Friday, September 30, 2011

A Gift for Kleinspiration Fans!

Be sure not to walk away from this great feature!  Click here to get your Alexa Toolbar via Kleinspiration.  Be able to view the 'rating' of each site you visit on the web with your new Toolbar.  Plus, stay connected with fun technology tips and ideas for your classroom. 

As a bonus, with being just one click from Kleinspiration, you'll be able to enter give-aways and download freebies as they're published!

Click Here to Install the new Feature for your Browser. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Winner: My Grafico Clip-Art Give-Away

Congrats to #18 - Mrs. Mac for winning the My Grafico Give-Away

Please contact Judy at:  jsanqunetti@sbcglobal.net

Prize: $30 Gift Card to shop their great store!

Earn Money for your School while you Shop!

Earn money for your school's booster program while you do your holiday shopping this year!  Zuuzs is an online platform for you to earn cash back for yourself or your school as you shop with over 500 popular retail stores.  Click Here to read my full post on Teaching Blog Addict.  

Dear Kleinspiration Friends,

Dear Kleinspiration Friends,

The Parent's Magazine Blog Contest is still going on, and I could really use your support for this site.  If you could please take a moment and vote to support Kleinspiration, that would be wonderful!!




Each vote truly does count.  Thank you all very much!!  Please click here to vote for Kleinspiration.


Additionally, TBA is up for the award for Best All-Around Blog.  Please click here to vote for TBA.


Love and Hugs,


Erin Klein

If you're a K-2 Teacher... ESGI is for YOU!


I've been working with Greg, founder and developer of ESGI, Educational Software for Guiding Instruction.  He's created an amazing tool for K-2 reading teachers... even parents are welcome to use this tool!  Right now, if you're a reader of Teaching Blog Addict, Greg is offering a FREE full year subscription to three people.  Click Here to connect to Teaching Blog Addict and read about how to enter.  Regardless, you can always click here and try ESGI out for Free for 60 days.  I'm so excited I did.  I LOVE this tool!!


Turn PDF's into Flip Books via FlipSnack

Usually, I don't adopt language directly from a website; however, the great folks at FlipSnack said it so great, that it would have been wrong to rephrase their great work... check out FlipSnack:
"FlipSnack is an online flipping book software that allows you to convert PDF documents into Flash page flip digital publications. It's the ideal solution for those who wish to embed a book, magazine, catalog, newspaper, portfolio or any other kind of document into a website or blog.
Once created, you can embed your flipping book collection, download them or share them on social networking websites such as Facebook.
P.S. With FlipSnack you can upload several documents at once, allowing you to embed not only one, but multiple page flip publications in the same Flash widget." via the FlipSnack website.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

YouTube Launches a Teacher Channel


For all of your YouTube favorites, check out the new YouTube Teacher Channel: http://www.youtube.com/teachers also, be sure to stop by YouTube EDU at: http://www.youtube.com/education

For ideas on how to use YouTube in your class, click here!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Get Ready for the Science Fair!

Kevin recently graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Land O' Lakes High School in Florida.  As part of the community outreach in the IB program, Kevin decided to create an original animated video to teach students about the science fair.  Kevin's animation has been featured on several sites including NASA, the National Science Foundation Knowledge Network, National Geographic Kids, PBS Kids Dragonfly TV, AOL Kids, Edutopia, and Intel's Inspired by Education site. 




Kevin was recently profiled on NASA Education regarding his science fair video: click here to view 

Celebrate Science Week: Science Websites


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A Few of My Favorite Sites for Science





Moonbase Alpha Game ScreenShot -- Repairing the Life Support System ... Moonbase Alpha is the first of two commercial-quality NASA games developed.  Also, click here for another great NASA site!





Aligned with state curriculum standards, StudyJamstakes math and science problems and presents them using relevant, real-world examples students can learn for fun!

 FORESTIA is an island of the game of science virtual world, where you will meet      Kalikasan,a very unusual naturalist.  Face the formidable challenge of sustainable forest   management. 


