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Sunday, February 12, 2012

TCEA Clicks

I was at TCEA from Tuesday through Thursday. I learned a lot and learned about many new websites to explore. I wanted to share with you some of the best of what I learned and hope you can use it in your classroom. I hope you enjoy this issue and find something you can use.

1. Brainpop.com/games is a new member to the Brain Pop family. There are games for math, science, social studies, and health. There are student made games so I’m thinking that students, and teachers, could create their own games. The games are able to be shown on a white board and you could use the Turning point clickers. I don’t know about the Mimeo votes but I bet they work too!

2. BrainPop– Did you know you could put a BrainPop widget on your website or blog? There is lots to do in the educator part of BrainPop. If you haven’t checked out this free resource then you are missing the boat. Quizzes from BrainPop are compatible with the Turning Point clickers that we have on campus. Try the new Mimeo votes too to see if they work with BrainPop.

3. Twitter-While I did not get into the Twitter session, I did get a chance to see the livebinder from the session. There is a lot of good information and how tos. It takes you step by step on how to get an account and how to work your way around. If you aren’t on Twitter yet and want to check it out here is a great way to do it. The images are accurate. My handle is MrsCardon. I’m also a member of Plurk if you want to check that out. It’s more interactive with friends than Twitter.

4. Pearltrees and Squidoo are two online places where you can store your links. If you are not yet using bookmarking sites like Delicious, Diigo, or Symbalooedu try out Pearltrees or Squidoo. This Squidoo links to a Valentines Day list of cool activities.

5. AnMish-This is a fun site. Students, or teachers, can create their own videos using animated characters. If you really want the kids attention or give them a special treat this is the site for you!

6. Bonus: Join.me– This site requires no sign in or account. It will join your computer with another computer. Not quite sure how it works. This is one for me to explore. I hope you can find something you can use in this newsletter. If you do, please make a comment.

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