Stuff to check out this summer

in between trips to the pool, hanging out, & napping, I mean

Looking for some new teaching ideas this summer? Try some of these links.

Of course I am partial to the American Association of School Librarians' Best Websites for Teaching and Learning but it really is some great stuff, I'm not just saying it because I'm a librarian.

Still trying to master Google docs and all the other Google tools? Me, too. You might want to look at the Google Tools tutorials from Richard Byrne ( and others.

Stupeflix, Xtranormal, Masher, Animoto - all these are ways you can use video in your classroom. Learn about these and more from

Want to engage with other teachers across the country about issues that matter to you? Join the community at and network with educators on a wide variety of topics. (Full disclosure, I do write for teachability under the name erinblogs.)

Want some food for thought (it's low cal, perfect for summer)? Watch some of these TED Talks Education presentations. There's also a TED page devoted to lessons worth sharing called TED-Ed. Some older TED talks related to education are noted by Richard Byrne HERE.

Can you tell I really like Richard Byrne at Freetech4teachers? The guy's amazing. He has so many great resources to share about education, and that's what he does. Every single day. He used to be a teacher, but now he just does this. I follow his blog via an RSS feed and get a headline every day on my Yahoo reader (don't know what the heck all that means? Check out this page for more info on RSS and feed readers). He also has a post about the top ten blogs he looks at every day which you might find interesting.

Wes Fryer is another guy who really will make you think about education and teaching strategies. His blog is called Moving at the Speed of Creativity. Wes is a digital learning guru and the author of Mapping Media to the Common Core. He has a lot of great presentations and handouts on his website as well.

Looking for some new apps to try out? Check out these links:

55 best free education apps chosen by the people at

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning’s list of apps educators need

Edutopias top five apps for teaching across content areas

35 Must Have apps as recommended by Appolicious (for iPhone and iPad)

Apple in education - all their apps

Literacy apps for struggling learners from the state of New Hampshire’s suggested apps for elementary school kids’s suggested apps for learning to read

And finally, your school's e-book collection

Did you even remember that you have ten e-books available to you and your students? Many of you may not have had a chance to check out your school's e-book collection. We received these collections FREE from ABDO Publishing. There are ten books of varying levels and genres for elementary and ten books for middle school. There's a link to the books in the Book Resources section of the Library Resources page.

If you didn't get chance to take a look during the school year, please take a look now. There are some really good titles available. They're multi-user access books, so if you had the students in a computer lab, working on laptops or using iPads, they could all be reading the same book together (or reading different books in small groups or all reading independently). You can also use them with your projector. It's a great opportunity, so please take advantage.

Update, June 11: This just in! No more passwords are needed and you have access to all levels’ titles!!

Here are your usernames and passwords, though, just in case:

(username &user PW

DeepCreek tigercubs

Damascus tigers

EastGresham eagles

McCarty hornets

GordonRussell thunderbirds

PowellValley panthers

HighlandGBSD huskies

NorthGresham stars

WestOrient wolverines

ClearCreek wildcats

eastorient eagles

hogancedars hawks

hall hurricanes

Hope you all have a really, really great summer filled with rest, relaxation and, of course, reading!

I will be working a few days this summer and checking my email periodically, so if you think of something you'd like me to work on as you're planning your next school year, please email me: