Friday, October 27, 2006
Custom Search Engines for Teachers and Students
Below are the grade levels, subject areas, and topics for which I am building custom search engines. My goal is to build 10 (or so:) “ultimate” search engines for each of these areas by including only the best websites for each category. By carefully selecting the sites to include and adding refinement tags, these search engines will allow teachers to more easily find high quality Internet resources. In addition, these custom search engines will provide safe places for students to search.
Pre-K – Grade 2
Online Teacher Tools
Interactive Whiteboard Resources
What do I need from you? If you know of high quality sites that should be included in one of the custom search engines, please send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org ). I will be making these search engines available to everyone. I hope to post them this weekend and continue to refine and customize them over time.
Thanks in advance for your time and contribution!
Resources Shared at MITC
Thanks for your attendance at my session at MITC. As promised, here are the resources that I provided on the CD....(and a few more:)
If you have questions, comments, or need resources for a particular topic, please feel free to email me. I read and respond to all of the emails that I receive and look forward to hearing from you.
Gamequarium is a portal to online, educational, interactive games and learning activities. The term "portal" is synonymous with "doorway." The purpose of Gamequarium is to provide a doorway to the Internet for teachers, parents, and students who are seeking interactive, instructional online resources.
This is a section of Gamequarium devoted to literacy. Find numerous online resources correlated to the National Reading Panel's 5 key areas of reading instruction.
Sites to Review
Additional sites about reading instruction and technology integration:
National Reading Panel
Online Talking Books
Technology's Impact on Learning
Reading Key Vocabulary Program
See sample projects below:
PowerPoint to aid Vocabulary Development
PowerPoint to aid Fluency Development
Here are links and information to a few of the game creation tools I was asked about:
Make Games Customized to Your Curriculum
Quia Handout Created for Valley Park Teachers
Note: These handouts were created for Valley Park Teachers. You will need to modify the location of where the files are saved.
http://my-ecoach.com/ This site has many reading resources. It also feature builders that allow teachers to create web-based activities.
Sample projects and templates created using software found in most schools:
Nifty Thrifty Fifty Resources
Example/Templates of Graphic Organizer that can be created with Inspiration:
Example/Templates of reading projects created with PowerPoint
Non-Linear Book Talk
Example with Excel
Portable Word Wall
Fluency Center with Sound Recorder
Check out more reading goodies
Handouts and presentations that can be used to share information about these resources with parents and teachers:
Reading and Technology: Make the Connection-
Sharing Information about Gamequarium-
Handout for teachers (pdf)
Handout for parents (pdf)
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Reading and Technology: Make the Connection
Attend this workshop to learn about the critical components of reading instruction and to discover why today's educators must integrate interactive technologies into reading instruction. I have correlated a multitude of Internet resources and technology applications that address the National Reading Panel recommendations in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This presentation will be held in a lab so you will have an opportunity to explore these resources.
This is an update to the presentation that I gave at the 2006 Midwest Educational Technology Conference (METC) in January. I have added many additional resources.
The Algebra topics covered include:
ORDER OF OPERATIONS
I will continue to expand the algebra pages and add additional topic for middle and high school students as my time permits. If you are aware of any wonderful interactive resources, please send them my way.