The best of BBC Science from TV and radio, to the web and beyond.
Latest News click here! (a world of wonder)
Science and Nature click here!
Science and the Environment click here!

Human Mind and Body click here!





Primary students LOVE to learn about their world through their scientific eyes while engaged with their friend, Peep.  So, join the gang and surf, click, learn, and sing all while playing interactive white board games with Peep and friends.

Additional resources include: ( click here for their site map )
Activities and More - anywhere science and math games, coloring page       printables, neighborhood safari, and recommended books
-  Interactive SMART Board Games
-  Music and Videos - free rich scientific film clips, theme songs, music, etc...


  Sheppard's Software is always easy to operate, engaging for students, and a beneficial way to enhance any lesson - so much content to explore!



NASA's Kids Club lets you explore with different grade levels with such popular favorites like Elmo or Buzz Light Year.  Teachers and Parents will love the 'tips' section, too!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Guest Post: Skype in the primary grades: Jumping in with both feet

When my daughter was just six months old, I took her to a certified swimming instructor for lessons. She was, by more than her own months, the youngest student, and therefore, something of a celebrity among her pool peers. While many of the older children protested the practice of new skills like putting their face in the water and blowing bubbles, my daughter babbled with approval at every chance she had. You probably already know why – she was too young to be afraid – and that same advantage, as you also know, comes in handy in early elementary school. Using this absence of trepidation among K-2 youngsters, Skype can be an exciting ally for meeting basic, English proficiency standards.


Skype, the audio/video social networking platform well known and well utilized extensively in middle and high school grades is not as commonly used in the primary grades. Many justify its absence, as well as the absence of other web-based technologies, as being too advanced for the younger students. But there are some who embrace such tools for the same reason that infants are welcomed into instructional pools, which is really what any classroom is, isn’t it?

Borrowing from Indiana’s state standards, an opportunity to help very young, very shy, or for that matter, very much emerging students master basic essential skills appears ready made for Skype. With initiatives to promote distance learning, even the primary grades can become part of a virtual online school.

EL.2.7 LISTENING AND SPEAKING: Skills, Strategies, and Applications. Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation (raising and lowering voice). Students deliver brief oral presentations about familiar experiences or interests that are organized around a point of view or thesis statement. Students use the same Standard English conventions for oral speech that they use in their writing.

Starting off in the shallow end, prepare students to talk about their favorite subject to other students. Prepare the class at this point for the culminating activity, a Skype interview with students in another classroom with the help of a collaborating teacher. I’d suggest having the interviews the following day. Cutting down on logistics and technical difficulties, I recommend a very nearby classroom where familiar faces could be seen at the time of speaking.

To support the students at first, model an introduction by sharing the information you’d like them to share. As you do so, have students practice their active listening skills at the same time.

“Hello, my name is _________. I have a big sister named Mary and a dog named Mitzi. I really like macaroni and cheese for supper and strawberry ice cream for dessert. When I grow up, I want to be a neuroendocrinologist.”

Of course, your requirements will be tailored to your own classroom needs and you may not want to grow up to be a neuroendocrinologist. As you model your own introduction, point out such traits as standing without fidgeting, speaking in a clear voice, and looking directly at your audience. Remember, this isn’t Toastmasters, so focus on the basics.

Once you’ve modeled the behavior, ask for volunteers to practice with you. When your experience suggests that the class is ready to move on to more challenging practice, have students group into small, when possible, even numbered member groups of four or six, and practice sharing introductions.

When both classroom teachers believe all is in readiness, hold your interviews in which members of one class begin sharing their introductions via Skype, a few at a time, followed by those of the other class.

Meeting this standard using technology in the classroom will bring more stimulation for the student and further add to their acceptance of technology. Most important of all, though, is that you, the teacher, may become just a bit more comfortable diving in to the use of social media in your own classroom.

About the author: Jesse Langley is professional writer and former school teacher. He lives in the Midwest and enjoys community volunteering.

Timeline: a New Facebook Tool

Timeline is a recent tool Mark Zuckeberg unveiled at the recent f8 conference.

