Category Archives: Interesting

Stop Motion Time!

  My Clementine from Katie Muhtaris on Vimeo. I recently made this stop motion video for the Slice of Life challenge and quite a few people were asking me how they might create one as well.  Let me tell you … Continue reading

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March Madness: The Book Battle

That’s the tweet that started it all.  The Book Brackets for March.  I thought it was a cool idea and didn’t think much more of it until my colleague Ben said that he was doing it.  That we should all … Continue reading

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We’ve been busy…

Hi Friends! Happy 2013! This post in an apology for not being present on the blog for the past few months and a public commitment to make my practice more visible in the coming days. This has been a challenging … Continue reading

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10 Days: An Emotional Roller Coaster

Ten days ago I started school.  I met my 33 first graders for the first time.  I set routines, learned about my students, met their parents, established a workshop model…now I am on strike.  The emotional highs and lows of … Continue reading

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New Way to Help Kids Compose Music?

I love David Warlick’s Video-a-Day blog.  He always finds the most amazing and USEFUL videos.  As I was watching this one below it struck me as a particularly useful tool for teaching kids how to better compose music on Garage … Continue reading

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My New Obsession: Pinterest

Yes I’ve just drunk the Pinterest Koolaid.  It’s soooo good.  I’m going to use it to collect teaching resources both technology and non technology related.  Feel free to follow me. : )

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Sometimes We Find Lessons in the Strangest Places

I spotted this flyer while I was waiting for my Pumpkin Latte yesterday morning.  I couldn’t stop staring at it.  It seemed so…. I couldn’t even come up with a word.  So, I casually pulled out my phone and snapped … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Round-Up

Here’s some of the best of the web that I’m reading this morning.  Grab a coffee and enjoy! Awesome Highlighter from Talking Tech With Robin.  Thanks @aliharper20 Using Google Docs for Assessments from Teaching like it’s 2999 Great Tech Expectations: … Continue reading

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Children Full of Life

The other day I posted about how I’ve been using short and compelling video clips to break up our long last few days of the school year.  In my search I found a link to this five part documentary about … Continue reading

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End of Year Inspiration

Our days have been long and hot.  For some reason people need to wreak havoc on our schedule at the end of the year and this leaves my students restless.  I’m addressing this by breaking up my instructional periods into … Continue reading

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I Have Yet Another Blog Crush

I found this one poking around Classroom 2.0.  Katy Scott’s blog Stretch Your Digital Dollar is a MUST READ for any teacher who is looking to use technology.  So that’s basically every teacher. (Seriously, if you aren’t using technology I’m … Continue reading

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Text to Speech

Did you know that Pages has a text to speech function?  I just discovered it.  Highlight the text, control click, pick speech-start speaking.  I love this.  Do you know why?  Because I think it would be a great editing and … Continue reading

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Acceptance

I’ve been finding a lot of inspirational videos lately.  Messages of hope.  Here’s another one, in one of my favorite formats…flash mob. (It is my secret dream to be in a flash mob.)

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The Money Tree

What would happen if money really did grow on trees?  What would happen if you asked your students this question?  How do you think they would respond?  I saw this video over at A Year of Reading and I just … Continue reading

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Video Inspiration

I originally saw this on Tom Whitby’s blog over at the Educator’s PLN.  I just had to post it.  I LOVE this.

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Spell With Flickr

I know right!  How did I do that?  I was cleaning out my school bag this morning and found a piece of paper left over from the ICE conference with some neat little tools left on it.  This one was … Continue reading

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Paper Slide Show Projects

A few posts ago I wrote about using paper slide shows as a way for students to demonstrate knowledge and integrate technology.  I’m not sure why I chose to take this on the same week as state testing, but they … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Reading

I love a lazy Saturday morning.  By lazy I mean indulging in breakfast at my favorite brunch place, drinking too much coffee, walking the dog, and utterly ignoring the huge stack of papers lurking in my bag.  Productivity is for … Continue reading

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Inspiration On A Wednesday

Watching this video really inspired me this morning. The way that the students talk about their passion for this project warmed my heart. Not only that but the depth of learning that they are experiencing is impressive. Talk about the … Continue reading

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Books and eBooks and Bankruptcy, Oh My!

Toys.  Is this Toys ‘R Us?  No.  It’s Borders.  The same Borders that is declaring bankruptcy.  I was shocked to see such a huge toy display when I went to spend a few gift cards the other day.  Clearly they … Continue reading

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