April 7

How to Guides…

Here’s how this post came about… Just to give  you some background information on “background information” and why you should start new lessons with it…

       (sidebar discussion #1: Educators give background information before beginning a new unit, or before reading a book with concepts that the teacher feels that some of the students may not be familiar with,  by sharing a personal story or by discussing something that may have happened to a friend- sometimes we may even have to make up a crazy story to peek student interest. Why? The purpose for this is to build a student’s knowledge base so that the students can connect any new knowledge to existing knowledge. Research has shown that when this is done prior to learning, RETENTION increases dramatically!!) 

NOOO- I’m not trying to boost your retention- I just wanted to share some knowledge with you- I also wanted to give you some history on my blog. This blog, although it may be NEW to you, it isn’t a technically a ‘new’ blog (it is NEW but not completely). I had a blog on blogspot and it was quite successful- in fact- I’m sure people who were following it are wondering where in the world I disappeared to… (“GUYS- I’m over here!!!!”) Well, unfortunately- One day, I posted a small contest for Read Across America Day–  I was going to give away 5 Dr. Seuss dolls and 5 books (one doll and book per entry)- the very next day I went to check to see what the entries were and I couldn’t access my blog! As a matter of fact- I STILL cannot access my BLOG!!! It has gotten some kind of virus…  how it happened- I haven’t a clue, maybe someone hacked into the account, not sure- but everytime I click on the site- it gets redirected to another website… Well, you can imagine my frustration!

Now… Here’s where I’m getting to the part where I show you where to find the “How to Guides”…. Since I’ve had to create a new site and transfer some of my posts here (still haven’t done all of that) and I continue to learn more and find out more information- I want to, of course, pass along the information to anyone who will ‘listen’ (in this case- read).  As I was looking for a FLAG COUNTER, I came upon this site which has AWESOME ‘how to’ resources on WEB-related programs, popular tech-gadgets, and other tech-toys that ‘some-of-us’ can’t live without…

             (sidebar discussion #2:  Why is it that there are some-of-us out there that must have some of those techy-gadgets and we learn how to use without using those amazing guides- is it that  we don’t bother to read the how-to guides??? Does that make us (or I’m just going to go ahead and say ME- Does that make ME-) like my husband when he goes ahead and puts things together without reading the instructions and then find out that there are too many pieces dreadfully left over!??  The guides are typically a resource giving you access to create remarkable projects!

So here’s the link… Now I can see why and where they came up with the name of the website- so I tell you -NO- Wait- I urge you- Reader- Go and make use of…. http://www.makeuseof.com/

March 31

STEM … resources!

Although technology integration has been a key topic of discussion among many educators, forums, and found within hundreds of blogs, the reality of what will happen, based upon the discussions in districts and ultimately what will evolve within classrooms for the upcoming school year (and future school years) is the movement and emphasis upon mathematics,  science, and the combination of both with the utilization of technology.

 Teachers will find that they will be required to spend more time focusing upon mathematics and science education because of it’s importance for every student’s future. Technology will be integrated among the study of math and science; those teachers who can do so will be sought after to lead the path for future educators.

 Due to this trend, I will be trying to locate, and post, as many useful (and research-based)  math and science links on this blog; hopefully making them easier for YOU to find (you’ll just have to check HERE!!). If you have some that you highly recommend- Please let me know and I can add them to the list.

 When… and if possible…. I will list whether the site is directed more toward elementary, secondary, and or higher education.

Again- Please send along those links that you highly recommend as well!!!