Saturday, January 17, 2009

PicLits Literacy tool

Use this free drag and drop literacy tool to create great sentences inspired by beautiful pictures. "Learn It" provides learning opportunities and examples on creating captions, compound sentences, or paragraphs. Advanced lesson plans for teachers are viewed in the "Learn It" tab as well. "View the Gallery" to see created PicLits as well as comments and ratings. After dragging a word onto the screen, choose different forms of the word by using the drop-down menu next to the word. Registration is required to use this site but a "global class" account can be created for all students to use. Here is an example PicLit that I created:
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See the full PicLit at

Tags: PicLits, literacy

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's okay to ask!

Teacher's First is a wonderful resource providing great links and wonderful examples for using the vast array of websites on the Internet today.

They are even going one better with a series of live, online sessions for discussing and sharing ideas for integrating technology tools in the classroom. These sessions include Teacher's First staff (which are classroom teachers) modeling the use of tools and resources.

Choose from these sessions:
  • Find It, Use It: Exploring the Resources of Teacher's First to Plan Effective, Technology-Infused Lessons
  • A Safe Journey to the Edge: Intro to Web 2.0 Tools
The information for the sessions as well as pre-registering for these free sessions can be found here. This is a wonderful resource I hope you will attend and share!

Tags: Teacher's First, education, technology