Monday, April 19, 2010

Assitive Technologies

This is the magnifier option for windows. It follows your cursor and enlarges what it is touching. This tools is made to help students with visual disabilities. In this way, all your students can have equal access to the computer.

This is the high contrast feature for windows. It can help children with visual imparements who have trouble seeing things with the normal settings.

This is the keyboard setting for windows. It is created to help student who cannot use a traditional keyboard but can use the mouse.

Monday, February 15, 2010


This is in the science section of Kidspiration. This particular game is a great tool to help students learn what animals fit into which categories. Kidspiration also has materials for math, social studies, reading and writing. It is also a great tool for teachers. Teachers can use it to create fun visuals for their classes.
Kidspiration is both a reference tool, an educational game tool and a drill and practice tool. Kids can play games and learn at the same time! Teachers can use this tool to present new information or to review information that was already presented in class.

Content Exploration Tools

Elementary Writing: 2.6.4 - Identify and correctly write various parts of speech, including nouns (words that name people, places, or things) and verbs (words that express action or help make a statement).

Here are some links to help with this standard:]&A6=n&A7=LV]&A8=11&ALEVEL=0&AFUNCT=1

Elementary Science: 4.3.4 - Explain that the rotation of Earth on its axis every 24 hours produces the night-and-day cycle.

Here are some links to help with this standard:

Sunday, February 7, 2010


The postcast that I selected was about the use of ipods in education. I thought this podcast would be interesting because I have always used my ipod solely for entertainment. I have never thought it could be used in education. Using the ipod for education can be better than a laptop. Most children have an ipod or can use their parents. They are also cheaper than laptops if your school can afford them.
There are many things that you can do with the ipod. You can download audiobooks so your students can listen to novels instead of reading them. Audiobooks will save your spot if you are in the middle of a chapter and you can also change the listening speed. You can also create quizzes and flashcards for your class using the iquiz function. The Brain Game is also available for the ipod. You can also create podcasts for your class and download videos from youtube to the student's ipods.
My favorite feature is the iquiz feature. It is a good tool to help your students review class material. The quizzes have fun graphics and you can create your own especially for your class. The flashcard option is useful too. It puts all your flashcards in one place and makes them portable so your students can review anywhere!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Look at my Happy Rainbow

Look at my Happy Rainbow is a great blog of a kindergarten teacher. He documents his first year in kindergarten and the struggles and joys of teaching. It is a great blog if you need a laugh.

This website is a great resource for review! It has many different templates of popular games such as "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"

PBS Website

Pbs Website
This website is a great resource for any teacher! It has wonderful ideas, lesson plans and materials to use in your classroom.