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Recommended Sites to Engage the Student Mind …from eScience to the Arts

This was so fun to write, it is a true mystery...kids love it!

This was so fun to write, it is a true mystery…kids love it!

Hello Everyone,

We have been very busy working with a fabulous group of 8th graders in the writing process and publishing some eBooks and well, we are happy to say, life has been busy and fulfilling.  Thank you for all the well wishes as we continue to write and work on our final draft of book I in the Unlock the Teacher series. (who knew that edits are never ending 🙂 Given the time of year, we thought we would share some new and exciting sites we have found and recommend for student or teacher use this holiday season…or throughout the new year.

Wonderopolis is a great site for kids who like to learn a new factoid every day. Might be a great bellwork tool to use int he classroom too 🙂

http://wonderopolis.org/

Discover Harry Potter in a new way at Pottermore! A new interactive site that is all things Harry.

http://www.pottermore.com/

Get into cooking and watch kids cook in the kid-friendly cooking videos.

http://www.spatulatta.com/

The NGA site provides users art adventures and activities from the National Gallery of Art.  Can also be a great classroom resource!

http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm

Monterey Bay Aqauarium…we HIGHLY recommend this site for the young and the old.  “The “E-Quarium” site gives you a look at how one of the newest and most elaborate aquariums in the country works, learn about the effects of El Niño, and see how the sea otter population is being preserved.” Check it out and let us know your thoughts. We think it is sure to amaze!

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

Please note, we are now booking workshops and speaker engagements for April-August 2013.  For more information, please email trisha.vaughn@unlocktheteacherllc.com if you would like us to come to your school to speak on ePublishing, or any of our other academic workshops.

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Favorite Tweets of the Week and the Great Combination of Twitter and Education

Twitter Singing PicHere is a review of my favorite tweets this past week.  Topics range from free webinars and podcasts, to informative information in the world of education, writing and publishing.  EdReformer, StudentsFrist, Topedtweets and Writer’s Digest are all great tweeters to seek out if inquiring about the stated topics.

As an ELA teacher, those who know me find it funny that I am now a “huge” promoter of twitter.  Before I began tweeting (that still sounds funny in my head), I assumed that twitter was full of slang and fragments, meant for young people.  However, though twitter  most definitely speaks the language of our youth, it is a diverse arena where one can enter into a global debate and/or conversation on any given topic.

The lexicon can be challenging at first, but there are many who gladly lend advice (shout out to @topedtweets) and offer support.  Though I am still a novice, there are many areas in which twitter can be utilized in language arts classrooms: electronic chats between classrooms around the world, teachers sharing best practices with one another and so much more.  As educators, Jen and I are always looking for things that stretch our abilities and force us out of our comfort zone…isn’t that what we ask our students to do when teaching them a new concept?

If you are a parent, a teacher or anyone who feels that social technology has no place in education, I encourage you to jump out of the box with me and explore the new language of the furture…dare to dream!

Have a great weekend!

 Denise 🙂

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