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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8:58:47 AM
joannabeard
Joined on 17 January, 2011
5 Posts
April

Complete the asignment below in 1-2 paragraphs.  Respond to two other posts.

How has the use of teaching websites been most useful in your classroom?  Describe an activity that was enhanced by using a website.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:23:50 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: April

I haven't found a website other than Tumblebooks that has helped me. I tried to access the suggested Reading site, but the woman who designed it for all the grades has not completed it for kindergarten as she has for all the other grades.
I'd like to find more sites to use.
However, when I attended the Technology workshop at the Media Center I learned about several like NEO12 that has been super. I use the Happy Birthday video every time we have a birthday and the children love it because Alvin and the Chipmunks are singing Happy Birthday. It's too cute!
Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:50:39 PM
lalexander
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April

My disappointment is that so many of the web sites are blocked.  It is really frustrating to know that there is a video from youtube that goes with your lesson, but you're not able to access it.  It looks like something could be done to let the teachers' computers go to sites that are reccommended for classroom use.
Friday, April 13, 2012 8:47:11 AM
susansims
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April

I texted Ritchie one day and threatened to throw my computers out the window.  He sent Randy right on over.  Nexus is crazy.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:52:54 PM
kmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: April

I think Nexus is crazy!
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:44:51 PM
msullivan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: April

NEXUS should be blocked!!!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:51:55 PM
acdettenhaim
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: April (1)

I've found if you search for these websites through Bing or another search engine- the websites are blocked.   If you go directly to www.google.com- and then search the site- it will take you right there!  Crazy!!!
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:44:22 PM
msullivan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: April (1)

Good to know!
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:22:25 PM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (1)

You are right about the blocked sites.  Unfortunately, there is much questionable material on youtube, and I am afraid it may never be unblocked.  But there are also some cute educational videos on teachertube; most are made and filmed by students.  It may be worth a try. 
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:21:46 PM
shanasimms
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: April (1)

I have not had a problem with the blocked sites.  I have just been thankful that someone is setting limits and safe-guarding our students.  Guess maybe it would bother me more if I had older students and really needed a way to access information that was unavailable  but we could always use those times as "Be safe online "  teachable moments. 
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:26:03 PM
pthompson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (2)

That is so frustrating.  The students now have caught on.  We will be doing a search and find something that appears to be exactly what we need to view and they will say, "Bet it's blocked."
Monday, April 16, 2012 11:19:06 AM
btrapp
Joined on 31 January, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (3)

I have also been frustrated by the websites that have been block.  I use the internet alot while teaching and have found alot of sites block that would help in writing.
Monday, April 16, 2012 12:50:34 PM
staceydeere
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (4)

I agree.  Teacher's need to be able to have a way to access learning sites.  And it's crazy to me that educational things or things you could use for education are restricted but you can still accidently pull up inappropriate photos.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:07:22 PM
tammygunter
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (5)

     I agree with you 100% Mrs. Alexander. It's so frustrating sometimes, but I do see the importance.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:26:38 AM
kaylacupples
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (6)

I know what you mean!! I tried to go to the US GOVERNMENT USDA website to view info on the food guide pyramid and it was blocked!!!Explain that....
Friday, May 11, 2012 11:12:48 AM
shawnsmith
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (7)

I agree Linda; the blocked site are often very aggravating. There are so many wondeful sites I would love to use for Social Studies that are blocked.  I completely understand the need for Nexus but I do wish it was easier to access the information we need.
Friday, April 13, 2012 8:48:35 AM
susansims
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: Re: April (1)

I am still and Alvin and the Chipmunk fan.  I bet you all have a lot of fun!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:02:09 AM
smyers
Joined on 06 February, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (2)

I have not heard of Tumble books.  Sounds great!  I will have to try it.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:48:25 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (2)

I go to the East Carroll Library site and click on tumblebooks at the bottom to access the books.
Monday, April 30, 2012 2:16:15 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: Re: Re: Re: April (2)

I am with you Kathy, I use this site during RTI and sometimes while waiting to get ready to go home. The kids love it.
Friday, April 20, 2012 2:19:10 PM
heatherbest
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: April (3)

