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19 06 2013

Hi everyone!

Can you believe it? Two more days and we are at the end of the year!

Here’s something you may want to take a look at over the summer. Have you ever opened a browser only to find that all of your bookmarks are gone? I use three browsers – Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer (sometimes I throw in Safari as well). If I bookmarked a website, I would have to remember which browser I was using. THIS can get confusing…. UNTIL, I found Symbaloo!

Symbaloo is a place that you can store all of your bookmarks quickly, easily and VISUALLY. Let’s say I find a site that I really like. I make sure Symbaloo is open (I’ve made it my home page), click on add a tile, copy and paste the URL and voila! See the picture below:


Another really cool thing – let’s say you have a topic of interest and are looking for resources. How about Common Core??? or Football??? or Web 2.0 tools??? Well, you can search for what’s called a WEBMIX – all the tiles are already on the page and you may now add that page to your Symbaloo. Yes, that’s right – Symbaloo lets you have multiple PAGES of bookmarks so you can really be organized. You may want a page for just math sites, just LOTE, etc… Maybe just worksheets. And how about the kids? What a great way to teach them organizational skills!

I’ve included two videos below – one is Symbaloo as explained by a child. Since we are teachers I figured it was appropriate! The other is about SymbalooEdu.

To create a free account, go to http://ny.symbaloo.com

Symbaloo as explained by a child

Symbaloo EDU

Have a GREAT summer,

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,

Nov 21, 2011

14 07 2012

Collegial Circles for Inservice Credit and Professional Development Hours

Hi everyone!

I was looking at my calendar last weekend and was shocked to see that Thanksgiving is already here! How does that happen? I’m not ready! Oh well, I guess as with so many things in our lives we have to get ready.

The other thing I wanted to talk to you about are collegial circles. You veterans know what they’re all about but some of our newer teachers may not be aware that both inservice credit AND credit toward those 175 professional development hours needed for the State can be acquired through collegial circles. Teachers have conducted collegial circles in Inteactive SMART Board lessons, the writing process, the reading workshop, and I could go on and on.  How about a collegial circle working with the Common Core?
What is a Collegial Circle?
A Collegial Circle is a group of people who come together on a
regular basis around a common goal, need, interest, or question. A Collegial Circle
involves shared decision making, voluntary participation, and commitment over
time. MTRACT’s Collegial Circle Program provides teachers with structured time for reflection on classroom
practices. The program enables teachers to take responsibility for identifying
a need for professional growth, and establishes a formal support process for
sharing expertise and for problem solving through a group process.

How is it conducted?
Each group (not individual) must submit a Collegial Circle application found on My Learning Plan MTRACT which we will forward to the Assistant Superintendent for approval. After your plan of action is approved, your group will meet for a total of fifteenhours (1 inservice credit) or seven and one-half hours (1/2 inservice credit). A facilitator must be selected and it becomes that person’s responsibility to maintain focus, keep records and notify group members of meeting dates, etc. Groups must plan to meet in sessions ranging from 1 to 2 ½ hours each. A log of all
sessions will be kept by the facilitator, including dates, times, attendance, and brief summaries for each meeting including ideas shared and action taken. Active participation is expected and attendance will follow established Teacher Center attendance policies. Upon completion of the group meetings, each participant must submit a personal
evaluation accompanied by examples of the impact on the classroom
resulting from this program. This is to become part of the final project to be submitted. This information, as well as the final project, must be sent to M-TRACT and will be forwarded to the proper administrators for approval.
Twitter and Socratic Questioning
I attended two MTRACT workshops this month – Twitter because I never could understand what those # signs were and what was the point anyway? Was I ever wrong! What a tool for teachers to use with their students. Jarrett Fifield did a tremendous job showing us how to use Twitter with students for research. I never realized what a powerful educational tool Twitter is. 
I have to say Dr. Fasano kept us mesmerized with the Socratic questioning workshop. It was amazing to see how starting with one question could trigger a discussion enabling students to be in charge of their own learning! I encourage you to take this workshop when offered again.
Besides the two workshops I spoke of abovethere will be a Webquest course with Rena Drezner, and another Intel Assessments after the Christmas break. Keep in touch – let me know of workshops you would be interested in attending or teaching.

