Friday, November 16, 2012

Science NetLinks

What is it?
Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you'll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities, and all of it is free!

Who is it for?
Science NetLinks provides K-12 teachers, students, and families with quality resources for teaching and learning science.

How do I use it?
All of the resources are Internet based and free to everyone. Lessons and activities can be printed or used online. Many of the interactives, esheets, and tools work great on an interactive white board or in a computer lab. All of the resources are designed to be delivered in a variety of formats and classroom settings.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Document Cameras in the Classroom

A document camera is one of the easiest and quickest ways to integrate technology into your classroom. There are very few simple steps needed to use this piece of equipment. A classroom document camera can be connected to a LCD projector through a computer or connected directly to a LCD projector. This one piece of classroom technology can be used to actively engage students in the learning process. Visual learners will benefit from the use of a classroom document camera by seeing small items, text, demonstrations in a much bigger way. Hands-on learners can also benefit from the use of a document camera by allowing them to be the ones placing objects or items under the document camera and explaining what they are showing. Another benefit of using a document camera is the decrease in copying expense. Schools are always looking at ways to maximize the financial resources that are available. A classroom document camera can drastically reduce the amount of copying a teacher has to do. Instead of copying 30 quizzes for a class, place 1 copy of the quiz under a document camera and either have students answer the questions on a sheet of paper or use clickers such as the ActivVotes or Expressions to have students answer the quiz questions.

List of ideas for using document cameras in the classroom

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Alternative to Document Camera

ScootPad - Practice. Learn. Succeed!

ScootPad is a free practice & learning platform for Grades 1-5.  ScootPad offers math & reading curriculum aligned with the Common Core Standards.

"At ScootPad we believe no two students master a skill the same way. No matter how students are introduced to a skill (teachers, books, videos, games etc.), ScootPad enables mastery through practice which is personalized to each student with the pace and difficulty that's right for them. One student and one classroom at a time, our goal is to make personalized practice available to all elementary grade students around the world. Personalized practice drives accelerated learning." said Bharat Kumar & Maya Gadde, ScootPad's Founders.

About ScootPad
ScootPad's online practice platform provides the ultimate way to engage students in mastering skills with personalized, self-paced and stimulating learning experience. ScootPad is Free and currently available for grades 1-5 (Math & Reading). ScootPad empowers teachers & parents with invaluable insights and actionable data to track progress and proficiency in real-time. For more information, please visit