I have used tumblebooks also but, for 6-trait writing. For example, we were studying voice and we listened. to "The Diary of the Worm". Also, for social living.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:25:02 AM
kaylacupples
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Re: April (4)

I missed that training but that birthday video sounds great. Gonna go look it up and try it.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:30:27 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: Re: April (5)

Tumble books is my favorite site so far. My children ask for it everyday at snack.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:50:37 PM
acdettenhaim
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: April (6)

You need to use the Content Trailers from East Baton Rouge Parish...they are so neat!!!
Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:48:24 PM
lalexander
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: April (1)

Teaching websites makes a lesson more real.  I can tell students something, show it to them in a book, or read it to them from another source, and they might understand; but when I get on the internet (something very cool to do), they sit up and pay attention.  The animated water cycle that we looked at had everything and every step labeled just like the book. But it MOVED and TALKED! It was funny and all of the students could tell you about the complete cycle.
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:29:46 PM
pthompson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (1)

They do get very excited and very involved when you start to search for things on the internet.  We usually end up following different links and learn about more things than we had started out looking for.  I told my group that their kids or grandkids probably won't even know what an encyclopedia is.
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:31:07 PM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: April (1) (1)

I agree that students are more likely to sit up and pay attention when you are showing them something from the internet.  Some of my students have asked me to write the web address for cool sites (like BrainPop and a UK measurement site).  Not only are they interested in class, but they cannot wait to show it to their parents.
Friday, April 13, 2012 1:27:36 PM
cjohnson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (1) (2)

Students love technology and seem to pay attention when we use some form of it.
Friday, April 13, 2012 1:27:37 PM
cjohnson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (1) (3)

Students love technology and seem to pay attention when we use some form of it.
Friday, April 20, 2012 2:36:00 PM
heatherbest
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: Re: April (1) (3)

Yes, our students have grown up using technology and can tell me a thing or two about it.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:00:10 AM
smyers
Joined on 06 February, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (1) (4)

We are teaching the water cycle in a few weeks.  I need to use the animated water cycle.  I had forgotten about that.  I used one last year.  The students really enjoyed it.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:34:23 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: Re: April (1) (5)

I agree. They really enjoyed actually seeing the butterfly come out, dry his wings and fly.  It was so much more fun than pictures in the book.
Friday, April 13, 2012 8:46:10 AM
susansims
Joined on 17 January, 2011
13 Posts
Re: April (2)

I believe one of the most useful websites is the discovery channels.  I use it very often with social studies.  It helps tremendously for supplementing our book that lack a great deal especially for history.  It helps to have pictures to master learning. The other I use a great deal is Waltzke's web.  It is so helpful for fun games and enrichment activites for all the ELAs.
Friday, April 13, 2012 1:28:50 PM
cjohnson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (2)

These are the 2 websites that I use the most in my classes for science and ELA.
Monday, April 16, 2012 12:59:30 PM
staceydeere
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (2) (1)

I love that website also.  I can read books to my children about science or social studies all day long and some of it will stick but it stays with them longer if they actually get to see it in action.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:16:33 PM
shanasimms
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (2) (2)

Thanks for reminding me of the Discovery Channel.  We are beginning a unit on zoo animals and I am sure that the videos here would be great. 
Friday, April 13, 2012 11:07:08 AM
pthompson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: April (3)

     My all-time favorite so far is "Waltke's Web."  I have used it for every reading story this year.  The students look forward to the vocabulary activities every week.  The words are introduced, there are pictures to associate with each word, and there are sentences to show the usage.  There are also spelling activities for each story on the site, and we also use the "Daily Fix-Its."  The powerpoints are great. 
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:20:03 PM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: April (3)

I also use Waltke Web every week.  My student enjoy the vocabulary presentations and the spelling activities.
Monday, April 16, 2012 11:21:44 AM
btrapp
Joined on 31 January, 2012
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (3) (1)

I really like this website as well.  Thanks to Mrs. Alexander.  It has helped with vocabulary and spelling.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:13:43 PM
tammygunter
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: April (3) (2)

     I'm going to check out this website.  It sounds great.  I like  "Daily Fix-Its."
Monday, April 30, 2012 2:19:37 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: Re: April (3) (3)

