Thursday, February 28, 2008

Yahoo - Its Not Just A Search Engine

Some Great Resources from Yahoo Educators

Yahool Directory – K-12 Education -

Yahoo Teachers –

Yahoo Teacher Peer Network:

Yahoo Workshops -
To help Build 21st Century Skills
Watch for Summer 2008 Workshops

Yahoo Education -

Yahoo Reference -

Yahoo News – Top Education Stories -

Yahoo Gobbler (Video) -

Yahoo Video -

Yahoo Search -

Yahoo Babel Fish Translator -

Yahoo Trip Planner -;_ylc=X3oDMTFpdDBpOHV0BF9TAzI3NjY2NzkEX3MDOTY5NTUzMjUEc2VjA3NzcC10b3B0cmF2ZWwEc2xrA3RpdGxl

Yahoo Salary Calculator -

Yahoo Personal Finance -

Yahoo Mail -

Yahoo Widgets -

Yahoo Site Explorer -

Yahoo Search Builder –

Yahoo Messenger -!+Tools

Everything Yahoo -

Yahoo 360 -
Yahoo Bookmarking at –

Yahoo – Flickr -

Google. Its Not Just A Search Engine

Google, Its Not Just A Search Engine Webinar Highlights

This presentation may be found at:
All Websites and more are on:
More Google Resources are on:

Google – The Evolution (Video) -

Google Lunar X-Prize Announcement and Overview Video:

Google Tool Bar Video -

Google for Gold -

Google Blog Search -

iGoogle -

Google Products -
Google Sits - One-stop sharing for team information -

Google Apps Video -

Google Earth -

Google Earth Tour of NY (Video- First 2 Minutes)

Google Earth Education Community –

Google Earth Gallery -

Secret Images in Google Earth (Video)

Ancient Egypt through Google Earth -

Google Lit Trips -

Google Moon -

Google Secrets (Video) -
Example- Google Pig Latin -

Google Sketch-Up -

Google Sketch-Up 3D Titanic Video -

Google Library Central -

Google For Educators -

Doodle 4 Google -

Sample of Doodle for Google (Video) -

Doodle for Google Contest -

Doodle for Google Video -

Google Certified Teachers -

Educause Connect: Shape of the Future -

Google Teacher Center -

Google Teacher Academy Application Center -

Google Incorporated WebQuest -

Google Check Out - (Page has Video)

Google Owned Companies:

Blogger -

Orcut -

Picasa -

YouTube -

More Google Tools for Education–

Google Channel - Channel -

Google Talk -

Google Translate -

Google Groups -

Google Calendar -

Google Docs -

Tutorials and Resources:

Tour Google for a World of Difference Tutorial -

Educational technology and Life Blog – Google Teacher Newsletter -

55 Ways to Have Fun With Google -

LifeHacker Blog – Top 10 Google Products You Forgot All About -

Google Browser Sync -

Google Help Cheat Sheet -

Interactive Google Guide for the Novice, Pro and Teen -
20 Tips for Effective Google Searching -

PPT for my Professional Development

Many of you have been requesting my PPT's from my professional development trainings. I am posting them at

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quizlet - Vocabulary Flashcard Generator

Is a vocabulary flash card generator! This is an excellent web find for any teacher!
Nancy thanks for the heads-up on this site!


Dumpr - Celebrity Pc Generator

This is a pretty interesting site.

Below is my celebrity pic from the generator. Took 5 sec to create and post. :-)

Digital Cameras Tools
Created with - fun with your photos

Monday, February 25, 2008

Interactive WHiteboard Contest


This one was posted February 12th. Thanks Darlene for the update!

Visit for details on this SMARTBoard Contest

You must submit your entry between Thursday, February 14 and midnight Monday, April 14, 2008.


