1. The first bit of technology I want to share with you today is Blabberize. Blabberize lets you take a picture, add a recording, and animate it to look like it is talking. I made this one today. I imagine this would be great for reports on historical figures, book characters, or animals. How much fun would the kids have with this?
2. Next, I have been using Pinterest. What is Pinterest? It is similar to a bulletin board. Except, it is online and you don't have to cut any pictures out. When you are browsing online and you see and idea you would like you pin it to your Pinterest Board. When you register you will add Pinterest to your favorites bar. After that pinning things is as easy as clicking the icon and adding your notes. You can have multiple boards, which makes organizing things super easy. You must be invited to join Pinterest. You can request an invitation through the site, but that takes a while. If you email me through the contact form on this blog, I will invite you to join
First Grade Fun, did a tutorial on making them. Check it out. They really don't look that hard to make. I want to make some, but I am waiting until I have finalized my classroom theme to go buy material.
4. I found this awesome site, Tools for Educators, that lets you make worksheets, Bingo games, word searches, dice, board games, mazes, dominoes, and several types of worksheets. All of it is free and simple to use.
5. Over the summer, one of the things I have been doing is looking for ideas for my classroom and trying to get organized for next year. Many of you may already be familiar with Teacher Tipster's site and his YouTube videos, but they were new to me. I have been watching a few and suggest you do too. They are full of great ideas.