APPR and Common Core

29 01 2013

Hi everyone,

I’ve updated the APPR and Common Core pages for you.

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You will find Overview and Evidence Binder pages as shown above. I added the Danielson rubric in an 8 1/2 x 11 size because I think it’s an easier read. I also updated the old headings to reflect the current APPR categories. You can download a copy from here.

Common Core
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You will find Common Core Facts, ELA, and Math pages as shown above.
Common Core Facts Page
I added downloads recommended by NYSUT for Elementary, Secondary and Counselors. The documents were written to guide administrators and NYSUT believes them to be valuable resources to all.

I also added downloads for Evidence Guides that are on the EngageNY website. These guides can be used in your planning as they illustrate what is being looked for with regard to the Common Core in your lesson.

EngageNY has begun adding lesson modules to the site. You will find a link to that page. For those who need the 175 hours, consider working with colleagues on a collegial circle. You will find the directions on our site under Courses.

Common Core ELA Page
Ive added a lesson series from teaching channel on persuasive speech addressing Common Core Standards ELA.SL.8.3, 4 and 5.

Common Core Math Page
I’ve added links to some really great sites for worksheets (Common Core aligned – thank you to Kathy Voigt on this) and lessons on Number Sense from the Teaching Channel

Remember with so many changes, you have a great deal on your plate this year. There is no need to re-invent the wheel. There are so many resources available. I will continue to attempt to highlight the better ones for you.


EdCanvas – a presentation tool

16 01 2013

Hi everyone,

I have been playing with a new kind of presentation tool that is FREE and I believe has great potential. In order to show you some of what can be done, I created a presentation about Sandy on Long Island. My girlfriend now lives in Florida and has asked me on more than one occasion to send her news articles about Long Island because not much was reported about us – most of the information relayed was about the city.

Once you create an account (all they need is your email and password) then you can begin to search the topic you would like to create your canvas about. I typed in Sandy on Long Island and was then able to choose from You Tube videos, Flickr photos, Google photos and web search. I can also  insert a label for text, enter a specific URL, upload a file. When I uploaded a Powerpoint, it was automatically converted to a Google Doc and displayed.

My mind is moving a mile a minute thinking about what can be done with this tool. How about a group project where students place “their” piece in a square. They can literally upload ANYTHING…Animoto, Prezi, Word, Powerpoint, …

Oh, and by the way, you can post your EdCanvas to Facebook as well as tweet it, share the link, or embed the code! Take a look – you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!


Click to see the complete Sandy on EdCanvas




Digital Learning Day, Business and Health Websites

4 01 2013

Hi everyone and welcome back to a NEW year and hopefully a great one!

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Don’t forget to sign up for the second annual Digital Learning Day on February 6th. For more information and FREE registration click here.

Also, contact me if you’d like to submit a 2 to 3 minute video on how YOU integrate technology into your classroom. As a reminder, the website for this contest information can be found here.

Through Technology Tidbits and Tech4Teachers, I’ve found a couple of sites that Health and Business teachers may be interested in.

HEALTH Department
Here’s an iPad app “The Miracle of Life” I think you’ll find worthwhile. The video will give you an idea of how it can be used in your classroom. Remember MTRACT has iPads you may borrow.

BUSINESS Department
Remember Atari? Here’s a typing game that I believe the kids will enjoy. It is Space Game Defense – words fly down in attack and children (or adults – I had some fun playing as well – ask Trish Kanavy, she caught me!) must type the word in order to shoot it down before it reaches their base. The game can be found at

Happy New Year!