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Educator and Lifelong Learner, Asst Principal at @cmslions, #NBCT, #EdD from @ucumberlands, @Google Educator Lvl 1 & 2, Google for Education Certified Trainer

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Liebster Award

A special thank you goes out to Dianne of Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching for awarding me The Liebster Award. This award is given to a newbie blogger with under 200 followers. What a great way to end the year! 

Here are the rules:
  1. Copy and paste the award to your blog.
  2. Thank the giver, and link back to them.
  3. Reveal your top 5 picks, and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
Now, to reveal the five blogs that I am going to award! 

Polkadot Notebook


Congratulations to each of you! You have contributed so much to the blogging world!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Special Giveaway from Little Literacy Learners

My friend, Mrs. McKown at Little Literacy Learners, is holding a special New Year's giveaway. Visit her blog for details on how to enter. She is giving away 4 special prizes! Good luck! 

Little Literacy Learners


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hobby Lobby Giveaway from The Crafty Community

As an author for The Crafty Community, I am proud to say that we have reached 100 followers! In honor of this, we will be giving away a $20 Hobby Lobby gift card to one of our followers. For details on how to enter, simply follow this link to The Crafty Community. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tech Tuesday-Rover


Rover is a free iPad app that allows you to access flash content. The cool thing is that this app is designed with students and teachers in mind. Rover is powered by iSwifter, but this app provides content filtering to protect our students from inappropriate content. Download Rover by visiting iTunes.

I have in no way been asked or compensated to review this app. While browsing the VocabularySpellingCity forums, I found a post about an iPad workaround for the flash games on VocabularySpellingCity. I thought it was too good not to share. It is exactly the type of app I have been needing in my classroom. I was thrilled to find Rover!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Websites

As an author of Teaching Blog Addict and a contributor to TBA's 25 Days of Gifts, I am excited to share with you today's special gift. My gift to you is a collection of my favorite Christmas links, and they are all FREE! I can't help it, I'm a tech nerd!

You've got to try Hangmouse!

Enjoy visiting Santa and his elves.

What is more fun than dancing elves with your own pictures?

Santa’s Village
Countdown to Christmas with fun games and Santa tracking.

Prince Bertie the Frog
Enjoy reading these fun Christmas stories.

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Teaching Blog Addict Has Its Own App

Teaching Blog Addict is now even easier to follow with its own Android and iPhone apps. Simply, scan the QR Code above, and TBA is always at your fingertips. Happy reading!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Farewell to Handwriting?

I'm afraid that penmanship is a dying art. My principal should this clip to our faculty to generate discussion. What do you think?

Do you still teach handwriting in your school? Do you feel it is important for kids to know how to write legibly in print or cursive? Many argue that technology is overtaking the necessity for penmanship. Think of the number of times you write a day: signatures on credit card purchases, checks, shopping lists, notes to your children, letters home to parents, information for your students on the board, etc. I am a tech fanatic, but I still have to write!

One resource I use is VocabularySpellingCity's Handwriting Worksheets. You can create free, printable worksheets with your spelling and vocabulary lists in print, D'Nealian print, cursive, and sign language. They are even looking to increase the number of available fonts. What font do you use with your students?

I would love to generate discussion on this topic. Feel free to state your opinion. I am very interested in what you have to say!