1. Gail shared this article with me, 25 Alternatives to I Can't. This would me a great image to print out as a poster and display in your classroom!!
2. The online Sharepoint has been converted to a Google folder. You can access the link from the STAFF page off the main Division website. The link to the Google folder is still under SharePoint. Click there and you will find the link to the Google folder.
When Gail and I first became ITRTs not all the schools had Share Folders. After I crashed the server twice, Dr Ratliff advised the IT Supervisor to create a Share Folder for us to keep documents and files in. Later this Share Folder was relocated to a Microsoft SharePoint and all the resources were put online. This allowed us to have a central location for instructional materials which were were creating but the only way for teachers to access it was if they were on our network. Now, all these instructional resources plus more have been migrated to a Google folder. This means that you can get to all the forms and documents from home. Hallelujah!
3. The Halloween Pumpkin Poem Generator is a cute way to quickly get students writing! This would be a great center activity. See how many of their spelling or weekly vocabulary they could use in their poems.
4. This week's resource is using Forms. Forms is for so much more than a quiz or survey. I like to use it in the STEAM/computer lab with my littlest of people. I find a read aloud from YouTube or create one myself and post it to YouTube. Then I insert the video into a Google Form and have the students answer questions about the story. Here is a very simple example that I plan to use soon.
5. Friday at the Movies - A Year in the Life of a Tree
I find this video fascinating! I think it would be a wonderful story starter. Beware though, prepare for some giggles. One wolf marks his scent. But that is a survival adaptation.
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