Author Archives: Pamela Skelly

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

On Monday, October 18th schools across the country will be celebrating 50 days until the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the far northeastern corner of Alaska by flying kites (mark your calendar for the Refuge’s anniversary on December 6th!). And they would love to have your students be a part of

Edmodo: Classroom Social Network

Edmodo is a FREE, safe and secure social networking site designed specifically for education. Teachers can share ideas, files and assignments. Once you have an account, you can create groups for both classroom and professional needs. Edmodo provides tools for grading and polling. Teachers can also share resources in their library. Teachers have control over

Summer Reading & Technology

Connecticut Reads 2010: The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge journal accompanies the summer reading list that students have brought home. As educators, we hold literacy in the greatest regard, encouraging everyone to find joy in reading. Kindles and other eBook Readers (some reviewed on TopTenReviews) are now used in some schools and homes. How will this

Rumsey Historical Maps with Google Earth

Google Earth is a sophisticated imaging tool that can be used quite powerfully when teaching history. The visual perspective can illuminate a viewpoint not easy to convey through words. Maureen Festi shared how to use the Rumsey Historical Maps in Google Earth at the April 27th Teaching American History session. David Rumsey has made his

MASS Day of Discovery on May 22

Connecticut wants to support our neighbors in Massachusetts on their Day of Discovery on May 22, 2010. Specifically for New England educators, this exciting and interactive day of professional development will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate curriculum using 21st century digital resources. The day is from 9:00-3:30 at Xavierian Brothers High School

Round & Round: Seasons and Cycles

Sunny and 70 degrees — Spring Fever! This time of year I love my World Sunlight Map gadget on my iGoogle homepage. For a similar image at is the World Sunlight Map mercador projection. “Watch the sun rise and set all over the world on this real-time, computer-generated illustration of the earth’s patterns of

PBS Teachers Innovation Awards: Ends March 12

I wanted to share the following email and link I received from PBS teachers. Quick deadline, but good rewards for winners! “Dear PBS Teacher, PBS Teachers salutes you and your colleagues for your limitless creativity, endless enthusiasm and ongoing innovation in the classroom. It is YOUR inventive thinking that continuously fuels, inspires and engages young

Amistad in Connecticut: Black History Month

Black History Month in Connecticut should be noted, especially since our state was the location for some key events of the Amistad incident. A short summary of the events from the Connecticut’s Amistad Trail description at follows: “In 1839, 53 Africans who were bound for slavery in Cuba aboard the ship Amistad took over