August 23

Some awesome new finds!!

I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had the time to post any messages but I even though I’m still extremely busy- I have to pass these latest “finds” across to anyone who comes across this website!!

First- I am a HUGE fan of Larry Ferlazzo’s website and he always puts out the “greatest lists” so if you are looking for something special… I would always check with his site first- and you MUST subscribe to his newsletter (if you don’t already!!) http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/  (plus- he has a nice Italian name- and from one Italian to another- we know our stuff… They don’t say “all roads lead to Rome” for nothing!)

Another MUST- with LOADS of great Freebies- and wonderful e-books that can make your life a breeze (as an educator) is Laura Candler’s Classroom! She’s truly a gem! Another newsletter that I love popping into my ‘inbox’… If  you don’t subsribe to hers… I wouldn’t wait another second- Here’s the url for here website- www.lauracandler.com

If you teach math, language arts, and pretty much any subject K-8- www.Didax.com is amazing!!! I was just checking out their catalog and thought- hmm… let me go onto their website- WELL…. Let me tell you- I just downloaded the most adorable mini-posters- and they have TONS (and I mean over 20 pages of FREE) activities that  you can look through and quickly download the ones that you like. With an easy tool for limiting your search, you can find the perfect activity within seconds!! I’m so happy I found this site- tell me what you think when you check it out!

Card/Board Games– this site is awesome- find a card or a board game tailored to any topic your looking for- (I don’t know how I found it but here it is…) glad I came upon it because it’s got some GR8 Math card games- I’m already going to try one out with my class this week! I hope it goes well… wish me luck!

I hope you enjoy the “New Finds” I’ve passed along to you… Please make sure you share some great finds here as well! Thanks for stopping by!

July 7

Open Source Solutions

One of the topics that came up during our Birds of a Feather (a gathering of people who are interested in the same topic) during ISTE in Denver last week (for SIG-Literacy) was how could we use Open Source Solutions and what materials are out there and available to be used right now; as far as e-textbooks that can be uploaded onto classroom computers and e-readers.

Although I may not know of any specific titles anyone may be looking for…here are a few websites, blogs, links, and resources that I have come across ….

http://www.friedbeef.com/7-best-places-to-download-free-textbooks/

  • This is a blog post (from a website I recently found- that I have found to be very informative!!) and provides links to places where educators and students alike can download books and textbooks. It’s definitely worth checking this site out and you can also sign up for updates on the topic of “downloadable-free-textbooks.”

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

  • This is one of the GREATEST resources for Children’s Literature I have come upon in a very   l o n g  time. It is the International Childrens Digital Library. This site provides classic literature, representing varying cultural and ethnic writers, stories, families, and perspecitves. Included alongside each book is background information, extension activities, the actual publication date (as these are tales/books that are out of print), and country of origin. Each book can be read online, most of the books are very colorful and engaging which will help to entice your audience into wanting to read more and visit the site to reread the texts during independent reading time.

http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/

(The information found below was taken directly from the Curriki website)

  • “Curriki is more than your average website; we’re a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world.”
  • “Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of ‘curriculum’ and ‘wiki’ which is the technology we’re using to make education universally accessible.”

http://www.oercommons.org/

  • OER stands for Open Educational Resources. This is a wonderful site that provides tens of thousands of free resources to educators, including free and open textbooks.

http://community.k12opensource.com/events/opensourcecon-1

  • A Ning network created by Steve Hargadon (I’m a big fan of his!!) of educators- There is a wealth of information available on this website- it does require the you do Sign up!

I would love any feedback on the above resources- I will post more Open source resources once I know how you did with the above resources!!

Thanks so much for the feedback!!