URL for logging into our Mini-geekfest live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate

http://hnyctt.me/Mini-geekfestLogin OR http://tinyurl.com/AzTEA-PD (both take you to the same place)

Blackboard Collaborate recording link for tonight's show if you'd like to watch it again or share it with friends

Shortened URL for Blackboard Collaborate Recording: http://hnyctt.me/mini-geekfestrecording-2-13-12

Chat log from recording:

Links and tools shared during the session will be added to this wiki (see below) and the Livebinder.

LiveBinder link for tonight's resources: http://livebinders.com/edit?id=51493 (Click on tab for February 2012)

Survey link for tonight's webinar: Whether you participate live or view the recording you may complete the survey and request a 1-hour professional development certificate. http://hnyctt.me/mini-geekfest-2-13-12

Next show: Monday, April 9, 2012 6:00pmPDT/9:00pmEDT

Note: This is after the Daylight Savings Time changes on March 11 so AZ will be on the same time as Pacific now and 3 hours earlier than Eastern time.

Peggy's Resources and Links for February 13, 2012


Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.


http://pinterest.com/marragem/ (Kindergarten/2nd Grade)

http://pinterest.com/room120/ (5th Grade)

http://pinterest.com/shannonjoe/ (Middle School)

LiveBinders Knowledge Sharing Place webinars are back! Next webinar: Wed. Feb. 15, 5:30pm MST

100+ STEM Websites and Web Tools for Teachers Letia Cooper presenter and creator of this Livebinder;

http://livebinders.com/play/play?id=73923 Motion and Design Livebinder by Jill Brown
Jill Brown is a former guest on the Knowledge Sharing Place, and is sharing with us her STEM Science Project as well as updating us on her experiment with the flip classroom approach. Jill has been an educator for 19 years, and taught all subjects in grades 3-5. She is presently a 5th grade Math/Science teacher at a STEM magnet school for the high ability/gifted learner.
STEM Paper Roller Coaster project using LiveBinders as differentiated learning tool

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Webinar Archives

Outstanding presentations: TPACK and Common Core and Evernote in the Classroom


List of Free Audio Books for Kids (presentation slides)



Math Problem Solving Resources compiled in a Livebinder by Kristen Beck


A couple of examples of some great resources from her Livebinder

That Quiz


  • A free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing.
  • An online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress.
  • An exchange for teachers to share the resources they create.
  • A skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
Registration is free and teachers who register receive complete record-keeping of student grades. They have access to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, can create matching and multiple choice questions, and can access a public testlibrary. There is no reason for students to register, since the additional features are only useful for teachers.


Math Pickles videos for K-12


Besides great videos for students there is a fascinating video by Dr. Gordon Hamilton, creator of MathPickle, for teachers. Do you agree with him?
"Problem solving is at the heart of a quality mathematics education, or is it the other way around?" He wants to abolish math education as a subject.

A fantastic 2nd grade AZ teacher to follow who is modeling great uses of technology in her classroom and with her blog for parents!

Planet Mensing (Sonoran Sky Elementary School)


Exciting upcoming event at Sonoran Sky "First Ever Technology Night", March 8, 6:30pm. Listen to her kids tell about it!

http://youtu.be/ugLfrkGeyW0 (1:36)

Kim's Resources and Links for February 13, 2012

Project Groundog

About Project Grounghog

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Hi, my name is Bill and I teach Kindergarten. Project Groundhog started back in 1994 by a group of 7 Newfoundland teachers attending a conference. We were all trying to figure out what to to with this new thing called the World Wide Web (anyone remember what the Internet looked like in 1994??). Between the laughs and beverages, Project Groundog was born! The project in 1994 was based on email between 7 teachers. Today, we have evolved to a data project mainly in the USA and Canada, but anyone anywhere is welcome to join us @ www.projectgroundhog.net.

Project Groundhog is for teachers and kids of all ages. Public, Private, Home Schoolers, welcome one and all. Participants engage in meaningful, curriculum based inquiry using the Internet as a means to connect and exchange information. The project is coordinated by Bill Jameson, and is supported by the amazing folks at CDLI and is available to anyone, everywhere in the world – for FREE! If you need to contact me, I can be reached at: projectgroundhog@gmail.com

How Does it Work?
Project Groundhog is about finding out if the groundhog as weather hog is myth or truth. For the six weeks following Groundhog Day, February 2nd, you will record the daily temperature and sky conditions in your area. The information collected is shared weekly with the participating schools via email and the Project Groundhog website. Oh yeah, if school is closed for weather you record that too.... we love SNOW DAYS!!!

How Do I Participate?
If you are interested in participating in Project Groundhog, please register online using the Register link off the main page. As with any good online project, 90% of the learning takes place with you... offline. If you decide to participate in Project Groundhog, resources are available Online Project Guide in the Teacher section of the website.

Number Jump

I am sharing this interactive math site because I love the simplicity of how it works. Students can pretty much figure it out for themselves.
See it as a center or even as a team activity.


Goodnight iPad

This is such a statement of our time!

Purple Planet Royalty Free Music
From the website:
All music can be used free of charge for web-based projects e.g. YouTube (see 'Using Our Music' for more info) in exchange for a link to our site. Donations are welcomed.
(They do offer music for sale as well.)
With so many free music websites why would I share this one? It is so wonderfully simple to use and I am all about simple!
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Make Your Own iPad Stylus for less than 10 cents!

