TGIF ~ December 4, 2009

Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students

I have no idea how it took me so long to find this site. TeachersFirst is truly a GEM! Mouse over the tabs at the top of the page… Classroom, Professional, etc…. to find links to amazing resources for K-12 teachers. One of my favorites is the Content Matrix, which lists web resources by subject and grade level. All resources are vetted by teachers and are free. In addition, for each resource they tell you what level of technology skill is required to use the resource and provide ideas for using it in the classroom. Please give this site a look. I think you’ll like what you find. (;

Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology

Judging from the number of emails I get asking about downloading and converting videos found online, it seems teachers are always on the lookout for videos to use in the classroom. Videos can make great activators and also work well to provide “real” examples of concepts. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo’s blog (which I’ve referenced before), here’s another great source for video clips to use in the classroom…Movieclips. This site provides thousands of clips from popular Hollywood movies and they are searchable by categories such as mood, character, theme, and setting. The videos can be watched online (and are NOT blocked by our filter!) or embedded on your own website (let me know if you need help with that). Due to copyright restrictions, there’s no provision to download the videos, but the clips are short, so showing them as streaming video shouldn’t be a problem. The quality is excellent! Here’s an example from my favorite movie of all time. (

Fact ~ just a bit of information

Speaking of videos…a few weeks ago I told you that we had to block Zamzar due to concerns about viruses. That threat appears to be over, so Todd has once again opened access to Zamzar on our network. If you experience ANY problems with its use, please let us know immediately.

Have a great weekend!



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