The INFOrmer

A Newsletter from Your CRS and LMS - February 2013

Websites of Interest

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: One Small Change Can Yield Big Results - help successful students to go deeper in their thinking and encourage struggling students to develop a new thirst for learning


Edmodo’s Top 20 Shared Resources and Tools of 2012


Interesting Ways - ideas for using Google Docs and the other Google tools, mobile devices, and various online tools in the classroom


Project Look Sharp - tips for integrating media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum


Edutopia - provides numerous ways to improve teaching, …..access to free classroom guides including Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know, Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media, and Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project Based Learning


Study Blue - online flashcards where students can create, study and share flashcards electronically


Wordpress - a great tool for journaling – share with the world

eBooks Available through Destiny

There are over 1,000 eBook titles accessible through Destiny, the library's online catalog, available to you and your students. If you would like a tutorial on accessing these book please see Donna Assion or Beth Labiak. To access Destiny go to https://destiny.vbcps.com/

Below are some titles that may interest you and your students.



1-2-3 Magic for Teachers

Why Students Don’t Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means for Your Classroom by Daniel Willingham

Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

Classroom Assessment & Grading that Works by Robert Marzano

Classrooms that Spark! Recharge and Revive Your Teaching by Emma McDonald

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works by Howard Pitlar

Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension

Creative Learning: Activities and Games that Really Engage People

The Academic Portfolio: a Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research and Service

The 15 Lanthanides and the 15 Actinides

Algebra Know-It-All: Beginner to Advanced, and Everything in Between

ASVAB for Dummies

Hot Words for the SAT

The Hunger Games trilogy

McGraw-Hill’s SAT

Top 300 Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Every Field

QR Codes (Quick Response)

Looking for ways to incorporate QR codes into your lessons? Check out the ideas at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/QR-codes-teaching-andrew-miller or come brainstorm with Donna Assion and Beth Labiak.


To create your own QR codes go to http://www.qrstuff.com/


Example: The Periodic Table below has QR codes in place of the chemical elements. Scanning a QR code will take you to a YouTube video discussing the specific element. Idea and picture taken from http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/02/20/qr-codes-in-education/

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Web Browser Problems - Internet Explorer

We have discovered that Internet Explorer does not support or work well with certain webpages we are using with teachers and students including Wix, Smore, StudyBlue, Socrative, and InfuseLearning. If you are having issues using a webpage with Internet Explorer try downloading Google Chrome. Safari should work fine if you are a Mac user.
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We welcome any chance to collaborate with you on your lessons. Just stop by, give us your ideas and objectives and we will be happy to assist you.