Monday, September 30, 2013

Two New Updates!

Here is the scoop on two new updates:

#1 Chrome Browser Update

Have you noticed a new look to the Chrome browser when you open a new tab?  Have you noticed a new Apps bookmark in your Chrome browser? 

These are part of a new update.  When you open a new tab, things will now look a bit different.

You can read about this new update on the PC World website.  

Not sure why you haven't received the update yet?  Apparently the update was stopped shortly after it was released.  You can read more about this on the OMGChrome website.

#2 Search on the new IOS7

Last week I wanted to search my iPad for an app.  So I swiped to the left and to my horror the search screen did not come up!  I briefly went into a panic mode, but quickly recovered knowing that this was most likely a part of the ios7 update.  So I did what anyone with a question would do.  I Googled it!

Tech Crunch had the answer to my question.  Just swipe down for the search.  

This is a nice update, since sometimes having to swipe left several times was quite time consuming (not really).  So now I can be on any of my screens and just swipe down to search.  How convenient!

There are many more updates to ios7 on the Tech Crunch website worth reading about.

Updates will always be a part of our life, and even though they may upset us or send us into a panic mode, we might as well get used to it.  I think of it as a new moon phase, or setting our clocks forward to end daylight savings time, or seeing the geese flying south.  It's just a part of life I guess.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Energy Explained

E School Today has a nice interactive elesson on Energy called The Energy Story.  

There are click and drag games as well as a quiz at the end of the lesson.  The Energy Story would be a great was to supplement a science lesson on energy.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 has a nice collection of flash-based math resources for a range of ages and topics across the curriculum.

There are also nice printables.  New content is always being added.  
This week I am using the Bingo game for fractions.  I will project the problems on the board and students will mark the correct answers on their Bingo sheet.  

Many of the activities are higher level and challenging, which is great for our students.

I highly recommend checking out  

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Garbology

My Garbology is a site to learn facts and interesting information about when to reuse, recycle, compost or landfill different items.  The site is interactive and has a lot of graphics.  I like that there is narration to explain what is happening.

I highly recommend checking out My Garbology.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Create a Map Site

My Great Maps is a site for creating your own personalized map. Choose from maps such as states, regions, historical maps, world maps and countries.  You can add colors, a key, icons, text and so much more!  Use the site with or without a login.  If you create a log in you can save your maps and add notes to your map.  

This would be a fantastic site for our 5th graders as we begin the year with map skills.  Once a teacher signs up for an account, they can make accounts for their students.  This will allow the teacher to view their students' maps.

After you save a map, an embed code is available.  This makes it possible for students and teachers to put their personalized maps onto a blog or website.

Here is a map I created and embedded:

I highly recommend giving My Great Maps a try.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A of Spelling Activities

Recently I was asked by some of our grade level staff to share my spelling Google Site that I use with our students each week to assign different types of spelling activities.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to share the site, since I have turned on page permissions so that most of my pages are not visible at this time. (I make the pages available as the school year progresses.)

So, today I will share some of the sites and resources that I use to find different types of activities for our students each week. Basically I just did a Google search for "activities for spelling words" and found many great ideas.

I put the ideas that I liked into (If you haven't used yet, you should give it a try.)  Here is my list:

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In addition to these I use:
  • Spelling - I have a paid subscription and we use it every week on our laptops and on iPads.  We take our tests on Friday using Spelling City. 
  • SMART Notebook 11 software - We use our SMART board and the software to create collages, games, word sorts, etc.  SMART Notebook has endless types of games and activities to create.
  • This year we're going to try a new app on iPads called Spellboard.   Spellboard lets the teacher enter words and then students can practice their words and take a test.  I'm excited to try this new app and see how manageable it will be with a whole class.

I hope this list is helpful and that you get a chance to check out