Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Virtual Library

Check this out! A virtual library for educators from Springfield Township High School.....  http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/opensource.html

Here is a sample of what you can find on their website.....

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Monday, August 17, 2009

School Begins!

For many school districts, today will be the official start for teachers with students coming back on Wednesday. In reality, teachers started during the summer months getting their rooms ready. They have spent many days working on unpacking their materials and decorating rooms that were stripped and cleaned during the summer. Speaking from experience, it is a lot of work to get classrooms ready for a new school year. It takes time and patience to redecorate rooms that were packed away for the summer months. At the same time, it is exciting and refreshing to begin new. August is back-to-school time to enjoy that new group of students that come into your room with high expectations for everyone. It is a very busy time but rewarding time.

Enjoy your first days of school...Don't forget about Harry Wong's Book called The First Days of School. Excellent resource!


Sunday, August 9, 2009


* Blogging is a fun way to have students write for an audience.

* Blogging is an easy way to have students publish their writing.
* Keyboarding skills allow the students to keep up with their thoughts as they write what is on their minds.
* Anything can be blogged, such as notes, thoughts, information, ideas, journals, summaries, story elements, persuasive writing, expository writing, narrative writing, etc.
* As students write summaries of stories they have read in class, they can blog it.
* As students write stories of their own for class, they can blog it.
* As students write short poems or answer comprehension questions, they can blog it.
* Students can develop rough drafts using word processing skills and turn those creative documents into blog posts.

Remember Anything can be blogged.....

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Moodle - A course management system!

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    • Welcome to the Moodle Service Network!
    • Moodle is a course management system designed to help educators who want to create quality online courses. The software is used all over the world by universities, schools, companies and independent teachers. Moodle is open source and completely free to use.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Host Your Own Webinars | LearnCentral

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    • Created by Steve Hargadon
    • LearnCentral allows educators to use a free public Elluminate room to hold large webinars or group meetings.  To qualify, the events must be 1) education-oriented, 2) free (you're not charging those who attend), 3)  recordable, and 4) open to anyone to attend.  We're really excited to see what you do with this capability, and are hoping that it allows you to regularly gather other educators around curricular interests in "historic" ways.

      The current instructions are below.  This is a new service, so your feedback and help are greatly appreciated!

    • We ask that you go through the live or recorded free Elluminate training (http://www.elluminate.com/support/training/index.jsp) before hosting a session, and suggest strongly that you attend another session as a participant to see how an Elluminate session works.  Please don't go in without any actual experience--it won't be good for you or your attendees!  :) This is an honor system, but we do ask that you are prepared as we don't want these free sessions to reflect poorly on Elluminate!

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Saturday, August 1, 2009


This article is about using Twitter as a resource for teachers to keep parents updated on classroom activities and more........