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PBS Learning Media

An updated version of PBS Learning Media has recently been released.  This is a high quality, easily accessible and freely available classroom resource portal for PK-12 educators.

If you have previously used Teachers’ Domain you should note that PBS Learning Media serves as a replacement site; individual account information and folders have automatically migrated during the transition. All previous content remains available, plus PBS Learning Media includes many new features such as integration of State Standards.

If you haven’t used Teacher’s Domain in the past or tried out PBS Learning Media you should definitely check it out.  This resource provides direct access to classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted resources. It includes thousands of digital resources from PBS programs like NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, and Sid the Science Kid.

PBS Learning Media

11/15 New and Notables – LearnZillion

This week’s New and Notables features LearnZillion.  LearnZillion features high quality lessons you can use for free by signing up for a free account . As I was exploring the site for the first time, I felt like LearnZillion was where the Khan Academy meets the Common Core.

There are short videos that demonstrate a skill in Math or ELA and give an example problems.  A narrators takes you through the video explaining the process to solve the problem.  You can either watch the videos or download the slide to use in your classroom.  You can star lessons to make them as your favorite so you can easily find them the next time you are looking. You can search by grade level, domain, standard, or keyword.  My FAVORITE part of LearnZillion was the page entitled “Common Core” where you can actually click on the grade and band of the specific skill that you want to find resources for.

By click on the grade band you will find specific lessons for each standard and folders with lessons.

LearnZillion can be a great resource for reteaching concepts in the classroom.  They continue to add new content every day; so if what you are looking for is not there today, check back tomorrow!

ECB and PBS Learning Media

The ECB (Educational Communications Board) has just shared with Wisconsin schools a great new resource it has to offer – PBS Learning Media.  This site is a destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the SMARTBoard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans for all subject areas and grade levels.  The PBS Learning Media site also partners with other great organizations like The Library of Congress, National Archives, NOVA, The Electric Company, and many others.  Check it out and add it to your list of favorite websites!

SMARTBoard – did you know???

As I have been planning my lessons this school year I have stumbled across a few a-ha’s when creating lessons.  I wanted to share with you some of my favorite.

1. SMART Exchange – I know many of us know about this already but did you know that you can filter your searching by 3D lessons, manipulatives, math, etc. ? You can find this option on the left hand side of the screen.  *Just a reminder too – SMART Exchange now requires a login, you can create your own for free on the site.

2. Did you know that you can combine slide from two different SMARTBoard lessons into one?  I have been using this feature when I find a lesson I like on the SMART Exchange but want to use just a couple of slides from it in my own lesson.  Here are the steps:
– Open the first lesson and then minimize it
– Open the second lesson and “restore down” the lesson (that’ s the button next to the close (red X) in your browser.
– Then open lesson 1 and “restore down” so you can see each lesson side by side.
– Drag the slides from one lesson to another

Are you a visual learner? Watch a video of how it’s done.

3. Did yo know that in SMART Exchange, if you search by file type you will see “manipulatives” – here there a couple I would recommend you download.  First the SMART Speller and Number Crunchers. These are awesome manipulatives for your students to use on the SMARTBoard.

So, what I want to know is what is the a-ha you’ve had? I’d love to hear what you have found that has made life just a little easier.

University of Missouri – eThemes

As we come back from spring break, I have a website that I found to be quick and easy to use.  The University of Missouri created a website called eThemes.  This website is divided up into grade levels but has tons of resources on specific themes for each grade level.  When you find the theme you are looking for and click on the link there are a whole list of resources available for that theme. 

Check it out! It is super cool and easy to use.  My favorite 🙂

More Smartboard Resources…

You’ve asked and now I’ll share…

Many people have asked, “What other good sites are out there for SMARTBoard resources besides the SMART Exchange?”  I’ve scoured the web, talked to tech people in my professional networks, and have complied some great websites to check out for SMARTBoard lesson ideas. Enjoy!

Elementary Resources:

Middle School Resources: 

High School Resources:

Variety of lessons for all grade levels:

Here are some other resources shared with me by Naomi Harm (some of you may remember her from the Joint Inservice), check these out as well!

AIM Your Projects with Flash: http://eduscapes.com/flash/explore.htm
A Math Dictionary: http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com
Birmingham Grid for Learning: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm?s=15&p=243,index&zs=n
Ed Compass: http://www.education.smarttech.com/ste/en-US/Ed+Resource/Lesson+activities/default.htm
EdHeads: http://www.edheads.org
Eduscapes- SMART Boards in the Classroom: http://eduscapes.com/sessions/smartboard
Interactive Internet Resources: http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/resources/SBsites.htm
Interactive Resources: http://www.globalclassroom.org/ecell00/javamath.html
Internet 4 Classrooms: http://www.internet4classrooms.com/smart_board.htm
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: http://nlvm.usu.edu
Scholastic Interactive Whiteboard Resources: http://www.scholastic.com/interactivewhiteboards
SMART Board Lounge: http://www.smartboardlounge.com
SMART Board Resources- Large Collection: http://faculty.usiouxfalls.edu/arpeterson/smartboard.htm
SMART Board Technology Integration: http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/smartboard.htm
SMART Exchange: http://exchange.smarttech.com/index.html
SMART Board Use: http://www.ecarter.k12.mo.us/dept/elementary/fourthgrade/ccrites/etipslesson1.html
Thinkfinity: http://www.thinkfinity.org
United States Map Game: http://www.pibmug.com/files/map_test.swf

SMARTboard templates

I found this resource online and thought it was something I must share with all of the SMARTBoard users in the district.  This is a SMARTBoard  template website sponsored by the Center School District in Missouri.  There are tons of SMART lessons for all grades PK-12.  Check it out I think everyone will be able to find something that they can use in their classrooms.

They also recommend these interactive websites and have a great brochure about how to integrate SMARTBoards into all curriculum areas.

Why reinvent the wheel?

As teachers we are all busy, so often times I hear that it is difficult to find time to incorporate new technology or lessons into the classroom.  My motto is, “Why reinvent the wheel.” Here is a great example of saving time and using someone else’s road tested lessons.  Thinkfinity is a website sponsored by Verizon with thousand (yes, literally thousands) of awesome lesson plans.   Verizon and Thinkfinity partner with organizations such as National Geographic, Science Net Links, EconEdLink, Read Write Think, Literacy Network, Arts Edge, Smithsonian’s History Explorer, Illuminations, EdSiteMent, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, NEA, and others.  I encourage you to spend just a little bit of time – I know you will quickly find something you can easily integrate into your classroom.