March 23, 2007
If you are looking for a tool to help your students study their vocabulary you might want to try Quizlet. Quizlet is a very simple free website that lets you create vocabulary tests based on words and definitions you provide. You don’t even have to type them, if you have lists generated already you can upload them. Once the words are in it allows your students to move through 3 steps, Familiarize, Learn, and Test. It also allows them to print word lists and flash cards. The tests are very nice and include spelling, true/false, matching and multiple choice questions. Here is a link to an SAT vocabulary set you can try on your own.
As a teacher you can sign up for Quizlet for free and create your own vocabulary lists for practice tests, enrichment, and study aids. When students access the tests it randomly creates an individual test for them. Once completed it corrects their work and offers them the chance to take another randomly generated test.
Quizlet is a nice web site that is worth checking out.
March 23, 2007
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March 23, 2007
Here is a link off the Scholastic web site that allows your students to design a caterpillar based on certain environmental variables. The students get four scenes and have to choose the color, spines, and defense mechanisms of the caterpillar based upon the environment and nearby predator. This is really nice because not only does it make the students think about why they will construct their caterpillar in a certain way, it also asks them to explain why they made the choices they did. At the end of the exercise it examines each scene and tells them what might have been the best choices in each scene. They have the opportunity to print their caterpillars at the end of the activity.
This is a nice little activity for elementary classes.
March 15, 2007
Do you know what an Ides is? In the ancient Roman calendar supposedly developed by Romulus the Ides is the 15th of March, July and October and the 13th day of every other month. While the phrase Ides of March became synonymous with doom thanks to William Shakespeare, it originally was a simple feature of the Roman calendar. Check out a picture of the Roman calendar here.
Speaking of Shakespeare… did you know you can access the full text of all his plays, including Julius Caesar online? The good folks at MIT have archived them here.
March 13, 2007
I have run across a very simple web site for making attractive newsletters. Letterpop is a free website that provides you with several high quality graphic templates and allows you to fill in the content. It is easy to do and produces an attractive product. You could easily use this to make classroom newsletters or have students create a newsletter about their family or some other topic.
This is what is great about the new world wide web (Web 2.0), it allows you to easily create products. Before we could only read knowledge from the web, now we are able to create and present.
January 26, 2007
My name is Eric Bouvier and on January 22, 2007 I became the Director of Technology and Curriculum for the Auburn Public School District.
For the past eleven years I have served as the Director of Technology for the Sutton Public School District, in Sutton, Massachusetts. During my time there we experienced the technology explosion in education. Pockets of technology use expanded into district wide use with computers in every classroom and office. The network became an indispensable resource for not only our administration, but for all staff and students. E-mail revolutionized communication both internally and externally. The Internet arrived and changed the way we find and process knowledge forever. All these “events” have offered us a window for change in education, a chance to grow beyond our school walls and expand educational opportunities for our students.
While I enjoyed my time in Sutton I am very excited to be part of Auburn. I believe that this is very exciting time for educational technology. The web is changing from a read only resource to an application that offers exiting new ways to create, publish and collaborate. I welcome the opportunity to help Auburn effectively and efficiently integrate these new technologies.
This blog will be my attempt to increase communication with the community and keep you up date not only with what is going on inside the school, but also with other technology news as well.
January 26, 2007
Welcome to the Auburn Public Schools in Auburn, Massachusetts.