Compiled Links and Resources for Mini-geekfest Monday, March 14, 2011

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

LiveBinder link for tonight's resources: (Click on tab for March 14, 2011)

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.

Slideshare link for tonight's slides:

Peggy's Resources and Links for March 14, 2011

WordSift (Shared by Kathy Schrock in her S.O.S.: Help for Busy Teachers free email list-Sites of the School Days)
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators on Discovery Education
...a tag cloud creator which, when putting your text in the box, also brings up Google Images, the Visual Thesaurus, and pulls out the most relevant parts of the text from the tag cloud
Text for St. Patrick's Day to create the tag cloud:

Voki Lesson Plans
Lesson Duration: 1 Day for researching of background information, 1 day for creating the Voki
1. Use textbook to define New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great Compromise, 3/5ths Compromise
2. Have students complete a Venn diagram comparing the plans.
3. Have students discuss why states would want one plan vs. another (NJ Plan over the VA Plan)
4. Pair students up and assign each pair a state
5. Using the population list students will apply their knowledge of the plans for government and
choose the plan that would be right for their state
6. Pairs will create a Voki to represent their assigned state at the Constitutional Convention. The
character must voice their state’s opinion as to which plan would be right for them and why
7. Pair assigned to Connecticut will talk about the Great Compromise and why it works better
8. The pair assigned to Pennsylvania will suggest the 3/5ths Compromise
9. Share all of the Vokis in class

The ZebraPrint Blog (2 sisters-gr. 1 & 5- create this blog to share videos, things they're learning and creating, books they're reading)

Episode 04: Great Books for Girls and Tips for Drawing Dogs

In this episode from August 9, 2010, Sarah shares four great books for girls, and Rachel shares tips for drawing a dachshund.


Zipcast (webconferencing alternative using Slideshare)
"Zipcast™ is the new way to meet online It's free and simple. No downloads for anyone.
Public when you want your ideas to spread. Private when it's you and a colleague.
Zipcast in 1 click
1. Click Zipcast on any Slideshare presentation
2. Select Public or Private
3. Start Zipcast & enable live video
4. Invite friends on Facebook & Twitter
5. Your Zipcast is ON"

All Kinds of Minds (resources for teachers and parents to accompany the book-includes PDF of discussion questions)
Managing Differences
The Parent Toolkit is designed to give parents, caregivers, and educators a better understanding of:
  • Learning processes
  • Insights into difficulties
  • Strategies for responding to difficulties
  • Resources for learning more
Use the navigation (Attention/Mathematics/Reading/Writing/Resources/
Case Studies and Strategies) to explore the Parent Toolkit.

Mrs. Bogard's Classroom Blog (student writing as digital stories in video)-3rd Grade
When you find blogs you really like, follow them so you'll see their latest updates.
Classroom Blog:


Bonus site: Palm Breeze Cafe Smackdown and Voting
(View Smackdown here)
(Vote for your favorite tool from the Smackdown here)
PalmBreezeCafeSmackdownimage.jpg presented by Lee Keller presented by Kim Cavanaugh presented by Frank Gorora presented by Heather Farmakis presented by Heather Farmakis I-Spy Games presented by Lee Keller presented by Kim Cavanaugh presented by Frank Gorora presented by Frank Gorora presented by Heather Farmakis presented by Lee Keller presented by Kim Cavanaugh presented by Kim Cavanaugh
MindLab presented by Frank Gorora presented by Heather Farmakis presented by Lee Keller

Kim's Resources and Links for March 14, 2011

Foldables: Using technology for “hands-on” activities and lessons for students (and teachers!)
The purpose of this wiki is to provide a place for K-12 educators to learn more about the Foldables® that can be used across the curriculum and to share success stories and creative ideas about how to use them in the classroom.
Subject areas:
  • LA
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Unified Arts
  • ESL
  • Test Prep
  • Technology
  • Cross Curricular

An example of one activity that is remarkable…. Foldable for the story of Wilson Bentley
  • Concepts, Skills, Big Ideas and Essential Questions
  • Rubric
  • Visual directions

Foldable® Directions
How to Make a Pocket Book Foldable
How to Make a Response Journal Book Journal
How to Make a Layered Look Book Foldable
How to Make a Venn Diagram 3 Tab Foldable®
How to Make an Interest Bound Book Foldable®
How to Make a Two-Tab Cause and Effect Foldable®
How to make a Two-Tab Book point of view

Mad About Books
A podcast for the students, teachers and community in the Madison School District.
Because of Mr. Terupt with Michelle Hoffman, Library Associate, Madison Park Middle School

The Brooklyn Nine with Deborah Reker, Head Librarian,
Madison School District

Paint the Wind with Deborah Reker, Head Librarian, Madison School District

Skype Buddies Project
Mrs. Dewberry, 8th Grade Language Arts
Madison Meadows
Ms. Atkinson, 1st Grade
Madison Simis

The Frog and the Flea from Kim Thomas on Vimeo.

It is easy!
It is fast!
Teachers love it!
No mo’ kick, kiss, etc. with YouTube!

Tammy Worcester
Tammys Technology Tips for Teachers
  • Tip of the Week
  • Ideas-Activities
  • Internet Resources
  • Training Handouts

Internet Resources>Just for Fun>Cameroid-Use your webcam to take photos on line!.
As you can see, I spent a little time “monkeying around” in this site…pun intended!


Links and Resources Shared in the Live Session

Anne Mirtschin-Australia:
Scroll down the posts till you see Year 11 IT Friday 11th
Student project with images – animating them using only original images. Suggestion for tools they could use: two types of image slideshows: Vuvox and PictureTrail
The blog post was at
Linkup with Malaysia re MS Kodu:
Students downloaded Kodu on their laptops
Created a game each using KGL and shared the projects among friends in your class and also with the Malaysian students

Emily (AZ): Pi Day video What Pi sounds like.
Emily (AZ) New York Times interactive
Japan: before/after photos
How a reactor works:

Emily (AZ) Awesome Screenshot--Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share. Support PNG and shortcuts. Google Chrome Extension
Emily (AZ) Diigo Web highlighter and stickies-Firefox Addon
Emily (AZ) Storybird

Moderator (Kim T AZ):

Personal Development Rubric created with rcampus:
Forest_Lawn password: Teacher
To test this rubric, click on one cell per row. Then press [show score] at the bottom of the screen to see calculated score.

Laura Sheehy:
Laura Sheehy: FreeReading open source free reading intervention for PK-6

Next show: Monday, April 11, 2011 8:00pm PDT