Highlights from Introduction to Blogging and Podcasting Webinar

The highlights are just from the videos used in the 3 hour presentation.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Great Article in The Journal

IBM Launches Free 3D Multiplayer Virtual Science Game To Push Engineering

"IBM is launching a free multiplayer online game, challenging teenagers to help save the planet "Helios" from ecological disaster. PowerUp, which can be played alone or together, is intended to interest students in studying engineering. The game features a planet in near ecological ruin, where three missions for solar, wind, and water power must be solved before sandstorms, floods or SmogGobs thwart the rescue." Go to the above link to read more. This looks like it will be a wonderful educational tool for the classroom and the promotion of science and engineering among out youth.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Teacher Orientation from 2/19/08

County New Teacher Orientation
Highlights from Session

Basic New Teacher Resources:
Growing Up Online

New Teacher Survival Guide

Future Teacher Resource

Teaching Tips

Beginning Teacher Sites

Internet Sites for New Teachers

For New Teachers and Their Supportive Administrators

Networking and Resources:
Networking with Colleagues Sample:


Some WebBased Tools:

More WebBased Tools: A great place to look for new ideas for the classroom and to share your own ideas. It contains original lesson plans, tips, ideas, and indexes to more than 1,000 lesson planning resources A list of resources by subject SEARCHABLE by keyword Internet resources for teachers Includes both photographs and clip art, organized into topics, free to use in an educational setting. A user-friendly directory and resource Calendar - including free Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Theme Units, Free Software, Certificates, Teacher Tools, and much more! A site for teachers to learn about how to use the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel programming in the classroom A list of sites on the internet that are useful for curriculum enhancement and professional growth
Http:// and also have a wealth of teacher resources.

NYS Virtual Learning Spaces:
Buffalo City School District
Oswego City School District:.
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES:
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES:
Schenectady City School District:
Syracuse City School District

Internet Resources

More Internet Resources

2 cents worth by David Warlick
CogDogBlog by Alan Levine
CoolCatTeacher by Viki Davis
EdTechTalk Podcasts
EDU Blog by Ewen McIntosh
Educational Technology
Teaching2.0:A Professional Development Resource by Karen Brooks
El/Ed/TECH by Michael Circe
Jane's E-Pick of the Day by Jane Hart
LeaderTalk by School Admin
Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer
TechSavvyEducator by Ben Rimes
Weblogg-ed by Will Richardson

Blogging Resources

Other resources to Consider:
SmartBoard & Senteos -
Kidspiration -

V-Trips Offers many for NY and the Hudson Valley

Look for our 2008-2009 School Year listing of V-Trips/Video Conferences out in April. Contact our office for more information.

Sample V-Trips

Other Used in Session

Sand Fantasy -

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Teaching Ambassador Fellowship

Secretary Spellings has announced the creation of Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions for currently practicing, K-12 public school teachers at the U.S. Department of Education for the 2008-2009 school year. These positions will offer highly motivated, innovative teachers the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue on public education. The Fellowship includes two kinds of opportunities for teachers across the U.S. Up to 20 Classroom Fellows will remain at their schools under their regular teaching contracts and will be paid to participate in additional Department discussions and projects throughout the school year on a part-time basis. Up to five Washington Fellows will be chosen to become full-time, paid federal employees in Washington, D.C. for the school year, working on education programs and participating in policy discussions.

Teaching Ambassador Fellows will be selected based upon their record of leadership, impact on student achievement, and potential for contribution to the field. Highly qualified K-12 public school teachers who have spent at least three years in the classroom are eligible to apply. Teachers must be currently practicing in and employed by a public school district to be eligible. To ensure collaboration at the school and district levels, teacher applicants must have the full support of their school principals.

Applications are due by April 7, 2008. Teaching Ambassador Fellows will be named by early summer for the 2008-2009 school year.

Please read the detailed information found at to learn more. Be sure to click on all of the links to review the following:
Program Overview (
Eligibility (
Applicant Info (
Application Instructions (
FAQs (

Monday, February 11, 2008

SMART Board Overview Notes for the Novice

Literature and Technology Grad Class
SMART Board Overview Notes for the Novice

The SMARTBoard is an Interactive White Board. SMARTBoard is a brand. SMARTBoard to Interactive Whiteboard is like Kleenex is to facial tissue.

