Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Here is our annual holiday Sing-a-Long as captured through Google Glass.  Enjoy!




And here is an encore JibJab video from the wonderful staff that I work with each day.  


I look forward to blogging in 2013 and all that the new year will bring.  May each of you have a wonderful break.  I'll see in 2014.

Monday, December 16, 2013

All I Want For Christmas

This year my Christmas wish list isn't very big.  I had told my students back in November that all I wanted for Christmas was Google Glass.  Well, that wish came true just a few weeks ago and I'm as happy as can be.  Glass is truly an amazing technology.
But. . . . 

Let's take a look at a few other great gadgets that could have made my list this year:

#1 Pencil - Read this blog post or watch the video below.




#2 X-Mini II Portable Speaker - My speakers are ancient and have very poor quality.

#3 Scratch #2, I'd rather have this one!

#4 HP Chromebook 14 - My son has one for High School and I'm really liking what I see!  

#5 Fitbit Aria Fitness Band - this neat wrist band can track my fitness exercise, sleep and weight loss goal.  And it can pair with my iPhone and the Fitbit app.


Here is a short video suggesting some helpful apps for Christmas Shopping:


Even though these gadgets are on my wish list, I'm thankful for all of the great technology gadgets that I already have.  Do you have something special on your wish list this year?

Here is a little gift from me to you and your students:





Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Random Collection of Resources and Interactives

Here are a few random finds from my Feedly this week.

Punctuation Campground is an interactive for students to practice adding punctuation.  Students can get hints and check their answers.  I like that the sentences get progressively more difficult.

Exit ticket is a site for providing real time feedback to students and teachers throughout or after a lesson.  Here is an introductory video:




Scholastic has a nice collection of graphic organizers.
Finland has been know to have a very different and successful model of education.  Here are three videos showing a peek into Finland schools.  I find it refreshing to see that teachers are required to have a masters degree and are given the freedom to teach the way they feel is going to benefit the students.  I am a bit envious of the fact that the atmosphere is so relaxed and casual in the schools.  


I can't wait to see what this week's Feedly brings.  I always enjoy my time spent reading posts from others. Have a great week!