APSTechGoddess Ning – Terrific FREE Audio Stories for Kids

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 30-03-2013

Honestly, I had forgotten all about this resource.  I learn about so many each year, it’s hard to keep them all fresh in my memory!

Posted August 24, 2010

I just found this TERRIFIC resource for FREE Audio Stories for kids. http://storynory.com/

Storynory has a great collection of classics, fairy tales, and original stories. Stories can be downloaded to be played on computers or MP3 players. The text for every story is available as well!!

Many of the stories also have prepared files for Interactive White Boards – you can download PowerPoint, Promethean, and Smart files!!!

APSTechGoddess Ning – 2METT

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 30-03-2013

This one was actually something I published for SimpleK12.  I was invited to do one of their Two Minute Ed Tech Talks (2METT)

Posted August 24, 2010

I was so excited about being featured on SimpleK12′s Two Minute Ed Tech Talk last week that I forgot to post my entry here. Check out my posting on the “I heart Ed Tech” blog! (http://blog.simplek12.com/education/2mett-glogster/)

 

APSTechGoddess Ning – Copyright Law and the Classroom – Image Searches

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 30-03-2013

A lot has changed in terms of copyright law and the classroom since I first published this post.  In fact, the link at the bottome from JeffCo schools about copyright has been taken down due to the number of changes. But, the list of resources is still good, so it’s worth passing on.

From August 11. 2010
Are you using Google or Yahoo images to find pictures for your classroom? Then please STOP! Many of the images you find in Google and Yahoo (and other search engines) are copyrighted, which means they are not available for you to legally use in the classroom.

Copyright law states that we need to make sure we are using royalty-free images or images that are in the public domain.

So where do you get those images? Here are some sites that are safe to use…

1. Any government web site – tax dollars pay for these sites, so they belong to the general public. (This includes the Library of Congress image library.)
2. The Smithsonian web sites – the Smithsonian has graciously offered any images on their sites to teachers to use in lessons.
3. http://www.pics4learning.com - a collection of royalty-free pictures created just for teachers and students. (This is one of my favorites.)
4. http://www.discoveryeducation.com - the district has a paid subscription to this site, so you can use any images from here in your classroom.
5. http://www.public-domain-image.com/ and http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ are both great collections of legally available and useable images.
6. http://creativecommons.org/image/ was also designed specifically for schools to use.
7. Don’t forget about searching Promethean Planet ( http://www.prometheanplanet.com ). They have dozens of terrific resource packs with images and clip art you can use. Microsoft’s clipart gallery ( http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/) is also a great resource. There are thousands of pictures available to download.

To learn more about Copyright and schools, go to http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/isu/library/copyright.html. ; JeffCo schools here in Colorado was hit with a multimillion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit a few years ago. They have created a GREAT web site with all the do’s and don’t for teachers.

APSTechGoddess Ning – Is Google Too Square to be Cool?

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 30-03-2013

I was so excited to post this resource on my Ning.  Sadly it was a victim of Google’s slashing and was taken down in 2011 with the demise of Google Labs.  Dear Google, you killed a terrific tool.  I only hope it can be resurrected some time in the future.

Posted April 30, 2010
I learned about the coolest research tool during the closing discussion at the South Dakota TIE Conference on April 20th.

Google Squared (www.google.com/squared) is an amazing way to find simple and readable research information for students (ok, and adults). Type in a search topic like “Dwarf Planets” and get a grid showing the names, images, descriptions, orbital period and more of all the newly identified Dwarf planets. Searches can even saved for later use.

APSTechGoddess Ning – Kerpoof

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 30-03-2013

This was one of the first posts to my Ning.  My students and I still use Kerpoof, just not as much as we used to.

