Academic Vocabulary with Pixton and Gooru – An Educational Search Engine

12 03 2013

Hi everyone,

Academic Vocabulary

We have two words outside our doors throughout McKenna each week with their definitions. Take a look at what Tim Gill did with “assume” using Pixton, the FREE comic maker I told you about. Click on the link below the image to see the rest of the comic.


Don’t forget about the contest using Pixton and reporting on an invasive life species. Let me know if you need any help! Thanks Tim for sharing your creativity with us

Tired of googling a topic that you are about to teach and then spending however long to filter through what would not be appropriate for education?

Try gooruing instead! Take a look at the search engine for education called gooru sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation, Cisco, pd, ONR, Google, Ram Shriram Family Foundation, Pearson, and Next Generation. It is also an APP – you can find it for your iPad or in the Google Marketplace.
I’ve embedded a video with information about it below.

This is not just a search engine – it’s a community of teachers and students. Go to and explore. Join the community.

Stonybrook Classes

And speaking of Google, Stonybrook is offering three courses leading toward the Google Certified Trainer certification. These courses are graduate and work for your 175 hours. I will send the paperwork as soon as I get it. In addition, let me know if you are interested in the Education Computing Certificate. This can be extended for a masters program. Our Ed Leadership program will not begin until the fall.


Cooperative Discipline
Student Brains, School Issues – A collection of articles
Creative Controversy
Blueprints for Achievement in the Cooperative Classroom
Brain Compatible Learning
Project T.E.A.C.H.
Teaching the Skills of the 21st Century


Feb 14, 2011

14 07 2012

Hi everyone!

The snow is melting!!!! Finally – I’m beginning to actually see some grass on my front lawn.

Did you know there’s a Doodle for Google contest going on? Prizes include a $15,000 college scholarship for the winning student and a $25,000 technology grant for the winning school. Registration closes on March 2nd and entries must be postmarked by March 16th. NEW!!! If your school district is not participating, you can register your own child. Take a look at the video and the link below for additional information.

Also, I came across this list that I thought you might find interesting:

Top 10 Safe Search Engines
  1. Sweet Search – all content evaluated by experts including libraians and teachers/
  2. Top Marks – developed by teachers in the UK
  3. Quintura for Kids – very cool! You’ll love this – results are displayed in a cloud based style.
  4. Kid Rex – designed by parents and kids around Google’s safe search mechanism
  5. Ask Kids – ask a question and get your anser – designed for kids ages 6 – 12
  6. Yahoo Kids – the “old” Yahooligans
  7. Famhoo – family friendly (all content is filtered)
  8. One Key – developed in collaboation with Google Docs
  9. Google (Safe Search) – create your own safe search engine
  10. Nettrekker – for this one you have to purchase a subscription
Enjoy your week off – hopefully some of you are lucky and going somewhere WARM!!!!