Tuesday, January 8, 2019

More Sites for Photos - FREE and Common Use

I have been looking for some websites where students can go to look for photos instead of doing just a blank search in Google and then clicking images.  Most of the time it's fine, but sometimes the students find things because of the "way" they are searching.  Here are ones I have found this am so far that I like:) 

2. Photos for Class (I wrote about this one earlier:)

3.  Pixaby 

4.  Pexels 

5. Flickr

NOW, I constantly remind kids that they aren't always going to find the most "perfect" photo for absolutely everything they are looking for.  Sometimes they have to sacrifice the image for the use of it - I know they HATE that - but that's reality, right?

Happy Tuesday all - stay warm and don't blow away in the wind today,
Mrs. I:)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Photos for Class

JUST came across a GEM OF A SITE thanks to Glen from our Schoology Educators group.  Photos for Class is JUST THIS - a website where you can download and use photos for various assignments, presentations, etc.. for classroom assignments.  It's creative common media for public use - THANK YOU:)!!!  The photos are age appropriate and cites them as well - and they are SAFE!!!

Take a look at this one - it's WAY better than having your kiddos looking at and trying to find images on Google - that's a hard thing to do at times!!

Happy Weekend all - have a TON of basketball tonight but lovin' it;)
Mrs. I:)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

DocAppender - Chrome Extension - Look Into It!!

I was at our technology integrationists meeting a few months back, which I have to say I absolutely LOVE these peeps if I haven't mentioned this already, and Lucas showed us a really amazing Chrome Extension called DocAppender!!  This is a GAME CHANGER PEOPLE!!  Basically, you are able to create Google Forms, and organize them in a way with this extension, and the end product is a time stamped "card" with information compiled on it.  NOW, I know it sounds not so amazing like I am making it - but it is CRAZY!  You can send out a Google Form to a variety of individuals and then you can see the compiled information for each entry - LOVE LOVE IT!

To give you an idea, I have asked Lucas if I can post the link to his most fantastic screencast showing this and he allowed me to - SO HERE IT IS - the DocAppender Screencast.

I can think of ENDLESS ways to use this extension.  As a classroom teacher I would have used this for conferences to gather information about all of my students.  As a special education instructor, I would use it for observations of students and gathering of information from various settings, and as an administrator, I would use it when I was doing teacher observations - QUITE POWERFUL!!

Happy Thursday all,
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Google Internet Safety - I Just Love Them MORE:)!

DID YOU KNOW THAT GOOGLE CREATED ITS OWN INTERNET SAFETY CURRICULUM? WELL I DID NOT!!!!!!  Oh - seriously I just keep loving this company up more and more!

SO if you know already - WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME!??  If you are like me and did not know HERE IT IS!!

Be Internet Awesome is the online curriculum/real life curriculum that Google created and of course it's FREE!!!  There is a free download to their actual curriculum, but there is also this amazing online experience called Interland for kids to play online.  They jump to different "land" experiences that teaches them about online safety, being kind online, being smart online and keeping personal things to themselves - I LOVE IT! 

If you have nothing in place yet, START HERE!  Similar to Common Sense Media, it's ALREADY created for you and SO SO GREAT!!

Happy Wednesday all,
Mrs. I:)

Monday, December 10, 2018


Education. com is a website that has an extensive list of resources for teachers and parents alike.  They have a learning library with printable worksheets for math, reading, science, social and writing, along with online games, lesson plans and other subject content.  You simply have to create an account and start searching for what you are looking for.  Most of the content that I looked at is free - which as teachers we LOVE! Why spend time and money on things that are here, right at your fingertips;)!

Here is the link for the Under the Sea Multiplication page, as this is just ONE MORE resource for you to pull valuable items from and save yourself time in the end!!

Multiply the fun with these engaging worksheets.  Education.com has tons of fun and educational resources like this one.  Check out their collection of multiplication resources for children!

Happy Monday all,
Mrs. I:)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

31 Educational Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Shrunk Down

The Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog posted the post regarding 31 tools that every teacher should know about.  I want to highlight a few that I fell in LOVE with:)

1.  Tweetdeck - WHO KNEW?  I didn't!!  Where have I been and WHY didn't I KNOW THIS SOONER!!!  This website compiles your Twitter account into a nice linear column based format - I AM IN LOVE!!!

2. Flipboard - I LOVE THIS ONE, TOO!  The app is SUPER neat, also!  Choose the stories that you want to hear about - or topics you're interested and it will feed you those stories in the news.  It's a great nonfiction site for students to read the newspaper.

3. Edshelf - This one seems similar to Symbaloo in that you can organize and arrange websites together for easier access.  I like the look of it as well!

4. TedEd- I could go ON AND ON about Ted Talks and the value of them!  DO NOT forget about these in your classroom!  There are SO many relevant topics for ANY content - go and find them and have your students watch them.  It is WORTH it!!

That's all I have for now - again - check out the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog - they have amazing stuff there;)!

Happy Thursday all,
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Google for Education - AND a New Blog to Start to Follow

I was talking at our technology integrationist meeting a few months ago, mentioning that I have been blogging for the past seven years regarding our iPad MOVE 21 Initiative.  One of the other technology integrationist, Lukas Gotto, started his own blog - WAY TO GO LUCAS:)!!  You HAVE to check out his blog most recently about Google for Education and the impact that it is having, basically taking over the education world at ALL levels:)!!  He dug deep by asking all schools in Minnesota questions to collect data, in addition to articles and research he found - check out his most recent blog post:)!

Have a great Tuesday night, all!
Mrs. I:)