Ellen's Blog (45)

How has a teacher sparked your imagination?

This is a promo video that we did to initiate broad conversations about the teachers who have inspired us. Tell me, how did a teacher in your life help ignite your… Continue

Added by Ellen on October 3, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

DoInk Talent

Okay, it's not animated but I like the strong colors and lines (cute puns too).

Not all Pun and Games by feebbycakes, made at DoInk.com

See more by feebbycakes here:… Continue

Added by Ellen on September 19, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Web Adventures on Toolbar!

These web adventures as they're called by Rice University are interactive games about science in the following areas:


CSI: The Experience

Infectious Disease

Solve Medical Mysteries

Alcohol & Alcoholism

Solve an Alcohol-related… Continue

Added by Ellen on March 14, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Just Tweeted: BrainyFix

@prodev Fun SAT Vocab Video Contest sponsored by MIT w/real money prizes for students & schools can be found here: http://www.brainyflix.com/

Added by Ellen on January 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Create Video & Edit Photos

The newest additions to the Teacher Toolbar include:


* Blend Studio lets you make your own custom web videos! Use your photos, webcam video and audio, YouTube videos, custom animations, and more!

* Make Me Talk lets you add your voice to photos of your family and friends, politicians, celebrities, animals... whatever!

* E-card Creator but with… Continue

Added by Ellen on January 19, 2009 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Glutton for Gluten

This blog post is inspired by Brad Chapin's thoughts and way too much twittering lately.

Okay, I'm not sure if it's ASD, ADHD or ADD nor am I certain if it impacts the children and/or the adults in our family (both immediate and extended of course). What I am certain about? Gluten-free and dairy/caisen (what IS caisen anyway?)-free food choices make a world of… Continue

Added by Ellen on December 28, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Simple Pizazz

I must confess that I love simple solutions that add lots of pizazz. That's what these two newest additions to the FREE Teacher Toolbar are all about.

Animations - creatures 025

Professional Animations is full of FREE and fun moving graphics that bring life to websites, blog postings and online classrooms.…


Added by Ellen on December 28, 2008 at 1:20pm — No Comments

What is it?

I'm always looking for tools and resources that making teaching and learning online easier for both educators and students. In that quest, I was intrigued by the ease implied in the name EditMe. So, what is it?

It's a Blog. It's a Wiki. It's an Intranet. It's a Website.

And, not only is it super easy to use, it's also respectful:

Instead of demanding credit card information in exchange for a free trial and then hoping users… Continue

Added by Ellen on December 26, 2008 at 8:36pm — 1 Comment

Your Take?

Generally when I discover a new resource I'm pretty good at extrapolating its use across a myriad of situations. This isn't the case with YourTake http://www.yourtake.org. This is probably a non-issue that I need to "get over" because Your Take looks to be an intriguing tool for developing thought, as well as empathy, among students.

I think my reality is that I really want a reason to be able to use it and in writing this out… Continue

Added by Ellen on December 26, 2008 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Cool Text

The following is well, cool and fun. Create your own from no other than CoolText.com.

Added by Ellen on December 26, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

Are you LinkedIN?

Classroom 2.0 is one of my single best resources for networking with tech-savvy educators. So, I started thinking about those other tools where I interact with and learn from folks.

Connected through LinkedIN?

I must confess LinkedIN was my first venture into online networking. While the community is made up of far more business minded folk than teachers, the education sector is ever-growing.

Consider… Continue

Added by Ellen on December 20, 2008 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Read the Words

Just added this great resource to the Teacher Toolbar.

What?! You don't have the FREE Teacher Toolbar (listed among Jane Hart's BEST eLearning Tools in Education)?

Take a look and download it here: http://professionallearningboard.ourtoolbar.com…


Added by Ellen on December 20, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Time Waster

I just wasted several minutes with Bomomo http://bomomo.com/ (and I gotta tell ya, it was fun!). Please tell me if you've got a "more worthy" application for this "tool." Thanks!

While investigating a tad farther, I discovered Games for the Brain http://www.gamesforthebrain.com/. The good news here is that my enjoyment level seemed to directly correlate with my increased time involvement. AND, I can claim… Continue

Added by Ellen on December 8, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New Found Love Interest

Okay, I'm not sure it's love yet but I'm definitely intrigued and Dabbleboard has seriously piqued my interest. Should they add a general embed code for sharing it may just push me over the edge.

Thanks James Helms and Today's Best… Continue

Added by Ellen on December 1, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

YEAH! Comics.com

Looking for that perfect comic for a presentation, lesson or blog posting?
Now you can access Comics.com (http://comics.com) for FREE.


Added by Ellen on November 29, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

5yo+ Fun Rating

Check out Drawminos (http://drawminos.com) for some good ole fashion 5 year old type fun. The name really over delivers in cleverness but I still lost several minutes to this almost engaging activity and my son loves it.

And what is it that has me losing lots of time (I mean doing serious time in the name of online 'research?'). Visit Zoopz (http:zoopz.com) and tell me how to get… Continue

Added by Ellen on November 29, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Drawn to DoInk

Being drawn down the road to www.DoInk.com

Added by Ellen on November 28, 2008 at 10:02am — No Comments

The Art of Science is Phun

Here is the link to have Phun with Physics:… Continue

Added by Ellen on November 16, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Math Moves Me & More

Two new resources added to the Teacher Toolbar are listed here. And, if you don't have the Teacher Toolbar yet be sure to download it now.

Math Moves U is an engaging activity site for middle-grade level learners and older. Check out the fun baseball game!

If you haven't discovered Challenge Software's… Continue

Added by Ellen on November 16, 2008 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

Latest & Greatest


Online portfolio, resume or CV? Create it here for FREE.

Podcasting in Education

Creating and using Webquests in Education

And, yes, these have all been added to the Teacher Toolbar. What?! You don't have the Teacher Toolbar?… Continue

Added by Ellen on October 29, 2008 at 12:47pm — No Comments


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