Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Edmodo Teacher Resources

If you’re already using Edmodo, or plan to use it in the future, check out their Teacher Rollout Resources, including a sample code of conduct, usage guidelines, parent letters, and more.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Is it just me?

Have you ever asked yourself that question (is it just me?) when you find that the website you need appears to be down? Next time, instead of wondering, copy and paste your URL at Down for Everyone or Just Me? to find out.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Edmodo Updates

The people at Edmodo have been busy! They just released several updates, including the ability to create, assign and grade quizzes. Here’s a quick preview of this useful feature:

Quizzes: By popular demand, now you can create, assign and grade assessments using your own multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer and True False questions.  Although our goal was to make it as simple and user friendly as possible, the new quiz feature has a lot of deeper functionality that we hope will make your assessments richer, while providing you greater efficiencies.  These features include: Ability to Re-take quizzes, Time limits, summary chart for each student’s quiz results, LaTex support (markup language for Math equations), and much much more.

Look for more details to be posted on Edmodo tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a link to read about the other new features.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Social Networking Poll Results

Check out the results of my unofficial social networking poll:

Which social networks do you belong to…


Total Votes91

Monday, October 3, 2011


If you use Wordle, but haven’t tried Tagxedo yet, here’s a brief video tutorial to get you started. Tagxedo is similar to Wordle, but it allows you to make shapes out of your word clouds.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Now available in the lmc...

The September issue of National Geographic.  The cover story is "The New Science of the Teenage Brain".  Let me know if you would like to borrow this magazine.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Now available in the lmc...

A hard copy of the latest edition of Smithsonian’s In Your Classroom. Use What’s Your Problem? A Look at the Environment in Your Own Backyard.” to challenge your students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Edmodo in Action

Not sure how you can use Edmodo with your classes? Check out these short videos for some examples of how different subject area teachers are using it. Still looking for more ideas? Check out this Google Doc.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tired of the same old projects?

If you’re looking for new, creative ways for your students to express the subject knowledge that they have acquired, this article has great suggestions for projects to try.

Images, Music & Sounds

I added a pathfinder to the @theCMS_lmc blog with links to websites that your students can use to search for images, music & sounds. Many of these sites are copyright-friendly or include media that is licensed under Creative Commons.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Looking for Inspiration?

Here’s a project that was created in an 11th grade Literature class. It integrates several web 2.0 tools, including Wikispaces, Glogster & text messages. Click here to see the collaborating librarian’s explanation of how the text messages were created and imported into Glogster. If you have a student with an iphone at home, they could do this. If not, you or the student could create a similar-looking template and students could fill in the bubbles with their texts. This project may also give you an idea of how Wikispaces can be used for group projects. It appears that one wiki was created for the project, and then each team had a page of the wiki to present their research. Just thought something in this cool project might inspire someone!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mythology: Shmoop Snoops the Gods

If you haven’t seen Shmoop, you should check it out. This website’s mission is “to make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age.” They just released a new Mythology section called Shmoop Snoops the Gods, where you can read the online profiles, walls, inboxes and diaries of the Gods.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Constitution Day Resources

Constitution Day is September 17th. Click here for resources from the Dept. of Ed. to commemorate the occasion.

Friday, September 2, 2011

I Can't Wait for Someone to Try this Out...Wikispaces Projects!

Wikispaces has introduced Projects, a new way for students to collaborate on group work. Each project can be divided up into teams, each with its own page. Click here to read the announcement from Wikispaces on their blog and click here for help with Projects.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Random Name / Word Picker

Do you find yourself calling on the same students over and over again? Try this Random Name /Word Picker tool that can be found on the Classtools.net website. Just enter your class list and click the fruit machine button. You could even use it at home to see whose turn it is to take out the trash. (Surprise! It’s Jim’s turn again!!!) The sound effects were a bit much for me, but you could turn the volume down on your computer.

Friday, August 26, 2011

QR Code Video

Below is a video I saw at a workshop last year that gave me the idea of using QR codes in our library. The video shows some of the ways McGuffey HS used QR codes, not just in their library, but in several subject areas - family & consumer sciences, foreign languages, music, science, social studies and more. Maybe it will give you some ideas too! (This is a YouTube video, so you won't be able to watch it in school.)

Also, I have a collection of links with information regarding QR codes. Click here if you want to explore more on QR codes.

The Daring Librarian: QR Code AT-A-Glance Comic Tutorial

Here's a cool QR code primer from one of my rockstar librarian idols:

The Daring Librarian: QR Code AT-A-Glance Comic Tutorial:

You can click on the image on her website to see an enlarged version of the image.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Creative Commons: An Educational Primer

Have your students been copying and pasting whatever they find on the internet without even a thought about copyright infringement? You need to be aware of Creative Commons and what it means to you. Here’s an Educational Primer on Creative Commons to get you started.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Using Edmodo with Glogster - A Timesaving Tip

If you’ve ever used Glogster, you know it can be frustrating to sort through all of your student accounts when trying to grade projects. Well, here’s an idea that will make this endeavor a little bit easier. If you’re using Edmodo, you probably already have your students separated into classes. Next, you will create an assignment for the Glogster project. When your students are ready to “turn in” their assignments, all they have to do is log into Edmodo, click the “Turn-in” link and copy & paste the URL for their Glog into their message. When you are ready to grade the Glogs, you can filter the assignments to pull up only the Glogster projects that have been turned in. Finally, just click on the links and the Glogs will open right up!