Ever lost your Favorites?? Try Symbaloo Internet Bookmarker for computer, SmartPhone, or Tablet

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:

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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,
Barbara





Video Editing, Lesson Plans and a Virtual “WebShelf”

4 04 2013


Hi everyone!
Hope you had a relaxing break. I know I did! I have a few things I’d like to share with you today.

First – the good news – teacher centers are IN the budget for next year. I haven’t worked out the details yet as to when MTRACT will be open but we will have money to provide you with services.

Second – hate writing lesson plans? Here’s a new FREE web 2.0 tool that can help

This is Common Curriculum from Common Curriculum on Vimeo.

Third – Looking for APPROPRIATE video for your lesson?
Take a look at Watch, Know, Learn for pre-screened video you may download for FREE

Fourth– Video Editing Made Easy, FREE and in the Cloud!

And FINALLY…VERY INTERESTING – Do you PIN? Well, EdShelf seems to be the educational equivalent. You can create your own shelves or take a look at what other teachers have already found beneficial on their shelves. It’s pretty terrific and, of course, FREE. Click on the link and take a look!Ed ShelfEdShelf





Using Video as a Presentation Tool and 21st Century Skills Strategies

3 12 2012

Hi all,
I have a few highlights to share with you. One is Better Lesson which is a social learning community and a place that you can find, save and share quality common core lessons. A short video explaining follows:

They are looking for exceptional master math teachers currently teaching grades 6-12 to work as part of a cohort building CCSS-aligned courses. Regular feedback and support will be available from coaches who are experts in the implementation of CCSS. Resulting lessons and best practices will be shared with the Better Learning community. The work is virtual and you would be expected to devote 10 hours weekly building curricula and sharing instructional strategies. The project has been funded by Bill and Melinda Gates the master teacher would receive a $30,000 stipend for the two years. For more information, click to go to http://blog.betterlesson.com/seeking-teachers-for-the-betterlesson-master You can get the application at that link or download from the next page after clicking this link. BetterLesson Master Teacher Program

The use of video can be a very powerful tool for learning and most especially motivation. It’s so important for us to enter our students’ worlds and use their tools. How many of them create video all the time and post to You Tube? Rather than creating a presentation using PowerPoint, how about having them create their learning experience using multimedia? Here’s a website https://www.wevideo.com that easily allows you to edit video. The basic tool is free to educators and probably more than adequate but you can upgrade (Plus is 19.99 per year and Ultra is 29.99 per year). Click on the image to see exactly what is included.
WeVideo


The following video shows what you can do:

And then…I found this video on Edutopia on 21st century Teaching Strategies. I loved it – hope you will too 🙂





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!





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 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!
Barbara





Dec 12, 2011

14 07 2012

The holidays, the tests, the new standards, the stress!

Here’s a video to remind you just how very special you are!

For LOTE….
I finally found something that I think you will find useful (at least I hope you do). This site uses music to teach – take a look and let me know what you think. As always, it is FREE!

http://www.lyricsgaps.com

And Spotlight lessons from Verizon’s Thinkfinity
ENGLISH
Click to go to Beyond the Story – A Dickens of a Party (a lesson from Read-Write-Think for Grades 6-8)
Click to go to A Christmas Carol (a lesson from Read-Write-Think for Grades 7-12)
SCIENCE
Click to go to Frosty the Snowman Meets His Demise (a lesson from Science Net Links: An analogy to Carbon Dating for Grades 9-12)


Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah!

Barbara