Major Tools:
This is the creator of the SMARTBoard. The SMARTBoard is just and Interactive Whiteboard. To learn more about this product go the SMART website listed above. Be sure to check out the Education Section and the premade lessons and other resources available. Also, you may visit SMARTBoard Overview Professional Development Class Resources listed on my Blog at:

To download the SMARTBoard software for free to try it go to: NOTE: Do not download version 10. It is a beta version and there are too many issues they are trying to work out of it. Please download version 9.7 or 9.5.

Please go to the following websites to view information about the SMART Player and Recorder:

Videos of the SMARTboard may be watched at:

To learn more about the Interactive WhiteBoard and the way it can be used as an instructional tool please visit:

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Superintendent Conference Day Presentation: Websites/ Resources for the Secondary School Teacher

Superintendent Conference Day Presentation

Websites/ Resources for the Secondary School Teacher

February 7th, 2008

This is my social bookmarking site that offers 3625 current interactive internet resources broken down by subject area. It also has items listed by topic as well. You are welcome to join my network by becoming a member of or just visiting the above URL whenever you need resources. I try to update my account daily. This is a wonderful way to get connected and stay connected with colleagues and resouces.

180 Technology Tips

This site is free and provides a great database of resources for technology.

21st CenturyConnections

Students will need 21st century competencies to survive and thrive in the future. This Web site is dedicated to delivering technology solutions that will help students to learn 21st century skills.

21st Century Skills by enGage

Gives a breakdown of 21st Century Skills and a variety of links.

4 Teachers works to help integrate technology into the classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. It offers:

Quiz Star, Rubric Star in Spanish and English, Academic Skill Builders, Persuade Star, Classroom Architect, TrackStar, Assign-A-Day, Casa Notes, PBL Checklist, Teachers Tacklebox, Web Poster Wizard, NoteStar, Think Tank and Kids Vid.

A New Teachers Survival Guide

This entire website is focused toward the first year teacher. It is well organized.

AT&T Video Conferencing Directory

Looking for program providers or simply interested in connecting with another classroom? The AT&T Videoconferencing Directory is a free, searchable database of videoconferencing sites of interest to K-12 school, community college, and public library communities. Our directory includes contacts, program descriptions, and equipment information for over 1496 sites.

Awsome Stories

AwesomeStories has a detailed, subject-driven search function. Topics covered in the site are alphabetically listed in the Subject Index.

The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the quickest way to build a works cited page. And it's free.

Create a Graphy

Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. For this reason, graphs are often used in newspapers, magazines and businesses around the world. This site teachers how to select a graph to use and how to create one.

Did you Know?

A Site about fascinating facts for all educators and students.


The Best of the Humanities on the Web from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the Verizon Foundation. This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom.


This site is maintained by T.H.E. Journal (Technological Horizons in Education) and provides a useful classification and listing of a broad range of educational sites. Teacher-related topics such as standards and assessment and educational software are included.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

This site provides long lists of educational resources from government agencies and government-funded projects by subject area. The lists are free and there is an abundance of excellent resources.

Great Educational Website

This site was compiled by a Library Media Specialist in Scarsdale, NY. It deals with Internet Use Resources and Suggested subject sites.


Great Resources for online AP courses.

Jane Bluestein, PhD Directory of Articles

The information offered in these articles and excerpts is FREE to individuals and organizations to include in blogs, egroups, newsletters, website, emails, research, papers or presentation for inservice, staff development or for-credit courses. Should you choose to use any information from this Web site in any form, please make sure that you reference the material as it is referenced on this site.

Kids Online Resources

Education, Homework Help, Entertainment, Games, Fun & Music - Materials for the k-12 student.

Inspiring Teachers

Teacher network for ideas in the classroom regardless of grade and number of years Teaching. They have multiple levels of network channels.

