June 22, 2012

15 07 2012

Tests are done and it is time to unwind and prepare for a new year. The following video will remind you that the job you do is an important one!

Have a wonderful summer – you deserve it!

Mar 28, 2012

14 07 2012

Hi everyone!

First I’d like to thank you all for going to the website and sending faxes to your political representatives. We have been funded – the funding has been cut but we are in the budget.

Next, I found this infographic from OpenSite very interesting and thought you might too! Enjoy it…

Via: Open-Site.org

Mar 22, 2012

14 07 2012

Hi everyone,

It’s been a VERY busy month! I just returned from Albany with Marybeth Rotheim (Unqua) that focused on Common Core, the APPR, and SLO’s. We listened to Ken Slentz (NYS Dept of Ed) and Glen Jeffers (NYSUT). We learned a great deal but there is much more that we all need to be aware of. Teacher Centers are committed to keep you informed

As happens every year, teacher centers need to fight for their place in the budget and we once again ask that you send a fax to your legislator. The Assembly included us but the Senate left us out. At the Committee of 100, one Senator said, “Oh, I though teacher centers were in the budget. They’re not?” We need to remind them.

Time is critical – if you could just click on the following link,

https://mac.nysut.org/faxsenate/widget/issue/73you will be brought to the following page. It will only take about 30 seconds of your time.

As always, thanks for your help!

Feb 15, 2012

14 07 2012

Google   Google   Google

The Building Blocks for Educational Collaboration

Did you know???

Google has a new look – crisper and cleaner, but still the premier tool for collaboration among teachers and students
Students can use Google Apps to:
  • Collaborate with classmates or students globally using docs, presentations and spreadsheets
  • Work from anywhere, anytime – everything is saved “in the cloud” so “My dog ate my homework!” is no longer an excuse!

Teachers can use Google Apps to

  • Create a paperless classroom
  • Work collaboratively with students as well as teachers

Click HERE to see 32 ways that Google Apps can be be used in your classroom!

Join us for a 15 hour inservice class that will count toward your 175 hours to learn more about Google Docs. 
The class begins on Wednesday, February 29th!

And then of course, I wanted to honor you all with the following video – enjoy a well deserved February break!

Jan 27, 2012

14 07 2012

Now this looks cool!

Dear NYS Teacher
We invite you to join the more than 1.7 million students
and tens of thousands of educators participating in the Alliance for Excellent
Education’s (Alliance’s) first-ever Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February
1, 2012. Visit http://www.digitallearningday.org/sign-up
to stay connected, get updates, and receive exclusive information on what you
can do to support this effort by taking less than five minutes to sign up and
join the wave of innovation and momentum that is building for this
groundbreaking event.
This national awareness campaign is designed to celebrate
innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen and
personalize learning for all students. The Digital Learning Day campaign
explores how digital learning can provide teachers and students with the
opportunities they deserve in an effort to build or become part of a workforce
that is ready to succeed in college, a career, and life.
Celebrations and activities of all varieties are
happening cross the country at the state, district, and classroom levels. In
addition to the national campaign, twenty-nine states and the District of
Columbia are hosting their own statewide activities to support digital learning
efforts within their states. On Digital Learning Day, a virtual national town
hall meeting will be held in Washington, DC along with a live webcast starting
at 9:00 a.m. (ET). By developing these tools and hosting the first-ever
national Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012, the Alliance strives to
build momentum for a wave of innovation that changes policies, shifts
attitudes, and supports widescale adoption of these promising instructional
practices nationwide.
How can you participate?
1.      Make a plan
to celebrate Digital Learning Day at your school with your students. Go to the
Teacher Toolkit for idea from us and teachers like you at http://www.digitallearningday.org/toolkits/teachers/.
The Awesome Ideas link provides templates you can customize that may give you
some ideas to get started.
2.      Sign-up at http://www.digitallearningday.org/sign-up
to participate and add your participation to the thousands of teachers
celebrating Digital Learning Day with their students.
3.      And, you
are encouraged to watch the live town hall meeting being streamed via the Internet
on February 1, 2012.  You can view this
on your own, with colleagues, or as a class. Please make sure to register at http://digitallearningday.eventbrite.com/
to get the directions, bookmark the link, and test your system before the live
webcast on February 1 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
Hope you can make it,

Jan 3, 2012

14 07 2012

Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year and welcome back. Hope you had a great break!

NY Times Learning Network has some really great lessons that you may be interested in taking a look at. The particular one that I am linking to is a year in review in RAP! 

The Year in Rap: 2011 from Flocabulary on Vimeo.

Along with the video, the NY Times has included a news quiz. Click on the link to visit the site. There are many other lesson plans in various subject areas that very well may interest you.

Looking for Interactives? 
Visit SAILOn, a collaborative effort of nine public school districts in the Houston, Texas area. There are even interactives for MUSIC (something I don’t find that often)!
SAILOn is a collaborative effort of 9 public school districts in the Houston, Texas area: http://www.pasadenaisd.org/sailon/default.htm

Spelling City is another interactive website that you may find helpful. The basics are free although there is a premium membership available. Go to http://www.spellingcity.com/ to explore….

Have a great week!

Dec 20, 2011

14 07 2012

Hi everyone,

ELEMENTARY teachers – I really think you’ll love this! I was reading posts in the Thinkfinity Community and this particular one caught my eye so I though I’d share. The category is Top Tools 2011 and the author of the post is Barbara deSantis.

I still like LittleBirdTales – while
it is similar to Voicethread, I find that my elementary folks (or folks who feel they are tech challenged) find it
easy to use.  

Click here for an example of a tale from the public gallery.

As always, this is a FREE tool! To get to Little Bird Tales, go to http://www.littlebirdtales.com 

Once again, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukah!