Jen's Presentation for August 2012 to PreK-3 Teachers

3 Distinct Parts Today

(Located at the bottom of the page)

Globalizing the Curriculum Ideas


Blogs Below are options for blog hosts and classroom examples.

There are other options as well. If you are comparing blogging tools, this page may help you to choose.

Blogs as Primary Digital Portfolios

Finding Meaning in the Masses: Maximizing Your Professional Learning Community

  • Twitter Checklist - A list of steps to help you learn how to make the most of Twitter.

  • Twitter FAQ - Intro to what Twitter is and what it’s about.

  • Service for saving twitter hash tag searches. Good for camps, conferences, etc. Can specify date range. Limited to 500(?) tweets, so for larger events, might want to run tweetdoc daily.

  • Bitly : URL shortener, able to create custom URL’s. Another good URL shortener is google URL shortener - if signed in you are able to see number of times accessed as well as a qr code that is automatically generated

  • Twitter Chat Schedule - Many of these are not education related, but may be something you are interested in pursuing.

Web Literacy for Elementary Students

Searching by Reading Level
Enter your search word-->Choose More Search Tools-->Choose Reading Level-->Choose Basic

Creating Custom Searches
Google Custom Search- You choose the sites for your students to search. Use the embed code that is provided to put your custom search on to any web space. Example

Search Engines to use with young children:

Searching for Images Legally

  • Any image automatically has a copyright.

  • Compfight - Search Flickr for Creative Commons images.

Websites - Some websites to show when teaching kids about the inaccuracies of the web:

Jen’s Critical Thinking website
  • Focus on the Validating Information section - The R.E.A.L Strategy
    • R - Remember to look at the extensions
    • E - Examine the content on the site itself
    • A - Who is the author of the site? Are they a reliable resource for this information?
    • L - What does this site link to and what sites link to this one
  • Gleanwhois is a great resource
  • What aspects of this can we use with small children to prepare them?

Apps to Start Your Shift to Digital

  • Audioboo - (free) Audio recording tool that allows sharing through embeds.

  • Educreations - (free) Draw, annotate and record your voice on a whiteboard then grab the embed code right in the app. (Also ScreenChomp and ShowMe)

  • Book Creator - ($4.99) Add photos or drawings and text to make a digital book.

  • Draw Free- (free) A good starter drawing tool.

  • TCEA’s Listof iPad apps. Search by subject and level. (Including primary!) Many of them are free.

Other Helpful Tools

ClassDojo - (free) Fantastic for keeping track of of both positive and negative behaviors. Fabulous for showing immediate feedback to students.

Diigo/Delicious - (free) Social bookmarking tool that keeps track of all your favorites online and allows you to share and follow others.

Evernote- (free or paid version) Keep track of student progress using text. The paid version also saves audio and images.

Fabulous Early childhood and Elementary Teachers' websites:

Kathy Cassidy - Grade 1/2 teacher in Canada
Lachlan Hull - Kindergarten teacher in Australia
Maria Knee - Kindergarten teacher in Maine
Ms. VonWahlde - International School of Prague - Third grade students in Prague
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano - 21st Century Learning specialist - grades 1-5
Linda Yollis - Third Grade teacher

Wikis Together!
  • Reader's Theater
  • What else could you do with the new friends you meet?

Levels of Technology Integration

Some Things to Think About/Remember:
The crossing the street analogy

Kids needs time to reflect

When you give kids purpose, an audience and/or choice they become much more engaged in their learning

Make it personal whenever you can