Friday, September 30, 2011

Watch Know Learn

This site is packed with tons of educational videos, 28, 511 videos to be exact! Watch Learn Grow has them sorted in to content area categories and they allow you to embed the video if needed.

“Watch Know Learn has free educational videos delivered over the Internet. Viewed any time, from anywhere.”

Fuel The Brain

Fuel the Brain is a free and inexpensive resources site for elementary educators. The website has numerous games, printables, interactives and more. The site currently focuses on kindergarten-third grade math objectives.

Math Workstation Resources

Math Work Station Resources on Live Binders

Kristen’s Kindergarten Math Work Stations

Debbi Diller Math Work Station YouTube Video

Primary Workstations

Math Tub Fun

Geography Mapping with Seterra

Goit Windows? Then get Seterra, a FREE geography map quiz game available for download. Seterra 4.0 is a challenging educational geography game with more than 100 different exercises. Learn about countries, capitals, oceans, flags and cities in Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Australia, using outline map exercises!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Got Clipart?

Need clipart for your SMARTboard lessons you make in SMART Notebook? Use images from PDClipart, a public domain clip art site with a HUGE collection of public domain clip art. The collection is FREE and NO REGISTRATION is required. They have an intensive library of over 25,000 images. Still need more, then check out pics4learning as a secondary resource to add images to documents you make for the classroom. Enjoy!

YouTube has tons of educational videos to teach concepts in the classroom. I found this neat little tube video on what animals need. Catchy song will grab students attention and teach them what animals need at the same time. Share your favorite YouTube video for the classroom by simply sending me a quick email.


How to access eduphoria! and how to log in.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

iDevice Battery Life

How to Geek has a list of tips to help your technology needs. Check out this site to gain more hours of life for your iDevices (iPad, iPod, iPhone). Such tips include keeping your iDevice out of the sun and reducing your screen brightness.

Use the video below to create an email signature similar to this. Check out more text version how to steps here.

Learn how to quickly add a signature to your emails in Outlook. This mini-tutorial walks you step-by-step on how-to add text, images and links and how-to change your font.

Poll Everywhere

These days, kids are tech-savy and chances are if you’re a teacher, your students know more than you in the technology area. Matter of fact, probably the majority of your students, if not all, have mobile devices whether it’s a cell phone or an iPod or iPad. Jump right into their world with this awesome Instant Audience Feedback tool. Students with cell phones are all set to go and those with iPods or iPads can participate with the free app TextFree. Students vote by sending text messages and the poll will update in real time. The next time you need a quick and simple response from your class, try Poll Everywhere and watch your student’s interaction soar. Free version available and more advanced features are available for a small fee. Enjoy!

Expresso Elementary

Espresso Elementary is a cross-curricular, multimedia educational website for grades Pre-Kinder to grade 5. It’s packed with thousands of interactive, video-rich classroom resources right at your fingertips and ready to motivate your students. Since 1997, Expresso Elementary have proven to engage students while helping them to achieve educational outcomes. Their specialty is taking educational concepts and intertwining them with “real-world” context.

Check out Expresso Elementary for an opportunity to grab their free 30 day trial and get your students motivated in learning.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Discovery Education on the iPad

Discovery Educator’s ground-breaking iPad web app is focused on student exploration of safe and appropriate educational content.

Login at with your iPad Today using your Discovery Education username and password.

Monday, September 26, 2011


What is Appolicious?

Appolicious is the place to discover and share the latest and best iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android apps through social recommendations. Find, share, and review apps in categories such as Games, Education, and Travel, or browse user-created lists of apps for anything.

Are you Outdated?

If you are using any Internet Explorer versions under 8, then you are not using Internet Explorer to it’s full potential which can leave you feeling a little, well….OLD SCHOOL!

Internet Explorer 10 is now under testing. Please check your version under the Help section to see if you need an upgrade.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Here’s a fun way to engage your students in learning. Google has a question of the day page where students use Google’s search tool to find the answer. Once they locate the answer (or what they think is the answer), they type in the answer in the “enter in the answer” section.  Students are timed and may use the hint button if they get lost. Students may also go make to other days to answer those questions as well. Check it out here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Notetaking Online and On-The-Go

So you wanna take notes? And you something to keep you organized! You’re a teacher so FREE fits right into your budget. Well check out this free online notepad service for all your anecdotal note-taking needs.