I agree with you the kids really like this.  They just come to attention when we use the technology in class.
Friday, April 13, 2012 12:18:26 PM
cwidmer
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: April (4)

Waltke Web is the site that I use the most, and I use it most in reading.  Each story has an introductory vocabulary powerpoint and a follow-up comprehension powerpoint.  The vocabulary shows have many of the same definitions given on the tests, and the comprehension shows have some of the same discussion questions found on the tests.  If students are actually paying attention and engaged, paying attention to these two presentations can have a positive impact on their reading grades.  I also use Pearson Successnet for reading and math and used the online LEAP assessment guides as we were reviewing during Power Hour.
Friday, April 13, 2012 1:26:08 PM
cjohnson
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: April (5)

The Walkse website has been very beneficial in my classroom. We use it for voc. review and vocabulary and spelling games.  Also I love the lpb website for science videos and you can use it for ELA also. The videos are used to enhance lessons and reinforce concepts in science.
Monday, April 16, 2012 11:15:24 AM
btrapp
Joined on 31 January, 2012
15 Posts
Re: April (6)

One website that I have used often is languagearts.pppst.com.  It is a website of language powerpoint.  It has been useful in teaching verb tense, poetry, adjectives, and writing. 

I have also used the walkle web site.  This web site is good to use for reading and spelling.  great games and vocabulary activities.  Also it has background material that can be used during teaching.
Monday, April 16, 2012 2:08:15 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: April (6)

I'd like to try the languagearts.pppst.com to see if it has anything for kindergarten too.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 10:56:50 AM
heatherbest
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: April (6) (1)

I haven't tried lauguagearts.pppst.com. I will try it next year.
Monday, April 16, 2012 12:29:05 PM
staceydeere
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: April (7)

I really enjoy the website that correlates to our reading series.  The activities with the reading words for the week and the extended learning activities are great and enhance the learning of my students.  It keeps them focused on the lesson and it is something different for them.  It helps them better understand their words and the meaning of the story as well as identify main ideas, characters, and settings.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:30:19 AM
kaylacupples
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: Re: April (7)

I love that too.  I usually use it at least once a week.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:14:01 PM
shanasimms
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: April (8)

I have not used a specific teacher website but I have used google to look up various information to share with my students.  We studied Q this week and most of my students were not familiar with quails.  I  was able to show many pictures of quails and discuss their characteristics.  When I asked my students to describe a quail, they all put their little hands up to show the feather on its head.  This was great!  We have visited many places together via the web.  They loved our trip to the Statue of Liberty and the cypress swamps.  I plan to research teacher websites over the summer in order to make better use of the programs available, but  I am very pleased with the way the sites I have used  have enhanced learning.   
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:12:59 AM
smyers
Joined on 06 February, 2012
15 Posts
Re: April (9)

I love incorporating the internet into the classroom; however, it is frustrating when the site you need is blocked.  The site I use a lot is United Streaming.  I have used many videos for science and social studies.  The students seem to understand concepts better when they see them used in real life instead of words read from a textbook.  They enjoy the videos.  I have also found Pete's PowerPoints to be helpful, but I haven't used it as much.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:05:55 PM
tammygunter
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: April (10)

     I really enjoy the united streaming website.  Since we don't have a social studies or science book, I use the videos to show my class.  They love them.  I also use a Schoolhouse Rock website to introduce adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs,science and math etc.  I used to love The Schoolhouse Rocks clips when I was a child. 
     I agree with most of the teachers about blocked websites.  It's great to block inappropriate material from students, but it blocks many sites from teachers. It gets really aggrevating when I'm just looking up something simple and BAM.....Nexus!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:57:44 PM
kathyoneal
Joined on 17 January, 2011
21 Posts
Re: Re: April (10)

