Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Let Your BrainPOP Over Animation & Learning

BrainPop is an incredibly rich, engaging resource that everyone at SCS can use to learn...A LOT!  BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students.  There are movies, quizzed, experiments, timelines, activity pages, graphic organizers, vocabulary builders and MORE!
Hundreds of topics within science, social studies, english, technology, arts & music, and health.

Thank the PTO for funding our BrainPOP & BrainPOP Junior subscription this year - with FULL HOME ACCESS!

You can even search by state standards. Use it on an iPad! & Iphone & android devices


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Why can't schools be more like summer camp-Really!

Let's make things!!!

3 Things That Schools Can Learn from Summer Camp from Amplify

"I'm fascinated by what I see when kids get the opportunity to make things. They enjoy what they are doing, and they begin to direct their own work toward their own creative goals. For those who are disengaged, we have to help them discover a state of play."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Election 2012 on Discover Education

Great place for short videos

Discovery Education has partnered with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions—producers of the PBS NewsHour—to offer exclusive presidential election coverage. Check here weekly for three-minute video news summaries designed to keep students up-to-date on the latest developments of the election. In addition, each week a new further learning activity will be added to this page. See "About Election 2012" under More Resources for further details.

Monday, October 8, 2012

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration.
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Earth Science Animations

A bunch of great EARTH SCIENCE animations on the Curriki website

Neil Gaiman's 8 Rules of Writing

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing by Maria Popova “Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.” In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman (Graveyard Book, Coraline...)

Also check out: For more timeless wisdom on writing, see Kurt Vonnegut’8 rules for a great storyDavid Ogilvy’10 no-bullshit tipsHenry Miller’11 commandments,Jack Kerouac’30 beliefs and techniquesJohn Steinbeck’6 pointers, andSusan Sontag’synthesized learnings.

Friday, July 20, 2012


I know, what a terrible pun. I've been using Pinterest a bit recently--not actually  adding information to any boards of my own, but looking at what others have been doing. Pinterest is being touted as one of the hottest takeoffs on the Internet. It's straightforward and easy to use. Sign up, create a board with the title of one of your interests, and "pin" websites and pictures to the board. The resulting display is very visual and accessible.  Click on an image and you're taken to the site. There's a place for labels and who pinned it previously (did I say you could repin?).  Teachers have been using it to create quick-click resource websites for students.  You can't share boards and students can't use it under the Pinterest terms of service, but it is a really useful tool. Today, after reading an article by Kate Messner in School Library Journal about Pinterest and its uses by authors I checked out her Pinterest board for the book Marty McGuire Digs Worms--a book we have in our library. Kate lists a review, information about the book, a Twitter  book club link, and lots of information about worms, composting, Earth Day, and activities.

You can search for Pinterest boards when you are searching for information about a topic or to find classroom resources on a topic. Searching for the search terms Pinterest and 2nd grade listed about a dozen teacher sites with 2nd grade as a theme. Search for early literacy, math games, French revolution, whatever.

When you find resources you want to share--maybe with students or parents--create your own boards with your curated resources. You don't need any tech expertise to use Pinterest, just some things you'd like to find and share.

Get Your PLN Info HERE

We had some questions last year about PLNs. PLN is a term that's been floating around the edtech/library world (and probably others we are unaware of) for a couple of years. PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. Most of us--you, too--already have one of some sort. It may be one of the teachers you work with, maybe your mentor, or an administrator. You may also have certain journals you read or columns you check. Those people, either physically present or not, constitute your personal learning network. They're your go-to folks. Chances are, your PLN could be more robust and informative to you if you did a little tweaking. Social media and web 2.0 tools make this easy. A school librarian, Jennifer LaGarde, has created an online tool absolutely chock full of how-to's for growing your PLN. Don't sigh and say, "I'll do this later." Start by taking a peek and some baby steps--you'll be amply rewarded.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Choosing Apps-a Guide

Silvia Tolisano has been posting about choosing apps for education for quite some time on her blog, Langwitches. She points out that we are all in new territory here and that teachers need to consider their students, the learning goals, and the capability of a particular app in order for it to be used effectively with students. To aid the conversation with teachers she has developed a graphic that explains various considerations and questions. View the graphic, which can also downloaded in PDF format from the website,

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Flat Stanley App

Several teachers and students at SCS have participated in the Flat Stanley project in the past. Now there's an app for that. Activity generally it consists of sending a flat, paper Stanley through snail mail with the goal of getting his picture and story with others around the world.  Flat Stanley helps students learn about travel, while discovering different cultures to develop a love for reading.  With this new app, students can learn about the world through the eyes of Stanley in a way never before possible. Students can create their own Flat Stanley (or Flat Stella), they can change Stanely’s features and clothes and even give him a name and bio before sending him out into the world.  Students can share photos through email, Twitter and Flatter World within the app.   In Flatter World, new Flat Stanleys have been spotted. If students take enough pictures, they can unlock the new Flat Stanleys to take photos with.
The Flat Stanley app is COPPA compliant, which means that it is happily usable for kids under the age of 13.  An approval crew monitors and approves images shared through the app for an extra layer of safety for students.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Follow Digital Kindergarten

Digital Kindergarten This is a great blog to follow, particularly if you teach the lower grades. Here is the introduction: Using technology in meaningful, developmentally appropriate ways to make learning come alive and differentiate instruction so that all students achieve. I hope this blog is helpful to anyone utilizing technology with children. If you have found it useful, I appreciate you letting me know and sharing with others. The author has recently been posting about using iPads in the kindergarten classroom. She has some good suggestions.

Friday, May 25, 2012

:The Multiage Magic

This is pretty thought provoking - good stuff no matter what the current cicumstances. If you can spare a few minutes.. Listen to the poem.. Digest the post. Click the link below. "And since the whole thing's imagined anyhow, Imagine being Kevin. Which is he?" Part of the magic of imagination in the education of ourselves as young people lies in our seeing - and in our constantly changing understanding - of the older people around us. We see, we assume, we imagine, we project, we play at, we practice... and then we cycle through all of that again and again." FOLLOW THIS LINK:
SpeEdChange: The Multiage Magic

Monday, May 21, 2012

TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing

Use engaging videos to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube. 

Google Knowledge Graph: Things Not Strings

"The Knowledge Graph enables you to search for things, people or places that Google knows about—landmarks, celebrities, cities, sports teams, buildings, geographical features, movies, celestial objects, works of art and more—and instantly get information that’s relevant to your query. This is a critical first step towards building the next generation of search, which taps into the collective intelligence of the web and understands the world a bit more like people do."

"When you search for things, people, or places that Google knows about, we can use the Knowledge Graph to enhance your search results.
Find the right thing
The words you search with can often have more than one meaning. With the Knowledge Graph we can understand the difference, and help you narrow your results to find just the answers you're looking for.
Get the best summary
See key facts about your search with the most useful and interesting information for that particular topic, based on the questions other people have asked.
Go deeper and broader
Make unexpected discoveries and explore a topic more deeply with a springboard of information at your fingertips. What you find may surprise you!"

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Favorite Apps

Just a few of our favorite apps for the iPad

Pages lets you create beautiful letters, reports, flyers, and more on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. No matter which device you’re on, iCloud keeps your Pages documents up to date across them all — automatically. And the Retina display makes everything you do in Pages look even more brilliant. 

Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends, sounds from SoundCloud and much more.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. 

** The original, easiest-to-use, best-selling handwriting app for iPad. On sale. **
Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea -- in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.

Star Walk is an award-winning Education app that allows users to easily locate and identify 20,000+ objects in the night sky. The 360-degree, touch control star map displays constellations, stars, planets, satellites, and galaxies currently overhead from anywhere on Earth.
Developed at the Stanford School of Education, Motion Math HD follows a star that has fallen from space, and must bound back up, up, up to its home in the stars. Moving fractions to their correct place on the number line is the only way to return. A recent controlled experiment showed that by playing Motion Math HD, learners improve their ability to estimate fractions and their attitudes toward math.
"History:Maps of World" is a fun and educational collection of high-resolution historical maps.
Check it out to keep up with your history, learn something about history.

 Really fun art/science app exploring colors


Explore art on your iPad.

Art repository Art.com presents a new iPad app, ArtCircles, which lets you explore curated collections of the world's greatest artworks. Curators include designer, Yves Behar; technology innovator, Michael Hawley; president of Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda, among others.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Map of Life

The current release allows you to explore globally the geographic distributions for any terrestrial vertebrate species (as well as North American freshwater fish). Specifically you are able to:
  1. Display expert range maps, point occurrence records, records from study areas such as reserves and larger regions. These are shown as layers on maps, and a layer control widget allows you to adjust ordering, visibility, etc .  
  2. Retrieve a list of species for the vicinity of any location worldwide using the species list tool. Simply set search radius and group of interest, and right click (control-click on Macs) your mouse button on a point of the map.

