Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer SMART Seminar 2011

Thanks so much for joining us for today's session.  I'd love to hear your feedback below, so feel free to leave a comment or ask a question.

Click Here to access sites from today's session.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

ISTE 2011

I'm so thankful to my wonderful PLN for bringing ISTE 2011 to my virtual world as I am unable to attend the conference this year.

There are so many wonderful and generous people keeping us updated already.  Thanks to Richard for posting about Steve's Unplugged site so that we can get information about the conference from home.

Additionally, Twitter peeps - you ROCK!  I look forward to following throughout the week.

A few links to keep you 'in the loop:'

Enjoy this must watch, uplifting, entertaining, and inspirational edu tech video:

Befuddlr: Scramble your Pictures

Befuddlr is a fun (and addicting) site that allows you to use an image from Flickr and have it mixed up, or scrambled.

I have fun saving book covers (images from Google) and Befuddling them for students to guess the novel.  You can also Befuddle important people you're studying (or about to study, to gain anticipation).  Students love trying to guess the image.

If you have SMART Notebook software, you can use the camera and capture the image to directly put into your lesson.   - or for those that do not, you can take a screen shot of the image, crop it, save it, use it or print it!

Click Here to read more on my TBA post about classroom integration ideas using Befuddlr.

Send a Geo-Greeting!

Send a geoGreeting today!  They're so much fun; you'll be hooked in a matter of seconds. 

What is a geoGreeting?
Simply type in your message, or greeting, and geoGreeting will display each letter via a photo from an aerial shot of a building from somewhere in the world.  Each letter is a different building.  Once created, you can hover over each letter and see the location of your building (city and country).  geoGreeting also gives you the name of your building.

What a great way to introduce a new area of study for Social Studies!

TBA Opens their Blog Shop!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Camtasia Studio Winners Announced...

Ohhhhhhhh.... Check out the Lucky Winners: (names at bottom)

Congrats on winning your FREE Camtasia Studio License from TechSmith.  What a deal!  Thank you so much, Dave, for the generous and quality offer for my Kleinspiration audience.  We love that you support education so much.

Winners: please email me to connect with your prize:

You can click here to see the numbered comments and names from the original post for the contest.

99: YearntoLearn (Denise)
51:  Kinderglynn (Donna)
58:  Sara

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Coming Soon: Toolbox for Teachers!

As summer is here and family vacations are among us... tis the season for quality family time!  Life certainly doesn't slow down once school begins in the fall, either.  Therefore, I've decided to start a blog segment called "A Teacher's Toolbox." 

A Teacher's Toolbox will be posted directly on Kleinspiration.  I'll publish each segment as a regular blog post and archive each post in a blog roll on the right side of my blog - for easy reference.

Because there are SO many amazing websites to sift through, I will only post my top five favorite sites for popular categories (such as: elementary teacher sites, secondary teacher sites, making videos, search engines, vocabulary, people to follow on Twitter, making websites, reading, science, social studies, music, streaming videos, online quizzes, etc...).  This way, you know that each site is truly 'the best of the best.' 

Additionally, if you have a category that you would like me to include (and find my top 5 favorite sites to match your category), please contact me via email at:

Furthermore, if you have a favorite site that you feel must me included in "A Teacher's Toolbox," please email me your recommendation for review:

Thank you - and look forward to opening your toolbox soon!

Be Sure You Are Entered

"A Tech Tastic Give-Away"

Double Check to Be Sure You are Entered:

Please be sure you have left a comment on the original post for each of your entries (click here to comment).  For example, there are 5 ways you can submit an entry:

To Enter:

1. Click Here to follow my blog, Kleinspiration: add yourself as a follower
2. Click Here to like Kleinspiration on Facebook: click 'like'
3. Click Here to follow me on Twitter: click 'follow'
4. Click Here to sign up for my RSS Feeds: follow the short steps
5. Copy the Code Below and add my blog button to your blog or website

Therefore, if you did all 5, you should have left 5 comments (specifying the type of entry) so that you have an increased chance of winning.  If you have questions, please view the other posted comments or contact me via email:  You will have verification of your entry submission by being able to view your comment.  Each comment is now numbered.  Random Generator will randomly select the 3 winners.  Winners will be asked to share how they plan to incorporate the software into their classroom.

Winners will be announced tomorrow.  Today is the LAST day to enter.  There will be 3 winners.  Thanks for your participation... and thanks to TechSmith for a fantastic product!

*Comments on this post will not count.  Please click here to comment on the original post.  Good Luck!

Kidzmet: a Tool for Parents and Teachers

Kidzmet: a Student Screening Tool

Click Here to read my full post review of this fantastic teaching tool via Teaching Blog Addict!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thank You Kleinspiration Friends

Some have sent me a message stating that they're trying to put my blog button on their page; however, the embed code isn't working.  

You may have to copy the code from my button below:

Thanks so much for adding my button to your site!

I'll be sure to enter you an extra time for the Camtasia Give-Away to increase your odds. :)

Additionally, please be sure to comment on the give-away post so that I can return the favor and add you to this site. 

Thanks for being awesome!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Richard Byrne: Free Tech 4 Teachers

Richard Byrne is an amazing teacher and blogger; his site: Free Technology for Teachers shares resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology.

Words can't describe the knowledge that he has regarding technology integration for educators.  Additionally, his generosity to share his hard work and stellar resources is all FREE!  I have personally learned so much from being a follower of his site.  I do subscribe to his RSS feeds.  Additionally, I'm a fan on Facebook, and I follow him on Twitter.  He posts so much - it's almost hard to keep up with... but he always shares something for everyone: any grade level and any content area - novice to advanced!

