Friday, June 23, 2017


Storybird is a unique language arts tool. They use illustrations to inspire students to write stories: picture books for K-5, longform chapter books for Grades 5-9, and poetry for everything in-between.
In a learning scenario, “starting with pictures” is powerful: it stirs the emotions while it engages the brain and jumpstarts students into their text, avoiding the blank-page syndrome. And it's effective. Schools have seen as much as 3-grade level jumps in literacy when using Storybird throughout the year.
Today, more than 5 million students and 400,000 educators use Storybird. They've published 15 million stories, and read them for several billion minutes. Storybird is free to use—and even helps schools raise funds.
This looks really great.  Try it out by going to the link below!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chrome QRCode Generator

Create QR Codes for any website with "QRCode" the QR Code generator extension in Google Chrome. It is FREE. There are no registration and no limitations for its use.

With the posting of a QR (Quick Response) code, you can lead students to information by just using a computer's or mobile device's camera. Following are just some suggestions for QR code use in education from Four Ways QR Codes Could Revolutionize Education by Liz Dwyer:

1. Digital portfolios for students. Imagine if all students were assigned a QR code at the beginning of the school year—or even the start of their educational career? Every year, instead of putting that student's assignments or projects into a manila file folder that gets sent home (and oftentimes chucked in the trash) the teacher could upload a few examples of papers, projects, tests and quizzes to the QR code. The code could also include links to student videos, blog posts or other multimedia projects. That QR code-portfolio could then be printed on the student's report card, so that the grade becomes about more than just one single letter.
2. Connecting with parents. Teachers could create their own individual QR code that includes links to classroom goals, behavior expectations and other pertinent information, and send the code home with students. The teacher could even include sample questions the parent might want to ask their child about the class, thus equipping the parent with the knowledge she needs to have a conversation with their child about what they're doing in school. On back-to-school night or during open house, teachers could post QR codes throughout the classroom. Once a parent scans the code, they'd be digitally whisked to explanations of the curricula being used or of student work displayed in the classroom. Sure, the teacher could accomplish all of this with print-outs, but scanning with a QR code is definitely more eco-friendly.
3. Engaging students. Many K-12 schools ban smartphones, but as their potential as a learning tool starts to be better understood, they could end up working well with QR codes. At both the K-12 and college level, the number of textbooks featuring QR codes is sure to grow. And teachers and professors could hand out an assignment or study guide with a QR code printed on it. Once students scan it, they could be taken to additional resources or activities.
4. Easing the transition to college. This year the University of Illinois jumped on the QR code bandwagon and started using them to help acclimate incoming freshman. QR codes are scattered throughout the campus, and when a student scans one, they're taken to campus maps, videos, and other resources. The codes also connected students to the school's Facebook and Twitter feeds—a smart move since connected students are less likely to drop out.
I love QR codes!!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Encyclopedia Britannica is coming to New York - it's online and it's free!

Beginning July 1, 2017, the New York State Library is adding Encyclopedia Britannica to the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) offerings. The Encyclopedia Britannica e-resources that will be freely available to all New Yorkers include:
  • Britannica School: the go-to site for learning more about any subject for all grades Pre-K-12 and all reading abilities. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica School. 
  • Britannica Academic: delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information, combining Encyclopedia Britannica with the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica Academic.  
  • Britannica Escolar: the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica Escolar.
For more information please contact your school librarian or the NOVELNY Help Desk at Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information.  NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Creative Educator Website

Started in 2007, Creative Educator focuses on effective ideas and strategies to foster creativity and engage students in the curriculum. Articles are designed to provide you with an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity. The classroom stories illustrate how educators are already utilizing creativity tools in their classrooms and the lesson plans provide specific ideas, resources, and directions that make implementing creative work with technology even easier. Check out the Topics and Lessons links at the top of the page!

Check it out by clicking this link!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free Technology Webinars!

The NYS Teacher Centers Technology Committee is pleased to present the Smart Schools Bond Act Support Series II

In 2014, New York State enacted the Smart Schools Bond Act, which allocated funds for New York schools to purchase technology and strengthen infrastructure.This Act gave NYS educators access to new technology with no guidance on how to implement it effectively into instruction. NYS Teacher Centers are offering over fifty professional development webinars in the Spring of 2017 to showcase exemplary technological resources available, and the best practices for using these resources to increase student achievement

All webinars are open to administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals in New York State. Participants may take as few or as many webinars as they wish. CTLE professional development certificates are available with subsequent work
and small registration fee. 


Contact Carol Weintraub, Director, InterCounty Teacher Center 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Connecting music to reading, math, and science!

At this site, Phil shares a large number of free music activities and arts integration lessons that connect music to reading, math, and science.  In addition, he posts information on his latest music education products.  There are many links to all of his free arts integration resources, multimedia activities, and homemade instrument projects.  
It's not just for music teachers so check it out!

Click here to check out this cool site!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tech Tip - Spring Cleaning

Though Mother Nature may not realize it, Spring is officially here. Along with warmer, sunnier days (eventually) is the Spring Cleaning Feeling. A sudden urge to throw open the windows and scrub parts of your house that haven't seen daylight in months!

Don't forget it is a great time to spring clean your technology, too. Popsugar has put together 31 terrific tips for tech cleaning. One for every day of the month. Click here to check out tips from cleaning the outside of your phone, to organizing photos on your laptop, to deleting unused apps.