Map of Life will allow users to see several levels of detail for a given species–from the broad type of environment it lives in, to the finest–specific locations where the species’ presence has been documented.  Users may now click on a point on the map and generate a list of vertebrate species in the surrounding area.  The project gleans data from a  variety of sources, including field guides, museum collections and wildlife checklists that involved scientists, conservation organizations and “citizen scientists. The current demo release allows users explore globally distributions for any  vertebrate species and for North American freshwater fish. Much more to come!
A press release from a research team from the University of Colorado and Yale University quoted CU-Boulder Associate Professor Robert Guralnick of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, and research team member:.
We are taking 200 years of different types of knowledge coming from different sources, all documenting the locations of species around the world and compiling them in a way that will greatly enhance our knowledge of biodiversity.  Such information could be used by any organization that needs to make informed decisions regarding land management, health, conservation and climate change.
Walter Jetz, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale, and the project lead, shared:
It is the where and the when of a species. It puts at your fingertips the geographic diversity of life. Ultimately, the hope is for this literally to include hundreds of thousands of animal and plant species and show how much or indeed how little we know of their whereabouts.
The project will rely on citizen participation, and an upcoming mapping tool will offer the opportunity for amateurs to supply new or missing information regarding the distribution and abundance of a species.  According to Guralnick,
A small but powerful next step is to provide a means for anyone, anywhere on the globe to use their mobile devices to instantly pull up animal and plant distributions and even get a realistic assessment on the odds of encountering a particular species of wildlife.

Thanks to Joyce Valenza for sharing this great resource.

Highly recommended Apps by 2nd Graders

This is a link to a great post by Mr. Schu.  He surveyed his 2nd grade class and shares their top pics:


Friday, March 30, 2012

Your Brain on Fiction

" Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life." http://nyti.ms/xUl3a8

Teaching About Sensitive Issues in the News

Good stuff from the NYTimes Learning Network

 10 Ways to Talk to Students About Sensitive Issues in the News

"This week it might be the Trayvon Martin shooting, while last week it could have been the “Kony 2012″ viral video, the soldier in Afghanistan accused ofmassacring women and children, or the outcry over Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of Sandra Fluke: In a “flat” social media world, parents and teachers are no longer the gatekeepers, and news of all kinds reaches children — sometimeseven before it gets to adults.
How do you talk about difficult or sensitive news stories with young people, whether in your classroom or at your dinner table?"


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Color Uncovered App

Color Uncovered by Exploratorium

Explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos developed by the Exploratorium.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Apps & Apple for Education

New Education Apps from the Apple Event - some great apps for all- 

Don't forget to update your iTunes and get the iBooks 2 app update!
Scroll down for apps

iBooks 2    

The iPad's iBooks app is what the rest of the Apple for Education apps rest on. Available for free today in the iTunes store, iBooks 2 provides deeper functionality and a special section for Apple's major announcement...
 iBooks Textbooks for iPad  Books would be available for students to keep indefinitely, and could be redownloaded at no charge.
New iTunes U - Learn from your couch!
Check out the new version new version of iTunes U, which offers full college-level courses straight to the iPad or mobile device. All of the course materials, lectures and homework is found within iTunes U.
iBooks Author:
Create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad.

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad.

(you need OS X)

Book Creator for iPad  


Friday, January 13, 2012

"The End of Multiple Choice? The Quest To Create Accurate Robot Essay Graders
When kids have "10,000 keystroke days," data miners will be able to extract countless observations about students. http://www.fastcoexist.com/node/1679134

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Always Current iOS 5 Tips and Tricks Guide

The Always Current iOS 5 Tips and Tricks Guide http://www.maclife.com/files/u307916/2011/12/ios5.jpg
"iOS 5 is an incredibly complex operating system, filled with hundreds of innovative, undocumented little touches, just waiting for you to stumble on. Here's an updated, ever-constant filling of tips and tricks to help you master Apple's latest iOS to the fullest. Keep checking back and be sure to bookmark us for future reference."