Santa Visits Recipe for Time

Santa Claus dropped by with some excellent Web resources for all of us. Check it out!


5 Internet Technologies That School Administrators Need to Know About — Teachers will certainly follow when administrators “go first” and model effective practice. This short list is a great starting point for anyone curious about how education is changing with technology. Kevin, Jamie, and I are ready and willing to demo anything on this list. Some go-getters are already using these tools. Learn all about it!


Bullying PSA — Created by students! This is worth sharing with students. We could also challenge students here at YS to create something similar. Learning by Creating is at the very top of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.

Another Way to Demonstrate Understanding — Graphic Note-taking — Watch this example. It is fascinating. Perhaps we could add this to our arsenal of “show me” project options. Students could record themselves reading the narrative of their project, then video a graphic note-taking session to accentuate the points they make in the narrative. (And hey, the content of this example is pretty powerful stuff, too).

Student Uses for Evernote — I have been using a tool called Evernote for over a year now. It stores notes (digital and hand-written), pictures, audio notes, and so much more, and I can search for my stored items on my computer or on my phone. I digitized my recipe cards (easy with a digital camera) and popped the info into Evernote. Now, when I am at the store and forget what I need to make chicken curry, I just search “curry” in Evernote on my phone, and the picture of the recipe card pops up. This is just one practical and easy thing that Evernote does. Well, a powerful tool has educational possibilities! Read this blog post (thanks to Tom Lerew for sharing it with me) from a young college student who is making use of this tool in his studies. What can we do in our classrooms to prepare our students to be this organized and productive?

Skype in the Classroom — Everyone at YS has access to Skype, a powerful tool that allows us to connect with others (in the room next door or halfway around the world) through typed chats, computer-to-computer voice calls, or even video calls. And it’s FREE. Ask me how! This “Skype in the Classroom” website aims to help teachers connect with others interested in Skyping class-to-class. No matter what you teach, your students could be Skyping with students somewhere else in the district, county, state, country, or world. Sign up to collaborate!


Moodle Tutorials and Step-by-Steps: From Adelphi University, this is a nicely organized list of how-to’s. I also put a link to this resource in the Moodle module of TechSpace — don’t forget that you have access to help in this location. 🙂


What I Eat — read the description at the site for more details, but in a nutshell, the book investigates about 80 different people around the world and what they ate in one particular day. What an interesting study of culture and food! This website gives a small “taste” of the book. (If anyone orders this book, let me know. I want to borrow it!).


Hans Rosling’s Video — Essentially a demo of gapminder — but WOW. If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it right now! Challenge students to pull gapminder data of their own and analyze it in the style presented here. Powerful!


The Disunion Blog — As we approach the 150 anniversary of the Civil War, the New York Times is providing this blog that explores the turbulent contributing forces for the Civil War. I remember the first research paper I ever wrote on the causes of the Civil War for Mr. Smyser (Memory Eternal!). I wish I’d had access to this blog in 1989.


DataMasher — Select data to compare between US states.

GeoGebra Tutorials — Another great post from Richard Byrne of the Free Technology for Teachers blog.

Yummy Math — This site provides topically organized relevant math situations and problems.


The Most Amazing Science Images of 2010 — It’s Best-of-the-Year time again, and this is a good one!

Scientific Inquiry — Jim Gates, a popular (and local) blogger and educational technology instructor, proposes a very nice lesson in this recent blog post. It’s worth a serious look!

Google Science Fair — Google is hosting a huge science fair for ages 13-18. Backed by some major players (NASA, Natl. Geo. and Scientific American, to name just a few), this is surely a wonderful opportunity that we should share with our students.

NASA Launch Footage — Another great find from Richard Byrne’s Blog, Free Tech for Teachers — 29 years of shuttle launches. This is amazing!


Wikileaks, TSA, and Literature — We all look for real-world relevance in the literature we teach. Current events are ripe with fodder for discussion that might make the literature we read come alive for our students. This blog post outlines a project to bring students together to explore how Wikileaks and the practices of the TSA might relate to books such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. If you are not teaching those books, this is still worth a look. You may be inspired!

Book Flavor — This search engine will ask you for information about authors, genres, topics, etc. that you enjoy, and then will generate book suggestions for you. Neat-o.

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3 Responses to Santa Visits Recipe for Time

  1. Jolene says:

    The evernotes thing sounds interesting for L.S. organization. I’m just not sure how that would translate with different computer systems–home and school? I’m definitely looking into it!! Thanks so much for passing these great ideas on to us!!

  2. Aly Tapp says:

    Yes, Jolene, there is MUCH you can do with Evernote. When I am back in the classroom, I intend to make use of it for research. I would be happy to show you how it works. Let me know.

  3. Dr. Kate says:

    Thanks Aly,

    loved the Science Images!

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