Tabaldo on Tech

Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

Tabaldo on Tech - Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

Found Shmoop?

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Shmoop online resources look very engaging for Students and Teachers alike!

I was looking for some online resources for math and science and ran across SHMOOP!. This Shmoop site has so much to offer when it comes to resources for your students.

Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. Don’t worry… we’ll have it back home at a reasonable hour.

With Student Learning Guides like: Literature, Bible, Poetry, Shakespeare  Mythology, Bestsellers  Dr. Seuss, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Calculus, Biology, & US History, you will also find resources like: DMV, SAT, ACT, AP Exams, En Espanol and Videos.

They offer online Teacher Resources (for a small fee ~$5/guide) as well as Test Prep & College Readiness (also for fee help.)

Our Mission

Shmoop means “move something forward a little bit.” The phrase reflects our company mission, which is to shine a little light into the dark corners of students’ minds. We believe that great and difficult concepts can be explained clearly, succinctly, and with a compelling storyline. In “telling the tale” behind seemingly intangible subjects, we humanize them and make them accessible to everyone.

Sincerely,
The Shmoop Team

 

TODAY ONLY! FREE APP – Where Do Balloons Go?

Today Only – Auryn App Developers will be giving Jamie Lee Curtis’ – Where Do Balloons Go? storybook app FREE!

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Click here to get the app today!

Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery : a creativity-enhancing kid’s book by Jamie Lee Curtis (by Auryn Apps) by Auryn Inc.

This interactive book can be read to user (by JLC herself) or it can be read independently. Either way there are amazing interactive activities around every corner (uhhh page.)

Recommended for ages 3+  – For a classroom app perfect for K – 2

My son is a “spokesperson” for this app!

 

 

Students Need Google Search Help

Just because we think our students are tech savvy, does not mean they are proficient when it comes to productive web searching.

Students might come to us with tech skills, but those skills might be gaming skills, iTunes skills, singing cat on YouTube searching skills or App Store purchasing skills. Our students are not necessarily coming to school with quality web searching skills.  Google offers Lesson Plans for teaching Google Search. These lessons are separated into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and are on topics like “Picking the right search terms,” “Understanding search results” and “Evaluating credibility of sources” and more. In the Lesson Plan tab, you will find Standards mapping (CC, AASL & ISTE NETS-S.)

There are also YouTube videos we can show that gives students a better idea of how Google Search works:

It is not difficult to teach some basic search practices, and even work in some Google Search Lessons into you activities. This will make for more productive, robust and well-rounded searching results in the future.

iPad Screen Display in the Classroom

ToT-wpid-photo-2013-02-10-1032-pm I recently stumbled across a blog post that talked about how to project your iPad to a projector on the TeachingWithiPads.com site. I liked both methods described in the article, but I was able to quickly implement Method 2, in 10 minutes.

Method 1: Use AirPlay with AppleTV to projector (or in some cases a TV monitor.)

Method 2: Use Reflector software, installed on a Mac (or PC) that is hooked up to the projector.

I purchased the Reflector software for $12.99 and was able to install it on my MacBook via download and activation. I turned on my iPad and made sure both devices were on the same WiFi network. I double clicked the “home” button and swiped right to get the AirPlay activation.TOT-mirroring

I selected “my computer” and turned on “Mirroring” and viola I was up and running.

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Reflection in Full Screen

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Reflection on the Desktop

 

Looking for Free Images?

Free Images for use in Educational Settings

Looking for images to go along with your lesson?

Yes, there is always Google Image Search (I use it daily) but those images may be protected by copyright law. If you are looking free images that you can use legally check out these sites:

morgueFile

morgueFile – Free high resolution photographs, (as a courtesy you could site the photographer.) The morguefile images are really free to use in creative projects, although they are not in the public domain. These images are provided with free usage rights, it is similar to taking the image yourself, but you can not claim ownership of the image.

pics4learning

Pics4Learning – Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.

freefoto

FreeFoto – FreeFoto.com is made up of 132549 images with 183 sections organized into 3640 categories. Educational users may download images to use off-line in school projects. FreeFoto.com does ask for link back and attribution for photos used.

 

 

I’ve Been Adding Resources

Pages Are Updated

Although there have been no Blog posts this last week I have been updating pages of my Site. (Remember this is just the beginning. I am relying on my fellow teachers to add to this content as we find it.) Here is a quick overview of what has been added:

Articles:

In the Articles section I have added 2 pages, Flipped Classroom and Paperless. I will continue to add articles on these topics as I come across quality reading.
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Teacher Resources:

In the Teacher Resources section I have added 3 new pages under iPad Apps: Science Apps, Math Apps and Literacy Apps. These pages are just the beginning of providing links to iPad apps that may be useful in your classroom.
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