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Peachy Keen Presentations!

Have you heard of http://photopeach.com/ ? It's just a peachy site! Students will be able to upload images, choose music to complement the image, add a brief description and voila, there's an amazing slideshow presentation!  Imagine the possibilities in your classroom! Students can use http://photopeach.com/ to summarize a text they have read, using images and sound that capture the main…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 21, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Say Aloha To Wikis: Using Wikis to Teach the Writing Process!

What did one control freak say to another control freak? "Get your hands off my wiki!" 


If you've heard the word wiki, but are not quite sure what it means or how to use it, then you've come to the right blog! Wikis are webpages created for ongoing editing and revision by one author or multiple authors. …


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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 20, 2011 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Just 5 Tech Tools To Transform Our Classrooms!









If every teacher in America made an effort to learn how to use and implement JUST 5 Tech Tools a year, we can keep our "digital promise" and transform education. What do kids think when teachers use tech in the classroom? Check out the video to find out!



Try Just 5 Tech Tools In Your Class This School Year! What tech tools are you currently… Continue

Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 19, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Less Is More-"Let's Start A Just Five Movement!"

Since change is difficult, and many schools do not have the resources, nor do all teachers have the training or the confidence to incorporate technology in their classrooms, why not choose JUST FIVE Web tools or tech software resources every school must have NOW! For example, we have established that all American schools have at least one or more computers because our society entered the digital age decades ago. Education has not caught up!…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 17, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Connect With Parents In A Snap @SnappSchool.com!

There's another great service fresh on the tech scene that can empower your communication with parents and students. In a snap, Snappschool.com can help you send texts and emails to your students or parents keeping your number private unless you give it to them.…





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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 16, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Go Paperless or Go Home-Saving and Sharing The LiveBinders Way!

For teachers- 

In many ways, a teacher’s personal collection of materials and resources is like a wardrobe; we have some classic pieces we use over and over again, which never fail to impact and impress, but then there are those forgotten gems in the back of our closets, which thrill us when we stumble upon them and are able to restyle,…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 14, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen to Analog!

Now no offense to Lawrence Welk. I have fond childhood memories of watching the show on our analog TV with my grandfather. I remember the bubbles while the big band played, the pretty singers in the flowing pastel dresses, the young female Mexican singer, and the African-American tap dancer.  When I think of it now, Welk was ahead of the game in terms of multiculturalism. He featured minorities as regulars on his show when most shows in the 60s were not. Maybe…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Life Skills As Critical As Basic Skills

Somewhere around fourth grade, students stop learning like sponges and become more like mollusks. But why do students lose that zest for learning they once showed in the primary grades? As children develop their own identity, they are less likely to want to learn what we know they need to learn and will be more likely to choose to learn only what interests them. The problem is what interests them is usually in direct contrast to what they need to learn to become contributing members of…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Saving Trees, Time, and Privacy: Paperless Parent Contact Logs!

Would you dare give your students and their parents your cell or home phone number if it would save you time, paper and you could still maintain your privacy?
While no one would want to sacrifice their privacy for their environmental conscientiousness, now you can reconcile both. Divulging your cell or home phone numbers using…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 10, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Are They Talking Behind Your Back?

Whether you want to admit it, or not, there are two societies thriving in your classroom; one is in plain view which you take credit for leading fearlessly, and keeping under control,and then something very human begins to happen right behind your back. Whether we like it or not, an “underground” society emerges which you as the teacher are not privy to, a secret society…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 7, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Evolution of Vocabulary Instruction: Fotobabble.com

So on Monday, you assign your students 20 vocabulary words; give them a menu of tried and true vocabulary exercises on Tuesday to challenge them to learn and use the words throughout the week; test them on Friday, yet half the students fail the vocabulary test. A month later, most students say they have never heard those words in their entire…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 6, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

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