Many of you are wrapping up the year. In the midst of the madness you may have missed some of the tips, resources, and tools shared on Teacher Reboot Camp.
What you might have missed…
Your favorite posts this month based on comments and overall traffic:
- How Do We Nurture Passion?– Be inspired by the passion of 6th grader, Greyson Chance, who takes the world by storm with his musical talent. How do we inspire every student to be brave enough to show their passion? As educators how can we ensure we are passing our passion for learning and knowledge to our students?
- A New Way to Make PowerPoints Interactive– In this post, I shared how you can use the free Microsoft Microsoft Mouse Mischief software and a set of wireless mouse devices to make PowerPoint lessons interactive. I also provided several lesson ideas and resources.
- New Series: Children of Immigrants- This new series is in response to the several laws and educational policies that are recently targeting immigrants and their children. In this post,Struggling with the Dialect, I share with you how my parents were able to help my four sisters and I break the poverty cycle and graduate from college. We celebrated the Teacher Reboot Camp blog’s birthday and you were able to find out about my life growing up as a Chicana in South Texas.
- Favorite Cool Sites Series- In this post, you can find 17 resources, articles, presentations, and videos that will help you with your presentations on Personal/Passionate/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs).
- Favorite What Did They Tweet Series- In this post, our PLN shared with us Sir Ken Robinson’s newest TED Talk, A Jedi Approach to Professional Development, Creative Common presentation slides of great quotes, Daniel Pink’s animated Drive video and more!
- My Favorite Tech Tools & Resources This Month–
- Google Wave– It is now open for everyone. You don’t need an invite. In this post you will find 25 Google Wave resources to get you waving with other educators!
- Voki– Students can develop characters, add scenery, and add their voices to these free avatars! These are easily embedded in a wiki or blog. This post will get you started!
- Twitter Parade-See all your followers in a fun parade with you as the star! You can here cheers and music. You can embed this in your blog or wiki.
- Guest Posts– A heartfelt thanks to all my guest bloggers this month! Please leave them comments on their fantastic posts!
- How Many School Districts Are There on the Head of a Pin? by Tom King– How do you feel about America’s new Race to the Top education policy? Tom King takes a critical view of this policy and how it will negatively impact our students.
- Employ Technology for Fun Summer Learning by Alexis Montgomery– Find various fun resources on the internet that offer educational games, reading, and activities for kids of all ages!
- If you would like to contribute to this blog, please e-mail me at ShellyTerrell at gmail.com.
- My Wikis and Presentations:
- We Connect– Updated! This is my PLN wiki where you will find several resources, tutorials, videos and more on helping educators join a PLN. Please feel free to use the resources in your presentations on PLNs and social media.
- Technology 4 Kids– Updated with new Skype resources! Ozge Karaoglu and I developed this wiki to help educators integrate technology effectively for young learners. Read about digital storytelling tools, Glogster, Voicethread, and more!
- Children’s English classes– Updated! Search by theme for book ideas and games for children ages 4 to 10 years-old.
- My Guest posts!
- Check out these ideas on, Goal-Setting with Wallwisher, that is on the Prestwick blog. You will see how I get my students to reflect at the end of the year on their learning goals.
- In the Peoplegogy blog, I talk about the importance of rookie teachers participating in PLNs and using social media tools.
- Check out these ideas on, Motivating Adult Learners by Skyping an Expert, that is on the OUP ELT Global blog. You will see how I get my students to reflect at the end of the year on their learning goals.
- Check out these ideas on, Using Wikis and Games with Students, that is on the Digital ELT Play blog. You will see how to motivate students to practice English at home.
- I write the weekly summaries for Parentella’s #PTChat, the parent and educator discussion, which occurs every Wednesday at 9pm PST.
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