From March 19, 2010…
One of my favorite Web 2.0 tools has become Kerpoof. Kerpoof (www.kerpoof.com) is a web site that is owned by the Walt Disney Company. Teachers can create FREE classroom accounts. Once logged in, students can…

-Make artwork (even if you aren’t good at drawing!)
-Make an animated movie (really! it’s easy!)
-Earn Koins which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store
-Make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug
-Tell a story
-Make a drawing
-Vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made

Everything is very easy to navigate and control. My students enjoy it so much, they now log in at home and create additional projects during their free time.

Out With the Old, In With the Newer

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 30-03-2013

We live in an ever changing world of “popular” technology tools.  One such tool that has lost popularity is Nings.  I started a Ning once upon a time, but haven’t done anything with it, preferring to use my blogs instead.

So the time has come to take down my Ning.  I will be copying over the content from it to this blog.  Some of it is a bit out of date, but I don’t want to lose it completely.

Goodbye APSTechGoddess.ning.com.  You were fun while you lasted.

Shannon

Thoughts and Learnings from CCIRA

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 03-02-2012

It is a snowy day in Denver, but things are warm and bright here at the Colorado Council International Reading Association conference.  Yesterday was the kick off with an eye opening speech and presentation by David Allington called “We can teach them all to read but will we?”  One of the more shocking statistics he shared is that students who are not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school than their peers that are reading on grade level.

Tami Thompson gave a terrific session titled “Literacy Re-Boot Camp.”  She provided an amazing list of Web 2.0 resources. Many of these resources are listed on her blog http://teacherspirit.blogspot.com.  My favorites so far are www.oneword.com which provides you with a  word and gives you 60 seconds to record as many thoughts as you can about the word, and www.drawastickman.com which is exactly what it sounds like – draw a stickman and let the story unfold.

Angela Maiers was also an inspirational speaker.  To borrow a bit of her presentation – think of the word literacy.  What two words come to mind?  For many the words they think of are reading and writing.  Instead we need to associate the words power and privilege.  Literacy, the ability to speak, read, and write, provides us with power over others and creates privileges that illiterate students don’t receive.  We as teachers can help our students attain this power by teaching students’ brain to find patterns in writing/reading so it makes more meaning.  We also have to teach information in context.  “x” may be a letter of the alphabet with set sounds in reading, but in technology it means exit and in math it could be a function or a variable.  Context matters in all things.  Teaching items in isolation can be damaging to students.

Right now I am sitting in the Friday morning keynote by Steven Krashen.  First and foremost, this man has a very sick sense of humor.  I’m not sure we have had enough caffeine this morning for the bad jokes he is throwing at us.  The jokes are done and now the factual portion has begun.  We do not have a literacy crisis in this country, instead it is a math crisis.  Students in grades K-4 are constantly labeled as the lowest quartile in terms of literacy proficiency.  The problem with that is that no matter how much the scores increase, they will still be the “lowest quartile.”  Views and reports by media and government are skewed on this issue in a misleading way.  Half of all kids will be below grade level because that is what grade level is.  Would we label a hospital as failing because the patients in the emergency room are sicker than patients in other parts of the hospital?  The kind of reading that really counts is the reading that you do because you want to not because you have to.

I’m not sure how the rest of the day will go.  Several sessions have been cancelled because of the snow.  So stay tuned for part two to be posted later this evening!

Colorado TIE 2011

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 22-06-2011

I am having a great time at Colorado TIE!  Drove up Monday with Gwynn.  Tuesday started with a terrific keynote by Roger Pryor.  (Can’t wait to see him again at ISTE.)  Tuesday afternoon I went to a great session on movie making with elementary students.  Today (Wednesday) started with two sessions on eNet Colorado’s DREAM site.  This will be an invaluable resource for teachers!!!  The afternoon was spent presenting.  Our first session was Creating the Student Centered Classroom Using ActivInspire. Then we shared projects by the AEA Technology Fair Winners in a Classroom Connection session in the exhibit hall.

Thursday is our busy day.  I start the day at the eNet Colorado booth.  At 10:15 Gwynn and I present Hola, Hello Bringing Academic Learning to All Students.  Session #4, Now I Get It Student Created Projects with ActivInspire, is at 1:45.  Our last session, Digital Draftbooks, starts at 3:00.  Then we get to party!!!

