Pixton Cartoon Maker (WRITING TOOL), Encyclopedia of Life and the Professor Garfield Contest

21 02 2013

Hi everyone,

TIRED OF POWER POINT??? TAKE A LOOK AT PIXTON!

pixtonTake a look at the new FREE cartoon maker at the Professor Garfield website. There is a premium version but the free does PLENTY! What a great way for students to write a report on some assigned topic or LOTE students to create a conversation.
I’ve linked two videos below to show just what Pixton can do. Click on the URL below to see them. Michael Draper – you will LOVE this!

http://profgcontest.nyittbls.org/home/video-tutorials-from-pixton

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Another site for SCIENCE teachers is the Encyclopedia of Life (http://eol.org), a free online resource about all life on Earth that offers text, images, video, sounds, maps, . . . Watch the video for a 2 minute clip

This is a real community of sharing supported by many including the Smithsonian Institute and Harvard University.

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To introduce you to these wonderful resources, NYS Teacher Centers, NYIT, Professor Garfield and EOL are sponsoring a contest for grades 6 through 8. eol

Students will visit the Invasive Species of New York State Collection on EOL at http://eol.org/collections/33844 to choose an invasive species in our area and then create a 6 to 9 panel comic in Pixton. I’ve attached a PDF Encyclopedia of Life Contest with further information as well as the rubric. Entries MUST be submitted to me by May 1!!!

PRIZES for students in each grade level
First Place – Apple iPad Mini
Second Place – Google Nexus Tablet
Third Place – Kindle Reader

There is a website as well – click to go to http://profgcontest.nyittbls.org/home/new-york-state-teachers

Enjoy – as always if you need help, give me a call or email me šŸ™‚
Barbara





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 Ā insert a label for text,Ā 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!

EdCanvas

Click to see the completeĀ Sandy on EdCanvas

 

 

 





Digital Learning Day, Internet Safety and a Persuasive Essay Web 2.0 Tool

18 12 2012

Hi everyone!Dec 12, 2011

The second annual DIGITAL LEARNING DAY is scheduled for February 6, 2013. NYS Teacher Centers have partnered with NYIT in encouraging teachers to submit a 2-3 minute video illustrating how they are using technology to transform classroom practice and help students meet Common Core Learning Standards. Teachers who submit a video could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card For more information, visit the NYIT website here

I learned about the following government website called OnGuard Online for online safety. It’s not only a good resource for your class, it’s a great resource for us as well. Click here to visit.

Another really cool site, called SCAN, is a 2.0 tool to help guide discussion and learn to respect other’s opinions. There’s are several PDFs that can be downloaded for handouts. I’ve attached the SCAN Persuasive Essay for your review. SCAN_Persuasive_Essay

Here’s a video explaining the site. There is a free and a subscription version. If you choose to subscribe, the price would be $45 per year.

Dec 12, 2011

Have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year!
Hope it’s relaxing – you deserve it!

Barbara





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…

Wikipedia
Via: Open-Site.org





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 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!


Barbara





Sept 26, 2011

14 07 2012

Hi Everyone,

Breast Cancer Walk
Sunday, October 16th is the Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach. Entry forms will be placed in your mailboxes to join the Massapequa team. Come and enjoy the ocean air while honoring one of your loved ones. If you can’t come, please consider donating. Go to http://www.mftconnect.com/ for further information.

Video Tips
Video has become commonplace in our students’ lives. The following article in TechLearning, Photo Ops: 10 Innovative Ways to Use Visual Media has some great ideas on how to integrate video to motivate students.

Think about having your students create a tutorial on a specific concept in your class and post it on your website. Not only do students love showcasing their own work, but teaching it will help them internalize it.
Did you know….
You Tube now has an educational site? Go to www.youtube.com/teachers and take a look!

Do you think video editing is too difficult? Absolutely NOT!!! Magisto, http://www.magisto.com/ is a FREE digital editing application that will do all the work for you! Just upload your video and the application will scan and pull out those repetitive or boring lulls to create a great video. Choose your music and you’re a professional!

REMEMBER…
MTRACT has a digital video camera that is here for your use. The video is streamed directly to the hard drive and a simple USB plug will transfer the files to your computers so there is no need for any memory cards.

Enjoy…
Barbara