Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts
Friday, June 4, 2010
It’s the last Friday of the school year and that makes this the last TGIF. However, it’s not just the last TGIF of the year; it’s the last TGIF, period. As many of you already know, beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, I will become the Instructional Coach at Northside. I’ve loved my three years as the Technology Instructional Advisor, but I’m excited about the opportunity to work more closely with teachers and students on a day-to-day basis and return to a single “home” building. I certainly won’t be leaving technology behind, it just won’t be my primary focus.
Since I won’t be sharing resources with you each week, I thought I’d end the year by sharing three of my best sources of all those resources. These are some of the places I turn to each week to find the websites and tools that I pass on to all of you. If you’re looking for something to use in your classroom or for your planning, check these out:
Free Technology for Teachers – I’m not sure when Richard Byrne sleeps. He is constantly sharing resources on his blog that are pertinent to teachers of all grade levels and subject areas. You’ll want to subscribe to this one. (http://www.freetech4teachers.com/)
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day – If Richard Byrne doesn’t sleep, then Larry Ferlazzo must be up all night, too. One of my favorite features of Larry’s blog are his “lists” to which he’s constantly adding sites as he finds them. Larry teaches ESL/ELL/EFL students, but his resources are useful to teachers in any subject and any grade level. This is another one to add to your RSS reader. (http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/)
Delicious – I’ve written before about creating an account with Delicious to save your bookmarks online. However, even without an account, you can search for “tags” or topics on Delicious and find sites that others have bookmarked about those topics. On the homepage, click on “Explore Tags” and start typing search terms. It might take a try or two to figure out how people have tagged a particular topic, but I usually find it’s worth the effort. (http://delicious.com/)
Thanks for a great three years! Have a great summer, everyone!