Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Facebook Page in the Works!!

Hello All! It's been a busy morning, but I have managed to start a Facebook page! I still have some work to do on it, but for now, here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mrs-Ps-Ed-Tech-Talk/200544120042897  
Please LIKE my page and share with all! Check back soon for updates!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thank You Again!!

I am completely amazed and honored that as of this morning there have been over 520 views on this blog...in less than a month's time!!!

Thank you so much to those of you who read this, share it with others, or follow this blog! Your support and interest are definitely appreciated.

As promised, be on the lookout within the next few weeks for a Facebook page for Mrs. P's Ed Tech Talk!! I hope to get it up and running as soon as possible. However, I do know that the next few weeks for me, both personally and professionally, are pretty busy.

In the meantime, please continue reading, sharing  and following this blog. Your support means a lot!!

Have a great Monday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Shadow or No Shadow?

Well, February 2nd is creeping up on us. Groundhog Day is next week! It always seems to be a cute little holiday, especially for younger kids.
In honor of that cute furry friend's special day, I have listed many links below to help celebrate the occasion.
Here's to an Early Spring!!

Groundhog Day 2012
Happy Groundhog

Groundhog Central

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Write Away...

Below are a few links to great Communication Arts resources, most of which are for Writing. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thanks again!!!

As of tonight, we are already almost to 400 views on this blog! Thank you sooooo much, everyone! Please continue to visit this blog and share it with others as well!!

I've decided to issue a challenge as well. If we hit 500 views by February 1st, then I will start a Facebook page by March!! Let's do this!! Thanks again everyone!

Be Organized!

Yeah, so I am definitely one that is guilty of having that "Organized Mess" on my desk. However, it's really only as the day progresses. I always organize it and clean it up before leaving for the day, so that I can start fresh the next day.

We all know how messy the students' desks can be, too!! When I taught in the classroom, it would just astound me how quickly some desks would get cluttered inside. Now that I teach K-5 computers, this is not an issue for me, luckily.

However, I am including some great organization ideas below. One of the ideas is shown to be something you can do to help organize at home, but I can totally see it also being applicable to the classroom.

You're Under Arrest!

Tips for a Clear Desktop

DIY Organizer

Room Pictures

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sharing the Love of TpT

I have some more Valentine's Freebies for ya!!! There are so many creative minds out there. I love to share what I find with other teachers. Even though I may not be able to use a resource, I know there is someone out there who can.

Below you will find some links to FREE Valentine's Day classroom resources from Teachers Pay Teachers. I am also including a link to their page of blogs!!! Yes, there are TONS of them!

Enjoy and Happy Monday!!

Love Hearts Border

Free February Activities

Valentine's Day Digits

TpT Members' Blogs

Friday, January 20, 2012

NO Bullying Allowed!

We all know that Bullying in schools has become a bigger problem in recent years. Not to mention, you have to consider the effects that Cyberbullying can also cause.

I have really focused hard this year on making sure that my older students especially are aware of Internet Safety tips and Cyberbullying. It's unfortunately becoming more and more common. My hope is that maybe by teaching them about it BEFORE it occurs, that maybe it can either help prevent it from happening or at least help a student seek help if they are the victim.

I came across this great article below that had some very sad and alarming facts and statistics about bullying in schools. Please share this with others and spread the word! This is something that EVERYONE needs to be educated on, so as to hopefully prevent it from happening so much. Thanks.

The Current State of Bullying in Schools

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fun Printables and Rewards

I always try to change up the rewards that I have each class work towards for their good behavior in my Computer Lab. I don't want the students to lose interest in acting responsibly.

One common one that I try to rotate often, is a Game Day. The students love it! They are allowed to play any online games as long as they are not violent. I have many sites saved to my bookmark site.

I have also used a reward called "Free Seats". This allows the students to sit anywhere they like for one computer session. However, I still reserve the right to move people as needed.

A new one that I've also tried, is "Fun Stations". Basically, depending on the grade level, they are allowed to play games online, color pre-printed coloring sheets, play card games, do origami, etc. I have the stuff set out ahead of time. They really enjoy having some options.
Here is the link for my "Fun Stations" document (complete with links to resources). It is from my TpT site:

I am also including three other fun links to Printables or Fun Ideas to use with children. Enjoy!!

More Coloring


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bloom's & Technology

I came across this article today that offers many different pictures and ideas for how to use Bloom's Taxonomy with Technology. They do overlap a bit, but overall, it's really up to the individual teacher.
The link to the article as well as the pictures are included below:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ed Tech at Its Best

Wow!! If only I could find more time in my day to create such AWESOME resources such as the two below!

Integrating Technology with Marzano's Instructional Strategies

Hollywood Squares

Thank You, everyone!!

