Oh my, I have been neglectful this week haven’t I cats and kittens? I didn’t mean to up and disappear on you all but, well, there hasn’t been anything major to share with you this week. There have been a few random this and thats and now that I have a week’s worth of them,… Continue reading This & Thats
Did you know that way back in 1999, the U.S. government established that ALL public and private school websites would need to be made web accessible, as in accessible to students with disabilities? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Research shows that many schools are not in compliance with this directive (see the 1999 Journal… Continue reading Cynthia Says….
I’m sure you’ve heard the joke about babies/kids/teenagers not coming with an owner’s manual but, for a teacher and/or a school librarian, Edutopia may have the next best thing. Edutopia is a website supported by the George Lucas Educational Foundation and is devoted to bringing educators easy access to “what works in education.” One of… Continue reading Do These Things Come with Owners’ Manuals?
I recently read an article in Marie Claire @ Play (a special supplement issue that came with my subscription over the summer) entitled “State of Play” by Joanne Chen. The article explores how more and more, research is showing that play is a key element in our lives. Play can make us happier and healthier.… Continue reading Power (of) Play
During my Library Services for Students with Disabilities class last week we completed a simulation aimed at simulating the effects of cognitive overload on our students. During the simulation, we were simultaneously attempting to move a stick figure back and forth catching bombs and, searching for information on a website to complete a checklist of tasks. There were… Continue reading Technology Tuesday-Readability for All
Think fast. Should students be tweeting during class? Reading emails? Logging on to Facebook? Checking the news? Chances are, you answered something to the effect of, “ABSOLUTELY NOT!” I’d be inclined to agree with you too, especially after reading this article a few weeks ago from NPR. Shortly after that however, one of my classmates… Continue reading Twitterpated
The beginning of the school year can be a crazy time as students get use to their new teachers, classmates, schedules and in some cases, schools. As teachers, we have our hands full helping them adjust and teaching them what we’ll expect from them in our classrooms. It can be stressful and unexpected situations can… Continue reading Preventing Classroom Chaos (or How to Keep Kids Entertained & Happy)
First things first: Apologies for leaving you hanging yesterday. I had to run the dog to the vet (again-she had a procedure done and I’m going every other day to have her bandages changed) and had two other appointments of my own and the day just got away from me. Now, let’s explore another interesting… Continue reading Technology Tuesday-Schoology
If not, allow me to introduce you. I was recently made aware of Duolingo when a friend mentioned it on Facebook (thanks Shannon!). I was immediately intrigued. I’ve never been very good at picking up new languages despite how badly I wanted to be able to fluently converse in another language. After I watching the… Continue reading Have You Meet Duolingo?
As a school librarian in training, I harbor two dirty little secrets (as a regular person I harbor more than two dirty little secrets but those are staying my secrets :-)). Dirty little secret one: I never return library books on time. I mark the due dates down in my agenda/calendars and I even signed… Continue reading Power Searching with Google