eSebco

If you missed the previous post, eSebco is an online library that the Kendallville Library has purchased for the community. They have purchased over a hundred texts that are always available with online access.

I should have done my research a little more carefully. As it turns out, eSebco is actually available on a regular computer as well. So if you are using a PC, Mac, or Chromebook, it will function just fine straight from the website. You will need to visit. http://www.kendallvillelibrary.org/ to access the link for eSebco.

Here are the directions for accessing the collection of books:

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eSebco

eSebco is an online digital book program that the Kendallville Public Library is providing for the community. Students can participate as well if they have a library card. If your students need library cards, please contact Beth to find out how you can get students set up with this valuable resource.

I was curious as to how well this application would work on the iPod Touch, but was pleasantly surprised. It is easy to navigate through a text and easy to view even though the device is smaller in size. Download it from the app store today!

Free Technology for Teachers: A Simple Yet Powerful Student Blogging Activity

Free Technology for Teachers: A Simple Yet Powerful Student Blogging Activity.

I do not want to steal Mr. Byrne’s thunder here, but I do want to make my teachers aware of his wisdom. So am sharing this to encourage you to look at his blog-post for yourself.

One of the most common questions people ask me is, “What do I do with a blog?” That is actually a tough question for me to answer because I there are so many different options that my mind begins to draw a blank when I am put on the spot. However, I will more than likely respond with Richard Byrne’s response from this point forward. His suggestion is to use it as a place to perform a weekly reflection upon what they learned. This would give you an opportunity to build your vision as to what you want your class blog to become.

I completely understand how difficult it is to visualize prior to having a blog. I think it is something you figure out as you go, learn from your mistakes, and also learn from others’ mistakes.

On a side note, many people ask me what you do with a Twitter account. I should immediately respond with, “Follow Richard Byrne.”

via Free Technology for Teachers: A Simple Yet Powerful Student Blogging Activity.

Knight-Time Technology

There has been an overwhelming response to teachers implementing Kidblog.org in their classroom. (I even have some Kindergarten teachers dabbling.) It is a great resource. I blogged about Kidblog a long time ago. However, the site has changed quite a bit. I will make an updated tutorial in the near future.

For now, I thought I would throw out a few materials for those of you that are interested in initiating a blog. The video embedded in this post is one I made for a classroom of second graders that needed to make the Kidblog application connect to their accounts. Feel free to use the video for your own classroom to get your students connected if I am not able to help you personally. Mrs. Gaines reported that her students did not have trouble connecting to the site after showing the video.

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Vocabulary Lessons: Flipped, Collaborative & Student Centered by @CTuckerEnglish – TeacherCast Blog

Vocabulary Lessons: Flipped, Collaborative & Student Centered by @CTuckerEnglish – TeacherCast Blog.

Flipping the classroom is such a hot topic. In the mathematics realm, it nicely fits into the daily routine. The teacher shows some examples in a video, the kids watch it, and you can differentiate your instruction farther than you ever could before.

The linked article is a high school teacher using the flipped classroom to teach vocabulary and language arts instruction. Why can’t teachers in the elementary setting do the same in language arts? Create a five minute video demonstrating the skill/strategy.

Flipping the classroom does not have to take place with the mindset that the videos have to be watched at home. Students could watch the videos as soon as they enter class or as you want to begin the lesson. The teacher can then easily differentiate instruction by meeting with small groups of students as the task is already set for the rest of the class.

Here are some links to iPad applications that the teacher can use to accomplish this blended learning model:

Screen Chomp

Ask 3

Show Me

Educreations

Great resources for accomplishing the same task on a laptop:

Camtasia (If you are an East Noble employee, please contact me if interested.)

Snag it (If you are an East Noble employee, please contact me if interested.)

Screencast -O-Matic

 

Jumbled Sentences – A Series of Free Writing Apps for iPads | iPad Apps for School

Jumbled Sentences – A Series of Free Writing Apps for iPads | iPad Apps for School.

via Jumbled Sentences – A Series of Free Writing Apps for iPads | iPad Apps for School.

Great blogpost by Mr. Richard Byrne that is worth a read. One thing I appreciate about his posts is that they are typically to the point, and extremely relevant to the classroom.

One drawback on the Jumbled Sentences lineup is that it is only available on the iPad. The iPod touch is a great device for students to use in a classroom. Primary students can benefit from a device the size of an iPod touch because of the durability and portability.

A+ Spelling Test

A+ Spelling Test gives student the opportunity to input their spelling words, perform a few practice games, and submit a spelling test through email. These tasks typically require quite a few sheets of paper; however, if the teacher posts the words on the board or through a LCD projector, the students can just input the words into the device for the entire week. Once the students take the final test the teacher can forward the results onto the parents so that they receive a copy.

If your school is part of a 1:1 technology initiative, might as well take advantage of the paperless possibilities.