ArtSonia

A colleague of mine passed this website on when I was teaching Grade 4 last year. I always had a million ideas of what to do for Art but I never really focused them or knew how to make them possible for 9/10 year olds. This nifty little website is art projects designed by teachers, run through their classes and then some even post the finished projects online for you to see. I found it so helpful in finding what I needed.
I will advocate for the amazing art museum the have on there. It is fairly easy to search for each level of student you are looking for and even a possible theme. Only downside is that you need to have a free account to access the lesson plans. On the bright side, not very many pesky emails (I’ve been a member for a year and I’ve only gotten 1 or 2). This comes with high recommendations from me (and a few past co-workers)!

Check out ArtSonia!

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Teach with your iPad

I have been on the hunt for my own iPad for my classroom for a while now. The only thing that has really stopped me is the cost. They are SO expensive. I also should mention that I am not getting one that has a plan either (only if you want 3/4G). Hopefully when I’m a member of a school board I can request one and be able to integrate it into my classroom as part of a PD project.

Ultimately I’d love to be able to have an interactive whiteboard as well as and iPad and be able to control it from where ever in the classroom. Serious dream right there! I’d also love to have a class set kicking around somewhere and have my students use apps in class to highlight activities. It would be so relevent, especially because of the recent trend with parents letting their children (ages 3+) use their own iPads/iPods. Take a look at this.

Here’s a little synopsis of the article:

• 42 percent of children under eight years of age have a TV in their bedrooms

• Half (52%) of all 0- to 8-year-olds have access to a new mobile device such as a smartphone, video iPod, or iPad/tablet.

• In a typical day, one in 10 (11%) 0- to 8-year-olds uses a smartphone, video iPod, iPad, or similar device to play games, watch videos, or use other apps. Those who do such activities spend an average of 43 minutes a day doing so.

Forty Three minutes per day! Can you even imagine?! Here’s something to use those 43 minutes to good use. Teach With Your iPad!

Bloom’s Peacock – Create

This is the most extensive list and has the most interesting of the sites (at least I think so). For the final time, these are taken from the Bloom’s Peacock.

Create:

Pic-Lits- http://piclits.com

Kerpoof- http://kerpoof.com

ZimmerTwins- http://zimmertwins.com

Wiki Spaces- http://wikispaces.com

DomoNation- http://domonation.com

Glogster- http://edu.glogster.com

Creaza- http://creaza.com

Voicethread- http://voicethread.com

Kidblog- http://kidblog.org

Wetpaint- http://www.wetpaint.com

edublogs- http://edublogs.org

Stage’d- http://stagedproject.com/

Garageband- Apple Software

iMovie- Apple Software

Bloom’s Peacock – Remember

With a suggestion from a collegue (now on this blog!) I’ve done my best to find the links of the Bloom’s Peacock posted earlier. Look for more in the future!

Remember:

BBC Skillwise- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/

Spelling City- http://spellingcity.com

Starfall- http://starfall.com

Discovery Streaming- http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com

Lexipedia- http://lexipedia.com

YouTube- http://youtube.com

Gamegoo- http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html

PBS Kids- http://pbskids.org