Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cool Tools for Schools

David Andrade, the "Education Technology Guy", recently shared a great website full of tools for teachers. "Cool Tools for Schools" contains oodles of links that are well organized into useful categories that make accessing them fast and easy!

This would be a great website to bookmark and revisit again and again.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Story Time for Me!

I am an avid follower of Digital Goonies, and Jim recently featured "Story Tme for Me", a website offering free online books for children to read. It currently has a very small library of books, but the stories are "animated" with automatic page turns, the text is highlighted as the story is read, and the page offers a toolbar to control book features. Several stories also have companion activity books which can be printed for free.

This is a screenshot of one of the books and includes the control bar along the bottom of the page.

For those of you who have already written books or may be inspired to publish children's stories, the site also offers the opportunity for you to submit your work for consideration.

This little website hopes to grow with the help of educators and is well worth visiting. Happy reading!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Color Scheme Designer

Need a little color in your life? Color Scheme Designer is a site that provides a color wheel which displays complementary colors that can be added to your web pages or Flip Charts to make your work "pop"! Choosing just the right colors can prevent visual distraction and help to guide attention to critical content.
For those of us without a natural "eye for color", this website can be a great tool!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Great Math Website!

Need a great website for math skills?? Don't forget about Osewego! I know that many of you had bookmarked this site years ago, but they have since relocated. So, update your list of favorites and engage students with favorite activities like Stop the Clock and Math Magician.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Teach the Children Well

Needing something new to add to your activity toolbox at school? Do you have parents requesting resources to help their children at home? "Teach the Children Well" is a wonderful collection of web sites that cover a wide variety of subjects. Not all of the links work, but, if you have time to play, there are some hidden gems in this site!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Getting Started with Project Based Learning

What is Project Based Learning? Our campus is learning more about this process and a great place to start is with the Buck Institute for Education. BIE is dedicated to "...improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning. This web site has numerous resources to get started with PBL, and my favorite has been the projects samples available for teachers to review.