Monday, March 31, 2008

Are you smarter than the people reading the last post?

More Brain Games.

 But be careful! You never want to be too smart because it just allows you to realize how poorly you have fared in life.

Nobody likes a SMARTY PANTS

I am always trying to find some way to maximize on the time that we have our children at school.  Let's face it - how can I possibly undo in 8 hours what is done for 16 hours when those kiddies go home???  And no, I am not speaking of things such as gaming... I happen to think there are positives to that dreaded machine!

I am talking about neglect.  Kids going home to empy houses... kids with no food...  kids whose parents are out in the alley shooting up.  Many of our kids deal with stuff that I never have to face AS AN ADULT.  So by the time they get to school, they are worn out from lack of sleep and worry. 

So I think I found a way to wake those brains up a little.

Stanford University has created an online portal where you can play brain games and improve things such as memory and visual reasoning.  They are actually called MIND GAMES and allow the children to work on memory activities without really KNOWING they are thinking! Bloom would be so proud!!

So if you have a group of kids that just need that extra push... pull them in the lab and fire up those brains!

Friday, March 21, 2008

I cannot keep it a secret ANY LONGER!!!!

Ok... for those of you who know me, you know that my keeping a secret ranks right up there with monkeys and my posterior.  When I find something great, I want to share it with the whole world!

Yet this was not my find.  One of the greatest technology integrationists EVER, Angie Urling, told me about a way you can create podcasts (and a podcast player to boot) that can be updated by PHONING IN YOUR PODCAST!!!!  (WHAT?? NO way... you don't say!)  She showed me her school FFA site, and I am shazammed!

I wanted to let her blog about it first.  See, we live by the golden rule that those who find it and share it take the credit for it.  I hear your thinking, and NO we are not taking credit for the creation of it.  We simply recognize who implemented first.  I mean GOD FORBID someone be trained on something by someone else, take what was given to them by the trainer, and try to pass it off as their own creation.  Isn't that a copyright violation?  Wait a minute.... I hear sirens coming close.  Are the copyright police coming to get you???

Anyway... I played with this creation after it was introduced to me by Angie Urling.  It is called gcast, and Angie's foray into this new widget has made my HEAD START SPINNING! 

Check out Angie Urling's blog, but then check out gcast.  Also, if you want to see gcast in action, go to my school homepage and just start listening. You can see the player at the bottom of the page.  If you go to the video page and scroll to the bottom, you can see where I have students starting to record themselves reading the stories in our new reading series.  How cool would it be to have a link where parents can work on fluency by letting their kids listen to the story being read while they read along?

Angie I am sorry.  I could not keep it a secret ANY LONGER!!!!

A Little Gift for You

Click to watch the best video EVER!

My gift to YOU!

Higher Up The Food Chain

I asked about being able to include widgets on the plain old teacher blog.   Denied.  So I have moved on to greener pastures. 

The view is much better from over here!