Saturday, October 29, 2011


Earthquakes for Kids 

Seismic Monitor

Earth Systems

What Causes Earthquakes?

 Beat the Quake


Savage Earth

Welcome to Earthquakes!


Exploring Earth

1906 Quake

Strike-Slip Fault

Earth Quakes

Additional Sites:
Natural Disasters - Teacher Resources
Earth Force
WebQuest: Exploring Earthquakes
Dynamic Earth
Earthquake Safety and Preparation
Satellite Imagery of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker
Earthquake Visualizations
Google Earth Science
Big Trouble in Earthquake Country
Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory
Shakes and Quakes

Home/School Communications

This is a collection of sites that deal with home/school communications. This is something that should be going on continually throughout the school year. We need to be providing communication in the form of a hard copy and online. We need to encourage and support parents and students that are able to access newsletters, blogs, etc online.

Two Simple Things You Can Do To Increase Communication With Students and Parents 
For Teachers: Different Ways to Communicate With Parents - 25 Suggestions 
Title I Parent Involvement Planning - Resource Packet
Schools Communications Toolkit
Schools Communications Toolkit - Additional Resources 
Monthly Newsletters
Microsoft Templates
Teacher Tools and Templates
Parent Communication
How to Improve Parent-Teacher Communication
How to improve parent-teacher communications 
10 Tips for A+ Parent Communication
Mentoring and Modeling Templates for Success!
Ways to Improve Parent/Teacher Communication
Ways to Improve Parent Teacher Communication

PrimaryWall and WallWisher

PrimaryWall is an online bulletin board.  PrimaryWall allows the elementary teachers and students to communicate and share ideas and information instantly.  PrimaryWall is designed for the elementary students.

Additional Sites:
Primary Wall: A Sticky Note Wall for Young Students
Primary Wall
PrimaryWall - Collaboration for Schools

Wallwisher is an online bulletin board.  Wallwisher is designed for students in middle school and high school.

Additional Sites:
Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom
Wallwisher in the Classroom
Wallwisher in the Classroom
5 Fantastic Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom

Typeit: Type accent marks, diacritics and other characters online

I found typeit on Whiteboard Blog.  Typeit is another great resource for language teachers.

Additional Sites:
How to Type Foreign Language Characters
Typing Spanish Accents
French Special Characters
Special Characters
Keyboard Help
Keyboard Layout
HTML Codes for French
How to Produce Accents in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian

Our World's Population Hits 7 Billion

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Virtual van Gogh 60 Minutes CBS News

Additional Information:
60 Minutes    Vincent van Gogh

Lissa Explains It All

Lissa Explains It All in a site that will have you and your student using HTML code.  It is easy and very supportive. 

International Space Station Timeline

International Space Station Timeline


Online Storytime by Barnes and Noble

Online Storytime by Barnes and Noble



FlipSnack is an online flipping book software that allows you to convert PDF documents into Flash page flip digital publications. It's the ideal solution for those who wish to embed a book, magazine, catalog, newspaper, portfolio or any other kind of document into a website or blog.

Once created, you can embed your flipping book collection, download them or share them on social networking websites such as Facebook.

P.S. With FlipSnack you can upload several documents at once, allowing you to embed not only one, but multiple page flip publications in the same Flash widget.


Recording audio and Podcasting can not get any easier.  Check out AudioBoo.

Students practice foreign languages.
Students make daily Boos to share ideas, feelings, or emotions about readings.
Students create audio books.
Teachers post Boos to give directions on Moodle or blogs.
Teachers give verbal praise or additional directions and support.


Samples of Music from our next play Arcaida. Music composed by Jon Nicholls (mp3)

Sound Letter Samples (mp3)


AudioBoo Widget

Life Size Blue Whale

The Blue Whale is awesome.  Just sit back and enjoy!

Virtual Tour of a Blue Whale Skeleton

Go! Animate

Too Easy!!  Go! Animate is an exciting and very creative site for the young students.  Go! Animate allows students to create and produce their own videos. 

National Geographic: Young Explorers!

National Geographic: Young Explorers! is a wonderful site.  Young Explorers! provides the excellent resource of their magazines in the form of online audio books.  Young Explorers! could be used for iPads, teacher website or blogs, online learning such as, Moodle, interactive white boards, etc.

National Geographic: Young Explorers!

Spiders At Work