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Yearly Archives: 2010

Tech Tip #18: No Excuse for Spelling Errors

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! (more…)

Categories: 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Computer skills, Language arts, Teacher resources, Tech tips, Word processing, Word study/Vocabulary, Writing | Leave a comment

Track Santa Christmas Eve

Drop by every week to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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Categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade, Holidays, Kindergarten, Reviews, Websites | Tags: | Leave a comment

Weekend Website #17: Third Grade Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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Categories: 3rd Grade, Classroom management, Teacher resources, Web Tools | Tags: | 4 Comments

What is Authority and How Did I Get It?

I don’t know why I got it. I’ve done nothing different. I write 3-4 blogs a week, chat with fellow bloggers, search out a few new ones every week, make sure my content is exciting and interesting. In short, I follow all the rules that should make for a great blog, but Technorati has consistently ranked me right around 25,000-ish with a 120-125 authority. That gets no one’s attention. (more…)

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Tech Tip #17: Don’t Know the Date? No Problem

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! (more…)

Categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 8th grade, Kindergarten, Tech tips | Leave a comment

Can Technology Help Teachers Plan?

Today’s post is from the CEO and creator of Holler for Mastro Differentiation Help for Teachers, Kasha Mastrodomenico. Kasha has a Baccalaureate in secondary

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education and history and a Masters in Social Studies Secondary Education from the State University of NY (SUNY). She has taught middle school and high school, and is certified in Special Education. Along the way, she became a passionate advocate of multiple intelligences and differentiation in teaching and a presenter on both subjects in her county education network. Through these experiences, she came up with the idea to speed up the implementation of multiple intelligences for teachers so it can become an easy-to-use tool in all classroom units of inquiry. She is currently writing a book on differentiation and how to enable teachers to plan it quickly.

I know you’ll enjoy Kasha’s insights:

Is there really technology to help teachers plan?

My department and I were lucky enough to be asked to give a staff development presentation on how to differentiate in the classroom a few years back to Hall County School District in GA. I was a teacher there at the time. My section of the presentation was on how to differentiate activities. This is a brief overview of my presentation: (more…)

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Weekend Website #15: A Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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Categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 8th grade, Classroom management, Education reform, Kindergarten, Web Tools, Websites | Tags: | 1 Comment

#20: A Holiday Card in KidPix

Create a holiday card in KidPix and reinforce early writing skills while teaching mouse skills, toolbars and tool use: (more…)

Categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade, Freebies/Discounts, Holidays, Kindergarten, Language arts, Lesson plans, Writing | 2 Comments

Weekend Website #14: The Internet Start Page

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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Using an Internet Start Page

Include everything oft-visited to make internetting simpler for your child (and safer)

This is a great idea for kids. Use one of these free start pages to put everything important there for your child that’s internet-based. Mine includes oft-used websites, blog sites, a To Do list, search tools, email, a calendar of events, pictures of interest, rss feeds of interest, weather, news, a graffiti wall and more. Yours will be different, more geared toward summer activities. Ask your child what s/he’d like there. Maybe sponge activities (internet sites that take just a few minutes to soak up empty time).start

I used protopage.com (Protopage is your own personal page, which you can access from any computer or mobile phone), but you can use netvibes or pageflakes.com. Start pages are an outreach of the ever-more-popular social networking. Most search engines offer them also (try iGoogle at www.google.com/ig). They all have a huge library of custom fields (called ‘flakes’ on Pageflakes) to individualize any home page. And, they’re all simple. Don’t be intimidated.

When you get yours set up, on the To Do list, put what the child should do to start each computer time. This gives them a sense of independence, adultness, as they get started while you’re wrapping something else up.

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