Recently, I did a guest post on his site: Click Here to read the full post and connect to his site.

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators: a free ebook
by Richard Byrne (click the image below)

A Tech-Tastic Give-Away:

A Total $900 Value!  Make videos with your kids that are  fun and academically sound!  You'll be (do I dare say...) ADDICTED!

I'm so fortunate to have met Dave, an employee at TechSmith during this year's EdCamp Detroit Conference.  Dave shared some amazing stories of how teachers were using Camtasia Studio to enhance not only their lessons but also their student's understanding of difficult concepts.  Camtasia Studio became a medium that allowed the teacher to become the facilitator - the student became the teacher and collaborator.  As friend, Richard Byrne states that he strives not to be "the sage on the stage but rather the guide on the side."  If you've tried Jing or SnagIt, you'll LOVE Camtasia Studio.

What is Camtasia Studio?

Screen Recording and Video Editing Software (easy and professional)
Cost: $299.00 - Kleinspiration is GIVING AWAY 3 FREE Licences!

How Easy is the Software to Use... Honestly?  (see for yourself)

So, How Do I Enter to Win one of the THREE FREE licenses?'s Simple to Enter:
(each 'follow' enters your name - thus, more chances to WIN!)

To Enter:

1. Click Here to follow my blog, Kleinspiration: add yourself as a follower
2. Click Here to like Kleinspiration on Facebook: click 'like'
3. Click Here to follow me on Twitter: click 'follow'
4. Click Here to sign up for my RSS Feeds: follow the short steps
5. Copy the Code Below and add my blog button to your blog or website

You have 5 Chances to Enter. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 20.

#5: Blog Code:

***Be Sure to Leave a Comment for Each Way You Have Entered!

Wow Factors for Camtasia Integration:

  • examples of lessons could be summarized for absent students
  • students could have a class job to be the reporter and do weekly study tips
  • parents assist their kids from home by viewing the video from your site
  • as students create videos, they're synthesizing the material

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hi, I'm a Textbook and I'm a Tablet

My students are super excited because our district has purchased iPads for a few of our classrooms next year. Two of my boys put together a commercial to showcase their excitement to embrace this fantastic technology addition to our school. One of their friends, along with my husband, helped to create the following product. Enjoy!

Please leave a comment for the boys to let them know what you thought. They're super excited to get feedback. Thanks so much!

Also, they are 'the YouTube' generation and would love to have you 'click here' to add a view to the YouTube page. Thanks - I love my PLN! Hugs!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Glogster: Projects with Pizzaz!

Glogster, a free service for creating multi-media, digital posters, has just redesigned their homepage and added a few new features... check it out!

Teachers can even sign up for GlogsterEdu for a safer platform for student accounts.  Kids can create interactive posters to share with others or simply to synthesize their knowledge of a particular concept. 

I've had my students develop digital writing projects with this Web 2.0 tool, and the class was engaged in their work along with being an active participant during the gallery presentations we conducted during language arts class - where each child showcased his or her masterpiece.

The class really enjoys being able to directly link their favorite photos, add stylish photo frames around their images, embed YouTube segments to enhance their message, and convey their voice through unique fonts.

Below is an example of work that one of our Glogsters created at Madison... enjoy!
(if you hover your cursor over the upper right "Glogster" corner, you will get a drop down menu of options - including 'to view full size.')
The other example, Wind Turbine, was borrowed as an example from the Glogster archive.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Teach With Technology

I've used RubiStar for a number of years; however, I was fully unaware of the host site, - boy -- was I missing out!  Their resources make creating templates/rubrics a truly magical experience... just like the blink of an eye, done!

Quoted from their site:

"Expand your curriculum with our timesaving educational resources that use technology to improve instruction across all content areas and grade levels. Find current resources that align with standards, promote higher-order thinking, and support the development of writing skills. Monitor student research and writing, evaluate student performance, and create bilingual online lessons, classroom calendars, and quizzes in less time than traditional methods."

I stumbled upon this site while looking for information on project based learning.  The site directed me to their link that, much like RubiStar, allows you to 'customize' your own checklists for projects.  I really enjoy the organization and time saved using their resources.  I've found it to be so beneficial for students to have the guidelines and expectations beforehand; their work is of such a higher quality, in the end.  With clear direction, confusion is minimized and motivation is enhanced.

Click Here to check out the full range of their quality resources! (warning: you're minutes will fly by as you immerse yourself into their technology treasures) By the way, QuizStar is AMAZING, too!  Not only can you offer assessments online (and have them graded for immediate feedback) but the site also generates useful data to further drive your re-teaching points of instruction.

A Sneak Peak:

QuizStar Construct online quizzes that can include multimedia.
RubiStar Create customized rubrics in English and Spanish.
Arcademic Skill Builders Educational Games for students to polish math and language skills.
PersuadeStar Provides tools for students to write persuasive essays.
Classroom Architect Design a floor plan for your classroom.
Equity Locate resources and tools to help you meet the needs of a diverse classroom.
TrackStar View thousands of online lessons or quickly create your own.
Assign-A-Day Post your own online class calendar with hyperlinks and projects.
Casa Notes Assemble take-home notes in English and Spanish.
PBL Checklists Make custom checklists for multiple projects.
Teacher Tacklebox Locate top-rated Tracks, WebQuests, and ThinkQuests for your subject.
Web Poster Wizard Make and post a simple Web page within minutes.
NoteStar Assist students with collecting group notes and citations for papers.
Think Tank Helps student set up topics for reports. Use alone or with NoteStar.
KidsVid Help teachers and students use video production in class support project-based learning.