It allows you to write, store, organize and share your notes and memos online. Access from any computer with internet access and share your notes with others while applying access rights.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Encourage Reading Coolness

In some cases, it’s hard to get kids motivated to read. That’s why I really like Online Kid Magazines. Most kid magazine sites provide great info just in a cool way that kids will love.  Benefits of these online kid magazines are: current content, reader-friendly and they introduces kids to heavier subjects.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Grammar Girl

Grammar Guru Mignon Fogarty is the host of Grammar Girl and founder of Quick and Dirty Tips.  Her segments on grammar are wonderful and can be found via the website or on iTunes in the podcast section. All segments are free in both places.

Donors Choose

If you haven’t had the opportunity to browse this fabulous tool then you should make some time right away. This site, which has been operating since 2000, allows you to connect with potentioal donors who will fund whatever project you submit through DonorsChoose online project submission form.


Ten years later, we’re still standing strong after the horrific attacks in the United States. StoryCorps reaches out to touch and embrace Americans and give what comfort it can through story animation.


Kinkast is a private video sharing site. It’s fast, easy and FREE straight from your iPhone. Share with just those who you want. Or upload to Facebook. No size or length limits.

Go Social Studies Go

Go Social Studies Go is a site created by a social studies teacher who was tired of not being able to make learning fun for students. Kenneth Uhde searched for years for the best material (information and videos) on this hard-to-love subject. That’s when Go Social Studies was born. This site is edited weekly and keeps up with current information.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Teachers Love SMART Boards

This little gem of a site is geared toward everything SMART. Teachers Love SMART Boards has it organized by grade levels and by subjects. This one is a must see if you’re an educator who uses SMART boards. Use their resources or get ideas to make your own resources.

New Kidblog Themes

Kidblog is a great for elementary and middle-school age students. If you want to get your students blogging, this is a cool tool and it’s FREE. When I first discovered this site a couple of years ago, I thought it would be great to have my lab students learn the concept of blogging. The only downfall I could find at the time was the one-theme template. Now, they have 4 themes which gives the teacher a better variety and they’re working on more themes for the near future. Kidblog allows your students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs.

This is Language Arts at it’s Best! Check out this video to get you started.

Pics 4 Learning

Need copyright-friendly images for your next school project? Pics4Learning has a nice collection of images just for teachers and students. Images have been donated by teachers, students and amateur photgraphers just for you. Use their Browse by Topic link or search for that perfect picture and make your projects stand out.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Fraboom is a very cool online museum for kids of all ages with great interactive books and really fun games.

Arcademic Skillbuilders

My past students absolutely loved this site. Arcademic Skillbuilders is educational fun with healthy dose of competition. It focuses on math and language arts areas but there are some geography and typing games as well. Students may compete against each other in groups up to four or students can work alone.

Online Learning Math plus Science

Online Learning Math dot com is for parents, teachers and educators’ You’ll find loads of materials for teaching.Be sure to check out the Interactive Zone for dynamic online worksheets, exercises and other simulations.  

GameUP with Brainpop

With Brainpop’s GameUP, games are challenging and step into the middle school and high school realm. This is exactly what you want your students to do - think and process the concepts being presented. The game section is organized to correlate with their videos - make a whole lesson around one of the games and then let them play the games!

Friday, September 2, 2011

EcoKids Science

EcoKids Science has awesome environmental education games and activities and great resources for teachers such as lesson plans and a literacy corner.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Study Island Motivation Form & Login Cards

After listening to a Study Island Webinar and learning of their Student Motivation Form, I decided to create one for the teachers at Southwest Schools. Study Island will send you a MS Word document so you can edit their form but I’m a lover of PowerPoint. So teachers, if you would like to download the motivation document or the login cards, go to linebook.

Fring Your iPod/iPad

Turn your iPod or iPad into a phone. Have your friends download the fring app and you can talk as much as you want to any friend in the world. Avoid restrictive, expensive calling plans and move to fring’s unlimited free calling. See and hear your friends, wherever they are. Share the fun of a live, free video call anytime, anywhere (3G,4G, WiFi…).

And yes I tried this with my son and his iPod last night…Fring can do that and more. Download this free app and you’ll be blown away with all it’s capabilities. If you want to call a friend who does not have the fring app, it only cost 1¢ per minute. Dirt cheap! Fring has Droid and Nokia apps too. Enjoy.

Teachers in Tiaras: 50 Classroom Rewards That Don't Cost a Lot of Money

Teachers in Tiaras: 50 Classroom Rewards That Don't Cost a Lot of Money


I found this idea from Teachers-Pay-Teachers. TONS of free resources if you sign up. Teachers post ideas and either sell them or put the up for free for other teachers. Please check out their website. This one was submitted by Little Campers.

  1. Sit at the teacher’s desk.

  2. Be the “zookeeper”…