Friday, July 20, 2012

TOOL #6 I created accounts on Skype and Diigo. I used Diigo ( to bookmark 2 sites: NPR and a Microbiology website, I really like that various tags can be put onto the websites. I can see this type of site being useful when students are working on group projects and will be helpful in organization and data retrieval. Helps in collaboration. Definitely to have websites divided by topics, as I frequently look down my long list of favorites to find what I need, so this has a personal application as well as educational! Skype ( is a great tool that my family and I have used to stay in touch with family members who live out of town and even overseas. In my classroom, I can see Skype utilized to link with other classrooms, within and outside of Spring Branch.Could be used as video "pen-pals". Also provides great options for video conferencing.Would be fun to have a favorite author skype with students in question and answer session! It would be great to link with another 3rd grade class and follow activities throughout the school year.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

TOOL #5 I used Bookr to make a picture book.Very quick and easy. This would be a great tool for students to create books on a favorite topic.Large selection of pictures through Flickr made it nice to work with.Could be used on so many topics!

I really liked using Word Cloud Generators, esp. WordItOut! It would be a fun, creative way to review/use spelling words...great for a center or working with a partner to practice words!
Tool #4

I enjoyed using this tool to learn about Google Apps! I created a multiple choice form that could be used to schedule a meeting to review STARR test results. Check boxes were used to select time and place for meeting. I e-mailed the form to 2 of my team members for their response. I also added 3 blogs to my Goggle Reader list. In looking at blogs both in SBISD and on the Web, I realize how much information is's great! Nice to follow updates from one site.

Using Goggle Docs will make collaborating with our team so much easier. Definitely a time saver to have all information in one place, for both students and teachers! Working with students to look for blogs aligned with curriculum would be great and helpful managing blogs with Goggle Reader.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tool#3: A video site that provided great material is There is a combination of material for educators and fun material for students, including educational games. Teacher Tube is also good for videos on content as well as classroom management.

This would be a fun lesson on fractions!

Great idea for review/reinforcing spelling words!

The copyright film was informative and clever! Love the Disney characters!  I did not know that dance could be copyrighted and that copyright was initially limited to 14 years.Definitely makes you realize how careful you must be about copyright infringement.

Dropbox is easy to access and would be great for sharing materials bewteen teachers. I dropped some icons for getting teacher's attention and classroom behaviors. Nice to have all info in one spot.
Tool#2 It was fun and interesting to visit teachers' blogs. Lots of information that I've bookmarked that could be used in my 3rd grade class. Here are some of the websites:
Tool #1. I'm in the blogging world! Frustrated initially because I was using Internet Explorer...much easier with Goggle Chrome! Looking forward to learning more about blogging and setting up a classroom blog as well!