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





Sept 6, 2011

14 07 2012
Hi everyone and welcome back!!!!

Hope you all weathered the storm without incident! Personally, I had no power for several days and was not a happy camper. Definitely time for a generator!

Here’s a couple of pictures from Massapequa and Freeport? Can you figure out which is which?

Glad to see many of you have visited the new MFT site and liked our Facebook page. Kudos to Bryan Piotrowski who came up with the idea to switch over to WordPress!

So, here we are – back, refreshed and ready to begin a brand new school year.

I have a couple of new web 2.0 tools for you to try. Of course, they’re free – would I give you something that wasn’t?

#1: Dynamo This is a vocabulary tool – you can create your own word challenge quiz or use one that has already been created. Various categories that you may choose include:

Grade Level: Elementary, middle school, high school

Subject Areas: Art, Business, Math, Sports, Religion, Science, Technology, Social Science and History, French, Latin, Spanish.

Standardized Tests: ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL

#2: Pixtick
This is a FREE screen capture program. Use the PrintScreen button on your keyboard to copy the image of what is on your screen. Paste it into Pixtick where you can annotate, edit, save, mail, upload and share. The images of Dynamo and Pixtick are both screen captures. It’s a really useful tool!





Apr 11, 2011

14 07 2012

Hi everyone,

It’s been a long, cold, hard winter but with spring flowers about to bloom, spring weather about to begin and a well-deserved vacation around the corner, I thought I’d like to share this video. It will surely warm your heart.

As far as teacher centers, believe it or not we are in next year’s budget!!!! We are still waiting for Governor Cuomo to sign but it’s looking more positive than it’s been in quite some time.

While you are home relaxing, I thought you might enjoy looking at the following web tools (free of course!)

Animoto (Video Slide Shows)
Wallwisher – an online bulletin board (great for brainstorming – use it with your SMART Board)
linoit – online post-its – this TO DO list remains in “the cloud”. Your TO DO list is never farther than your closest computer. Daily reminders are sent to your email.

Have a GREAT week off!
Barbara





Mar 3, 2011

14 07 2012

Hi everyone!

I found a neat website with lots of FREE educational videos. You can use them as an intro to your class or give the link to your students to reinforce a concept you’ve already covered. You’ll also find a link to the embed code in the upper right corner so you can easily insert the video into your blog or website.
http://www.watchknow.org/

Another great site for educational videos is http://www.schooltube.org.
Take a look at this video on protecting your digital footprint. It’s short (a little under 5 minutes) but powerful! You might like to share it with your students, children, or grandchildren…

Have a great day!
Barbara





Dec 14, 2010

14 07 2012

Happy Chanukah: Snow Covered Chanukah Menorahphoto © 2010 Dominic Alves | more info (via: Wylio)

Hi Everyone,

Sorry this is a little late but I hope you all had a wonderful Hannukah.

Have you ever heard of LiveBinders? This is a GREAT tool to organize your web resources. Basically what you are doing is creating a binder online – “no more paper, no more books”!!!!

Here are a couple of examples of live binders that others have shared – remember web 2.0 is all about sharing…Create, Share, Use….

A Social Studies Binder:
http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=47289
U.S. Presidents for Kids:
http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit/38849

To create your own binder, go to http://livebinders.com/

Here are some more websites that you may be interested in.

Presentation Tool – why reinvent the wheel? Share your presentation and use others. This is a database of presentations that you are free to add to as well as use!
http://www.slideshare.net/

Biology – Hands on activities (worksheets AND teacher materials): http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/waldron/

In case I don’t get back to you before next week, have a well-deserved week off and happy and healthy Christmas, Kwaanza, and New Year!
christmas tree 2004photo © 2004 scott feldstein | more info (via: Wylio)