Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Twitter in 1st Grade?

Ever thought about using Twitter in 1st grade? This teacher has the students post an update to parents summarizing their day of learning using her interactive white board.  Benefits for students:

  • Helps children learn typing, spelling, and reading
  • Children are motivated by an authentic audience
  • Builds confidence 
  • Helps children understand different social-media tools
If you are looking for some additional ways to utilize Twitter in the classroom, check out this article, 28 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using Twitter.

-Ug and -Un Word Chunks in Action

What a great way to have students interacting with word patterns! For this activity, students had to create words using either the -un or -ug chunk. First they each decided on a word and texted it in. Then the teacher used the word seed feature to put their words on a flipchart. As a class, they sorted the words into the correct columns.

Robots! The robot workforce is here!

You have got to read this article from the New York Times!  How long before we see these everywhere in the near future?  I think this is very exciting!  The possibilities are.... (you finish this thought...)

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Remember back in the day when you had that awesome Trapper Keeper?

flickr - giveawayboy

A LiveBinder is a Trapper Keeper for 2012.

Spend 1:34 to watch this video that will describe what LiveBinder can do for you.

This post has a few links to some nice examples of how a LiveBinder might be used in the classroom.

How could you use this in your classroom?
What about if the STUDENTS created the binder?  What are the possibilities then?  What if they created the binder for your next unit?

What are your thoughts about this site?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Remember that sliced bread from a few days ago?

I found a few things that blew my mind today.  Seriously!

I know a bit about Evernote but opening it for the first time can be confusing.  I think it took me a year or two to figure it out.  I would play with it and then uninstall only to repeat the whole process over.

Here are a few simple as pie posts that will help you understand the best app from a really great company.  (They do state this is the next 100 year company.  That is pretty impressive for a software company.  I do not think Facebook will be around even half that time.  Disagree?  Think back to myspace.)

Many of us long for the days when there was a book we could hold in our hands that would describe the latest software tool.  There is one for Evernote.  The book is only $10.  You can buy it and print it out.

100 Ways to Use Evernote - This may seem like a lot but it gave me many ideas that I had not thought of.  There are a number of ways on how this will help you in your day to day life.  I have used number 22 often.  It is dead simple to take pictures of things that kids bring home from school.  I save the image and tag it so I can find it later on.  It is much easier than saving tons of paper.  I can picture myself emailing them in 20 years with all these great memories. 

This one is the most impressive.  I have read about a few people using Evernote in the classroom for documenting reading conference notes but this one is amazing.  I think you can use this idea in just about any subject.  (Elementary teachers - this post talks about the Daily 5 and Cafe!  Seriously!)
 What is impressive is that this post was from 2010! (That is really about 1956 in computer years.  Computer years are like dog years.  I think I read that somewhere or I made it up.  Not sure)
*Note: the post mentions an iPad.  This is an app that can be installed on your laptop.  No iPad needed.

There is even a LiveBinder for Evernote.  It is pretty comprehensive and has many resources broken down into very specific sections.

Evernote 101

So... We have a book you can download, posts to read and a video to watch.  There is something for every style of learner.

Now here comes the interactive part.  Anyone want to add some comments on how they are using Evernote? 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I have failed and it is a good thing.

Failure is a great thing as long as you learn from it.

I found this very short TED talk that describes how this guy failed about 32 times.  It is a very impressive story. 

Take a look at this very short post from a teacher talking about failure in the classroom.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Heimlich Maneuver, Sliced Bread and Evernote

What does these three have in common?

Each of these have moved mankind to a higher level.  The first two are pretty easy to identify.  You may be asking yourself about the sliced bread.  Have you ever had to carve out two slices of bread to make a sandwich?  I had to do this for years of my youth and I never was able to get to pieces alike.  One was thick and one was always too small.

What about this Evernote thing?  This service is online, on your desktop and an app.  An app!  Every thing that is great these days is or has an app.  That alone puts it into a higher category.

Teaching with Evernote - 6th and 8th Grade teacher
Kevin Buran talks about how he used Evernote when kids were unable to reach school due to a small natural disaster.  He was able to put everything the students needed for class into an Evernote notebook.  He then put a link to the notebook into his moodle course.

He used the web clipper to capture bits of pages to add additional information to his notes.  These web notes helped add value to what he was teaching about.  The best app was on his cell phone, the basic camera.  He is able to take pictures and add them to his notes.  These can include hand written notes, things on the wall of the classroom and on from there.

Top 10 Tips for Teachers
Everyone loves a top 10 list!  There are some great ideas on how this app can help organize and add value to your day to day classroom experience.

There are many more ideas and posts on how to use Evernote in the classroom.

Evernote is an amazing company to follow.  They have another great app call Skitch.  It allows you to annotate an image you have taken with your cell phone and quickly share it.  Makes certain images a lot more valuable.  If a picture is worth 10,000 words then an image annotated with Skitch is worth about 17,500 words.  (I think there was some research on that statistic.)

Do you ever have a difficult times with remembering names?  There is an app for that and it has been created by Evernote!
Check out Evernote Hello.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Any guesses on this one?

When have you gotten this excited lately?
**Note: after using this iPad for 24 hours, and $30 in apps later, I am still not 100% sure if this is the device for me.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Did you happen to watch 60 Minutes last night? They featured Sal Khan and his Khan Academy.

Take 18 minutes to read and watch his interview. It will be 18 minutes of well invested time.

(Click on the image to go to the 60 Minutes story.) 

(Did you catch the Star Trek reference in the title of the blog? Pretty sweet!)

His TED talk is pretty inspirational!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pattern Blocks and Shapes

Your ActivInspire software has many drop and drag items just waiting to be discovered. This video will show you two examples of using these resources during your math instruction or independent center ti

If you do not find these items in your Resource Browser then you will need to install this Resource Pack.  It will take several minutes to download.

ActivInspire Subjects Resource Pack

Download and install in your Shared Resources.  (It should do this automatically.) 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Telling Time with ActivInspire

This video will demonstrate how to use a flipchart to help your students with the process of telling time.

Ruler - Measuring in ActivInspire

Ever wonder how you can teach the skill of using a ruler to measure objects?

This video will demonstrate how to use the built-in tools within the Promethean software to measure objects on the board.

What do you measure?
  • Draw lines on the board and use the ruler to determine how long the line might be.  
  • Drag items from the resource browser and practice measuring the edges.

Working with Pattern Blocks - ActivInspire

Using your ActivInspire software to teach a specific lesson has never been easier.  There are many hidden gems within the Resource Browser just waiting to be uncovered.

Take a look at this video to discover using pattern blocks in your math instruction.


If you do not find these pattern blocks (unifix cubes) in your Resource Browser then you will need to install this Resource Pack.  It will take several minutes to download.

ActivInspire Subjects Resource Pack

Download and install in your Shared Resources.  (It should do this automatically.) 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Funniest moment of the year

Anyone want to guess what is happening here? Fb

Resource Packs

Downloading Resource Packs from Promethean Planet is an easy way to add amazing effects to your flipcharts.

Not sure how to do it?

Take a look at this video.

Seesaw - Summer 2018

This post was created to help guide our Seesaw session. Seesaw is a student-driven online portfolio which can also be used for parent c...