Edublog 2011 Awards: Best New Blog

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Kleinspiration Named Top 5 Winner in the Edublog 2011 Awards Thank you all so much for your support. We have almost 100 of the best K-6 contributing elementary authors from all over the world sharing their practice daily. award winning edublog edublog 2011 edublog 2011 winners edublog awards edublog best group blog edublog best new blog edublog winners Erin Klein Kleinspiration Teaching Blog Addict

2011 Edublog Award Nominations

EdTechSandyK

After watching the Edublog Awards process for a few years, and even voting in the final round before, I''ve decided it''s time for me to get involved at the grass-roots level by making some of my own nominations in 2011! Here are my Edublog Awards nominations for 2011: Best Individual Blog: Cool Cat Teacher by Vicki Davis - Vicki has been nominated for best teacher blog in the past and won the award in 2008, and she deserves every nomination and win.

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Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

So here is my reflections on 2010 and my predictions for 2011. Think about it in a lower elementary classroom. My reflections on 2010, and my thoughts on 2011. Image From CC Search-Flickr (User Kadath) Seems like it''s the cool thing this time of year to look back at the previous year, where we have been and to look forward, to where we are going. I want to be hip. I wrote a post on December 28, 2009 where I talked about tools that I thought would have a break out year.

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Introducing The Bedtime Book for Dogs!

Kleinspiration

Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner click here to read more about Kleinspiration Give-Aways The two winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. books for elementary Bruce Littlefield Bucket Filler Celebration Erin Klein give-away Kleinspiration October Give-Away reading motivation Teacher Give Away The Bedtime Book for Dogs Bruce Littlefield introduces his new book, The Bedtime Book for Dogs This is one of the most fun posts I''ve written.

Kleinspiration Awarded Top 50 Status

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I am very excited to have recently learned that Kleinspiration has been named one of the Top 50 Elementary Teacher Blogs by Teacher Certification Degrees.com Please take a moment to view the list of the top 50, many of which are friends and co-contributors. award winning edu tech blog education blog education blogs elementary teacher blog Erin Klein Kleinspiration teacher certification degrees top teacher blog top teacher blogs Thank you Kleinspiration readers!

Learn Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages on Your iPad!

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Recently released from ABCya.com , Virtual Maniplatives is the newest and best tool for iPads to help children learn about some of the toughest elementary mathematics concepts fractions, decimals, and percentages. When discussing the most difficult math subjects for students at an elementary level, we most often hear of two things: fractions/decimals or division.

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Blogs.com Top 10 Blog: Kleinspiration

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award winning blog award winning edu tech blog blogs.com elementary teacher blog teacher blog top 10 blog top teaching blog I''m humbled and honored to be named as a Top 10 Blogger according to Blogs.com in the Teaching category. There is an amazing list of teacher bloggers you can check out. To view the complete list, please click here.

Give-Away: Learning Resources Talk Blocks

Kleinspiration

blog give aways December give away give-away Learning Resources students record audio talk blocks Teacher Give Away workstation activity for elementary What we''re giving away? set of 5: recordable blocks in five different colors - a $69.99 value What is it? Recordable block reaches beyond simple listening and speaking practice (auditory) to also include visual reinforcement. Insert card/photo, and press down to record and replay up to 30 seconds of sound. Flip the switch to lock.

Inspiring Elementary Learners

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Our year is wrapping up, and as it does, I''d like to dedicate the next several posts to celebrating some fabulous educators and incredible learning, starting with the AJUSD elementary level. Celebrating Collaboration As a reflective piece on our school year, the Elementary Collaboration Coaches worked together to create this "Coaching Chronicles" during our Microsoft Peer Coach Training : Elementary Collaboration Coaches from Shauna Hamman on Vimeo.

Teachers. are you ready for Halloween?

Kleinspiration

These are a for sure elementary hit! Such a fun *treat* to find! While browsing iTunes, I came across these super fun songs for Halloween! I''ve been looking for safe, spooky music to play in my classroom during writer''s workshop or while the kids are creating their Halloween/Fall activities. I''m so glad I finally found these three super finds! Of course, I''ve previewed them with my daughter, Riley, a second grader, to measure the cool factor. Winner!