Math Reading and Homework Help

Math and Reading Help for Kids is a directory site that includes hundreds of original articles, tips, and resources on the topic of children's learning. Although most of articles on this site are written to help parents make good decisions about their children's education, there is also a comprehensive 'Just for Kids' section containing articles written for a younger audience.


(Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is hosted by the CaliforniaStateUniversityCenter for Distributed Learning and offers a growing collection of online teaching resources from around the world. While anyone can view the online collection, membership (available for free upon registration) gives users rights to post new resources and to comment on existing ones. The focus is on university-level teaching, but many of the resources could be used at the secondary level as well.

Merriam-Webster Online Atlas

Online atlas, for more maps and geographical information, select a country or state from the pull-down menus below.

Monthly Highlights
Monthly highlights for educators in a number of areas.

My Note It

Take, edit and share notes online. Helps manage task lists for projects. Manage assignments with a calendar. Helps students to stay in the loop and work on collaborative group assignments.

My Stickies

MyStickies allows you to place little yellow squares of digital paper anywhere and everywhere you feel like in the whole wide web. Along with the ability to put sticky notes on webpages mystickies offers a powerful interface to browse, search, sort, edit and generally have a wonderfull time with your sticky notes from any computer that has internet access. Great study tool for students.


Free Start Up Page. You can set up a public page for students regarding links you use, news and current events, even for foreign language a page can be set up with news sources from countries in their language for students to read.

The Busy Teachers’ Website

This site offers subject area web resources, specific lesson plans and projects for many subjects.

The New York Times Learning Network

This website offers a lesson plan related to a current news story as well as a very useful archive of previous ones, along with news quizzes and other teaching resources. Best of all it is free!

Start Here Go Places

For students getting ready to exit high school and begin a new life.

Teaching Tips Index

From the Hawaii Department of Education. An excellent resource broken down into many areas.

Teaching 2.0: A Professional Development Blog

This blog is a resource for professional development given by Karen Brooks. The links provided are just highlights from the class and serve as electronic notes for participants to use as future reference. In between PDessions, Karen posts powerful teaching Web 2.0 Tools and insights.

Teaching Guide Topics for Character Education by Grades

This site focuses on character education topics by level.


Make a tiny url out of any long one.



Free Resources for the classroom teacher k-12.


Wizlite allows you to highlight text (like on real paper) on any page on the Internet and share it with everybody (or just select people). It uses the firefox browser.

WorkSheet Library

1000s of Teacher Worksheets complete answer keys. Worksheets are grade leveled and aligned to national learning standards. Free and Paid resources. Paid resources are $29.95 per year.

World Timezone Map

Interactive world clock that is great for when scheduling global videoconferecing.

Zoho Suite

Highly recommend Zoho Writer, Zoho Show, and Zoho Notebook. These are very student friendly tools. The other products are great as well if you get the opportunity to use them. Zoho Writer and show operate like Microsoft products, but are web-based and can be accessed from any computer with Internet Access. It eliminates the problems with students not having Microsoft production on home computer and finishing products. This is also great for group collaborative projects.


Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself. It is a free download and works on or off line. This is a fantastic research tool to help students learn to organize a paper.

Free Subscirptions:

ASCD SmartBriefs -

T.H.E Journal -

180 Technology Tips -

Educationa World Newsletter -

Edutopia -

Free Weekly Worksheets -

Inspiring Teacher Newsletter -

Microsoft Education Newsletter -

Teacher Updates -

Teachers may receive electronic updates from the Department by signing up for Teacher Updates. These e-bytes address topics such as federal education policy, provide links to classroom teaching and learning resources, and share information about nominations for American Stars, workshops, and eLearning.

The Big Fresh - Literacy Newsletter

Great Educational Blogs:

Educational Twitters Feed

Maukie - the virtual cat

Teacher Book Wizard

FEEDJIT Live Traffic Feed

Puzzle for your Webpage

Click to Mix and Solve

Google Chat

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ip2map - New tool for your blog or webpage. Added 8/9/07

Map IP Address

The New Tool Our Kids are Using on their Social Networking Pages