Thursday, April 28, 2011

Copy Paste Characters

from Tammy Worchester's Tip of the Week

Ever need a special character like ✄ or ✎, but you can’t remember the key combination to create it? Well, this week’s tip will provide a quick and easy solution to that problem...

Hope this Helps!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

3D Vinci

3D Vinci ( has downloadable pdf lesson plans to teach math concepts using Google’s Sketchup. The site also has an impressive collection of printable puzzles and mosaics for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to solve. This site helps bring 3-D concepts to life in a way that textbooks can’t. 3D Vinci also has a YouTube channel where students can watch several ModelMetricks projects.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Art Ed Videos

from a friend:

This blog is a collection of videos suitable for the K-12 classroom.
All the videos included on this blog have been pre-screened. The blog
was started as a class project at Montclair State University. Students
in Harold Olejarz's Spring, 2011 class began adding videos in
February, 2011

All the videos on this blog have been labeled to make it easy to find a video on the topic of your choice. Simply scroll down the list of labels and click on a label to see all of the videos with that label.
~~Hope this Helps!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Get Fed with RSS Feeds!

    Okay, so it’s kind of a cheesy tag line, but don’t you sometimes just feel “hungry” for new ideas? With the constant updates that are being made to technology and with the vast array of information available online, we have the option of having a “buffet” spread before us each day using resources such as Google ReaderMy husband is our high school principal, and he has really pushed me to utilize Google Reader to stay updated. If you are new to RSS feeds, the idea is that you sign up for information from certain providers, and the information comes to you on a regular basis. In order to access it, you need to utilize a reader (such as Google Reader) to collect the information in the form of “feeds.”

    One nice aspect to Google Reader is that you see a list of articles and their summaries in a row. You may then either “graze”–or skim–over the articles looking for those that interest you, or you may actually “eat up” by carefully reading through the feeds that catch your interest. One feed that I particularly love is Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne. As a Media Specialist, I frequently forward his feeds to teachers at various levels because the resources that he shares are incredibly useful. Regardless of your subject area or grade level taught, Free Technology for Teachers has resources that will enhance your curriculum… for FREE!
    So, if you are one of those people who is hungry for information and would like it spread before you like a mouth-watering buffet (work with me here), consider checking outGoogle Reader and setting up RSS feeds for some of your favorite resources. You might just discover that you are quite the information connoisseur!
~~Hope this Helps!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Arcademic Skill Builders is a collection of fun arcade-like games that help students practice their math facts. Students can play games for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction, and ratios. The games are research based and standard aligned. It blends the fun of arcade games and key math skills into fun online games that engage, motivate, and teach students. All games have the option of single or multi-player mode.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Maths Master Videos

A person in my PLN wrote this: I am also developing a site for pupils called www.MathsMaster.Org  .
My plan is to develop a video tutorial for every topic on the
secondary school curriculum (11-16 years). The site is very much in
it's early days but lots of pupils are using it already. I'd be really
interested in hearing your impressions of the site and please feel
free to share it with your pupils!

~~Hope this helps!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Star Trek: The Animated Series

Star Trek: The Animated Series has been unjustly neglected by all but the most devoted Trekkies for most of the 36-plus years since it originally aired. The animation may — does — look cheesy by today’s standards, but some of the stories are truly excellent, and they did get all but one of the original cast members to do their characters’ voices.
Well, has now put every episode of the series online for free viewing (though not, alas, downloading). If you’ve not seen any of the 22 episodes of the series, but are a fan of ST:The Original Series, you’re in for a treat.
~~Hope this Helps (you have something to look forward to)

Sunday, April 3, 2011


from: STAR Report
Blio was announced at 2010‘s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and is the
brainchild of education technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil, creator of Kurzweil Educational
Systems and a range of assistive technology products.
Perhaps the software‘s most impressive feature is that it can support the original layout, font, and
graphics of any book in full color, its creators say. It also can support embedded multimedia such
as video and audio, and readers have the ability to highlight, annotate, and share information.
Blio is backed by Baker & Taylor, one of the world‘s largest publishers, as well as Elsevier,
Hachette, HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Wiley. Blio users
have access to more than 1 million books altogether, its makers say—including a large selection
of current bestselling titles.

Lisa Galloni, partner relationship manager for Blio, said the software has had tremendous
support from publishers because it can preserve any book‘s original layout and
graphics.Its flexibility is appealing as well, Galloni
―Because it‘s not attached to any one device like a Kindle, it‘s not restrictive,‖ she said.
As a user downloads eBooks, these are permanently stored in a personal virtual library, Galloni
said. The entire library seamlessly migrates to up to five devices per user, any of which can be

Friday, April 1, 2011

STAR Report

With widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the national push for school reform, and a renewed federal investment in education, 2011 just might be the year 21st century innovation finally becomes a reality in our nation’s schools.
In this edition of STAR (the School Technology Action Report), “Emerging Trends: 2011,”eSchool Media, Inc., presents the five emerging trends we believe will take root this year, due to the large amount of attention these trends received in 2010, as well as the positive results they produced in student achievement and administrative effectiveness in schools, districts, and states.
In this report you’ll find the latest news on:
  • Classroom instruction trends
  • Mobile devices trends
  • eReading technology trends
  • Virtualization trends
  • Bullying trends, and much more
We hope you enjoy, and find useful, our premier issue of STAR!