Saturday, February 28, 2009

JeopardyLabs and Quia Shared Activities

I just had to share these great sites.  One of the trainings that always seems to be a big draw and gets participants really excited is Games In Education.  This year I was lucky enough to read about JeopardyLabs just in time for the training.  JeopardyLabs allows you to quickly create a Jeopardy game.  All a teacher needs to do is go to the site, create a password, fill in the template, save, and write down (or delicious) the page that comes up.  The most important step of the process is being sure to get down the last page with the link to play the game and the link to edit the game.  I used this site the last two weeks with my teachers and they are creating great games.  

Also, if you haven’t checked out Quia Shared Activities it is another great site. You can find a plethora of games that have already been created (Challenge Board is Jeopardy and Rags to Riches is Who Wants to be a Millionaire).  Quia is a great place to also find questions even if you are creating your own JeopardyLabs game.

<---Cross post from Katie Christo's Edublogs site--->

Monday, February 23, 2009

NASA Do It Yourself Podcasts

If you ever wanted to interview an astronaut, you need to check out NASA Do It Yourself Podcasts.

NASA is providing video and audio clips and encouraging students to remix their own podcasts. Right now, students can create podcasts on Lab Safety, Newton's Laws, and Spacesuits.

NASA also publishes a blog devoted to these podcasts.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cyberbullying Videos

This past week I was helping our Middle School Guidance Counselor create a CyberBullying presentation. She did a great job. We found some excellent videos to use also and I wanted to share them with you! Here are some of my favorites!

Cross posted from:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Day or Chocolate

Being a computer nerd, Valentine's day was never one of my favorite holidays. Now that I am married with kids it is starting to grow on me. For the record, I ordered their presents from amazon on my iPod Touch.

This week would be perfect to have a Valentine's day post, but I am not going to do it. Instead I am going to write about Chocolate.

On Hershey's Making Chocolate site you will find a video tour of the chocolate making process and they also have a print version. I have been lucky enough to see the tour live in Hershey PA, thanks Mom.

Search for "chocolate" on Discovery Streaming and you can find...
24 full videos
50 video segments
17 articles
6 images
2 quizzes
2 songs
2 writing prompts

Still need more ideas, check out Mrs. McGowan's site for Chocolate Integration Tips. Be sure to check out the Name the Candy Bar Quiz.

Special thanks to Donna Rudisill (an awesome tech facilitator in Catawba County) for this post.

Picture Citation
Chocolate. Jupiterimages Corporation. 2006.
Discovery Education. 9 February 2009

Monday, February 09, 2009

Blogo Test Post

I am trying out some new blogging software. Ignore this post.

Update: Now trying to remotely update

Blogo is a weblog editor for Mac OS X designed for speed and ease of use. Blogo is easy for beginners, but powerful enough for probloggers. Now with Twitter and support!

Abraham Linclon

"I view [education] as the most important subject which we as people can be engaged in."

--Abraham Lincoln

February 12th will mark Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. On, you can find out about the plans for celebrations all over the country. I didn't see any celebration planned in North Carolina, but that doesn't mean you can't have a celebration in your classroom. On this site, you can find lesson plans, an Honest Abe Quiz, coloring pages, podcast, and a whole lot more.

If you subscribe to Discovery Streaming you have access to...

  • 47 full videos
  • 115 video segments
  • 40 images (including the one in this post)
  • 5 writing prompts
  • 1 song

If you still need more, check out these sites. Biography Here you will find a quick biography of Lincoln.

Lincoln / net Here you will find historical materials from Lincoln's years in Illinois (1830-1861). Included are Lincoln's writings and speeches.

Library of Congress Here you will find over 20,000 documents. There are special sections for the Emancipation Proclamation and his Assassination.

Picture Citation

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. IRC. 2005.
Discovery Education. 9 February 2009