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Welcome, Bernd Merker!

Please give a warm shout out (Guten Tag!) to Librarian, Bernd Merker, visiting from the City Library of Leipzig in Germany. Merker is working – close to my home – at a Queens, NY library and blogging about intercultural library work at the Librarian in Residence Blog  – only until July 18.  Here’s the email announcement from the Goethe-Institut New York (Photo [...]

Get Their MATH ON This Summer

Don’t you dare let your little ones tell you they’re bored this summer. Tell them that Mrs. Bowllan says, Math, Math and More Math – it can never hurt.  Keep em’ fresh - when they come home from camp - with these oh so cool online tools: Here’s a site that allows you to create your own math [...]

The Bayside and Special Services Library: Everyday People

Hats off to librarian, Carolyn Caywood, and her staff at The Bayside and Special Services Library for providing people with disabilities free access to a wide range of library resources. Greg Gaudio, from The Virginian-Pilot, shares Naomi’s story - a third grader who is legally blind and just one of the many people reaping the benefits of these services. "Special [...]

FrenchPODClass & Interactive French Sites

Thinking about learning a foreign language this summer? Or, how about a little curriculum enhancing? If so, the following sites come highly recommended from a French teacher, and a friend of mine. But first, roll the video please… Drag and Drop French Vocabulary This Should Be Done on Big Screen with Sound Up / Listening Skills Grammar for Beginner French French [...]

Everyday People: Dr. Ruth Peters and Stephanie Oppenheim

…seen here with Today Show host, Matt Lauer, are providing parents – like myself - helpful tips on keeping the learning bug fun and interesting for our kids this summer. THEY, are my Monday’s pick for Everyday People you should know. They provide solutions for the "Mommy! I am bored!" rant.

Fun On Friday: Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th of July, everyone! If you have JAVA on your computer, you’ll have your own BLAST using interactive fireworks, right here.  Just remember to turn your sound on.

Using Blogs in the Classroom: The Stick Factor

Before my 4th graders left for summer break, I had them reflect on what they remember most from technology class. It was a good opportunity for me - their teacher - to receive my own tech grade. I must say, it was a humbling exercise, but one I highly recommend.  By using a class blog as the portal, here’s what stuck in their minds as [...]

Teaching Internet Resources: It’s A Win Win

NPR – The House of Mirth http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19351308   http://www.costumes.org/history/victorian/boehn/ModeArtistique1888.JPG   http://www.costumes.org/history/victorian/boehn/Englishwoman1884.JPG   http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/eaa/ephemera/A01/A0172/A0172-03-72dpi.jpeg   http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/eaa/ephemera/A01/A0172/A0172-15-72dpi.jpeg   ***write your own book of rules for women today.  

Wetpaint Wins: The Mzungu Boy

Okay – I’m salivating! I’m also going to throw myself a diss – here’s why. I’ve been posting about teachers using wikis for some time now. Right? I’ve been touting and touting, wikis make learning fun – think outside the box, etc. Well I finally made myself a wiki and gosh darn it, I am having fun!  Please, if you have a moment, take a [...]