Friday, November 30, 2012

November's Most Popular Posts...and a note

WOW! This month sure flew by! I hope everyone had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving and a relaxing break.
Be on the lookout for my first ever Guest Blog entry this weekend on Mind Full of Literacy! Thanks Mari for asking me to write for your blog!
Here are the most Popular Posts from the month of November. Thanks again for all of the support!
Jun 14, 2012, 2 comments
Jul 12, 2012, 2 comments
Nov 7, 2012, 3 comments
Nov 22, 2012, 1 comment
Aug 27, 2012


Nov 14, 2012
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Nov 29, 2012
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Student Tools for Learning

There are so many amazing Online Tools for students to use nowadays, that it truly makes me jealous that these were not around when I was in school. However, it also excites me for my own students and my own kids to be able to have these available when they are needed.

Of course, there are tools available for every age, grade, and subject imaginable. I know one tool I love to use with my younger Elementary students is Kerpoof. We have used this for so many assignments, merely because it allows me to check their learning on various technology topics, without the need for them to be able to write or spell. Plus, they love being able to draw or color online!

Below I am including some links and lists for close to 100 more amazing online tools for students to use. I hope that they are helpful! Feel free to share below in the comments how you have used or hope to use some of these tools. I'd love to hear your ideas!

Thanks everyone!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Few Quick Notes

I hope everyone enjoyed their long Thanksgiving weekend! I know I did.

Thanks for being a follower and reader of this blog! In less than 11 months it has had over 15,000 views and has over 60 official followers! Thank you so much!

I can't wait to see what the future holds for this blog and all of my other sites!
(See my Social Media Links Page at the top of this blog)

I also wanted to share this great infographic that I found online today. It really is eye opening:

 One more note, I am working on a couple of guest blogs on other sites. The first will be on my friend Mari's blog, Mind  Full of Literacy. Stay Tuned!!
Enjoy your Monday everyone and Happy TpT & Cyber Monday Shopping!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

SALES! Time for shopping...

Teachers Notebook 3 day sale, November 24-26:

Teachers Pay Teachers 2 day sale, November 26-27: 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!

Check out my TpT Store on Monday, 11/26 and Tuesday 11/27 and save 28% off all of my items! The promo code is  CMT12. Click on the banner below to get to my store:

Also, I am throwing a sale of 50% off in my Teacher's Notebook Store, on Friday, 11/23 ONLY!!
Click below to get to my store:


Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful for Networking!

Today I am including links to some of my favorite Blogger and Pinners (in no particular order)! There is not a big enough Blog Post in this world available for me to be able to include all of the amazing fellow educators, bloggers, pinners, moms, etc. However, I decided to include the ones that I feel always have great ideas, share often, and are just naturally creative! Again, there are soooo many not included in this list that totally should be!

Thank you to EVERYONE who networks via Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I enjoy and appreciate each and every one of you!

I may not get to another post for a few days, so just in case, have an AMAZING Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy your day and count your blessings!






Classroom freebies

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Super Speedy Typers

Even though I have my 2nd graders engage in keyboarding and typing lessons, it's really only to get them introduced to the concept of typing correctly, as well as to get them to learn the layout of the computer keyboard. The site that the students and I love the best is Dance Mat Typing.
However, with my 3rd and 4th graders (I don't have 5th grade this year), we really start to focus on typing speed and accuracy. I understand their little fingers are still growing and that they are still learning. However, if I give them goals and incentives to type correctly, I am finding that they work harder to truly learn where those letters are on the keyboard. We also discuss the importance of learning to type correctly.
Every quarter, I am giving these students the same typing test. Their goal: to improve their WPM (Words per Minute) by at least 1 each quarter. This way I know they are truly focused on learning these typing skills and they feel pride when they see they can beat their own scores. I am happy to report that out of approx. 150 3rd/4th grade students not ONE student's score went down from 1st Quarter to 2nd!! I did have a few that did not increase their score at all, but no one's went down! YAY!
I also made a deal with the students. Since Quarter 1's score is just a baseline to see where they were on their WPM at the beginning of the year, the goal is for them to improve at least 2 of the 3 remaining quarters of the year. While their quarterly goal is to improve by 1 each quarter (for grading purposes), I want them to also have a bigger goal to reach for.
I told students that for those who do meet this bigger goal over the course of the school year, they will receive a special reward in May. My thoughts is that it will most likely be a popcorn party, extra computer lab time, or even a special treasure box item. We'll see what happens.
With my younger students, we have just been focusing on learning the alphabet and finding the letters on the keyboard. This is a bit easier for 1st graders than it is for kindergartners, but I'm already seeing the improvements. Here are a couple of sites I've used to help them practice these skills:
I've created a display in my computer lab for my 3rd graders (my 4th graders are in the building next door). This way they can see their own progress and focus on trying to reach even higher WPM's. I will update this after every quarterly test.
There are lots of other fun Typing sites listed on my Live Binder site.
If you have any other fun sites or tips for Keyboarding, feel free to share them below or on my Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My First PD Presentation

On October 26th, I was honored (and nervous) to give a Professional Development presentation for the first time ever in my career! I have never liked public speaking, but I am definitely okay speaking in front of kids.
Me: Presenting in front of my colleagues, 10.26.12
I was asked by an administrator to present a session on Educational Technology. I chose to title my session, "Free Tech Tools & Tips for the Classroom". I was speaking to a group of K-8 teachers and administrators.
All of my teaching experience is at the elementary level, so I had to make sure I incorporated tools and tips that the secondary teachers could use as well.
I will be presenting a follow up session in January, so I plan to find even more tools that can be integrated across all subjects, grades K-8. If you have any ideas, feel free to share your favorites here!

Below I am including a few links from my presentation, as well as a Rafflecopter link! Please enter to win a copy of my presentation!

Thanks everyone!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween!
Now that it's November, it's time to shift the focus to Thanksgiving.
I am hoping to be able to incorporate Thanksgiving activities in my computer lab sometime this  month.
I am including links below to many great resources, activities, and links. There is even a Cyber Scavenger Hunt that I am hoping to try out with my older students.
If you know of any other interactive Thanksgiving links, please feel free to post them in the comments section below!
Thanks & Enjoy!


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