Happy Monday everyone!
Seeing as the issues in Vancouver post-hockey were well covered & certainly disrupted my normal sleeping habits - I don't think I will dive into those any further. I will continue to keep my rose-coloured glasses on where Vancouver is concerned, and just hope (for many reasons!) that the Canucks aren't as successful next year!! Hee hee!
When I was in the classroom - this would be the time of year that things would start to wind down & I would take my kids outside and read them books while stretched out under a tree - bliss! But, I was slowly gathering books, websites, blogs etc...for me to go through as part of my summer reading, so that I could bring something fresh to the classroom in the fall.
While it's a bit different this year, as I don't have a 'school' setting to bring new ideas to - I hope that some of the stuff I find might help some of you with your summer reading this year.
One website that I've been visiting a lot lately for some professional reading (as they tend to have interesting tweets) is Simple K-12 http://www.simplek12.com/
image courtesy www.simplek12.com
Their mandate is simple - to help teachers & students learn how to use technology. I particularly enjoy the tagline of 'online learning anytime, anywhere, even at home in your PJs'. As anyone who has ever been to any of my workshops knows that I talk about creating lessons and content at home in my PJs. (on on the dock at the family cottage, as the case may be)! So the amount of info here for online learning is great!
image courtesy Nicholas Žekulin
I am really enjoying so far the free e-books that they have on offer. My first download was their Interactive Whiteboards Workbook. I loved their suggestions for the new or veteran SMART Board user - especially the interactive website suggestions at the end of the workbook. I will be trying some of them out for sure!
I also enjoy how the focus is on things that the KIDS can do on the SMART Board. That was my focus for myself in my last few years in the classroom - getting the kids on the SMART Board more than me. The suggestions on this website are certainly student-focused - helping that 21st Century Learning come to life.
Happy early summer reading with this one!