Thursday, October 16, 2008


Edmodo is a teacher-student designed backchatter.  However, it has SO much more to offer.  This realtively new tool allows teachers to create assignments that are electronically handed in, grading system, calendar, events, alerts and of course the student-to-student and teacher-to-student instant messaging.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


How many teachers have attempted to tap into the excited, artisitic, and cartoonish side of their students. Well, this program allows you an easier approach. Have your students sign up for and create their own comic strip.

Once they are finished they can post it on their blog or wiki, print it off or use it an any other ways you can create.

Monday, October 6, 2008

“What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at FreeRice it does . . . the totals have grown exponentially.”
- Washington Post is a non-profit organization. This website fights world hunger by teaching the world academic skills. Go to the home page and begin answering vocabulary multiple choice questions and earn rice for third world countries. Not a vocab expert ... click on Change Subjects to choose from a list of other categories including; Art, Math, Chemistry, Geography, English and Language Learning.

Help fight world hunger by learning!

Enchanted Learning is a membership website with free access to various printables. I have used this site with K - 4 kids on animal research projects. It has great pictures of animals with small amounts of information about each animal. The site has much, much more than just science applications or use. It has math, language arts, social studies, music and more. I would use this site if you are looking for printing various activities, songs and/or information off the internet.

I have never purchased a membership and would love to know what else the site has to offer with a membership.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Literactive is a great site for beginning readers. You must first create an account. It is free. On the site there are activities that focus on pre-reading development such as visual discrimination, memory, matching, and first letter sounds. There are also various reading levels, books and activities to go with each level. My son who is 3 can do some of the beginner activities. It also works with beginning comprehension and sequencing. Each level has a list of grammar components and what the text will focus on. There is also a section with worksheets you can download and print off to work with after. I think it is a great site for K - 2 and even 3. I have only looked briefly at the site but it was recommend by a K - 2 teachers who has been teaching for 25 + years.