Monday, January 3, 2011

Tech Tuesday January 4

Happy Tech Tuesday in the New Year!

I hope everyone had a great two weeks away from school and are ready to tackle the New Year with excitement! I have some nice things to share with you this week, so take a second and see what I have for you.
Thanks to everyone that voted for I ended up winning 2nd runner up in the best new blog category. It really means a ton to me that many of you took the time to vote for me. Thanks again!

Free Conference!

Here is a great conference opportunity for new teachers in the district. I’ll be presenting on mentoring later in the night, but the rest of the day is filled with great information that all teachers could learn something from. Here is a summary of the event from my friend Kelly Tenkely who runs

Everyone could use FREE professional development. As an organizer of the Reform Symposium, I wanted to personally invite you all to our annual Reform Symposium Conference for New Teachers (but don’t be fooled, it is really for ALL teachers), which will take place on Saturday, January 8th, 2011. You can attend this worldwide conference from the comfort of your home or anywhere you have Internet access. We have some of the best educational speakers in the world involved. This conference provides you the opportunity to connect with educators and professionals in the field of education worldwide. Over 2400 educators from 59 countries attended our last conference in July. This year we will focus on interactive presentations that help teachers with creating engaging classrooms and lessons, building relationships with students, improving literacy, working with interactive whiteboards, and much more. This year we look forward to 2 keynote speakers, 18 presentations, and open discussion on classroom management, a panel discussion on parental engagement, a mentor program, and an open lab for hands-on support in helping you continue your professional development in online educator communities. You have never attended a conference quite like this one! Join us for one session or multiples.

The Reform Symposium virtual conference has opportunities for continuing education credits, connections with educators around the world, an amazing lineup of raffle prizes (including prizes to EVERY educator who registers for the conference), and fantastic keynotes and presenters.

Check out the Reform Symposium website here or view the brochure here.

Build a Snowman

Here is just a silly little site that will work great on a Smartboard. Build a Snowman from is a fun and interactive Snowman Builder. You can change every aspect of the scene and even add props you can place anywhere in the picture. Here is a silly one I created.

(Editor's Note: The Snowman appears on my home computer, but not at school.)
Think about all of the snowmen you can create with the kids in your classroom or at home. You have the option to print each snowman created, which is nice if you want students to share the snowmen with their family at home.

Top Ten EdTech Tools of 2010

My friend took my idea of a top ten list for tech tools so I wanted to share it with you. I have used most of these and highly suggest that you try some of them in the new year. You can find his complete post at The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness Mr. Zimmer provides a complete rundown of each tool and links to previous posts on how to use them in the classroom.
Google Year in Review

This is just a cool video recapping the year according to Google.

Again, I hope everyone had a wonderful break and I will see you in a couple of weeks with more goodies for you and your classroom.

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