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Caroline Bucky-Beaver

100 Awesome, Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers | Smart Teaching - 36 views

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    The Internet can be a scary place for elementary teachers. On one hand, you want to share the Internet as a wonderful tool with your students, but on the other, you worry about safety and helping them find the most useful resources without getting lost on the information superhighway. Because of this, we've put together a listing of some of the best sites for elementary teachers and students online, plus a few tools to help you keep everything together.
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

Our City Podcast - 0 views

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    Our City Podcast is a podcast for kids and by kids. Students from around the globe are invited to submit a recording all about the city they live in (with the help of their teachers or parents).
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

classblogmeister.com/bloggers_contract.doc - 1 views

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    I like this blogger's contract for the students to sign before they begin. It could be used for wikis with a little editing.
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

Secret Life of Bees Study Guide - 1 views

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    Study guide that is authored by students for the book The Secret Life of Bees
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

Student Created Blog Policies - Bud the Teacher's Wiki - 2 views

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    Although meant for bloggers, this could be used for wikis as well.
Dina Padgett

8 Portrait Poems and Examples - 0 views

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    This is a good activity for students for the first week of school.... creative ice breaker and introductions
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com - 0 views

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    This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place... and so much more!
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

Mrs. Schmidt's Webpage - 6 views

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    Project letters written by young students to soldiers in Irag. They have audio recordings, too. Great letters that are in their handwriting and scanned in.
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

daronow wonders about having students use www.wordle.net to check what words they're using too often in writing.... - Plurk.com - 1 views

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    Uses for Wordle in the classroom
Caroline Bucky-Beaver

DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effective Classrooms - 19 views

  • “Turbo-Charged Wikis: Technology Embraces Cooperative Learning”
  • A wiki-based project should not be the first time students work together. Collaborative projects work well, but only if an environment of cooperation already exists.
  • assignment of the project must possess two qualities. First, it must be an authentic problem or situation which must be solved collaboratively. Second, the final product must be utilized by another audience, preferably classmates to advance the learning of the entire class. In other words, the wiki cannot result in an assignment that is merely "turned in." Also teachers need to remember that the wiki is only the tool to enhance learning; the problem solving is what drives the project.
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  • To make sure this project progresses, teachers need to instill the five components of Cooperative Learning: namely, Positive Interdependence, individual Accountability, Face to Face Interaction, Group Processing, and teaching small-group social skills. The most important of the two are Positive Interdependence and Individual Accountability. 
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    Great article on how to best prepare for a wiki-based project.
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