Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 2016: Centers for Disease Control - BAM! for Kids ages 9-13

Greetings! The CDC has been in the news quite a bit in the last 12 months, first with the Ebola outbreak and now with Zika. But did you know that the CDC website has a subsection for kids? BAM! Body and Mind is designed for students 9-13, with resources on diseases, food and nutrition, physical activity, and more. As the CDC explains, "the site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them— such as stress and physical fitness— using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features". The activities are also linked to standards for science and health. Take a look! Rosanne

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March 2016: APP-a-pedia

Greetings! This month's website of the month is APP-a-pedia, which was recently recommended by a member of the NH School Librarian list-serv I subscribe to. As described by my colleague, it is "a curated database of over 50,000 educational, productivity, assistive, and others apps for all kinds of devices, for learners of every age, across all subject levels, including info on apps for the full range of special needs students might have." There are different categories you can choose (App purpose, mobile device, academic area, education level, ed specialty) to limit your results. I tried it out myself and found I had better luck when I left some categories open. For instance, selecting a learning app on iPads for autism (3 limiters) worked better than adding limiters for academic area and education level as well. Give it a try and hopefully you will find some new learning tools to try! Rosanne

Sunday, February 28, 2016

February 2016: NASA's Earth Observatory

This month’s website of the month is NASA’s Earth Observatory, where, as they state, “every day is Earth Day”. The website’s stated mission is “to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and models”. There is a lot of information offered on the website, from Global Maps, which show month-to-month changes in Earth’s climate systems, to Features, which offer special projects that explore a topic in more depth. I think the most easily accessible offering for students is the Image of the Day. Each day, the home page of the website features a different image with an accompanying description. This month’s images have ranged from a satellite photo of a cyclone heading towards the South Pacific nation of Fiji to a photograph of London at night, taken from the International Space Station - really cool to look at and interesting to read about and discuss with students. Rosanne

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 2016:

Greetings! This year at HMS, we are looking for ways to focus on STEM in the classroom, but as many studies have shown, “at almost every step of the STEM education ladder, we see girls walk away. By seventh grade, many girls are ambivalent about these fields, and by the end of high school, fewer girls than boys plan to pursue STEM in college” ( is a website designed by the National Academy of Engineering to bring attention to and help girls envision a future career in engineering. It contains profiles of women in all different fields of engineering, short articles on “a day in the life” of women engineers, links to clubs, quizzes, etc. So have your girls check out and spark their interest in a STEM career! Rosanne

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 2015: Teaching with Comics

Greetings! I am in the midst of a fun project creating comics with my 4th grade students in the Media Center using Comic Life. If you haven't used Comic Life but have wondered how you could incorporate a project using this tool in your classroom, Richard Byrne's blog "Free Technology for Teachers" has a post from 2014 that lists 5 great ideas for incorporating comics into your lessons. We are lucky to have Comic Life, but there are some other free comic-creation tools available that he lists in his post as well. If you are looking to try something new, take a look at his ideas! Rosanne

Friday, October 23, 2015

October 2015: Teacher Tech by Alice Keeler

I checked out Alice Keeler's Teacher Tech website after Justine Thain recommended it this week and agree with her statement that it offers all of the information that you would ever want to know about Google Classroom. There is LOTS of info - but the blogpost links on specific Google classroom topics are organized in a list, so it is very easy to find information on the topic you need. For instance, I clicked on “Who Deleted Student Answers” to read some tips on sharing collaborative assignments with students and how to best avoid having students delete others work or their own work, a topic a staff member and I were just discussing this week. There’s also a link to “10 Things to Start With in a Google Classroom”, for those who are getting ready to give Classroom a try with their students. Rosanne

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 2015: StudyDog - Best Free Podcasts for the Car

Greetings!  Summer is here and many of us are looking for ways to help our kids (or students) get through those long summer car rides.  Podcasts can be an alternative to hours of music or video games, and StudyDog has a list of suggested podcasts that can help.  On it's blogpost "Make Driving Fun and Educational: The Best Free Podcasts for the Car",  you can find podcasts that feature literature,  math, science, and social studies.  In Media Center this year,  after they created their own book review podcasts,  the fifth graders explored other podcasts, including "Elmo's Adventures in Spending, Sharing, and Saving" as well as "The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd".  They couldn't get enough of the latter.  If you have a chance, check out the world of podcasts this summer and perhaps find ones to share with your students next year!