Diversity Resources

Gathering sites for use on one of my school websites. Thought my followers might want to check them out also!

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Spring Break for a TechnoBumbleBee!

It is Spring Break so there is no excuse why I can not return to my blogging duties! I ask forgiveness and promise to do better.  I choose to blame Plurk, Facebook Notes, & Twitter as the reason that my blog has hit a bog! I just became a edublogs supporter, so I am sure access to all the latest and greatest tool that help to use the above mentioned web 2.0 elements will help to hold my attention! Stay tuned to my thoughts and ideas about the recent Twitter Tipping Point phenomenon!


Literactive is an interactive website that provides reading material for pre-school, kindergarten, and grade 1 students available online. The site promotes the program as a site “comprised of carefully leveled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities, and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child’s reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner.” All the material is available for free from this site but you need to register. To use and view the site is free, but to download material you need to register, which is also free! The site also includes interactive poetry lessons and reading materials that work wonderfully with interactive hardware products like the Interwrite school pad and SMARTBoards. The lessons include the ability for the teacher to access the audio, text, and illustration features. If you are a K-2grade teacher or Special Education teacher this site provides wonderful resources for introducing basic skills. I know you and your students will enjoy this site!


Science Meet Math, Math & Science Meet Technology

Are you looking for an exciting engaging activities to start the year? Well, do I have a project for you, and it even integrates the scientific method, math, and technology . JenuineTech.com is proud to present the 1o th year of using the Oreo cookie to teach math, history, language arts, science and technology and more in your classroom! That’s right its O.R.E.O. 2008 Project time once again! (Unfortunately, for the last time. This telecollaborative project is about to retire.) This project is open to any grade in any location! For 2008, students will stack the original Oreo cookie and count how many Oreos they can stack before the Oreos tumble. The “official” project dates are September 15 to October 10, 2008. There are worksheets, games, fun links, trivia, lesson ideas and more to help bring FUN into your classroom.

The beauty of this project is that you can actually do the project prior the the dates listed above and then report your findings during the project window, adjust it to fit any age range, aligns with current SOL standards for study, and it allows students to participate in gathering data as an individual, as a class, and as a part of a larger collective body. If you are interested in participating in the O.R.E.O project let me know, I would love to assist you in any way that would benefit you and your classroom. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions about this type of project. As a classroom teacher, I participated in several of Jen Wagner’s project and found students thoroughly enjoyed them, were worth the time and effort, supported the curriculum, and provided opportunity to make cross curricular connections between math, science, and technology.

Content Alignment
SCIENCE: Scientific Method
MATH: Number & Number Sense (Counting 1-20, comparing numbers), Statistics (Tally Marks), Computation and Estimation (adding, dividing, averaging, and using a calculator)

ISTE NETS-S(National Educational Technology Standards for Students):

Communication & Collaboration, Research & Information Fluency

What the Tech Surfin’ (weekly)

What the Tech Surfin’ (weekly)

Now that You R Rested!

I have always found it humorous that the common citizen believes that the three best reasons for teaching are June, July, & August. Last time I checked most schools adjourn  in mid -June and teachers report back mid-August, so at most a teacher has 8 weeks of “free time”. And I will be honest the last two weeks in June and on into July at least to the 4th  hold for me some of the best unstructured time on the planet! But a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and most teachers I know or at least the ones I hang out with are always “thinkin’, plannin’ & plottin’! Sorry folks we just can’t shut if off. Summer is a great time for attending an institute, taking a tech workshop, or attending a class. It gives participants time to ponder and reflect how they hope to use it in their class during the upcoming year.  Maybe you are not planning to attend any such meeting, and you don’t have to do your professional development in a traditional manner. Starting July 7th I hope to bring you several post on a variety of topics that may be useful to you as you peculate your morning coffee  and ideas for your class for the coming year.  One new feature for this summer is What the Tech Surfin”. It contains  my “finds” for the week as I have surfed the web, so look for it each Sunday. Take a minute to check out the sites and think about how you might use them to instruct students!