Arts-based Teaching in Elementary Schools

EdNews Daily

With efforts like Rhode Island School of Design’s championing of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, the arts remain at the forefront of dialogue about best practices in elementary education). Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, writes that arts in education is more important than ever and that “in the global economy, creativity is essential” (PCAH, 2011, p. Arts-based Teaching Models in Elementary Schools. PCAH, 2011, p. 2011).

ESGI giving away over $600 in free product!

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If you''re an elementary teacher, specifically a Pre-K - 2 teacher, ESGI is a product you''ll flip about! If you''re not a PreK-2 teacher but know of one, please share this great offer. Right now, ESGI is allowing teachers and parents to try ESGI free for 60 days. They''re also going to select 3 of their Facebook fans to win a free year long ESGI subscription.

From The Shamelss Promotion Department

The Web20Classroom

I have spent the better part of this school year working with an elementary school in my district to develop social media guidelines for the faculty, staff and students. I don''t often promote my own stuff but in this case I am going to do a little shameless promoting. Tomorrow I am doing a free webinar for Simple K12 entitled, Navigating Social Media Policies, One Schools'' Journey.

Week of January 9, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010-2011 school year. The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers. Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

Blog Awareness Month: Night Light Stories

SpeechTechie

audio blogs consultation early elementary later elementary We often hear the question from parents: What can I do to help my child at home? I try to keep a list of resources I can tell parents about, and here''s one for you: Chris and Melissa Bugaj''s Night Light Stories. Chris, an Assistive Technology Specialist and SLP, and his wife Melissa, a classroom teacher, have created this blog and podcast featuring original stories "that light up the imagination of kids of all ages."

Week of February 7th, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Come along and join in our first Tech Talk Tuesday in 2011. This will be a general sharing of conversations and discussions amongst participants about: Goals for 2011: What is a digital classroom? Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010-2011 school year.

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Week of February 27, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

EPA WaterSense and WasteWater Education will present a free hour seminar to introduce home school, elementary and high school teachers to the curriculum materials available from USEPA to promote March 14-20, 2011 "Fix A Leak Week!" Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

The iPad as a Window.

SpeechTechie

association auditory comprehension categories cause-effect cognitive impairment concepts description early elementary later elementary play skills preschool schema sentence formulation vocabulary Picking up a caseload of, say, 35 kiddos can be a bit daunting. You do your best to schedule and group, read IEPs, and then you have your first sessions.

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Educating in the Cloud with Google Apps

EdTechSandyK

Notes from breakout session at TCEA 2011 Google Academy Scott Floyd (@woscholar on Twitter) Director of Instructional Technology, White Oak ISD Presentation: [link] White Oak ISD has been using GAFE for four years and only had three brief outages. Collaborating with an elementary school in Austin who also has an aquarium and keeping track through shared Google docs. google google academy google apps tcea tcea 2011

Week of February 14, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] "MINI-GEEK FEST" MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-FEBRUARY, 2011 (AzTEA 2.0 This month we visit with Toby Price, Assistant Principal of Richland Upper Elementary School in Richland, MS. Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

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Week of March 6, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010-2011 school year. The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers. Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

Week of April 11, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010-2011 school year. The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers Best practices and creative approaches in vocabulary development, with an emphasis on science vocabulary.

Clouds.

SpeechTechie

adults description early elementary HS later elementary MS science sequencing weather Ah, summer. A great time to laze on a hillside and look up at the clouds. Clouds are an interesting context for language development as well. One can list the different kind of clouds and what comes out of them (categories). The process by which clouds are made, the water cycle, is a key curriculum topic (sequence).

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Guest Post by Diana Richardson: Interactive Art Site for Use with Adults

SpeechTechie

adults association auditory comprehension categories concepts description early elementary HS later elementary MS Diana Richardson, a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions here in Boston, emailed me with this great site. I encouraged her to write about it as a guest post and she agreed to do so (thanks, Diana!).

