Archive for April, 2011

Oxford Owl Books

Friday, April 8th, 2011

A great site for teachers and parents, and students. This site provides helpful tips and strategies to improve student reading in addition to over 100 free eBooks.

Story Time for Me

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This site provides a library of free, interactive eBooks…

“Our mission is to instill in children a love of reading and creative thinking by providing an interactive alternative to TV viewing and video gaming that makes reading fun.  Our free online book library is not designed to take away from traditional reading, rather it is to replace the time kids are spending watching TV and playing video games.”


Friday, April 8th, 2011

Minecraft is a student friendly open-ended virtual environment that promotes student higher level thinking skills, exploration, and experimentation in solving problems and challenges. It reminds me of what playing with Legos would be if you could drop you students into a world of Legos.

This game is still in beta, and currently there is not a free version. The author is charging a small fee to help fund his continued development of the software.  It’s worth a look!

Mastery Club

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Mastery Club was developed by Mrs. Renz, a teacher up in Oregon ( I believe…). She gives her students opportunities to learn and learn and learn… She also has graciously make all her work available to other teachers who would like to use it with their students. All she asks is a shout-out telling telling how you plan to use it. Give it a look!


Friday, April 8th, 2011

Videos, resources, educational games and puzzles all vetted by educators and organized by content area.


Friday, April 8th, 2011

This tool allows you to create custom Google Maps that you can share on line, and access on your mobile.

I whipped up a quick one here:


Friday, April 8th, 2011

An easy way to share contact information with others via SMS. Or, if you’re a clever teacher, you could share any type of information via this tool, Homework, Class News, Important Announcements, etc., etc. There does appear to be a character limit on the number of characters you can type.

The way it works is you get a code to give your interested parties, mine happens to be: jpatten.

Then just text that code to 50500. So if you want to try it out text jpatten to 50500 :-)


Friday, April 8th, 2011

A clever group brainstorming tool that allows group to post ideas, share them in real-time, and vote on those that they like the best.