Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's on the Menu today?

Hope your Lunch and Learn menu is in a prominent place in your classroom or office. Remember if you cannot make a session be sure to return here to the blog to find out a bit of what you might have missed. We are all so busy these days. The most popular sessions will be revisited on video links by the end of the school year. Look out for a chance to vote for your favorite Lunch and Learn and offer ideas for future sessions!

Curious About ICURIO?

Essential concepts learned. Help every student learn. Align digital content to the specific needs of all learners with icurio, keeping students from falling behind or helping them catch up if needed--or better yet, get ahead. Using icurio, students can grasp new concepts more effectively and deepen understanding. This is what you will find on their quick start pdf file found here and on your handouts today.
"Ok....Give me the gist of it...what is it going to do for me and my kids?"
ICURIO will be an even better and more concise way for you to set up and plan lessons and have kids make better use of the internet and resources valuable to your kids. Check out the links if you cannot make todays Lunch and Learn.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Best of the Best Tech in 2011

As we enter 2012 we take a moment to look back on just what worked in technology for 2011? One benefit of looking back and finding the very best sites and technology is that it has been tried before. We know what works and what doesn't. Access to the technology reviewed is always a part of the tech puzzle. Can't use what you don't have. So let's take a look at what we do have access to and how it can help our kids learn.

10 Internet Technologies Teachers Want to Know More About 

Free Resources for Educators 
 January 18th Lunch and Learn - Webdoc

What can we do?
How do we integrate technology on a weekly basis without feeling snowed under?
       Start out small one new idea by Spring break one more by the end of the year. You may want to get your jumpstart with your buddy class. Here are a few tools you might consider…
  •                        Flip video camera book talk/trailer
  •                        Puppet show covering a short story kids write together then flip video record
  •                        Record kids giving a current event news report using your Elmo
  •                        Wordle – what buddies have in common
  •                        Glogster interactive poster focusing on a science topic with a video.                                       We are currently looking into a free trial and possible subscription. 
  •                        Edmoto – schedule a lesson with Jeanne, Lynn, Kim or Sue to learn about  Edmoto