First 6 weeks: Dare to inspire!

As a group we teacher librarians model lifelong learning and continually share what we’ve learned, provide professional development, etc.  This can be challenging in an already hectic schedule and overloaded curriculum.  But this year, if you can entice your teachers to let you show them just ONE new thing, maybe it could be Ideas to Inspire.  

I learned about this site from this post by Kelly Tenkely at her blog I Learn Technology.  According to Kelly’s post, the creator of the site–Mark Warner–“invites teachers from around the world to share their inspiring ideas for using technology in the classroom.  These are pulled together as a presentation that teachers everywhere can benefit from.  Ideas to Inspire has a handy new filter tool that let’s you find the exact resources and ideas you are looking for easily.” 

The home page is a collection of well-labeled thumbnails with a ton of topics of interest to teachers.  Clicking on these brings you to a presentation that Mark put together with ideas from teacher contributors.  (Double click on the presentation to expand the image once you open it up.)

I took a look at quite a few of the embedded presentations and found some useful ideas.  Here’s a list of some I’m planning to share with my staff:

Techy Tips for Non-Techy Teachers

Ideas for Class Blog Posts

(Ways to) Encourage Pupils and Families to visit your Blog

Make your class a Sparkly Place to Learn

Interesting Images to use in the Classroom (visual literacy)

Google Earth and Google Maps

Ways to present (Internet) Research  (end-products ideas!)

Show this to your teachers during this first six weeks.  You’ll be a hero!

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TeachersFirst Gets a Facelift!

Readers of this blog know that I have written here and here and here about the professional development provided by the folks at Teachers First in their OK2ASK snack sessions and webinars.

What I haven’t blogged about before is the vast number of web resources I’ve learned about from Teachers First, all reviewed by people in the field, just like you and me.  This is taken from their homepage:

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our robust search tools.

Teachers First takes the guesswork out of web tools and sites to use with your students, and when you subscribe to their weekly updates you know you’ll get all the latest content.

Earlier this summer Teachers First got a facelift, and their site is easier than ever to use.  Teachers have access to the Edge (reviews of web 2.0 tools), unit ideas, lesson plans, ready-to-go classroom activities for interactive whiteboards, special topics, a classroom planning calendar with important dates and upcoming events, and more.

Searching on Teachers First is easy.  Search by keyword and grade level and you’ll find resources appropriate for your particular students. Explore the different tabs at the top of the page and look at links on the sidebars as well.  If you’re looking to infuse your lessons with some technology give Teachers First a try!

Please leave a comment and let me know how you are using Teachers First.