Inspiration

Concept mapping can be a great way for students to document thinking, and can easily be transferred into an outline for writing if you use the program Inspiration on the iPad.   See the screen shots below. President Report Outline Character Trait Template Ch...

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Timeline Generator

http://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline/latest/embed/index.html?source=0Ak1EnOHK-wCudEhsaFQ4NVVRRUpkdEhucjdDS0xiYVE&font=Bevan-PotanoSans&maptype=toner&lang=en&height=650

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“Nimble Technology”

I just finished reading this great interview in GeekWire with Jessie Woolley-Wilson – I love here vision, and idea of nimble technology.  I think teaching kids to think, be curious, and explore is essential, and Ms. Woolley-Wilson captures it so nicely ...

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Using Socrative

Here is a quick overview of features I like about Socrative //www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xKll9EWk0OQ?rel=0

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Here we go

I love the beginning of the new school year. Tomorrow also begins my daughter’s first year in school.  She is eager to ride the school bus.  Her crayons are all new.  Her pencils are sharp.  Most of all she is filled with the excitement and joy that ...

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Searching and Research Tools

I am always looking for good new search or research tools that support organization and clear thinking.  Found Instagrok in a blog I read this morning, and am liking the concept map output, with hyperlinks embedded.  I think there could be many good uses of ...

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Play

Thinking about how we instill a sense of play in formal school settings.  It seems that play is associated with time after school, weekends, and summer.  It is important, even essential, to engage in play.  In an interview with Annie Murphy Paul she talks a...

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Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations are an important way for teachers to get new ideas and connect with others in the field. Pick one organization of these to join via facebook or another social media platform.  Feel free to find a different group! Assignment Create a...

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Is school working for this kid?

(notes on) biology from ornana films on Vimeo. I wonder if we have space for students like this in school.  How can we balance the creative outlets for kids so they are creators?

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Bookshelfies

Found this site, Bookshelfies, while rambling through my daily reading and love it.  Since we just returned from living abroad I suddenly feel aware that I gave away almost all the books I own… and it feels like a little piece of me is missing.  I am d...

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