Putting Technology to Work

A "Smore" From Kathy 3/3/14

New Communication Style Via Twitter/Smore

So many of you tell me you just don't have time to read my Blog or my emails. While working with Marcia Kish this last week, she recommended using Twitter to share new ideas and links with you. So I am asking you to please sign up for a Twitter account. https://twitter.com/ It is quick and easy to do. Then just search for @kathykorty and click follow. I created this twitter account for you to follow. Marcia swears this is much easier for you and cuts down on the emails. This is also an excellent way for you to begin to build your PLN (Personal Learning Network) that every 21st century teacher should have. I will be sending my future Smores to you via Twitter. Don't be left out!!!!

Innovative Teacher

Please take the time to watch this short video of an innovative teacher using iPads in her classroom. She is really putting these great devices to work in her classroom. You will recognize many of the apps that we are currently using. If you like what you see, give her project a vote. http://innovations.wsd.net/entries/view/30

Sharing Tech Ideas

We need to create our own pictorial of our awesome technology infused classrooms. Please send me some pics or give me a shout out and I will come take some action shots. How are you putting technology to work in your classroom? Please take a few minutes to brag or share about activities you are using. We definitely have some great activities going on, so why not learn from each other? Click here to share your ideas and experiences and then check out what your colleagues are doing.


Our Teachers Take a Serious Look at Blended Learning

February 28, 2014

Fifteen of our elementary teachers attended a PD session with Blended Learning guru, Marcia Kish. Ask your grade level representatives to share their thoughts with you. There will be a lot more information coming your way.

Links for more information on Blended Learning:




Ten Marks: Math Madness

If you haven't already registered your students for "TenMarks" Math Madness, you are missing a great opportunity to motivate your students and generate math skills. The feedback for teachers is awesome and will help guide your math instruction. Go here to create a free account and enter your class and roster. If you need help, just give me a call. https://www.tenmarks.com/

Links Worth Checking Out

http://socrative.com/ - Turn those paper assessments into digital assessments using just a few minutes of your time. Best part, they are instantly graded for you. Can be used on iPads, Androids or computers. Both ipads and tablets have an app available for download.

https://jeopardylabs.com/ Quick game building site to review student learning.

https://www.zondle.com/publicPages/welcome.aspx Another way to create quick and engaging review and practice activities for your students. Love this one.

http://www.philologus.co.uk/index.php Create your own online games for students.

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/BillyBug2/bug2.swf Working on grid coordinates? This is for you.

http://www.mightybook.com/ Love this site. Great for your interactive whiteboards. If you like what you see, let me know, maybe we can purchase a full subscription. Be sure to check out the teacher lesson plans and resources.

http://www.softschools.com/ Use this site to add activities to your rotation stations.

http://gel.msu.edu/headlineclues/game/ Definitely for our upper elementary students but what an engaging way to reinforce main idea and supporting details. Follow up by using "Readability" to print a copy of the full article for close reading.

Well that's enough for this "SMORE." Look for more Smores in the future.