Lesson Ideas · Student Engagement · Web 2.0

Connect with authors, guest speakers and classrooms – for free!

Looking to “open the portal” in your classroom and connect with the outside world? It’s easier than you think – I emailed a teacher from Puerto Rico yesterday through Skype Education, and this morning her students connected via Skype with 6th grade Spanish students from my school. At the snap of a finger – it… Continue reading Connect with authors, guest speakers and classrooms – for free!

Google · Lesson Ideas · Video · Web 2.0

Movenote: Ridiculously simple screencasting tool on the web

Movenote may be the simplest online tool ever created for screencasting. The website syncs with your Google account and allows users to record themselves flipping through Google Presentations/Docs/PDFS, all while providing video narration from the webcam. Movenote hosts the finished product and allows the creator to send a direct link or embed the video. The… Continue reading Movenote: Ridiculously simple screencasting tool on the web

Google

Search Google by Reading Level

Here’s a quick Google tip: if you’re searching a topic on Google – black bears, for example – you can filter your search results by reading level. Google’s levels are basic, intermediate, and advanced.  To do this, simply perform your search. Then, click on “Search Tools” underneath the search bar. Click on “All Results” and select… Continue reading Search Google by Reading Level

Google · Lesson Ideas · Web 2.0

Google Tour Builder – A Digital Storytelling Tool

Google recently released a beta version of a web application called Tour Builder. It allows users to create tours using Google Earth online, and it’s quite simple yet super powerful. Simply login with your Google account, choose the locations for your interactive tour, and then add pictures, video and text to tell your digital story.… Continue reading Google Tour Builder – A Digital Storytelling Tool

Twitter

Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool Ever

My apologies for the over-dramatic post title, but Twitter is really indispensable to me as an educator. When I’m searching for resources for lessons or professional development sessions, I always go to Twitter before I go to Google…and most of the time I don’t even make it to Google. The main reason? I have way more faith… Continue reading Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool Ever