I need to look into the united streaming site again. I remember everyone saying it was great. I just never found the paper that had my password and ....
I just can't remember all those passwords to so many different things. 
I've got so much "stuff" piling up that I'm sure I'll never find. Maybe one day that I don't have ANYTHING (haha!) to do I can do it.
I looked up the schoolhouse rock site, but it must not have been the right one or I didn't choose the correct one. I had some wonderful schoolhouse rock video for social studies and language that I used in 5th grade. I still have my former 5th grade student to tell me how they remember learning the preamble with the schoolhouse rock videos.....
Friday, April 20, 2012 2:31:16 PM
heatherbest
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: April (11)

I have used many websites. I use "Walkes Web" for our reading series. There are many instructional games and powerpoints to use introduce and reinforce reading vocabulary, grammer skills, reading comprehension skills, and more.
Another website I have used is "Tumblebooks" on East Carroll Parish Library's webpage. It has numerous audio books to watch and listen to. Sometimes audio books are used for social living and across the curriculmn. For example, we listened to "The Diary of a Worm"
to introduce voice. 
Monday, April 23, 2012 1:42:58 PM
lalexander
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (11)

I like that website, too.  Mrs. Costello sent me some more that are about the same, however many of them are blocked.  The kids act like they're watching a movie if I have the projector on.  Most of them will pay more attention to it than flash cards or word cards.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:23:23 AM
kaylacupples
Joined on 17 January, 2011
14 Posts
Re: April (12)

My favorite and the one I use most often is the discovery universal streaming.  For Science it allows me to show them things I previously was only able to describe.  We recently studied weather. Being able to show them images of tornadoes and the destruction caused by hurricanes was awesome.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:50:51 PM
kmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (12)

I know seeing images of a tornado and the destruction it causes gave them the visual they needed to grasp how horrible bad weather can be. 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:44:14 PM
kmcintosh
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: April (14)

United Streaming is my favorite website.  There are so many great science and social studies lessons.  The children love it! 
I used a film from United Streaming that helped the children better understand the poles of a magnet and how the pulling force is strongest at the poles.
Monday, April 30, 2012 2:13:11 PM
annetteowens
Joined on 17 January, 2011
17 Posts
Re: April (15)

I found it most useful teaching Reading vocabulary.  They just love the activities they use to find a word. Also, I liked going to East Carroll Library site for the stories when there was no RTI classes.  They could listen to the story then take a quick test.  I called it cheating, ha!ha!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:28:49 PM
rdensmore
Joined on 17 January, 2011
18 Posts
Re: April (16)

Thr West Baton Rouge Parish Schools content trailers is a very neat website. I used the kindergarten section for butterfly life cycle. It had beautiful pictures. My children love Who Let the Sounds Out to the music of Who let the Dogs out.  The site is divided by grade level and by subject area.  I have also used some of Yutube ED.
Friday, May 11, 2012 11:10:26 AM
shawnsmith
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: Re: April (16)

I always forget about this site!  I need to check it out for Social Studies; I'm sure they have some great trailers for Social Studies.  Thanks for the reminder!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:49:33 PM
acdettenhaim
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: Re: April (16) (1)

These were my favorite!  My kids loved them- and I loved the fact that the website was so easy to navigate!
Friday, May 11, 2012 11:05:06 AM
shawnsmith
Joined on 17 January, 2011
15 Posts
Re: April (17)

I absolutely love Walke's Web and United Streaming; I use both websites all of the time.  Not only are the videos on United Streaming wonderful but many also have lesson plans and activites that go along with them. It is so benefical for the kids to actually 'see' the places we study in Social Studies. The Powerpoints avaliable on Walke's Web are great for introducing vocabulary as well as reviewing for the Reading Test.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:47:50 PM
acdettenhaim
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: April (18)

I love the list of teaching websites Mrs. Littlefield gave us...I only wish we would have gotten it earlier in the year.  I can't wait to use them next year.  My students LOVED the Content Trailers.  These were excellent.  You could search by subject or by grade level then select your subject.  They had one using the Water Cycle that was a rap and all my students aced that test!  I could see them singing the song to themselves during the test!  These were wonderful!!!
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:47:07 PM
msullivan
Joined on 17 January, 2011
16 Posts
Re: April (19)

I was able to use Tumblebooks, but most of the websites that were suggested were blocked.  I did use the San Deigo Zoo for a virtual zoo trip.  We watched the live cams on many of different groups of animals.  The students loved this.