“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
In Amherst County we have been experimenting with various learning management systems. We have Moodle which is our official one. Teachers have also been using Edmodo for a couple of year now in Amherst. Edmodo is very engaging for students as it looks a great deal like Facebook. Recently our new Director of Instruction, Mrs. Dana Norman, showed us Schoology which is similar to Edmodo with a more adult look. The nice thing about Edmodo and Schoology is that they are so easy to use. Moodle is a little daunting until you get to know it well. Today I stumbled across a new LMS called DIIPO. Like Edmodo and Schoology, students need a passcode from the teacher to access their class. This keep the class very private and only allows students in that class the option of participating with each other. While Edmodo and Schoology give you a Facebook sort of feeling, Diipo presents itself like Twitter. It has a few more bells and whistles and while the sign in page doesn't look like much, both the teacher and the student have the option of customizing the theme of their page.
I have had several folks ask for more resources to review. I don't have as much time these days to create things but I did manage to put this game together. I hope everyone enjoys. I will post more as I have time. Students love playing games to review!
This is one of the coolest sites I have stumbled upon in years! It's called bugscope. The bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron micoroscope so students can explore the microscopic world of insects. Students are actually interecting with real scientists. To become a part of the project, teachers must first create an account. Then have your students collect bugs and mail them to the site. Schedule a date for your students to participate with the scientists via chat. The scientists will directly answer the students' questions. Skip on over to the site and check out the archives. Some of the student comments will have you rolling on the floor!
In honor of bugscope, I have to share a song that was one of my daughter's favorites when she was little. It's called I Hate Bugs!
Visuwords.com is a free, online graphical thesaurus. Ender a word in the search fiesl and othe related words appear. Each related word is color-coded based on its part of speech. and linked to the original word using a series of shapes anc colors. Amazing site! One idea is to demonstrate how this site visually represents a word and then have students create their own visual representations of their vocabulary words. The students's own creations could be down on paper or created on a smart board document.
One of my favorite picture dictionaries is from opdome.com.
This dictionary is for the very youngest of our students or perhaps would be good to use as an ESL or foreign language tool. Students can click on a category of words. They then can click on individual pictures and each picture will pronouce the name of the image. Very cute!
Meet Me at the Corner is a brand new site to me. It is one that I just stumbled upon and it looks very cool! It is an interactive site that contains many virtual field trips for students, video book reviews, etc. The cool thing is that all these videos are created by other students. It would talk a lot of jumping through hoops for me to get this up and running for students so I am giving it a great deal of thought. However, the entire idea of having students produce a video for the audience of other students is very appealing. Even if I don't publish my own students' projects, it would be a great site to bookmark as the other videos posted are truly wonderful.
This site is CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!
Students drag greater than, less than, or equal to signs between pizzas or lasagnas while comparing fractions. The entire time there is Italian music playing in tthe background and the characters talk with accents. Rewards appear at the bottom in the form of smiley-face pizzas when students answer correctly. So much fun! Try this one out!
Here in our neck of the woods folks are preparing for a nine weeks benchmark test by reviewing, reviewing, reviewing. In order to help with this review I have created a new "Hollywood Squares" smartboard game which features Lego Batman characters. Feel free to download and use it. All you have to do is add your questions to each slide.If the game does not download properly for you, please feel free to email me and I will send it to you.
One of my favorite things to do with students is to allow them to create a comic strip in order to tell a story. I have tried many comic strip creators in the past years and many great ones are out there. However, I have just stumbled across the best one ever! It is called Make Beliefs.Comix and uses characters created by Bill Zimmerman, a very well known comic strip writer. His comix site contains a how to guides and lesson plans and ideas galore! One of my favorite ideas has students taking 20 minutes each day to reflect on what they have learned by putting the info into a comic strip. How fun! Check it out at http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Writing-Prompts/
Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools, located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus, I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler