1. Number one on my list this week is a really good article that was sent to ITRTs by Jean Weller, our "boss" on the state level. Adults complain often that the computer is making books obsolete and that it is not teaching students to read. But what is the truth? Check out this article on the matter.
2. STEAM Idea for the Week -Flexagon
This would be a wonderful morning "art-tivity" or a great one to use with math. Have your students make Flexagons. Flexagons, originally created in 1939, are flat models, usually constructed by folding strips of paper, that can be flexed or folded in certain ways to reveal faces besides the two that were originally on the back and front. Here is a site that explains how to make one and provides a template for you to print out for use. They were originally created by Princeton graduate student Arthur Stone and became a huge fad when Martin Gardner published them in The Scientific American years later.
3. I posted this last year but I love this idea so I felt it was worth reposting. I loved it when the teacher put a smilie face or a sticker on my paper. Here is the article which explains how to do this digitally. You can create stickers and "put a sticker" on your student's Google Doc. Please let me know if you need help.
4. This week's resource was created by Gail Moore. She called it a Homework menu but this could be adapted to use with any content and subject. To get your own copy, please click on the image and then go to FILE->MAKE A COPY.
5. Friday at the Movies-This is Dash, our new friend who is on his way.
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