Archive for December, 2013

Fun Winter Activities

The holiday break is upon us and some of you might be looking for some fun activities to do with your little ones while they’re not in school for the next couple of weeks! With that in mind, I’m sharing some activities with you. The activities below help to make science fun and exciting for […]

Lessons Gleaned From Puppy Manners Class

We have, Heaven help us, acquired a new puppy, a gargantuan Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever cross intent on eating our living room. Like most doting but desperate parents, we’ve sought outside counsel, and enrolled Rory in dog obedience classes (I use this term, you understand, in the loosest possible sense.) Great Pyrenees are, apparently, “willful”, a […]

Technology and Dyslexia

The recent ice storm provided a great opportunity to snuggle up with a good book and read. In the recent edition of Perspectives on Language and Literacy, from the International Dyslexia Association, I read the article, “Reading and Assistive Technology: Why the Reader’s Profile Matters” by Karen Erickson. This article discussed the importance of supporting reading through […]

ThingLink Premium Free Limited time offer!

ThingLink is offering free premium EDU accounts for teachers until December 31st.  This would generally cost $250.  Heres how the promotion works.Create a ThingLink teacher accountOnce you have an account,  mail:education@thinglink.com and write ThingLink EDU Campaign in the subject line and #premium as the messageIf you already have an account, as I did, just follow […]

YAK Fest Reminder-Young Adult Keller Book Festival January 25 Check out the authors!!!!

The Third Annual Young Adult Keller Book Festival (YAK Fest), sponsored by the  Keller (TX) ISD secondary librarians is coming up! This daylong event will be held from 9 – 5 on January 25, 2014, at KISD’s Central High School as a means to provide the Keller ISD teen community with exceptional opportunities to connect […]

Google Week @10

Region 10 is proud to present training from The EdTechTeam, Lead by Google Certified Teachers and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers. Google Apps for Education Certification Boot Camp (2 day) January 27-28, 2014 Google Apps for Education Certification Boot Camp serves two purposes: to raise awareness about how Google Apps can be used in […]

3 Letters from Teddy: A Christmas Reminder

What a little third grader says at an intensely vulnerable moment to his teacher at Christmas time instantly bypasses the head and goes straight to the heart of any issue, no matter what. You can re-energize your personal relationships and workplace culture – and inspire greater loyalty – by remembering to put into practice the […]

National Headlines Regarding Public Education: My 2 Cents

Earlier this week, headlines across the nation blasted public education because of the results of another international assessment.  Articles sounded the alert  that United States students were performing far below their counterparts in other countries in reading, math, and science.  CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News all had commentaries on this topic and had panels of […]

The Hour of Code 2013

  Today’s view of literacy includes the ability to read and write code.  Check out this painless way to get started—Library Tech Clubs, Anyone?   Whats an Hour of Code?Its a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an […]

The Path to Digital Citizenship | Edutopia

Just read this blog posting on digital citizenship and was struck by the author’s correlation of digital etiquette  to general face-to-face etiquette .  Great lesson plan ideas and strategies to get younger students thinking about manners and acceptable behaviors both in person and online! The Path to Digital Citizenship | Edutopia.