Friday, September 2, 2011

Soudzabound - Royalty Free Music License

It is important to be compliant with copyright laws when creating digital projects. You have to be real careful especially when posting online. The ticket to being compliant is to purchase a license to Soundzabound. I am so happy that we have this resource available to us! I know that my students are going to be compliant when I post their projects online and that is a great relief to me.

Soundzabound is the ONLY royalty free music library which meets all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education! The Soundzabound Music Library offers a wide range of music for education that ensures copyright safety. The kids will love the music and also learn valuable lessons as I enlighten them about copyright laws. The music is great for podcasts, PowerPoint, videos, news shows, photo shows and much more! I highly recommend purchasing a license for your school!

Soundzabound.com - Royalty Free Music For Schools

Monday, August 15, 2011

LearnBoost Facebook Cash Giveaway

I won! Thanks LearnBoost! On Friday, August 12th, I received the following email: "I'm happy to announce that you are the winner of the LearnBoost Facebook Cash Giveaway. After compiling the results, the total amount in our jar is $514.35, which means we'll be cutting a check for $257.17 to you, and $257.18 to the school of your choice." Of course my school of choice is St. Rose of Lima School. I am very grateful and excited!

I was also thrilled to see a congratulations for winning the giveaway on my favorite tech bloggers page, Richard Byrne of Free Tech 4 Teachers. I have been following Richard's blog for many years and have learned about many free and useful tools. Thanks, Richard for sharing so many resources, you have been an invaluable resource for me!

LearnBoost is an amazing all in one gradebook and lesson plan software that is free! It also integrates seamlessly if you happen to be a school using Google Apps. The features are fantastic and they are always adding new and great applications. If you haven't heard of it yet, take my advice and go to their website to learn more and sign up.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Research and Little Bird Tales

My second graders learned how to research this year. I wanted a new way to showcase their results, so I tried Little Bird Tales. Each student also had to draw their own illustration. You can see our finished tale!

Monday, May 9, 2011

My students love creating stories using Storybird!

Here are a few of the stories that my students have made using Storybird. They absolutely love it and I think that it really has their creative juices flowing.
HOW TO SAVE YOUR DAD IN FOUR EASY STEPS on Storybird
Just Be Yourself on Storybird
The Adventures Of Ronny The Rabbit on Storybird
Hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Song

I thought I would share this Teacher Appreciation Song with all of you!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Create automatically graded online tests

Testmoz is a test generator that features 4 question types, automatic grading, a really simple interface and detailed reports. It is free, really easy to use, you don't have to register, no ads, banners, or popups, which makes it great for K-12. You can also password protect your test Each test you create comes with its own web address(URL). You can create true/false, multiple choice, multiple response, and fill in the blank questions. Reporting allows you to see the scores, averages and actual responses to questions. Try it and see how easy it really is! My guess is you will use it again and again.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Using Google Forms with Flubaroo

Do you use Google Forms to create quizzes for your students. If you do, you will learn to love Flubaroo, a Google Apps script designed to automatically grade assignments that are administered via Google Forms. It also gives teachers some analytics, highlighting questions that 60% of the class failed to get right and creating histograms of grade distributions. Flubaroo will also email each student their grade, along with the answer key.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shwup - Create Videos with your Photos

Share your classroom photos in a private video that you create. What is shwup?

Udemy - Academy of You | Find and Create Online Courses

Udemy - Academy of You | Find and Create Online Courses
Udemy is a website that enables anyone to create an online course. Their goal is to provide teachers with everything they could possibly need to create a great learning experience over the internet.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Little Bird Tales - A Creative Story Building Tool

Little Bird Tales is a creative story building tool that captures your students or child's voice. I can think of so many ways to use this with my students. What a wonderful way to share their imagination and voice with their families. It is a wonderful keepsake, free for everyone and without ads.

Friday, April 1, 2011

EdTech Unconference is becoming The Teacher Learning Community

EdTech Unconference is an online community for teachers that I belong to! They have webinars, self paced learning programs, live sessions, and more. It is by far the best money that I have ever spent! I am excited to see the changes that are coming on April 4th when they become The Teacher Learning Community!

Quick and Fun Ways to use interactive sites with the SmartBoard!

Presentation that I gave today! I hope that you are able to use the resources that I gathered for you!



http://goo.gl/A329b

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Educational Videos, Lessons, and Games for K-12

NeoK12 is a wonderful collection of FREE online educational videos, lessons, quizzes, games, puzzles for K-12 students. It even has interactive diagrams for various subjects that would be wonderful to use with your Interactive White Board.  All of the content has been reviewed and tested by K-12 teachers. Trust me you will want to put aside a bit of time to visit this wealth of resources.

Google Tools to support Bloom's Revised Taxonomy

An awesome clickable map of Google tools aligned to Bloom's Taxonomy assembled by Kathy Schrock. Check it out here if you have the chance. It is a wonderful tool, I absolutely love it!

BrainNook

BrainNook is a new online game that helps kids develop Math and English skills; suitable for elementary level. BrainNook has educational games based on fundamental concepts in Math and English Grammar. Math concepts are covered ranging from single-digit addition to 3D spatial visualization.English concepts include building simple sentences to counting syllables. These games are embedded within colorful virtual worlds that children can unlock and explore.

In addition to Math and English skills, BrainNook helps kids strengthen other important skills such as reading, reasoning, decision-making, analysis, memorization, dexterity and computer literacy.

If you are a teacher you can register for a free teacher account at
Brainnook @ school

Teacher Training Videos

Free teacher training videos by Russell Stannard is for teachers who want to learn about technology and ICT in education. Check it out here!

Learn it in 5 minutes or less

Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom.

Engrade - Free Online Gradebook

Engrade is a free online grade book that does so much more!  Our school has been using Engrade for a couple of years now and we would not be without it.  It is completely free, safe and secure.  Students and parents can log in anytime to access grades.  It comes with a complete messaging system and so much more. Administrators can access grades at anytime so they can easily identify at risk students!  We have also added it to our Google Apps account, which makes it even more handy!

Voki for Education

Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. There are endless ways of using Voki in your classroom! You can use Voki for any subject and any grade. Studies show that using technology in education improves students' achievements. Voki is a unique tool to engage your students in creative expressions. It is simple and easy! Check it out here!

Glogster Edu

Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. Use these digital posters to create a book review, an interactive front page for a wiki, an innovative topic exploration or any other demonstration of learning using video, graphics, sounds, drawings, text, etc. Glogster is simple and easy to use!  Teachers and students love it!

Edmodo

I have been using Edmodo this year with my classes.  Edmodo is a secure social learning network which provides free communication for administrators, teachers, students and parents. It provides an easy way to store and share classroom materials, links, and videos.  I set up assignments and my students can turn in their completed assignment, I can grade it from anywhere. I love it and so do my students.