I just wanted to share an awesome website. Cybrary Man has a wealth of information for anyone in education. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, parent, or an educator this website has everything. For teachers, it doesn’t matter what content you teach or what grade level Cybraryman has it! Enjoy!
I’ve been on Twitter for almost a year now and I’m addicted to it. I’m so addicted that I have two accounts. One account is my “teacher” account and the second account is my “goofing off” account. I thought this was the best way to help spread the word about what I do in the classroom but also follow my favorite sports and music.
I firmly believe that every teacher should get a twitter account. It’s the greatest professional development for me. I learn about the newest web tools to use and also neat articles. It’s also cool to follow Bill Nye The Science Guy or The Smithsonian. They share really neat info to share in the classroom. It’s the best way to communicate with fellow teachers too. You can google some of the best teachers to follow. Twitter is more than checking to see what your favorite star is eating. It’s a great way to learn! Do your self a favor and go get an account now!
I had the amazing opportunity to go to NSTA this year in Indy. (Big thanks to my wife Allison by the way!) While I was there, You Tube was there to discuss their site for teachers. Youtube for Teachers allow teachers to show videos to their class without having to worry about if it is appropriate. I always show You tube videos on the fly for my ELLs. This means that if I think they are not understanding what a tornado is, then I’m going to show a video of a tornado with out screening it. Youtube for Teachers has videos that are screened and are very educational. The homepage is divided by core content and grade levels. It’s very easy to navigate through. The gentleman that works for Youtube, said that the comments can be disabled too. I was really amazed on how great it looked. I will use this in my classroom!
TeachMeet Nashville I would highly recommend attending this conference. TeachMeets are great informal conferences that shares different apps and webtools. Each session is 20 minutes long. Check out the link and sign up!
I came across an interesting article from the New York Times today. The article discusses the various benefits with being bilingual. I thought it was interesting that being bilingual can delay Alzheimer’s.
Here is an interesting chart about language diversity. The article argues that poverty and geography can play a role in language diversity. Congo and Papua New Guinea are the most language diverse in the world.
Here is a neat website about language and literacy. There are TONS of cool maps, diagrams, and charts to use in the classroom. Just click on “resources”. Also some neat articles on acquiring academic language. A must read for teachers that are new to ELLs!