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Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/31/2009


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Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/25/2009


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Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/23/2009


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Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/21/2009


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Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/20/2009


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Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/18/2009


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Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/17/2009


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Friday 5: Our Nation's Teachable Moment

My new year's resolution has been to revive the Friday 5. In case you might have forgotten, I used to regularly publish a list of at least five quality sites each week based on a theme. Let's see if I can keep my resolution!

A national teachable moment is coming our way next Tuesday with the inauguration of President-elect Obama. Regardless of how you feel politically, it is a chance for students and teachers to examine presidential beginnings and to contemplate the renewal process involved with a change in administration. I hope classrooms all over America are not just watching the event, but are actively engaged bywriting, discussing and generally analyzing material from this piece of history and beyond. It's a great opportunity for teachers and students to consume and produce media through photos, video, blogs, and podcasts.

Thank you to my Twitter network for suggestions for resources!

Lucy Gray


Here are a few sites for inspiration:

1) NKO Inauguration
http://tinyurl.com/nkoinauguration

This is the site I'm building for one of the campuses within our charter school. We are posting pictures, video podcasts, and web-based resources. Teachers and students are welcome to leave comments to ourblog posts, take a survey,  and to leave a placemark on our special Google Map. Please visit this site!

2)  U.S Presidential Inauguration Group within the Global Education
Collaborative
http://globaleducation.ning.com/group/uspresidentialinauguration

If you're looking to do some sort of last minute collaboration with another school, check out this group!

3) Inauguration is Inspiring Classrooms Nationwide
http://tinyurl.com/axtka3

An article from the New York Times on how schools are getting involved with inauguration activities

4) Obama''s Inauguration: Class Rules the Streets of D.C.
http://tinyurl.com/nationalpostinauguration

Another article showing how schools are taking field trips to D.C and using social media to publish items about the inauguration

5) Presidential Inaugural Committee's Photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/inauguration

See photos of inaugural preparations

6) Welcome to Washington DC for Kids!
http://kids.dc.gov/kids_main_content.html

General site on our nation's capitol

7) C-SPAN Classroom Inauguration Day Lesson Plan
http://kids.dc.gov/kids_main_content.html

8) YouTube - 44 US Presidents: Quotes from George Washington to Barack Obama
http://tinyurl.com/youtubepresidents

Nice video that could serve as a model to be replicated for a class project

9) Inauguration Day 2009: Where to Watch on TV, Radio, and Online
http://inaugurationday2009.com/broadcast.html

A great list of ways to bring the inaugural live to your classroom

10) The Library of Congress: "I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/pihome.html

Lessons and primary source materials related to inaugurals

11) Inauguration Day 2009 - Mahalo
http://www.mahalo.com/Inauguration_Day_2009

A compilation of media related to this year's event

12) 25 Inaugural Addresses
http://www.hotchalk.com/mydesk/index.php/25-inaugural-addresses

A great source for comparing and contrasting inaugural speeches

13) Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
http://inaugural.senate.gov/

Everything you always wanted to know about Tuesday's ceremony and beyond

14) Democracy@Work: Inauguration Timeline
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/government/inauguration.htm

A timeline from Scholastic that might help kids visualize U.S history


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bookmarks: 
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http://groups.google.com/group/friday5


Apple of My Eye: Web Sites Catching My Attention 01/16/2009


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Presentation Given in Singapore

Presentation for International School of Singapore Faculty
From: elemenous, 5 minutes ago


This is a presentation I gave in November 2008 at the International School of Singapore. It is an edited version of one that I've given previously. I eliminated a few slides, and added some links geared towards high schools with 1 to 1 laptop initiatives.


My Digital Kids

Although both of my kids are four years apart, they have similar digital tastes. I've found items like Leapfrog's Leapsters to be helpful during our 35 minute plus commute to school, and I decided they were ready for iPods when their last birthdays rolled around (both were born in October). I purchased the last version of the iPod Nano (the square chunky model) along with iTunes gift cards for them in addition to loading up the MP3 players with content that I thought they'd enjoy. 

So far, so good in terms of their use. My fourth grader, Julia, has learned how to select content in our iTunes library and sync it with her iPod. Both keep their headphones and iPods in plastic bags most of the time for easy transport and protection. Henry has a lamp that plays the iPod and he listens to audiobooks and music at bedtime. Julia has a clock radio that does this, too, but it hasn't worked as well as the lamp. 

In terms of content, we can fit about one movie (the current selection is Alvin and the Chipmunks) and a slew of audiobooks and podcasts on the iPods. Both kids love a Webkinz podcast; Julia tends to gravitate towards audiobooks and Henry is learning a great deal from video episodes from the National Geographic channel in iTunes. Here's a video that I did with Henry about what he's learned so far.