March 28

Learning and education in the Google Cloud!

Learning and Education in the Google Cloud

If you want to learn how to use Google tools for educational purposes; then you should definitely head over to this website!

All Google Tools are here- and you can join and receive updates; plus they’ll let you know when they come out with a new tool!! Collaborate and share your Google docs with other Google educators and fans out there! It is pretty awesome stuff!!

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March 11

PLURK

Plurk_badgeI just started using PLURK– very new to it and not sure what I’m doing but my friend Kevin Honeycutt… who is so smart, amazing with educational technology (and a MUST to follow) said I should try it out!!

When Kevin tells me to try something out….I usually listen!!! So here I am, I have not a friend in the PLURK– I can’t even find him there!!! Don’t think I’m going to give up though… I am a model of what I tell my students- PERSERVERENCE is key! Plus, I love a challenge and do like to learn new things, especially if I can find a way that it will have applications to the classroom!

Stay tuned…

(“don’t turn that dial”- most kids wouldn’t know what that meant in today’s world as there are no dials to turn- not on the radio and not even on the television!!!)….

…as I will post more information about PLURK and how to use it once I figure it out myself!! :0)

To follow Kevin Honeycutt– check out his Central page. This page contains all his current blogs, projects, and ongoing activities. (I think someone gave him a 48 hour day….??? Not fair!)

http://kevinhoneycutt.org/

Plurk site: www.plurk.com  (if you find me= friend me: EducatorsHelper!)

March 2

Kids are authors contest- held by Scholastic

 

Kids_are_authorsScholastic is hosting a “Kids are authors” contest!

What a great way to get your students motivated to write and read! If  you look through the past and previous winners,  you may recognize a book or two that you may actually have in your own classroom library! I only wish I knew about this sooner because now I will feel as though I am rushing my students to prepare to submit their writing and artwork for the contest…but…here’s a great ‘but’… you can enter the contest by submitting something written by your class as a whole. That is where I noticed the books that I have in my clnotebook and pencilassroom, those are the ones where the books where written by entire classrooms. You can clearly see in those books (and actually not so evident in some newer ones) that the illustrations were created by children. The ones created and authored by intermediate and middle school students; well, those are not clearly evident that they are illustrated by children. They are actually amazingly illustrated and that’s why I am sharing this today!! Showcase your students’ talents, post what you’ve submitted somewhere online too, so we can celebrate their endeavours and attempts; regardless whether they win or lose, they should always know that if they tried that already makes them a winner!!

 

http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/contest/kaa_about.asp

http://www.diigo.com/annotated/ddd7d8501d32a564e7698c01cc330815

Entry deadline is March 15th, 2011!