Sunday, April 6, 2014

Family Math Night

This website has many ideas/strategies for teaching mathematical concepts to students. What I especially like is the ideas are categorized by age of the student and content area within math. So many great ideas to share with students! There are lots of resources for teaching Financial Literacy as well. This is a new area we will be addressing in the NEW K-8 TEKS. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Newela - Read All About It at Different Levels

Newsela provides daily current events articles written specifically for K-12 students. Each day, the site adds three new articles to the collection. Categories include Kids, Science, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and War and Peace. For every article, there are versions written at different Lexile levels. With just a few clicks, a teacher can provide the same story leveled for students of differing reading abilities.

Google Earth Resources from TCEA Technotes

Google Earth can help you bring a world of information alive for your students.  It is a free download for Mac or Windows and can be used with all grade levels.  Students can use Google Earth to explore topics like the progress of human civilization, the growth of cities, and the impact of natural disasters.  Teachers can use Google Earth demos to get students excited about geography beyond the static map or use different Google Earth layers to study transportation, demographics, economics, and specific local or exotic contexts. 

Here are some resources to help you utilize this powerful tool in your classroom:
·          Tutorials and Tips
·          Teaching with GoogleEarth
·          Google Earth Blog on what’s new
·          GE Teach

World Read-Aloud Day

Skype with an Author on World Read-Aloud Day Join World Read-Aloud Day will be Wednesday, March 5. Celebrate the joy of reading by having an author Skype with your class to discuss a favorite book. This fantastic website offers a list of authors who have volunteered to virtually meet with students that day. You can sign up to participate and get great resources for World Read-Aloud Day here!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tammy Worcester - TCEA 2014

At TCEA, I had the opportunity to sit in on several of Tammy Worcester's sessions.  Tammy is a distinguished presenter at TCEA.  Her sessions are held in the Ballroom because of the large crowd that she draws for her sessions.  One of my favorite sessions she does is "Tammy's Top 20 Tech Tips, Tricks, and Tools".  There were about 1000 people in the audience that afternoon (including our very own Kevin Worthy and Zach Snow, and Kenny Kaye Hudson!) Tammy was able to share more than 20 resources in this fast paced 50 minute session.  I am also thrilled to announce that she will be coming to Royse City in August for our professional development flex days!  I hope you will make time in your schedule to see one of her awesome presentations!

TCEA 2014!

I had the opportunity to attend TCEA last week in Austin with the group from Royse City.  It was an incredible conference! With more than 8,400 educators from across the state of Texas, there were many opportunities to learn about how technology is being integrated into all subjects and grades.  Over the next few weeks we will be exploring some of the resources we learned about in our sessions.  I did have the opportunity to see Monica Martinez, who is the Director of Professional Development for TCEA!  She will be coming to Royse City this summer as a presenter for our flex days professional development conference.  She is a Google Certified Administrator and trainer.  She shared many free Google Tools.  My favorite list was Google A-Z.  In this list you will find everything from Virtual Field Trips to personalized YouTube channels to custom search engines.  It is a wealth of resources for all content areas. Check it out!  

Friday, January 31, 2014

HippoCampus is a really cool website - much like Khan Academy. It provides video on a huge array of topics in Math, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. If you are looking for video to support learning concepts in Middle School and High School, you must check this out.

Cool Tools for Schools

CoolToolsforSchools is an exceptional site with resources for online learning.  It has links to literally hundreds of educational tools for teachers and students.  If you are looking for video tools, presentation tools, content resources, almost anything - this site is for you.  It won the 2011 Merlot Award for Exemplary online learning resources. Each resource has a brief description and if it is an "app" it tells you whether it is free or has a cost.   

Living Math Book

Living Math Book List is a fantastic website to search for math books by subject area.  Just look for the concept you are teaching and several literature suggestions will pop up!

Colorin Colorado!

Colorin Colorado! is a fantastic literacy website for educators and families of ELL and bilingual learners.  Booklists, strategies, and research articles all focused on helping ELL's experience success in literacy.  Check it out!

Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read better.  These resources assist parents and educators in building fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.


Graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more - for FREE!  Desmos is the next generation of graphing calculator: in browser, beautiful, and free!  Use their calculator to instantly plot any equation, from lines and parabolas up through derivatives and Fourier series.

Flipsnack edu allows you to turn PDF files into amazing interactive books.  It's an ideal tool for teachers and students to collaborate and share their work with parents and other educators.  Created books are easy to embed on any website or blog and are easy to download.  This is a great resource for students to use when creating presentations and it's free.  Opportunity for upgrade to premium edition.

Educational Technology Clearinghouse

This website was developed to support the integration of technology for Florida's schools.  It has an unbelievable number of technology resources organized by subject area and grade level configuration!  Tons of links and lesson plan resources. You have to check it out!

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a great resource for free digital books. Teachers will also love this website for Think Tanks. Click here to go to the activity guides.

Ten years ago, Greg Tang was looking for a better way to teach math to his kids. He wound up creating a groundbreaking series of picture books that included the New York Times best seller The Grapes of Math. His books quickly became staples in school libraries and university teacher training programs, garnering numerous awards and selling over a million copies. 

Greg Tang's website has great resources to engage K-6 students in math.  In the past, you were required to have a subscription but now all the resources are free!  This is a great website to share with students.  There are many games and activities that can be done at home.