Wednesday, October 31, 2012


There is a new way to share content on the web and it is called Tackk.  

Tackk is very easy to use and no registration is needed.  If you do not register, any page you create will be available for 7 days, however, if you register, your pages will be available forever.  

Take a look at my first Tackk showing Reading Anchor Charts I plan to share with my reading group.  It only took me a few minutes to make this.  I included text, images, video and a button with a link

I think there are a lot of possibilities for using Tackk with students.  They could create a poster or flyer for something they need to advertise or announce.  Students could also create pages showing their work in the classroom.   And the pages are easy to share. 

Each page can have :

For media, you can post a link to media that is hosted on any of the following sites.

I highly recommend checking out Tackk and sharing what you or your students create with the rest of us.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Our RAP Findings

Thank you to everyone who attended the RAP session last week.  I hope it was helpful and educational.

Today I will show some of the sites and resources we gathered while exploring Pinterest:

You Tube Video of the Space Jump found by Kaitlin
Source: via David on Pinterest

Sub Folder found by Robin

Fun Cheers and Claps found by Kelly

Source: via Ann on Pinterest

6th Grade Math Notes found by Kristin

Laura Candler Resources found by Patti

Aileen's Music Education Blog found by Beth

DIY Hovercraft found by Chris

German Resources found by Sarah

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Cool Down Ice Cubes for a Classroom Guidance Lesson found by Jocelyn

I am amazed at the great resources we found.  And this is only half of them.  Click here to view our Google Spreadsheet of all of the resources we shared with each other in RAP.  

We also explored other sites for finding educational resources:

I truly loved presenting at RAP and I hope I am given the opportunity again in the future.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I'll Be Seeing You At Rap!

I have been asked to present at RAP (Ripon Academy for Professional Development) this Thursday.  The topic I am going to present on is using Social Networking for Gathering Educational Resources.

This should be a useful RAP session.  I live, eat, and breath Social Networking so I am very excited to share what I know!

Here are some examples of different Social Networks and my search results for Election Resources:

Pinterest - Election Resources

From this one search I found 4 resources very quickly.

Using Social Networks to gather resources can be very beneficial!  I hope to see you at RAP so I can show you how!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Election Resources

It's time to start thinking about the upcoming election.  Here are some resources I have come across recently.

#1 -A You Tube video explaining the Electoral College:

#2 -Rand McNally has an interactive Electoral College Map.

#3 - A You Tube video on the History of Voting:

#4 -This infographic is really nice for learning about each candidate, but it may be a little too difficult for lower elementary students.

#5 - Scholastic has many resources.  I especially like the maps and games.  I plan to have my students try the game On the Road to the White House.  The Video Highlights are also very good.

#6 -PBS Kids has a game called President for a Day.  There are a few other resources as well.  

#7 - I like Ben's Guide to U. S. Government's explanation for How the President is Elected.

#8 - CNN has a comic book interactive about the eight steps to the White House. 

#9 - has a quiz you can take to find out with candidate you side with.   I enjoyed taking this quiz myself, but I would caution using this with younger students since some issues may be controversial such as abortion and gay marriage.  

#10 - iCivics has a fun game to play called Win the White House where you get to manage your very own Presidential Campaign.  

If you have an online resource for the election, please share.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Instagram -I Love It!

This summer I started using an app on my iPhone called Instagram.  Instagram is used to take and share pictures.  Not that I needed to use yet another app for sharing things socially, but I kept hearing about this app from friends and from my Google Reader RSS.  

So I downloaded the app and I was instantly in love with Instagram.  As soon as I signed up I found several of my friends and family who were already using Instagram and I started seeing the photos they had taken.

Taking a photo is fast and fun.  Right after I take a photo I can choose a filter to trasform the look and feel of my photo.  I can then post my photo to Instagram.  I can also choose to share my photo with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. 

Here are some screen shots from Instagram: 

This is a picture my son took and shared, which I can view on my Instagram. 

Here is a picture I just took.  I can change the filter at the bottom and then all I have to do is touch the green checkmark to keep the photo. 

 This shows the different sharing options.  I will add a caption and share this on my Instagram.

Here is the photo I just took being shared on Instagram.  

My only wish is for Instagram to have a web version so that I can view my pictures on the computer.  
If you haven't given Instagram a try yet, I highly recommend that you do!

Sunday, October 14, 2012 Has Many Great Features

Have you tried yet? is a site for making slideshows.  I just made my first and here is how it turned out:

Deb's Slidely from Deb Norton on

Here are the awesome features of

  • You can upload your photos from Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Google Images, Picasa or your computer. 
  • Click on the photos from any of your sources to be included in your slideshow.
  • Drag your photos around to put them in the order that you want.
  • Add music to the show by using You Tube videos or Sound Cloud.
  • Add effects to your show to make it more lively.
  • Share your slide show on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr or Facebook.
  • Share the link, email or embed your video on your site.
I've created a lot of slide shows in my day, and I must say that was by far one of the easiest to use.  The options to share are many and there is even a Facebook app!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Few Great Pinterest Finds

Here are some great Pinterest posts I've run across lately.  I also just spent some time choosing nice looking covers for all of my Pinterest Boards.  Check them out!

Responsive Classroom

Source: via JaimeB on Pinterest

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sites with Videos that Teach!

Last week in math I needed to teach students how to compare decimals.  I have been creating flipped video lessons for my students, but for this lesson I decided to use a video lesson that was already created.

Math Live is a site with video lessons that covers four main areas.

One great feature of the Math Live video is that it shows how the math skill applies to a real life skill.  In the comparing decimal video the skill was used to read the nutritional value of food labels.  The video is also interactive and is scaffolded into small chunks, which keeps the students interested and attuned.  We projected the video on our SMART board and worked our way through the lesson together.  Students completed problems on their white boards when the lesson became interactive.  
I could also see students using the Math Live videos independently.  

Another site that has video lessons that students really connect with is  This site allows you to use the videos and customize your own flipped lesson.  Watch this video to see how Ted Ed works.

I have written about Ted Ed before here.  The only downfall about using the Ted Ed site is that the videos are hosted by YouTube which is blocked at our level.  One option is to show the video to the entire class on your SMART board and then use the other parts of the lesson (Quick Quiz, Think, Dig Deeper) all together, but this really loses the impact of flipping the lesson.  

I plan to show this Ted Ed video when my students are ready to learn about cells:

Here are the categories that the videos are organized into:

Brain Pop
Of course another great site for teaching with videos is Brain Pop.  We use Brain Pop all of the time to aid in our lessons.  Each video comes with a quiz, activities and FYI.  

If you have a site that teaches topics through video, please share with the rest of us!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Have fun giving this editor a try!

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Weebly Website Full of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Toolbox is Weebly website created by  Kimberly Ball, a K-5 GT teacher.  I love how simple, clean and attractive each page is.  Remember that Web 2.0 means that the content is being created and shared by someone socially.

There are many categories of tools to check out:

Each page offers different web 2.0 tools.  A page that really caught my attention was the Student Examples page under the more tab.

While it is nice to see lists of web 2.0 tools that are available, it is even better to see examples of what the tools look like when the product is finished.

I highly recommend checking out this useful website on Web 2.0 tools.