The New SMART Exchange

Filed Under (Resources) by Heather Hurley on 22-09-2009

Check out this guided tour of the new SMART Exchange. They’ve made the interface more user friendly and they’ve also included a state standards search. If you haven’t checked out the SMART Exchange before, be sure you do.  There are 100’s of SMART lessons submitted by educators like you.

Ustream of SMART Board Users Panel

Filed Under (Conferences and Workshops, Resources) by Heather Hurley on 27-04-2009

On Saturday, April 25th 60 educators attended the Arlington SMART Connection Conference. Participants attended SMART integration workshops, applied to be SMART Exemplary Educators and worked on lesson plans. The highlight of the conference was the morning panel discussion. Three Arlington teachers representing elementary, middle and high school spoke about their SMART board use and answered questions from the audience. I’ve posted the ustreamed presentation below. I hope you find it informative.

Find the Colors of Your Rainbow

Filed Under (Resources) by Heather Hurley on 02-02-2009

I found this on a freind’s blog and thought I would give it a try. It is remarkably accurate.  Try it for yourself.

Your rainbow is intensely shaded violet, indigo, and blue.








What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate cities, technology, and other great things people have created. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Glogster Example

Filed Under (Classroom Integration, Resources) by Heather Hurley on 22-01-2009

Below is an example Glog that I created for a workshop on Glogster. Glogster now has an education site you can access. When you sign up it lets you create student accounts and sends you the log in names and passwords. What could be more simple. Stay tuned for some 5th grade Social Studies projects that I’ll be posting in the next couple of weeks.

Free ISTE Webinar

Filed Under (Conferences and Workshops, Resources) by Heather Hurley on 13-01-2009

School 2.0: Technology and the Future of School

Technology has reshaped our world both economically and socially. These changes affect today’s students by transforming the world’s expectations of them. Join Tim Magner, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, as he explores the developing trends, their implications for our educational system, and how we can collaboratively approach, through School 2.0, evolving our schools to meet the needs of our students in this ever-changing world.  This presentation is brought to you by a partnership between ISTE, SRI International, and Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) and is supported by a contract through the U.S. Department of Education.

Tim Magner Thursday, January 15, 2009
2 p.m. Pacific/3 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Central/5 p.m. Eastern
(See information for more world time zones here.)
Webinar runs approximately 60 minutes

Click Here to Register.  This is a savings of $125.00


Filed Under (Resources, Web 2.0) by Heather Hurley on 25-11-2008

PhotoFunia is a neat photo generator where you can put yourself into the picture. Great for using with blogs and wikis. Below are a few examples of what it can do.


Geography From Space – Online Quiz

Filed Under (Resources, Uncategorized) by Heather Hurley on 14-11-2008

Geography Quiz

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Webpages as Graphs

Filed Under (Resources) by Heather Hurley on 07-11-2008

I came across Webpages as Graphs while reviewing Jennifer Dorman’s  Discovery’s Virtual Conference Presentation. Just type in a website and it instantly graphs it. It’s quite pretty to watch. Below is what this blog looks like as a graph.


What do the colors mean?
blue: for links
: for tables
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images
yellow: for forms
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

Embedding PDF’s on Your Website

Filed Under (Resources) by Heather Hurley on 29-05-2008

I love the look a PDF file. It’s clean, crisp and unmarred by formatting errors. The only problem with them is that I haven’t been able to embed into my web pages/blogs. So when Katie Knapp sent the agenda for our VA Day of Discovery I wanted to try and figure out how to embed the PDF instead of simply linking to it. I did a quick Google search and came across two resources. I found both of these at The PDF Blog. One resource I was able to use and one was blocked from school as pornography. Who knew that embedding PDF’s was a pornographic act.

Below are the two resources I found from The PDF Blog:

With the new breed of Web 2.0 sites a new way has evolved that is a lot more reliable. Relatively new document sharing sites such as Scribd and Adobe Share (beta) let you upload your PDF files and, once on their site, they provide you with simple code to place in your web page which displays the contents of your PDF files inside a little Flash-based wrapper. From there users can zoom in and out, navigate between pages, and save the file to their local computer. The additional benefit, for some users, is the fact that using these free services reduces bandwidth as (sometimes quite large) PDFs are stored on an external server.

I was not able to access Sribd but maybe you all can try it. You can view and example of it here. I was able to use Adobe Share. It was a pretty neat program. To view how Adobe Share works, visit the VA DEN Day of Discovery Agenda and feel free to register while you’re there.

50 PreK-4 Web Resources

Filed Under (Resources) by Heather Hurley on 01-05-2008 - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Heather B. Blanton an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher from Wise County Public Schools, Virginia sent an email to the VSTE ITRT listserve asking the following question: “If you could pick only one website to share with teachers (preK-4) what would it be?” She was looking to compile the top 25 resources. In the end she ended up with 50 and shared them with us. Enjoy!

All Subjects:

Reading/Language Arts:



Social Studies: