Archive for September, 2011

Spongelab Science Resources for Teachers

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Spongelab is a group of scientists, teachers, animators, artists, and programmers passionate about science education and with a desire to help foster learning through gaming. To get started we discussed education issues, learner and educator needs, and concerns about using technology in classroom around the world.

The site is set up like a game and teachers can submit resources, search for resources, and purchase with available points. Points are earned by sharing, and completing tasks on the site.

Create A Self Correcting Quiz that Emails Results

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Using Google Docs Forms and the scripting language embed in GoogleDocs, learn how to create a quiz that self corrects and emails results back to the student. Can you think of any other good uses for a form that evaluates and emails students feedback?

Here is the public read-only link to the self-grading and emailing quiz/form with apps script already embedded:

With these tools your teachers can create self-grading quizzes with Google forms that will also e-mail the student back with their scores, incorrect answers and content for reviewing.

Here is the HOW-TO video on setting this up.  The first part of the video just walks our teachers through finding the template in our repository, so you can skip that…

MathPickle – Math Videos

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Video resources revolving around math concepts. MathPickle is for K-12 teahers. Here you will find curricular games, puzzles and mini-competitions for the classroom.

Math Doodling in Class

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

This is a creative series of videos spotlighting the doodling of a student and how their drawings relate to mathematics.  Must check it out to get the “picture” ;-)

Sketchpad Express (iPad version of Geometer’s Sketchpad)

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Based on the award winning software The Geometer’s Sketchpad, Sketchpad Explorer allows you to interact with, manipulate, and animate visual mathematics to develop and generalize your understanding of fundamental math concepts.

It is currently free for a limited time.

Make Your Own “I Spy”

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Celebrating 20 Years of “I Spy” books, scholastic put together this site with teacher guides and the ability to create your own mini I Spy creation.

Teacher guides available here:

Z Math Games

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Play cool math games on your computer and have fun while using your math skills. Our selection of math games is updated periodically so check back for new games!

Microsoft – Free Tools in the Classroom

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Information regarding many free tools from Microsoft and guides for how to use them in the classroom.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Get information and download a copy of the latest Microsoft version of Live Movie Maker. Easily create slide shows and videos from images and video clips. (Windows 7 or Windows Vista Required)

Sylvan Foundation Mini Grants!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The Sylvan Foundation Mini Grant applications for the 2011 school year are now available. Have a great idea for a lesson you’d like to implement in your classroom that involves the use of technology? The Foundation Mini Grant may enable to you to aquire what you need!

More information and grant application available here:

Egg Timer Utility for Your Computer

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

If you ever need a timer for a particular class lesson, this computer tool might just be the ticket!


Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Ever wish you could easily receive big files from anyone? Now you can!
Together with Dropbox ( you can setup an unique upload address with password protection.

Nice tool for creating an electronic assignment submittable system, and it’s free to boot!