Monday, July 30, 2012

The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers

There are some great ones I have used and loved, and some I haven't heard of!  Score!

List of FREE apps... great basics for ipads...

These are some great basic and free apps that can be used across the grades. I use a lot of these already and found some new ones.

Sidebar Fallen Down? : The Blogger Guide

Sidebar Has Fallen Down! : The Blogger Guide: Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sidebar Has Fallen Down!
For about a month I have been struggling to figure out what was wrong with my sidebars on this blog!  I have emailed and posted my problem on Twitter and the Google Blogger help forum, but no one seemed to have the answer.  However, I did some MORE searching, and finally found the man with the answer.
If your sidebars are missing, or have been pushed to the bottom of your blog, check out this trouble-shooting idea!
Thanks so much to man in  Sri Lanka, who had the answer for me.
Isn't the internet amazing!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

There's an app for that!

Isn't there an app for everything?!?! This video is a funny Sesame Street parody about apps.

I found it on Kathy Schrock's website. This is a GREAT resource for all kinds of technology ideas. Kathy is absolutely an expert!

Friday, July 20, 2012

2 Great FREE Learning Apps

Knowonder!: A FREE app that promotes literacy, fun, creativity and brand new stories to read with your kids every single day of the year. And the stories are really good.

I'm thrilled to see BrainPop come out with a Jr. app!

BrainPop Jr.: A FREE educational app that teaches your kids about many different historical events, inventions, famous people, amazing places etc. through short "movies". Lots of content and activities included to this app.

The BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app & Knowonder! is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or at

Thanks to Megan Spires for sharing these apps on We Teach Come joins us on We Teach and connect, share, and learn with other teachers or moms!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back to School Teacher Discount Days!

Mark your calendars! For those of you in the Dallas area, here are the teacher discount dates I've been able find:
Mardel - July 19
Teacher's Tools in Allen off 121 - July 26
Office Max - Aug. 9
Big Lots & Staples' day is on August 11th
You know where to find me on these days! ;)
***Dates vary by where you live, so check out their websites for the discount dates at store locations near you!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Starting the New Year with Community Building

You have probably heard of the story or the poem, The Crayon Box That Talked. It's a cute story about a box of crayons that don't get along because of their color. Then, the crayons work together, with the help of a child, to create a beautiful picture, and suddenly the crayons all appreciate each other for their unique contribution. GREAT message to start off your year with a sense of community and appreciation for each others' differences.
The book is adorable, and I read it every year, but this year, I cannot wait to show my kids this animation as well...

THE CRAYON BOX THAT TALKED from tim webb on Vimeo.

After we read the story, and this year watch this video, then I give each child a piece of poster board in the shape of a puzzle piece. I write their names on the poster board pieces before I cut the pieces apart to make sure all names are facing the right direction. The kids then illustrate the pieces however they want. I encourage them to tell something about themselves with their piece, either drawing favorite hobbies, or people, or places, or just using their favorite colors. I decorate my own puzzle piece as well, and I leave a few pieces blank for new students that come throughout the year. Then, we all meet back at the carpet, and they work together to put our class puzzle together. Then we look at it and admire the different colors and designs and the fact that no piece is the same as another, but when they come together, they are beautiful!!! I leave a big puzzle piece blank in the middle for a class picture and the words "We Fit Together." This hangs up in our room or right outside our door for the entire year. :) Such a great concrete way to demonstrate appreciating differences!