From the Desk of Kay Ezzell Technology Resource Specialist at Resource Materials & Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Materials & Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing /FDLRS
207 North San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Shelley Popson Ardis
As spring officially begins this weekend, you might be thinking
outside activities you can do with your students. There are some gardening
web site in today's list of web sites that might give you some ideas.
What is your favorite web site? Why don't you send me some of your favorite
links? Perhaps others haven't see them.
There will be no Tech Notes next week. I will be out of town all
a great week!
The Wright Center for Science Education offers free science-themed posters
with accompanying teacher's guides and lesson plans on topics such as cosmic
evolution, geology, the human genome, and much more. If you'd like to see
what the posters look like, click on 'Posters' on the above web site. To
order free copies of the posters, send a request on school letterhead to
Wright Center, Department P, Room 267C, Science and Technology Center, Tufts
University, 4 Colby Street, Medford, MA 02155.
The National Endowment for the Arts has developed a resource packet for
teaching the work of Shakespeare. It includes an educational video, an audio
CD, ideas for lesson plans, and a timeline poster. To register and order the
packet, visit the above web site.
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Lesson Plan Contest - http://www.alphasmart.com/k12/teacher4teacher
Each month, AlphaSmart will award an AlphaSmart 3000, Dana by AlphaSmart or
Dana Wireless to the teacher who submits the winning lesson plan. The runner
up each month will win either an AlphaSmart carrying case, backpack, or
portfolio. Lesson plans must address the monthly theme and include
appropriate technology integration for either the AlphaSmart 3000, Dana by
AlphaSmart, or Dana Wireless.
Review the rules, guidelines and themes on the web site. Download the Lesson
Plan form to submit your favorite AlphaSmart 3000, Dana by AlphaSmart, or
Dana Wireless integrated lesson plan.
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History Farm - http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/
Wessels Living History Farm chronicles farm life in a way that helps
students understand agriculture, its history in America, and the 20s and 30s
in the Midwest.
Mr. McMahon's English Class
This is a great example of a teacher web page. Tom McMahon teaches high
school English in a Pennsylvania high school. His web site has links for
each class period and from there, students can access period-specific
assignments, class notes, etc. There are also links to language arts sites,
sample work, and rubrics used for grading some of their assignments. Each
period also has its own photo gallery.
Carter's Media Center Website - http://webtech.pioneer.resa.k12.ga.us/jcarter/
This is a good example of a teacher website for younger students, but this
site also has links to lots of good resources - like WebQuests, scavenger
hunts, online games, author web sites, etc.
Kids on to Research through Technology Integration -
This is an article about how a teacher began using technology to motivate
her fourth- and fifth-grade students to put more into their research
projects. There are also some suggested history topics for research given at
the end of the article.
5th Grade - http://home.alltel.net/joequarles/
This is another example of an elementary teacher's web page, with examples
of student work, assignments, links to online activities, etc.
to Learn - http://www.powertolearn.com/spotlights/discovery/index.shtml
This site is sponsored by cablevision in the New York and New Jersey area,
so some of the material is only of local interest. But the site features
areas that would be universally applicable. There is "Ask the Expert",
Games, For Teachers, For Students, and For Parents.
CyberSmart! - http://www.becybersmart.org
This site is co-published by The CyberSmart School Program and macmillan
McGraw-Hill. It is a FREE K-8 curriculum empowering students to use the
Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. It includes origianl
standards-based lesson plans and student activity sheets. It is flexible
enough that it can be used by technology teachers, librarians, media
specialists, and classroom teachers.
Resources - http://www.plagiarism.org/research_site/e_citation.html
In the age of "cut and paste" plagiarism has become more of a problem than
ever before. This site gives educators and students a tool for understanding
why citations are so important by defining plagiarism in "What is
Plagiarism?" "Types of Plagiarism" and "Plagiarism and the Internet"
describe in plain language what constitutes a violation and how by
attribution and acquiring permission to cite such accusations can be
SparkTop.org - http://www.sparktop.org/
SparkTop.org is a place where kids who learn differently can create awesome
stuff, play great games, connect with other kids, and discover new ways to
succeed in school and in life. The site is made by Schwab Learning. Mr.
Schwab and his son both struggle with dyslexia. The site is free, but you do
have to register to access some parts of the site.
Kids - http://www.gardening-with-kids.com/
Do you want to start a garden with your class? This web site covers a lot of
the basics - from preparing the soil and planting, to watering, weeding, and
This gardening site has an entire book for parents/teachers to read online
with ideas for getting kids interesting in gardening and all aspects
involved with gardening. There is also information on school gardens.
Pea's Garden: Gardening with Kids -
This site emphasizes fun with growing and offers information on how to
develop a child's first garden, recommendations for easy seeds that sprout
fast, and garden project ideas - like growing a cucumber in a Coke bottle.
There are both indoor and outdoor gardening projects and fun activities with
plants for kids.
Take a virtual tour of the 4-H Children's Garden at Michigan State
University. They've got all kinds of specialty gardens and a lot of ideas to
help you get started. There's a garden that attracts beautiful butterflies
and another like the one that the Pioneers might have had.
Gardening - http://www.butterflyhouse.org/gardening.html
At the Butterfly House web site, there are lots of tips for planting your
own gardens, especially ones that attract butterflies.
There are many opportunities available for children to become involved with
plants, gardens, or the outdoors in general. Some of these opportunities
include children's programs at school gardens, botanic gardens or community
gardens. This site contains ideas for gardening with kids.
NASA CONNECT - http://connect.larc.nasa.gov/
NASA CONNECT ™ is an annual series of FREE integrated math, science, and
technology programs for students in grades 6–8. Each program has three
components: (1) a 30-minute television broadcast that can be viewed live or
taped for later use, (2) an educator guide describing a hands-on activity,
and (3) an interactive web activity that provides educators an opportunity
to use technology in the classroom setting. These three components —
television broadcast, educator guide, and web activity— are designed as an
integrated instructional package. NASA CONNECT ™ is FREE to educators.
Registered educators will receive, via e-mail, a reminder of upcoming shows,
a show summary, and a PDF version of the educator guide. NASA CONNECT ™ is a
U.S. Government product and is not subject to copyright. There are no fees
or licensing agreements. Broadcast and off-air rights are unlimited and
granted in perpetuity.
Trips - http://www.virtual-field-trips.com/
Travel without leaving your home. This is a complete educational package
with objectives, lesson plans, questions and answers, additional activities,
and sites to visit. The Sign Language trip didn't work today, but I e-mailed
them, so perhaps they'll be able to fix their link. The other links I tried
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AG Bell Florida Annual Convention
April 23-24, 2004, Tampa
For more information, go to http://www.agbellflorida.org
Educational Interpreter Summer Institute
June 13-18, 2004, FSDB, St. Augustine, FL
For more information, contact Shannon Simon at email@example.com
November 5-6, 2004
Hotel Orlando North, Maitland, FL
For more information, go to http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/rmc/fehi
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA):
Orlando - January 18-20, 2005
Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando, FL
Fore more information, go to http://www.ATIA.org
Florida Educational Technology Conference 2004 (FETC):
Orlando - January 27-29, 2005 in the Orange County Convention Center.
For more information, go to http://www.fetc.org/
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