the Internet is not always fact based.  Some of the "facts" are pretty obvious.  Take a look for yourself.

Geddit is an app and a website that allows students in schools that are 1:1 to give private feedback to the teacher about their understanding of the content.  It sounds like it would be great for even kids to use their cell phones in school! stands for YouTube Time Machine.  When visiting this site you can pick any year you want and look at YouTube videos from that year. This would be excellent for History lessons.  There are some filters that allow you to sift through the results.

Looking for inspiration in your classroom?  You can sign up at WingClips and have access to thousands of video clips from popular movies.

Below are some great videos I recently heard about: Living on One Dollar:

Google Search Tips:

 ...And just for fun and motivation to not give up!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Children's Media Use in America

I received this infographic this morning showing how portable media use is continuing to rise.  Even compared to a couple of years ago the increase is around 5 times!  It is also interesting to look at the gap between lower-income and higher-income families.  

Thanks to Common Sense Media for this infographic!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Here is a video called Tour the States. I love those dry erase whiteboard artists. Aren't they great!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A little encouragement from Kid President for Teachers

I am pretty sure that Kid President started at Freed Hardeman University in Tennessee. He has created a lot of inspirational videos encouraging people to "make the world less boring". This video is for teachers and the video at the bottom is the "Pep Talk" that started it all. At the end of the second video, he dedicates it to a little girl named Gabbi who was fighting cancer. She is the daughter of a friend of mine. She was recently told that she is cancer free after a liver transplant and other battles.

Chris Columbus Day is October 14th

There will be a free video on Brainpop during the week of the 14th, but in the mean time I found an Old School Christopher Columbus video.

Study Jams

After talking with a teacher today about activities for the water cycle, I came across the studyjams website by scholastic. I have bookmarked this website before, but I don't think they had as many topics at that time. They now have a lot of math topics ranging from place value to algebra and geometry. They also have science topics on plants, animals, scientific inquiry, etc. They provide an interesting video along with a little quiz. I thought it was interesting and thought I would share...since I don't think I did the first time I found it!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Canadian Border- Straight Line?

I really enjoyed learning about the "straight" line that separates the U.S. from Canada.  It is interesting to find out that things aren't always as they seem, especially when looked at a little closer.  Enjoy.