Thursday, September 22, 2011
Vacation in the Dominican: Jacinda and Chad's June Wedding 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I've been slowly gathering a list of websites and resources to check out and/or use in my classroom and I thought, why not share the information? There is so much wonderful stuff out there and if it weren't for others sharing, I would be in the dark about it all.
To start, I'll introduce Animoto.com, a site which VERY easily creates videos. I made a trailer for the book The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson as an experiment and to show my students what they can do (Click on the link above).
Here is a list I've generated of other possible sites for personal and/or educational purposes (and if you have some to add, please let me know about them!):
List of Useful Websites:
http://www.scoop.it/ - make a page of blogs, tweets, articles, etc. on one subject
http://edmodo.com/ - social networking site for classrooms; it's like Facebook for school. I use this in my classroom right now and the students really enjoy it. I post videos, pictures, discussion questions, polls, etc. for them and they get to respond. They seem to really enjoy it!
http://crocodoc.com/ - annotate, highlight, make comments on ANY document. Just upload it.
http://www.awesomehighlighter.com/ - highlight text from articles posted online and print or save.
http://youblisher.com/ – upload pdf files to create an online flip book
http://animoto.com/ - create videos or book trailers
http://www.freepdfconvert.com/ - convert Word docs to PDF files
http://www.kellygallagher.org/resources/articles.html - Kelly Gallagher – articles to discuss in class (articles of the week)
Reading Rockets – invaluable info for teachers on books, authors, classroom strategies, etc.
http://thinkfinity.org/tec-punctuation-lessons - quick lessons in punctuation
Videos for the Classroom:
TED – inspirational lectures
The Last Lecture (by dying Dr. Randy Pausch)
Free Hugs Guy (writing prompts; discussion)
Lincoln Assassination Witness (Game Show with smoking host)
Batman movie (onomatopoeia)
Did you Know 4.0? (effect of Technology and changes; Fall 2009)
Shift Happens (2011)
Figurative Language Bomb
WWII Propaganda Posters
Two trailers for tone and mood based on Mary Poppins
Elements of Fiction (Flocabulary)
Videos of the Week
http://ribbonhero.com/ - game to introduce Microsoft Office
http://Pbworks.com/ – wiki for $99/year
YouTube: Social Media Revolution 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
|I couldn't have done it without the patience (emphasis on patience)|
and support of my handsome husband!
I’ve completed the first draft of my novel! WHOO HOO!!!
Now, I know that I have many, many, many revisions to do, but it is a great feeling to have reached this first major milestone in my writing.
I want to jump right into the revisions, but I’ve decided to let my manuscript sit for a week without looking at it and come back to it fresh next week, ready to work.
|It was my mom's encouragement that kept me going. She's|
my biggest fan (although totally biased). I love you, Mom!
Who says that camping can’t be productive??? (Lucky for me, my computer battery died just as I typed – and saved – my final sentence.)
Cheers to accomplishing our goals and reaching for our dreams!
*Special thanks to my mom, husband, best friends Jill and Laura, and my sister. Also, I never would have started or continued this novel without the encouragement of my 6th and 7th graders in Arizona. I began writing with them in class and it grew from there.*
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I'm off to the great outdoors for a three-day camping trip! Along with having fun with friends and family, I'm bringing my laptop to get some writing in during the down times. Goal: 2,000 words. Will it happen? Probably not, but I'll try!
Have a great one, everyone!