Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Teachers are people

I find this to be very entertaining!

Friday, April 17, 2009

How Stuff Works

I have not been to it recently, but the How Stuff Works website was always an interesting place to visit. I came across a link that took me to a quick video on how Google Earth works and noticing the address, it was to How Stuff Works. Now, it seems that HSW has a video piece to it and the look is much different. I would recommend you check out this site

Here is the direct link to the Google Earth Video

How Stuff Works website
*There seems to be a few more ads than I remember. That is the "price" we pay for a great free resource. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Through a jdog90 twitter post, I learned about Grooveshark. Interesting...let's see how it works! It is always fun to try new things!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bookmark these Math online, interactive resources

Bookmark these great Math online, interactive resources.

• Math Fact CafĂ©

K-5 site allows visitors to access hundreds of pre-generated math sheets or create custom sheets. In addition, interactive flashcards allow visitors to review flashcard problems with the choice of simple card flipping or mandatory input. Online practice or printouts available.

• Math Playground

An action packed site for elementary and middle grade students. Computation, manipulative, worksheets and more! Designated as a “safe site”

• Math is Fun!

Numbers, Algebra,Geometry, Measurement
The main content of the site is aimed at basic math skills. However you will find some more complex stuff, and some easier bits.

• Elementary Math

All of the sites listed on this page are interactive, unless otherwise noted. Sites that have an * next to their name are excellent sites, however, they have ad banners on the page.

•Everyday Math Resources

Everyday Math Series for grades K-5 resource page created by Center School District listing sites/ resources relating to Everyday Math.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

What punctuation mark are YOU? I am a....

You Are a Comma

You are open minded and extremely optimistic.

You enjoy almost all facets of life. You can find the good in almost anything.

You keep yourself busy with tons of friends, activities, and interests.

You find it hard to turn down an opportunity, even if you are pressed for time.

Your friends find you fascinating, charming, and easy to talk to.

(But with so many competing interests, you friends do feel like you hardly have time for them.)

You excel in: Inspiring people

You get along best with: The Question Mark

Monday, January 12, 2009

ICE 2009

The ICE 2009 Conference
Each year, educators gather for a week of learning, networking, and
socializing at the ICE Conference. Many of our attendees return each year
praising the new technologies, best practices, and educational connections
that year's conference brings. The Conference Committee would like to
extend an extra "welcome to the conference" to all of the Newcomers to ICE
and the Conference this year. As we look towards the future, reaching out
to our new friends is so important. They are crucial to continuing the
conversations and spreading the excitement onto their collegues back in
their schools and districts.

This year, the Newcomers will participate in a Scavenger Hunt at the
Conference. Maybe you will be sought out as an ICE Board member, a specific
Chapter member, or as someone new to network with. In any way, please seek
out a First Time Attendee (the red ribbons) and introduce yourself, too.
Suggest that a newcomer check out the new-and-improved ICE booth in the
Exhibit Hall also.

If you are interested in networking check out the ICE badge on this site. Maybe join the conference live or virtually through blogging, chatting, twitter, or plurk.

Friday, January 09, 2009

7 Things

I have been "tagged" and am participating in the "7 Things" Wiki....

Here are 7 interesting and personal things about me.....

1. I was a cheerleader in High School for two all-boys schools at the same time! Talk about a conflict of interest when we played each other....I stayed home that night.

2. I had a career at Chuck E. Cheese's before my entry into Education (I guess working there was a bit like teaching with more crowd control!) I began as a Party Hostess and advanced up to Shift Manager. I was asked to attend Chuck E. University (TX) to be trained as a Store Manager but chose not to. And just for the curious folk, yes, I did have the wonderful opportunity to dress up in the Chuck E. Cheese costume. Don't know how those guys and gals at Disney do it....

3. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a TV reporter. My TV name was 'Tracy Powers'. I went around at family gatherings interviewing people.

4. Every summer, we visit a different MLB ballpark. I have a 14 year old who is a baseball fanatic. We began this tradition 5 years ago. Last summer we went to Great American Ball Park in Cincinatti and next summer we are heading to Minnesota for a Twins game.

5. I have seen Bon Jovi four times in concert.

6. I am an American Idol fan. Have not missed a night since Season 1. Really. I am being honest here...

7. My vice is reading trash magazines. There is nothing like a National Enquirer to make me laugh at my own 'problems'! :)

Thanks, Luke for tagging me! Hopefully the 7 that I tag will participate and have fun!

I tagged on these twitter friends that I would be interested in knowing more about!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Is joining a PLN bad for morale?

Steve Dembo, teach42, is a part of my PLN (whether he knows it or not!) :) :) . On Twitter today, I read his tweet in which he shared his latest blog post "Is joining a PLN bad for morale?". Read it when you get a chance. Very interesting.

This sparked a thought from me...one that I have been challenged with. Here is my response....

Good points, Steve. How about the Tech Specialist who feels a disconnect from the classroom and yearns for that experience again; being able to implement and utilize the tools that as a Tech Specialist, he or she seemed to be beating to death for other teachers to embrace? Wanting to directly impact curriculum first hand in a classroom or grade level and “practicing what is preached?”. Ok, ok..sometimes I feel that way…if I could only directly get my hands on a classroom…how empowered would I be? Technology tools would be thrust upon them and I could bring in the Blooms, NETS, and ISBE standards! I am glorifying it a bit and I know that the waves come and go, but this feeling of mine does come and go. Wondering if this is a common feeling of those of us in the technology resource/leadership/specialist positions…or is it just me?

Steve made me think s'more with his response to me....so here I go thinking again (darn you, Steve!)

I have been a Tech Specialist in a K-2 building for five years; Computer Lab Teacher K-8 three years; 5th Grade teacher three years, 1st/2nd Multiaged three years(seeing a pattern here, eh?) … I am trying to reinvent year after year as our students come into school year after year more exposed to technology and how technology impacts teaching and learning changes so rapidly! Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do….just thinking outside my current reality.

My online communities are great! Frustrating to me, no…adding to the disconnect, maybe. I learn so much from my PLN and then share with my staff through Lunch and Learns, emails, small groups. It bums me out when I see the educational value of these resources and ideas that come out of my PLN go under-used. I have an email list of contacts in which I share (outside of my building) with too! This group gets my morale going all of the time! These are just guys and gals I have met over the years in education….

So, maybe my PLN does have something to do with my current state of mind….if only my PLN was not so AWESOME, I would not be having this conversation! :)