Saturday, October 2, 2010

FREE Post-It Notes - Online

 Are you a post-it user?  Do your students like using post-its in your class?
I found an easy tool that allows you to create a post it note and save it to your computer.  I inserted it to this post as an image.
Post-It Note Generator does not require a registration or email.  Students could easily use it.

Keeping it Simple

There are 5 easy steps for creating your post-it.  Lots of fonts to check out.  The default font is handprint.   You can also adjust your words up/down & left/right, if you choose.
Note - Step 5 is a bit misleading.  You can save your note by clicking it, right-click, save as, re-name and save to the location of your choice.

Have fun with this tool.  Try creating a post it for your class homework and display it for students.  Or, try listing student names for groups using .  It's fun to see your name on a post it note!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interactive Lessons from BBC

Teachers can get frustrated when web2.0 tools don't work, shut down, etc. BBC is a site that I have found to be very stable and the games are high quality and engaging. Interactive activities are beneficial on many levels and this is an example of a grammar challenge on the BBC website. BBC has math and science interactives too.

Keeping it simple.
The site has clear directions and no registration is required. 
The games provide feedback and there is a "help" button that supports independence and self-direction. 

Give it a try!

Monday, September 27, 2010

5 Reasons to Embrace Ed Tech, An Article by K. Walsh

Those of you still asking why can get a clearer understanding of the need to embrace technology, here are 5 reasons for you to consider.  My favorite is #2, "the power to engage." I have found that engaged students are learning and that once students disengage, it is difficult to motivate them to re-engage.

This article keeps the reasons and rationales simple and Ms. Walsh states that teachers don't need to be experts on every tool and type of technology.  You can also create a PDF of the article if you want to share it with colleagues.  A PDF file takes away the "extra" stuff on a page and helps you keep it simple.

I hope you take a few minutes to engage with this article and see if you are hugging technology, for the sake of your students. 

As always, let me know what you think.