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February 3, 2012

Have you seen these sites?

No Limits to Learning

This is a blog created by Lon Thornburg who is an educator and assistive technology trainer. He works with teachers of children with special needs. Thornburg explains how to use Audacity to link up with slides in PowerPoint and to creative interactive communication boards. Using Audacity is relatively easy and is a good tool to create podcasts. And, it is free.

We Are Teachers

This is a site constructed by teachers for teachers. It has a wealth of resources that include podcasts about key issues in teaching and learning as well as information about learning strategies. There is guidance for writing grants, as well.

Center for Research on Learning

This is a site from the University of Kansas, which is known for its outreach to teachers, especially those involved in special education. The link takes you to a video and information about adolescent literacy.

THE Journal

Although this journal is concerned with technology in higher education, it offers a wealth of ideas regarding teaching K-12. The link takes you to an article about the use of iPads in schools.

Have you read these books?

A Man of My Words: Reflections on the English Language by Richard Lederer (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2003). Lederer has written more than 30 books on the English language, but you should be prepared to laugh when you read any one of them, including A Man of My Words. In the section, “…and Gladly Teach,” Lederer states, “I truly believe that teachers deserve the nice things that people say about them…” (p. 208). This provides an opener for a list of wonderful quotations about teachers taken from a variety of sources. The section is further divided into three short readings that are truly delightful.

Children’s Books

By Mordechai Gerstein. Each of his books is distinct in content and art. Gerstein writes them as an interpretation of his reflections on life. Try What Charlie Heard, and A Book, and The Mountains of Tibet. You will find beautiful illustrations and three unique stories.

By Robert Burleigh. Sensitive and fun books. Try Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City and Good-bye, Sheepie. The latter is based upon an event in his own life.

Have you heard of Education Nation?

Initiated in 2010 by NBC, Education Nation has provided a forum for sharing ideas about our schools, our teaching/teachers, and public policy. Presentations have been provided on NBC and MSNBC.