Timeline categoriezes your life in a simple manner so that you can view your events in an entertaining and streamlined fashion.  Watch the video below to see an example of how Timeline can be used.



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Movie Mount for iPad Users

If you love your iPad as much as I love mine, you probably use it for nearly everything in life.

One of my most favorite things to do with my iPad is to take photos and also to make movies.  Thus, I was very excited to find out about Movie Mount, an accessory for iPad movie makers.  You can pre-order yours now for $69.95 and the orders will begin being shipped in October.




Wow - I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Click Here to view the Makayama Site and see additional features to jazz up your iPad!

Also, be sure to check out their free App in iTunes.

Transform your Teaching!


Take your Teaching to the next Level
with Animoto




Click on a Link Below to see How I use Animoto in my Classroom and Professional Life


How can you get started?

First, click here and sign up for free!

Once you have registered for a FREE account, then view the plans for upgrading.
The plans for upgrading are affordable and worth it!

I highly recommend to first, click here, and register for a Free account so you can explore the site.  Then, I would upgrade when you're comfortable.  The site is super user-friendly and looks very professional.  This is how I make all of my videos to upload to YouTube and also to embed on my site.

There is also an App for Animoto!

Clip Art Give-Away via MyGrafico!

Teaching Blog Addict and Kleinspiration – Giveaway for MyGrafico

Looking for high quality clipart, backgrounds, educational printables and more?  
Then look no further, MyGrafico has it all!  


With low prices, and even a nice section of freebies like this sizing cards pack
MyGrafico has something for you.


Exciting news! 

MyGrafico has teamed up with Teaching Blog Addict and Kleinspiration to offer a fantastic giveaway.  
 One special reader will win a great prize!

Winner will receive a $30.00 gift card from MyGrafico to use how they wish. 
How exciting!

Here’s how to enter.
  1. Visit MyGrafico and find your favorite product.  Leave a comment on the product and come back here and leave the link of your comment with your email so we can contact the winner!
  2. We'd love it if you would also like us on Facebook to stay connected with great deals!
Winner will be announced Thursday, September 29.

Breathe Life into your Sketches!


"Be Creative Every Day"

I love this motto!  At our school, we truly try to focus on the creativity that students naturally possess.  Bringing this energy out and teaching children how to make their abstract ideas into a tangible reality is one of the greatest gifts a teacher can offer to a child.  





I'm a huge fan of Sir Ken Robinson; click here to view his full Ted Talk.

Being a technology advocate, I'm always careful to not focus on the fun bells and whistles that technology offers but rather the sound pedagogy that technology can enhance.  Dear friend, Eric Simons, had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Bennett, who truly believed in his creativity.  Now, he has created his own technology company while still in high school!  Simons is now twenty years old, living in Silicon Valley, CA developing some of the best technology platforms for education.  Thank goodness for teachers like Mrs. Bennett who cultivate this inner creativity that students possess.  

Compare Bloom's Taxonomy prior to 1990 and the current version.  
Creating is now at the top.

Image Credit: Overbaugh and Schultz

In Sparks of Genius, Robert and Michelle Root Bernstein discuss the thirteen tools that some of the most creative people possess.  After hearing their presentation and exploring their book, I began to wonder how many opportunities I was offering my students to stimulate their creative minds.

I asked myself the question:
Knowing that creativity exists in pedagogical frameworks, does it exist in my actual classroom practice?

Then, I began to wonder what these thirteen tools were that creative individuals possess... 
and - how do I teach my students to strengthen those tools?

Let's examine a few examples... failures or success?
you be the judge

Trying to create a heat pump, invented the Super Soaker (+200 million in retail sales)

Painter turned Inventor

Painter turned Inventor

"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them."  -- Sir Lawrence Bragg

Do you support arts and creativity in education?



Mae Jemison has a great Ted Talk on integrating the arts into the sciences.  


Make your Sketch come to Life!

