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Secrets, Prompters, Tornadoes…

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg If your students give oral presentations, perhaps you could incorporate EasyPrompter.  It’s an application that works like a teleprompter…you know, the ones the important people utilize for their press conferences and announcements.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgWe officially missed Tornado Week (thank you Spring Break), but that doesn’t make Into the Tornado any less relevant. Experience a tornado from the inside…from the relative safety of your own classroom.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgElementary teachers should check out SecretBuilders, a web site where students can learn and interact in a controlled virtual world.  This site uses a Teacher Console that allows you to create accounts for your students.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgMany of you use Google Docs to create documents and spreadsheets.  You can now create and collaborate on Drawings. Think of several students working simultaneously to create and share diagrams, concept maps, or flow charts.  Cool!

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgHere is a list of links covering various topics you might be discussing on Earth Day, which is Thursday.  Or you could use them other days, and make everyday an Earth Day.


QuietTube, Docs, Doc Cameras…


https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIf you like watching YouTube videos, but don’t like all the “noise” on the page, check out QuietTube.  It also supports Viddler and Vimeo, which are often not blocked at school.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIf you have a Google Docs account you will soon have the ability to upload any type of file under 250MB.  You can only edit office-type files, but can store and access any of them from any computer.  It’s free online storage.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIf you have a document camera, or are thinking about how you could use one, take a look at this page which lists 50 Ways to Use a Document Camera.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgEven if you don’t have the cash, you have dreams. Take a look at this new Epson projector that makes any surface an interactive whiteboard.

Inking, Writing, Plotting…


Happy Columbus Day!

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgYou have already your students writing, so why not get them published? Teen Ink is a great site for all types of writing: poetry, fiction, reviews, nonfiction, and more.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgI know you use Google, so check out 11 Great Hidden Things Google Can Do That You Should Know.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgDiscovery Education has put together this little page to help explain and showcase some of the best web tools out there.  Watch the fun videos at Web 2.0: Conquering Technophobia to see six ways to incorporate the web into your classroom.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgTake your students to the Professor Garfield site…who knew Garfield had come so far? Lots of reading activities, word challenges, create a comic strip, art and drawing!

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgStatPlot allows you to create all types of charts and graphs from sports statistics. A great way to learn how to visualize and interpret data.

Farmers, Eyeballing, Taxes…

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgAgriculture is big business here in Michigan.  Check out the Harvest of History from The Farmers’ Museum and discover how farmers produce the food we eat everyday.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgWhile studying geometry, have your students play The Eyeballing Game.  Players adjust a line segment to bisect an angle, form a parallelogram, or several other tasks.  It only takes a few minutes and it’s a good way to see if your students understand basic geometric ideas.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgCurrent and historical photos can be found at LIFE – Your World in Pictures.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgTax Day is this Wednesday!  Share the pain with your students at the IRS’s Understanding Taxes site.  There are activities for students as well as lesson plans and resources for teachers.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIt’s been a while since I talked about Google Docs.  It’s a tool that is getting better as it ages (just like people).  They just added a new feature:  inserting drawings.  Now students and teachers can use Google Docs as an online diagramming tool as well.

TechCamp Spotlight: Tonya Kimmerly has Google Galore!

It’s no secret that I love using Google applications and I think they have a wonderful place in the classroom.  As many districts are having to cut budgets, it’s hard to argue with…FREE Tools…and Google has created a bunch.  In addition, we’re to the point now where we pretty sure that Google isn’t a fly by night company…they’re going to around along time and have the datacenter capabilities of keeping all your information safe.  So there’s no reason not to take what they’re offering!

That’s why I’m excited that Tonya Kimmerly is going to lead a session entitled Google Galore to highlight some of the more useful tools that Google offers for FREE.  Tonya is a teacher at Coloma Middle School and also a district technology leader.  As teachers go…she knows what she’s doing.  In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators to provide middle school based staff development.  Awesome!

In a recent interview, Tonya stated that,

As a presenter, I hope that teachers can learn something they can directly apply to better their teaching and increase student involvement in the classroom. It is important that the skill or program be easy enough that the teacher can use it with very little additional training.

That’s exactly what TechCamp is all about!  Learning about and practicing the use of tools as well as developing skills so that students are engaged in their own learning process.  Thanks Tonya!