Today I added a blog post that is directed at the teachers in my county. I wanted to share it here as a way of communicating to the DEN, that I value my Star status and I try to encourage educators to become Stars! I’ve only been a DEN Star for a couple of years. This is one professional learning community that stays current, offers numerous opportunities for professional development, and appreciates the efforts educators make everyday. Thanks, Discovery!
I took a look and I love what I see of the Discovery Education’s newest resource, Science Techbook. Imagine your class actively engaged with this interactive resource. In January of this year, the Florida State Instructional Materials Committee approved the Discovery Education Science Elementary Techbook for Florida for classroom use. Available for grades Kindergarten through Grade 8, the DE Science Techbook offers the connection to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS).
As I looked at the benchmarks for Florida Grade 3, I was pleased to see suggested topics of study associated with each benchmark. The use of “breadcrumbs” allows an educator to navigate through the site easily. Lesson plans offer Essential Questions and Lesson Objectives, as well as key vocabulary. Background information for the teacher is provided. This will be extremely helpful to many. Lessons are set up to cover 5 main learning components: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. The DE Resources included will assist teachers in making Science lessons engaging and memorable!
I will continue to explore what the DE Science Techbook has to offer.
This is a wonderful interactive map that may be used across the grades and content areas. The map, from
Discovery Streaming, may be used for continent identification in primary grades or for gaining insight into the history of a country for older students.
February 14th was time to “Love your Computer”. This will be our fourth display cleaning session offered this year. Many have stopped by media to remove fingerprints, smudges, and germs from their keyboards and displays. Reminders about quitting applications, and such, are posted on hearts and sweet treats will be available to those who stop by. Posters from Discovery Education are posted above the cleaning area, and a Discovery Streaming video will be displayed with a question and answer session for educators.
Follow up with cleaning supplies monthly, as this was such a hit with staff!
I enjoy trying new things and I am very glad I do! I started using Google Chrome this year for my main browser. I like it. It is fast, streamlined, and has extensions available. I also started using Evernote this year and was happy to find an extension to add to Google Chrome. Today I added the extension. Now with just a click I will have the web information added in to my Evernote. Evernote will sync to your computer and iPod. Another extension is Screen Capture (by Google) and this will come in handy for a quick copy of a web page. Other extensions are available…so, why not try something new?
Teachers- you are Veterans too. Every day you face a war against ignorance, poverty, neglect. You battle for funding. You spend your own dollars to supply the needs of your kids. Sometimes you fear defeat, yet you continue to muddle through and keep advancing. The challenges are many. Thank you for hanging in there, putting your life on hold many times as you struggle to fulfill the needs of your job-your students.
Teacher Center Reminders
The above pdf file may be used to share resources from the Teacher Center.
Wonder if anyone has tried MS Mouse Mischief? Mouse Mischief allows teachers to add interactive elements to their presentations and kids use their mouse to respond. A WIN based computer is needed. Teachers can add yes/no, multiple choice, and drawing questions to their MS PowerPoint. Download and install Mouse Mischief and a Mouse Mischief toolbar will be added to the PowerPoint ribbon. Once questions have been answered, the Mouse Mischief tool will calculate the percentage of students who responded correctly.
For individual responses, a “parking lot” for cursors can be set up on the slide.
Information from eSchool News June 2010
At my school, we have added 9 SMART boards this year. I’ve provided training opportunities throughout the year on how to use the board and ways to integrate its use into lessons. A successful use has been to insert links to DE Streaming video clips into the Notebook lesson. One that was particularly well received was a lesson on place value. I used two clips: Place Value Greater Than Thousands: Population and Decimals-Money for Groceries.
Time is drawing near for this year’s Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. FETC is a division of 1105 Media Inc. and this year’s conference will have more than 200 Concurrent Sessions, more than 70 Professional Development Workshops, and an exhibit hall with 500+ companies. Participants will have an opportunity to network with folks about the latest in technology and educational resources. I look forward to attending and meeting folks I’ve communicated with during the year on Skype, Twitter, and FaceBook. Educators discovering ways to incorporate the latest Web 2.0 tools in the classroom are an exciting group!
Be sure to make plans to meet up with your FL Den members!