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Ok, I have to confess. I had little, if any, interest in iPad gadgets since I am a Xoom owner. This changed once I got an iPad in my hands! Don’t get me wrong, I love my Xoom, but the iPad is fun.
The only reason I have one is because of a grant in our District. Yes, I am burdened with this cool tool. This means I have an excuse to dive in, head-first.
While spending way too much time searching and learning about the iPad I came across this nifty little device. Not sure if it really works, but thought it might be worth a try.

We Give Books

This is another one of those sites I stumbled upon and had to share. Please get the word out to others.

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Join us beginning February 14 and help We Give Books give 150,000 books to public elementary schools across the United States – including yours – during Read for My School! We Give Books’ Read for My School is your chance to highlight the importance of supporting our schools and the essential role that reading and school libraries play in the lives of our children. Each school that has 50 or more books read on its behalf during Read for My School will be eligible to earn up to 500 free books donated by We Give Books!

Science 360 The Network

  • Climate change
  • Jellyfish: Biology of the Blobs
  • Science of NFL Football: Kinematics
  • Math Research That Really Adds Up
  • What is Cyberlearning
  • Science of NHL Hockey
  • Creaturecast
  • Science in Action
  • Check Talk
  • Fast Draw - highlight this one

Links shared by our fantastic participants/supporters in the chat:
  • Sue Wyatt aka tasteach http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/ (Student Blogging Challenge website-consider joining! Awesome blogging experience for your students and great writing opportunities that will address the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards)
  • krice@balsz.org Julie and Pat had us make WordPress blogs: http://wordpress.balsz.org/krice
  • Sue Wyatt aka tasteach http://mrdevil.edublogs.org (Mr. 'Davo' Devil is a Tasmanian Devil who is going to be traveling around this great world of ours (similar to Flat Stanley). He needs to get out of Tasmania so Mr. 'Davo' Devil will be traveling around parts of USA and Canada during September to November this year 2011. We will be visiting some friends of hers and also looking at the natural beauty of those countries. If you would like us to visit, check out our route map, then send Miss W an email – see widget on sidebar. Mention name of teacher, name of school and state or province. If teacher is on Twitter then twitter name would help as well.)
  • @Len_Horn http://en.linoit.com/ Lino is a free sticky & canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser--similar to Wallwisher but seems more dependable.
  • Lorna Costantini http://ontclc.ca/?p=140 (Invitation to join an upcoming webcast on Parents as Partners focusing on "Building a Learning Network." Snippet from the webcast description: "Stakeholders want to be involved in decision-making. They want to know what their school leader is thinking and what he or she values. They want, above all, to trust that their child is in the very best hands at school. How can we use social media tools to engage in conversation, rather than simply pushing out information? The session is open to all who are interested. Please join us!"
    DATE: Monday February 20, 2012
    TIME: 9:00 PM EDT URL to join the Blackboard Collaborate session: **http://tinyurl.com/ETTpasp**
  • Julie Morgenthal http://www.mdgmonitor.org/map.cfm?goal=2&indicator=0&cd= "Tracking the Millennium Development Goals" Terrific map that provides tons of interesting data that students can use to analyze information and draw conclusions by comparing multiple data sources.
  • Kim Thomas http://snowmen2012.wikispaces.com/ Really fun way that Kindergartener's are using Voki's. After reading Snowmen at Christmas and Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, kindergarten students in Mrs. Belnap's class were asked to draw a snowman and show what their snowman is doing at night and then write about it. Click on the snowman 'Voki's' and hear the students as they read you their ideas and click on the jpg link below each snowman 'Voki' to see the work the students created.
  • Peter Bartanen http://www.quizlet.com His kids have been really excited about this tool. He made some vocabulary flash cards and the kids can use them like flash cards or play games to help drill the vocabulary words. Did you know there's even an app for that??? iPhone, iPad, Android apps! http://quizlet.com/blog/?s=ipad+app
  • Julie Morgenthal http://www.spicynodes.org/a/fd15ee43638285acdad08ae5cc917755 Spicy Nodes: Tool similar to Inspiration or other mind-mapping tools where you can do brainstorming in a visual way moving nodes around to reveal other information or add your own nodes. This example is looking at calendars through the ages. You can add visualizations to your blog, create a mindmap or organizational chart, or encourage students to delve deeper with SpicyNodes. http://www.spicynodes.org/why_spicynodes.html

  • Additional information about SpicyNodes from their website: IDEA has made SpicyNodes freely available as a public service to encourage and support online communication and educational efforts. Individual memberships are free. We have an extensive cookbook to help you get started. We’ve also built a gallery of nodemaps created by the SpicyNodes community that enable authors to showcase information and visitors to explore that knowledge.But a premium membership gives you much more....
  • Sarah Ravel https://bubbl.us Another good mind mapping website that's very easy for kids to learn.
  • http://www.edistorm.com/ Online brainstorming and mapping: Add, discuss and organize ideas from multiple locations before, during and after (or instead of) your meetings. This is a tool that the Eastside AzTEA chapter is using for planning for their upcoming EdCamp Unconference.
  • Julie Morgenthal http://www.fotopedia.com amazing photo encyclopedia