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First World Problems

SpeechTechie

emotions HS humor MS problem solving social thinking story grammar text structure upper elementary videos YouTube The beginning of the school year is a great time to talk about essential concepts around being part of a group(see the Social Thinking ® approach)- whether that group be a pull-out or private social skills group, or an entire classroom. One of my favorite resources in this regard are the opening lessons of Think Social! ,

Test Pep Rallies: Good Practice or Waste of Time?

The 21st Century Principal

If you go into any elementary, middle, or high school this time of year, you are likely to hear shouting like “Ace that Test” or “Let’s rock that test!” Leavenworth, Kansas, an elementary school held a Test Pep Rally in order to motivate students to take the second phase of state testing. emanating from the Gymnasium. For once though, the shouting is not part of a pep rally to try to pump up an athletic team for an impending contest.

Edublog Awards Nominations & Shameless Campaigning!

The Daring Librarian

Best Group Blog - Two Blogs, One Voice "This blog is the story of John Schu and Shannon Miller connecting their amazing students at Brook Forest Elementary in Oak Brook, Illinois and Van Meter Elementary in Van Meter, Iowa." miller" awesome donny deusch eddies1 edublog awards 2011 hagan miller Jennifer LaGarde John Schumacher joyce valenza librarian tiff not worthy shameless self promotion You know how most people say about awards "It''s enough just to be nominated?"

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Smyface! Explore feelings and responses.

SpeechTechie

adults cause-effect early elementary emotions HS interactives MS story grammar text structure Smyface is a simple interactive website you can use to emphasize feelings vocabulary and the connections between real-world events and internal responses. Use the slider to view a huge variety of facial expressions, match them to emotional vocabulary, and work with students to link feelings to events.

3 Interactive Math Tools to Engage Students

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Thinking Blocks This is a very nice interactive site for modeling and solving real-world math problems, designed for elementary and middles school students by Colleen King. The flexibility of virtual manipulatives and interactive math tutorials can provide opportunities for all students to master math. Here are 3 interactive sites that work well with students working on their own computers, projected in front of the class, or on an interactive board.

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STEM - It's Not Too Early

EdTechSandyK

Notes from a TCEA 2011 Concurrent Session Diane Kahanek Technology Facilitator Village Elementary School Georgetown ISD What is STEM? Last year, another elementary was bussed over to learn from the Village students. STEM tcea tcea 2011 technology integration The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics into the curriculum. Why integrate STEM?

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Week of April 25, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join Tina, Barbara and Dean as we feature Michael Thorton from Meriwether Lewis Elementary school from Charlottesville VA. link] WOW AZTEA VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE 2011 (AzTEA ) Sat 30 Apr 11:00AM New York / Sat 30 Apr 03:00PM GMT / Sun 1 May 03:00AM Sydney Peggy George. Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

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Blog Awareness Month: Writing Prompts

SpeechTechie

context curriculum connections discourse HS later elementary MS story grammar text structure Writing Prompts is a blog that presents attractive visual prompts that could be used for an oral presentation or piece of written work. The prompts are imaginative and engaging, though they will obviously not work for all students. Try using Writing Prompts with your favorite expository or narrative text structure graphic organizers.

LearnEnglish Kids' Haunted House

SpeechTechie

auditory comprehension categories early elementary holidays interactives later elementary sentence formulation The British Council''s LearnEnglish Kids'' Haunted House is a fun activity you might consider exploring Halloween week with your kids. The activity contains six creepy rooms filled with scary surprises, and kids are tasked to find one item in each room beginning with a certain letter.

Popplet Day!

SpeechTechie

adults categories early elementary graphic organizers HS later elementary MS sentence formulation text structure visual teaching Welcome to Popplet Day on SpeechTechie and TherapyApp411 ! What is Popplet, you might ask? No, it is not something that is served with dinner rolls or.anything else. Popplet is a collaborative "mind-mapping" tool with both web-based and iPad app versions. Why a day to focus on this resource?

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Planet Orange

SpeechTechie

audio categories executive function HS life skills math MS schema sentence formulation sequencing social studies upper elementary Planet Orange is a robust interactive site from ING investing company that teaches kids about money. After a quick free registration, you can guide kids to complete missions on 4 different "continents" in order to earn "OBucks." Because you have registered, you can save your progress within a group session and return to continue the activities.