As of this morning, we have hit 200 views on this blog! Thank you so much to everyone who reads this!

Please, share this blog with others and come back to visit often! I'd LOVE to have you as a follower as well.

Thanks again!

Enjoy this free resource below (click on picture)!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Spreading the Love

Okay, so I've come across so many AWESOME Valentine's Day activities and resources over the last few days, I just have to share!! 
I know we are still about a month away, but it's never too early to plan ahead. I hope these are helpful to many! Enjoy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Upcoming Holidays and Events

There a few holidays coming up within the next few weeks, some of which get more recognition than others. Below I have found some resources for MLK Day, Valentine's Day, and Groundhog Day. I am also including a link to some GREAT resources about Presidents and the Electoral College, since this is an election year. I hope these resources are useful. Enjoy!!

(Click on the Pictures Below)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Keeping Kids Safe Online

The Internet can be a helpful, fun, and exciting place to explore. However, it can also be dangerous, especially to kids. In today's world, you unfortunately hear many stories of how the Internet has been the cause of crimes or heartaches involving children. It's truly sad to hear. I know I personally worry for my own kids someday.

But, as educators and parents, the best any of us can do to protect our kids while they are online, is to educate them. We need to educate them about the proper ways to use the internet, what's appropriate, and what to do if they should run into any "trouble" online. There are a lot weird and crazy people out there.

Here are some great websites to help teach kids about the dangers of the internet, as well as what to do if they should encounter any problems.

4 Online Safety Tips

Get Net Wise

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lots of Bookmarks!

There are TONS of free sites out there for us to store bookmarks. I've tried many of them over the years: Delicious, iKeepBookmarks, Live Binders, etc.

I find it's easier to save the sites to a bookmarking site, that I know we will be using in the lab. This way, the students can find it a lot easier and are not required to type in long URL's.

Below are some of the professional and personal bookmarking sites that I have either used in the past, or am currently using:



Live Binder: Computer Lab

Live Binder: For Teachers and Parents

Sunday, January 8, 2012

TpT Resources

I love Teachers Pay Teachers! There are so many great resources on there, many of which are FREE! I also love making a few extra bucks here and there.  Jen P Printables

Below are some great resources from TpT. Some have a cost, but most of them are FREE! I hope they are useful! 

Oh Pinterest...How I Love Thee!!

Oh Pinterest...how addicting and time consuming you can be! But, you have brought so many new ideas, resources, and recipes to my world. I am forever grateful. 

For those of you who use Pinterest, you know what I'm talking about!! For those who have not joined in on the fun, I highly recommend it. 

Below are links to a few Pinterest boards that have lots of great educational resources. I am including the link to my own board as well. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Let It Snow...Online Anyway

While I know that some areas of the country have experienced plenty of snow this season, here in Missouri that has not been the case. While I personally find snow to be very pretty, I generally despise Winter. 

However, for those who are itching for some Winter fun, here are some great Wintry Online Games to help you out!

City Snowplow

Virtual Snowman

Snowman Dress-up Game


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

500+ Creative Lessons To Teach Almost Anything

WOW! What a great resource for teachers! The lessons that I browsed through certainly looked complete, creative, and interesting to me! 

These lessons are all broken down by topic or type. Enjoy looking through them as needed or in your  free time. This resource was just too great not to share: 

GREAT links!

I love the Tech & Learning website! You can sign up for their free newsletters and more! They always seem to have such great resources that I was never even aware existed. Below is the link to their Top 100 Sites of 2011 (Click on picture).

Have fun Exploring!

New Year, New Ideas and Resources

Well, back to work I came today. Luckily, it's a work day for us and we don't get students 'til tomorrow. I love having the work day and short work week to help ease us all back into the swing of things.

I have been reading blogs and emails this morning, and I thought I'd share many links (click on pictures below) to some fabulous tools and resources! I hope they are helpful:

Practicing Colors in Spanish

Roots of Numbers Word Wall

Snowman Sight Word Bingo

Gingerbread Baking with Base Ten Blocks

My TpT Store

Reason for the Seasons Activity

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Welcome to Mrs. P's Ed Tech Talk


Welcome to my new blog site!! I am switching over to this new address! The old address is listed above in case you are interested in any of my previous posts. I will leave that blog active for a few months until I am sure that this new site is flowing well. 

In the meantime, Welcome to Mrs. P's Ed Tech Talk!!!

Here you will find many educational resources, mostly for the elementary classroom. I will mostly post about great educational technology tools and resources, however, I will definitely share any other great educational resources that I find! 

Come back and visit this site often, and please feel free to share it as well!

Thanks for visiting!! I hope you will bookmark this site, so that you may visit again soon.


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