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MN Educators

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Added by Ellen on September 24, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

3R's of Learning

Aluminum Capital Letter R (Silver Spring, MD) R R

Technology allows us to increase the availability of lesson content and makes learning both… Continue

Added by Ellen on September 24, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Additional Opportunities

Please consider joining our Cool Tools and EdTech (http://groups.diigo.com/groups/cooltools) and/or Parent Learning Board (http://groups.diigo.com/groups/parent) group at Diigocom.

You might also enjoy checking out and downloading the FREE Teacher Toolbar (listed among Jane Hart's best elearning tools in… Continue

Added by Ellen on September 24, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ga-Ga Over Google Pages

I love Google Pages!

This sample work portfolio needs updating, but check it out: Sample Work Portfolio

Its completely, super-duper fast (took me 20 seconds to create a webpage, but I'm somewhat tech-savvy. Best to plan for about 20 minutes) and easiest (absolutely no programming or tech knowledge required) way for teachers, and even schools or districts, to keep students and parents… Continue

Added by Ellen on July 23, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments


Sometimes there are tools that are so useful they make me wish I was back in the classroom just so that I could use them. LessonWriter is such a tool!

Of course it's been added to the Teacher Toolbar under Tools.

Check it out and huge kudos to Stephen Churchville for this practical, easy to use teaching and learning resource!

Added by Ellen on July 21, 2008 at 10:56am — 3 Comments

Cool Tool

I love this picture to "text" convertor! Textorizer is a tool that transforms a picture into another picture made up of chosen words.

Check it out at http://lapin-bleu.net/software/textorizer/#t1

And Textorizer 2 can be found at… Continue

Added by Ellen on June 25, 2008 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Favorite Drawing Sites

CLICK HERE (http://www.jacksonpollock.org/) to draw in the fashion of Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas, original design by Stamen

Visit and download Pencil (http://www.les-stooges.org/pascal/pencil/) to create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.

Make your own… Continue

Added by Ellen on June 7, 2008 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Like to Talk to Tomatoes?

My children love the Veggie Tales' characters and stories while I appreciate the good messages delivered by the very creative people at Big Idea Productions. The link below will take you to a site to see personalized Veggie Tales music CDs and books (available in English or Spanish!).

Click here to visit Veggie Tales Personalized… Continue

Added by Ellen on June 7, 2008 at 12:55pm — No Comments

RESOURCES: High School Level

Crime? Music Business? Start Here. Go Places.

This site just keeps getting better and better. Any student even remotely interested in business and absolutely interested in accounting and/or finance must Start Here. Go Places.

NUM3ERS for Mathematics (and Science too!)
See all of the available activities for past episodes of this show.

Added by Ellen on June 7, 2008 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Teaching Books

My first impression of this new site on Teaching Books http://www.teachingbooks.net/ is that in addition to being aptly named, it's a worthwhile resource for tying literature to learning.

Added by Ellen on June 7, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Child Safety on the Web

KidzCD http://www.kidzcd.com/ is a safe web browser is for children and teenagers. Ages 0-6, 7-12 and 13+

Zac Browser http://www.zacbrowser.com is a web browser designed especially for children on the Autism Spectrum.

Of course, these are newly available via the Teacher Toolbar… Continue

Added by Ellen on June 7, 2008 at 11:01am — No Comments

Multi-Language Keyboard

Gate2Home is an online, onscreen keyboard emulator. What's so great? Now you can type characters in Spanish, Japanese, Hebrew and many more!

Great for language learners and native speakers enabling writing in many languages from any computer in the world!

This site even solves traditional problems such as a need to change keyboard language at internet places (these… Continue

Added by Ellen on June 1, 2008 at 10:40am — No Comments

Coming Soon to the Teacher Toolbar

The newest additions to the Teacher Toolbar include:

Number Nut

Microsoft PopFly game creator

Zoeybot a kid safe search engine

Worldwide Telescope

Added by Ellen on May 11, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Safety Links

There are now over 50 links and resources related to safety on the Teacher Toolbar (http://professionallearningboard.ourtoolbar.com).

Look for all of the following plus so much more:

- Crisis Hotlines

- Dangerous Games Children Play

- Sex Offender Registry

- Poison Prevention

- Educational and Student Activities

- Internet… Continue

Added by Ellen on April 12, 2008 at 11:50pm — No Comments

A Great Fit! Land's End Announces Teachers Light the Way Contest

Lands’ End will recognize outstanding teachers that have made a difference in the life of a student, a school or a community.

Forty-five (45) teachers will receive the coveted Lands’ End Lighthouse Award – representing the company’s 45-year history.

* Three (3) Grand Prize winners will receive between $4,000-$10,000 for the teachers to split with the winning school.

* Forty-two (42) Honorable Mention winning teachers will receive a $100… Continue

Added by Ellen on March 23, 2008 at 4:18pm — No Comments

This post brought to you by the Letter 'T'

Twit This! Teacher Toolbar toolbar now links to tons of Twitter related tools!

Go to http://professionallearningboard.ourtoolbar.com to learn more, download the toolbar and access via Tools: Twitter+

Tweetcha' later.

Added by Ellen on March 1, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Glorious Glitter

Sometimes it's all just about…


Added by Ellen on December 29, 2007 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Due to the Robust Keyboarding Discussion at Classroom 2.0

The latest and greatest links in the Teacher Toolbar are all about Keyboarding. After downloading the toolbar, click on the apple (Classroom Resources), then Career Tech Ed, then Business and then Keyboarding. Have a site to add to this list of great keyboarding links? Send me your comment and I'll pass it along to the Toolbar Team. Thanks!

Added by Ellen on December 28, 2007 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Show Me the Money

The Latest and Greatest segment of the Teacher Toolbar now includes GrantsAlerts (http://www.grantsalert.com). Be sure to check out this valuable resource that is all about helping teachers.

Added by Ellen on December 28, 2007 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Latest and Greatest: ActivityTV

ActivityTV (http://www.activitytv.tv) is not an oxy moron or a couple of words poorly juxtaposed.

What I can tell you is that after spending several minutes at the site, I'm able to perform basic magic tricks, create a serpentine bracelet and maybe cook up a new something-or-other for dinner.…


Added by Ellen on December 27, 2007 at 6:44pm — No Comments


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