Thursday, January 27, 2011

Check out the Chronicle Online

In the district I work for, there are MANY awesome students and teachers. This year, some of those fantastic high school students decided to take their high school newspaper online. Using a simple wordpress design, the students created a clean news site that is constantly updated with new information. They'd be honored if you would stop by THE CHRONICLE for a visit!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Edcamp Philly is BACK!!!

If you read this blog regularly, you know that I am an organizer for Edcamp Philly, the annual, free unconference for educators in Pennsylvania. Well, we had our first planning meeting on Friday, and we are EXCITED. We will be back this May with more opportunities to collaborate, learn, grow, and share. Stay tuned for more details regarding a date, time, and location. In the meantime, share your 3 word summary of Edcamp Philly here. (PS- This activity is free and a great way to work on character traits in your literacy classroom.)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blog Booker: A Great Way to Archive Student Work

If you have a class blog or individual student blogs, Blog Booker may be a helpful service for you. Simply put in the URL of a blog and Blog Booker will create a printable PDF of every entry and comment. This could be a great way to archive student work for upcoming parent teacher conferences. Blog Booker works with Blogger, WordPress, and Live Journal. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Boomerang: An Inbox Manager for Gmail

Since I've started my new job, my email has spiraled out of control. Sometimes I get over 200 messages in a single day and it can be difficult to keep track of everything. For my personal and social media email, I use Gmail. However, sometimes it is difficult to keep track of emails that I want to follow up on and emails that I've sent. I just found Boomerang for Gmail, and it's awesome. You can install it as an extension in either Firefox or Chrome and it is great. You can schedule messages to be sent at a later time AND you can have messages pop back into your inbox if you don't get a response. Also, you can have messages that are important be resent to you at an optimal time. For someone who is trying to make sense of many dates, meetings, and projects, this can really help. It's free and helpful.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Noun Project: Universal Design Images

Dave Lesshafft, one of my stellar techs, shared this site with me. It is called The Noun Project and it is trying to collect universal images that can be used in universal design projects. These images would be greatly helpful to foreign language teachers or special education teachers. All of the images on the site are free and of high quality. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Smartboard Template for the Wilson Reading Program

Nadia Penza, one of the fabulous special education teachers in my district, was teaching a Wilson reading lesson early last week. She uses her Smartboard to drive the entire lesson. The reason that I thought this was particularly inventive was because her teaching assistant was able to use the physical materials so they actually had a twin pair of materials. Click HERE to download the Smart Notebook file to use in your classroom!


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