Most importantly, however, I want to wish all of you a very, very


To those cooking, I empathize and to those visiting, have fun and PLEASE help clean up the dishes! My philosophy is I cook, you clean! Enjoy….


Dec 9, 2009

14 07 2012

There is a K-12 online conference going on right now that some of you may be interested in. The material will be available for you to download at the following site. Just click on the link – Enjoy!

Nov 17, 2009

14 07 2012

Hi everyone,
I just returned from Albany this weekend. Dr. King, the senior Deputy Commissioner spoke on Saturday. All I can say is WOW! He was so impressive, we gave him a standing ovation. The most touching part of his address was when he spoke of two teachers who had influenced his life – one in fourth grade and one in middle school. He is a powerhouse who is an advocate for students and teachers!

I received information from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that I thought you would be interested in. See below:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers “Webinars for Educators”: a way for teachers to explore works of art and museum resources though their computers by interacting though online discussion and activities with Museum Staff. We offer live 75-minute sessions that include a range of activities that teachers can adapt to fit the needs of their students. All teachers received digital classroom resource materials, a recording of the session, and a certificate verifying their participation.

Upcoming Webinars for Educators include:
Webinars for Educators—The Art and Science of Objects Conservation November 19, 2009
Art conservation is a profession that intersects fine arts, materials science, and art history. An objects conservator introduces teachers to the field and explores how a technical investigation of artworks can provide a greater understanding of artists’ working practices and a heightened appreciation of the works in the Met’s collection.
Fee: $10
6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Webinars for Educators—A Walk through The New American Wing December 03, 2009
Celebrate the opening of The New American Wing by taking a virtual tour of the newly reinstalled galleries. Explore period rooms, sculpture, and paintings that reflect the life and times of Americans from the early colonial period through the early twentieth century.
Fee: $10
6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Webinars for Educators—El Greco and His Times December 10, 2009
Explore the span of El Greco’s career, from his origins as a painter of icons in his native Crete to his work in Venice and Rome and his definitive move to Toledo, Spain. Learn how El Greco related his topics to the demands of the times and study his masterpiece at the Met, View of Toledo.
Fee: $10
8:00 p.m.–9:15 p.m.

Rebecca Ruderman
Education Programs Associate
Teacher Programs & Distance Learning
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
212-570-3985 (teacher programs phoneline)

Have a great week!

Sept 17, 2009

14 07 2012

I just heard about a FREE Online Open House for Educators hosted by the education staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:00 – 7:15 PM. You will have the opportunity to meet museum staff and learn about available online resources. Reservations ARE REQUIRED so you would have to RSVP to teachers@metmuseum.org or call 212-570-3985.

Have a great day,

Apr 22, 2009

14 07 2012

Hi everyone,
I hope you had a really terrific week and a half off. I always find this vacation the most relaxing. Anyway, we’re on the home stretch! Two more months and it’s summer!

As an FYI, I wanted to let you know that I am planning to have more in-service classes offered this summer so stay tuned! If there are any classes that you are planning to take for in-service this year, please sign up ASAP. By the end of this month, I’ll have to postpone the class until after June 30th if I see that there is low enrollment.

I already emailed you the following but just in case you missed it:

MESTRACT is offering a special workshop:Leading Instruction with the Brain in MindA National Staff Development Council presenter, Dr. Armstrong shows how current brain research is opening up new ways for us to reach our students. This special 4 hour workshop provides each participant with a copy of Dr. Armstrong’s book, Teaching Smarter with the Brain in Focus, published by Scholastic. Learn how to apply the current research to your classroom practice and have hundreds of “use tomorrow” strategies that will engage students and increase their understanding of any curricular area.
“This is a must-read for every K-12 teacher, so put it at the top of your professional study stack! Sarah Armstrong shows us how brain research informs best-practice teaching, how to work “smarter” – rather than harder – to plan and implement lessons, and how to really reach all learners. Readable, accessible, and chock full of success stories, you’ll return to parts of this book again and again as you plan, teach, reteach and assess.” Laura Robb, author, national consultant. Registration fee of $15.00 includes book. Professional hours are recommended for this workshop. Suitable for Grades K-12. Please register online at www.mestract.org
The workshop takes place on May 5th from 4-8 PM at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ronkonkoma, right off exit 60 on the LIE. Please call 631-345-3460 for any additional information.