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PS. Taken from the RIF site: Reading Is Fundamental!


Which Step are You On?

This time of year finds most educators reflecting on their year and taking strides on improving before the new year rolls around. Your highly qualified teachers are those who never stop learning or improving themselves. As most of us claim, we are "Life-Long Learners" and strive to better ourselves. Today, I came across a visual that I want to share. It speaks boldly and can be applied to many different circumstances in life. Which step are you on? Where do you "get stuck" most of the time?


Thank a Teacher Today, Don't Delay!

Teachers are amazing and have dedicated so much to teach our students. Many are mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, etc. They have made many sacrifices throughout the year searching for lessons and new methods to engage today's students. Please take the time to thank a teacher today. Now is the time, don't delay. They need our encouragement and praise. We all would not be the person we are today without the teachers that have touched us in the past. I know I have had many who have influenced me and think of them often, even if some have gone on to meet our Lord. Bless you Teachers of today and the past. Oh, let's not forget about the Future teachers. They too, need our prayers.


Have You Heard of Apple Clips? Content Creation Tool


This easy tool will become a FAVE for educators!

Just ran across this FREE new app called "Apple Clips" that I think will blow away teachers! It has a simple interface, no complicated madness, and allows you to create simple videos that create captions automatically (can be edited too). I think it is worth checking out. I watched this video podcast from TeacherCast by Jeffery Bradbuty that explains more details. Then I read more information in the Apple Store. By the way, the dictation feature will not work on older ipads or devices.

Special thanks to Teacher Cast for sharing great tools for educators!



Review: Apple Clips App for iOS - teachercast.net
Apple Clips is a new video broadcasting experience that provides easy to use resources when editing video ... but is it the right tool for your classroom?


Interested in Learning Photoshop or Excel for FREE?

Hey friends! It has surely been too long since I have posted anything to share. I have missed blogging and sharing with you. Hopefully things will settle down and I can resume my posting in a more timely manner. Today, I ran across this awesome chance for anyone to brush up on Excel skills or learn Photoshop free! Thanks goes to my Twitter friend, Lisa Monthie who I was so thrilled to meet in person this past February. She is full of information and tips.


Where is YOUR next step?

Love to find little treasures on Twitter. Ran across this one today and thought it worthy to post here today! Have a great President's Day! Remember not to focus on your past failures, but always pick yourself up and look for that step forward (or upward)!


Do You Want to Encourage Reading?

Hello friends! Today I ran across a great online reading site to help encourage students to read more. It is called Epic! - Books for Kids and what is GREAT about it is that it is FREE for educators! All I did was fill out my school information online and was approved in no time. It did not take me 5 minutes and I was online listening to books being read aloud. Epic! recommends books for students (ages 1 - 12) and they offer have videos too. Teachers can set up different classrooms and earn points to get books and supplies for your classroom. Teachers may choose to add students and individualize their reading with assignments, quizzes, and activities. Epic! has a web version as well as apps from Apple or Google Play. Epic's goal has always been to empower children through reading and learning and they are in AWE of the many teachers that share this mission! Don't delay, check it out and you won't be disappointed. Look for the link LEARN MORE (small) to get to the Educator form. (See visual below)


Do You Teach Writing?

Just ran across this wonderful site that was created by an English teacher called "Grammar Me" or GRMR.ME. It is designed to help students learn to write with immediate feedback and the ability to learn more on the spot while practicing writing. I think you will agree that this is worth your time and efforts to check out. As you grade student writing, you can give them the simple "code" or link as you discover an error. Here is a code for the ever so hard skill of subject-verb agreement: grmr.me/sva
All you would do is type that in your address bar and voila! You have a video lesson and students can even take a quiz to see if they have mastered the skill. Love this resource and I don't even teach writing. He is a quick guide to the different grammar codes. The best part of this resource is that it is FREE!


Are Your Students Blogging?

I have posted about blogging before, but cannot say enough about the impact it has on students. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite resources to get you hooked on blogging with your students. PLEASE try it for six months and I know you will see how much it improves students' writing. I challenge you to try it NOW.

  1. Pernille Ripp on Student Blogging (great expert resource)
  2. Blogging 4 Kids by William Chamberlain
  3. Student Blogging Basics by David Theriault
  4. Easyblog.org
  5. Comments 4 Kids
  6. Blogging by Cybraryman  (lots of resources)
  7. Paper Blogging by Pernille Ripp (great for introducing blogs)
  8. QuadBlogging 
  9. Blogging without Text by Richard Byrne 
  10. Sample Student Blogs on Edublogs


Tech Links from Diigo (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.