Friday I get to take it easy again and attend a few sessions.  Then it is home to sleep and pack before ISTE.

Thank you TIE for another great conference.  And, Randy Stall, you rock!!!
See you in 2012!

I’ve been published!!!

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 12-03-2011

I have now been published twice, with a third opportunity on the way.

My first was blog post for Promethean Planet about Hispanic Heritage Month.  You can read my blog here…http://community.prometheanplanet.com/en/blog/b/blog/archive/2010/09/28/supporting-hispanic-heritage-month-in-the-classroom.aspx

I was also featured in Tech4Learning’s Creative Educator Spring ’11 issue.  Turn to the Classroom Connections section and you will find my piece on creating animated water cycle models using Frames.  http://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/v09/connections/Classroom_Connections

I am also currently working on a new article for Creative Educator about joining Tech4Learning’s software with Discovery Education resources.  That article should be posted this fall.  I will post a link here when it is ready.

2011 Co Learning 2.0

Filed Under (Blogroll) by Shannon Wentworth on 26-02-2011

Updating the writing Process
Use Evernote with recording to keep track of student reading/fluency/running record

Digital Learning Collaborative

Bud Hunt & Michelle Bourgeois

Stevan Kalmon & Dixie Good

<http://colearning.wikispaces.com/2011-PG2>

<https://docs.google.com/document/d/166qvjwE9vQD8bU9eLnXl6x2wDT7ImrhiwxNSxKNBbSk/edit?hl=en#bookmark=id.jy1wb7uhrrd9>
Stop thinking of yourself as a teacher and think of yourself as a learner

Learn what it means to be a learner – figure out what it looks like for you – Turn off teacher mode and thinking to become a learner

set your learning goals and share with others

http://blogs.stvrain.k12.co.us/instructionaltechnology/dlc/

How does the learning I’ve done apply to my classroom?

Have a good crap detector

teaching teachers how to do teacher research – Teacher Research Cycle

goals – create a replicable prof. learning process, empower educators to use collaborative processes and technologies to improve teaching and learning

design – applicaton process: clear expectations, layers of learning community, guided goal development, monthly team leader meetings, …

“If folks don’t want to be there, it won’t work”

It’s not an ed tech initiative, it’s a learning initiative

What was most valuable?  “Being more deliberate in what I am doing and why.”

improvement in culture of classroom more important and influential than improvement in CSAP scores!!!

Bring the teacher back into the classroom!!

Our Kids’ Digital Presence/Footprint

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wyIHSESztfkFli5y4haKVuHajFxWu5-fybnKkRkaNJk/edit?hl=en#

This conversation is intended to really talk about our own children, but obviously applies to our students as well. We’ll take notes here. Feel free to add.

Some possible focal points:

1. Should our kids have their own domain as a “home base” for their digital footprint? Or should something like Facebook (shudder) suffice? Or is a footprint spread over lots and lots and lots of spaces fine, because Google and its descendants will be able to search, find, and collate the various parts into a cohesive whole?

2. What pieces are necessary? A blog? Email/Contact Info? “Traditional” social networking technologies (twitter, facebook)? Multimedia (flickr, youtube, etc.)?
etc. etc. etc.

3. What about the privacy/security/safety piece? What’s important there? At what age should they use their real name? Can they start with a pseudonym and then transition? Or what?

4. What about Terms of Service (age 13 and up)? Is it okay with parental consent? Or for those pieces of their presence should they wait until 13?

What’s Next? Learning 2.0 is four.

Next year – Jeffco

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C7p1gQzBqOtca2K5XjyAEUGZWe3uOKSefDQCFgSkyjw/edit?hl=en#

My dream is for kids and adults to get along because it is wrong for people and kids to not get along adults and kids should get along. also my other dream is to help the earth pickup all the trash and garage and pop cans and plastic bags and candy rappers.