When I came across "Draw a Stickman," I was so excited to bring this back to my classroom.  I love the creative minds behind this site!  This wonderful interactive can me used in the classroom in a variety of ways.  At first, I was just excited to play around with the site.  Then I began to think how what I was doing was just for fun... this had no use in the classroom.  Luckily, I came to my senses - why not?  Even if this had no application for education, why not bring a fun brain break into the classroom?  Why can't we pause in our day for two minutes to integrate a smile?

Of course, I was smiling and waiting in anticipation for the next adventure of my very own stick figure.  I found that not only had I created something, but I was invested and had a sense of ownership.  Naturally, I began to predict what would happen next.  Not only did I begin to naturally use comprehension strategies for real-time learning, but I was also activitaing my kinesthetic smarts through fine motor movement as I used my keyboard and mouse.  

I also couldn't wait for my husband to try this out so that I could see what sorts of tools he would use.  My daughter couldn't resist from collaborating with me on how to draw my creations.  Our family was becoming a natural learning community that was collaborating in an interactive manner.

As a teacher, I began to see how I could use this activity for sequencing events, retelling a story, main idea and details, and even creating a small moment story for our writer's workshop.  Additionally, I thought this could be a great anticipatory set for introducing my class to navigating away from drawings and beginning to sketch illustrations for the stories they would be creating.  

Regardless of the application or entertainment value, I encourage you to always think outside of the box when planning your lessons.  That certainly was my inspiration for creating Kleinspiration.  I was enjoying all of the wonderful tools available online that I wanted to share these great finds with other people.  If you like the ideas shared on this site, please click here to get our free newsletter!

Draw your own stickman and watch him or her come to life as you create your own story.  
Click Here to begin your Fun!

5 Ways to Incorporate Football Season into your Classroom Instruction

5 Ways to incorporate Football Season in your instruction

By Jason Patrick Klein

Ok, so I don’t often get the chance to write for the blog, but something Erin mentioned
the other day about one of her students brought me back to my childhood. One of her
boys in class, while giving an answer that would be 33, instead stated “Kris Draper’s
number”. For those of you who don’t know, Kris Draper is a recently retired Detroit Red
Wing hockey player, who wore the number 33 on his back for nearly 20 twenty seasons
in the Motor City. This was indeed the correct answer, even while a bit of an indirect
path to the number 33.

As a child, this is exactly the way that I remembered numbers and many other things
as well. I remember bringing up examples of things that I thought were awesome
connections, and of course my teacher would look at me as if I were insane.

Teacher: “Let’s just give the answer Jason, nobody even knows what you mean.”

Me: “WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOBODY KNOWS? THERE WERE 100,000
PEOPLE AT THAT FOOTBALL GAME!!!! HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE AT THE
SCIENCE FAIR????”

But in reality, a lot of people did not make the connections, as they did not have sports in
their lives regularly. I for one, lived for sports. I knew every statistic. Batting averages,
win-loss records, most touchdowns, yards, wins, anything from about 1975-1995, you
name it, I knew it. Still do. While these statistics were a bit annoying for my teachers
to listen to a seven year old just rattle off, it now seems like a missed opportunity in
hindsight. If they had paid attention, they’d have realized I was doing long division
and fractions before they had taught it, what a fantastic resource. And there are a lot of
kids that love sports, so it is a great tool to use in the classroom. For those of you who
will counter with the argument that not all kids love sports, I ask, how many kids love
boarding a train in Newark on a Tuesday and arriving in Omaha on a Friday…..see,
already lost ya.

1. Quarters
a. Football games have quarters. They are 15 minutes each. The entire
game is one hour. Any idea how I figured out what a quarter hour was?
b. The quarters are appropriately named the First, Second, Third, and Fourth
Quarter, respectively. They are also divided by Halftime, which comes
between the Second and Third Quarter. Collectively, the First and Second
Quarter are called the First Half. You can figure out the rest.

2. Yards Per Carry
a. Very Cool Statistic for running backs. Say I run the ball 10 times, for
80 yards, I have averaged 8 yards per carry. