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Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm Back!!! :)

Hey blog followers!

I apologize for my absence! My life has been full with, well, LIFE! The last time I posted, I had a newborn baby, and my husband deployed with the military (and is still gone), so I've been quite busy, to say the least! My posts from back then still apply and rock now, so I hope you enjoy going back through my past posts and find some use for them!

I have a few new resources:
Since posting last, Scholastic has come up with a great site for resources for our SMART Boards!
I haven't had a ton of time to check out these games, but I've heard that some are pretty good!
PBS Kids has a great collection of interactives!
Here's a well-organized site for you to check out resources by grade level and subject area!

That's it for now! My new endeavor has been iTouches! Over the last three months, I've received two grants that have gotten me, almost, an entire classroom set of iTouches, so I hope to see if many of these sources work on the iTouches! :)


Friday, April 30, 2010

A few new sites to share... has several tools that you can use on the SMART Board for learning and classroom management. You can create your own interactives using the premade templates. One tool I really like is the random name selector (that way I don't get moans and groans for picking on students).

Taggalaxy is a REALLY sweet site that makes a galaxy out of tagged pictures that you search (from Flickr). It is a fun way to explore places, concepts and ideas because it graphically organizes the pictures by tag words. Check it out!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wichita Schools! WHOA!

Click here to go to Wichita School District's SMART Board resources for K-12, pre-made resources. It's pretty incredible!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Incredible Interactives!

I learned about Arcademic from Allison Krieder, a teacher in my district, and fell in love with it at first click. FANTASTIC games, some with multi-player capabilities, that are in the arcade style truly motivate kids to do math and reading practice!

For all you history-buffs, here is a interactive Jamestown colony game... Like the old-school Oregon Trail game, this is similar, in that it walks you through life in that time. Check it out!

Squigly's games provides math, reading, geography, and other interactive games that help kids practice skills like typing, math facts, spelling, and recalling locations in specific continents. A pretty cool one!

This arcade-style site, Funschool, provides a link bar along the top of the screen which allows you to pick sites in reading, math, science and other core areas.

Quizhub is a K-12 resource that provides online quizzes for student learning, in an interactive format. I haven't had a lot of time to check it out yet, but it looks great!

Storyline is an online site that have famous folks doing digital read-alouds of popular stories online. What an awesome resource! Can't wait to use it with my kids...

ABC YA! is a new site that I have seen my kindergarten friends use with their students. It is known for it's K-5 interactive, academic games and resources. This is a must-see...

Although this site, Crickweb, is created in the UK, it has some fantastic interactive games that we can use in the US. Some math games use euros, so be sure you check before you use them in the classroom. Other than that, the games look AWESOME!

FINALLY! Draggable math was created to teach students carrying and borrowing, long division, and other basic math skills that many students struggle with. This is great!

Technology Integration in Mathematics provides interactive math games that would be fantastic for lessons or at-home practice...

I'll be here ALL NIGHT adding the last year's links... I will make a new post soon with other great places to find links! Until then, explore and ENJOY!


Been a while!

Sorry for the year delay in posting! My teaching has sure taken my focus, as it should. With a whole year under my belt in the classroom and working with other schools and educators, I have NEW sites to share with you all. I hope you enjoy them!


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Glad To See This Blog is Being Used and Appreciated!

I heard through the grapevine that my blog was creeping around the world and being noticed... I was stunned, actually, as this blog was something I had made for a college project and thought it might be useful, not knowing it would spread the way that it has. Pretty funny, but also pretty humbling! I'm glad that my work is being used and appreciated!

Check out this awesome blog! I came across this blog by accident, actually, as the owner had posted THIS blog on her blog! I started looking around her blog and it has some incredible things that I had not seen yet. You should definitely check out Teachers LOVE SMART Boards!

I thought this was so cool, and then I found ANOTHER fan of my site... Now I'm a fan of their blog as well! Check out Expat Educator in Asia! Awesome ideas and resources are here as well!


Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I attended the ITSC 2008 Conference in Portland this weekend and learned TOO MUCH (a good thing in this case)... Here are some sites that I learned about that you can explore and use... If you have questions about any of these resources, feel free to drop me an email.

Kathy Schrock presented about a plethora of online tools for teachers. Some of these sites are perfect for elementary kids, but some might be more for older kids (but may be modified to use with younger audiences). She has an amazing website that has a list of resources for teachers and students. Click here to see her ITSC site. Scroll down to Web 2.0 resources.

I also attended Jennifer Gingrich's presentation on movie making/story telling. Click here to see her blog, which is chalked full of resources and ideas/examples.

Eva Lamar, another presenter I learned from at the conference, has a website that has ideas and resources. Click here to view it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

SMART Technologies creates an EXCHANGE FORUM!!!

Here is the long awaited exchange forum! I plan on adding my blog to this forum, however you should explore on this site yourself as well! Great pre-made lessons, ideas, and resources are waiting for you here!




New Websites For The New Year!

It has been a while since I've posted... Here are some new sites I have come across for use with your kids!

Literacy Websites by Teacher Created Resources
Bite Size Games by the BBC
Interactive Math Dictionary
CyberChase Games by PBS KIDS


Sunday, September 30, 2007


Yay for a new school year. I apologize for the lack of postings lately. I have just begun my first year of teaching and this is the first chance I've gotten to get online and post this information! I hope it is worth the wait!

Here are some amazing new websites!

Inkless Tales is a digital read-aloud website of stories that have been either written/illustrated by children. It reads the story aloud and has adorable graphics. has great interactive activities and ebooks for kids (K-middle school) as well. It has a blend of math, reading, language arts, and other activities. This is a site you might want to take some time exploring...

Robert Munsch's Digital Storyroom is an amazing collection of almost every book he has written. He actually reads the story aloud, with a pre-story description of the vocabulary and story line. You download each story and then you are set!

Goodnight Stories has a great selection of well known picture books that are read aloud. This would be great for children as homework or for "free time" in class.

Bobinogs has amazing interactive stories for young readers! You have to check this out!

Grimms Fairy Tales has digital read alouds of popular fairy tales. It's pretty comical and would be a great way to introduce storytelling to the class.

That's all for now folks! This should keep you super busy! Keep your eyes peeled for new posts (I hope to have new ones up towards Halloween).

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Two Poetry/Rhyming sites

Magnetic Rhymes is a neat site for primary learners to unscramble well-known nursery rhymes using the SMART Board.

Also, Magnetic Poetry is a fun and useful site for kids to use to write on the SMART Board. They have four different modes: Kids, First Words, Storymaker and Best Friends. Check out all four!


Saturday, April 28, 2007


Check out the resources that are available for free online for creating comics with your students. This is a great resource to write collaboratively, just like Comic Life, but for those teachers who want something fresh or who don't have Mac computers, these resources are AMAZING! Click on the below links or find them along the left column under K-2 Writing Resources with Comics in the title. ENJOY!

Bubblr by Flickr
Comic Maker by ReadWriteThink

*Thank you to Glen Bledsoe for these sites!*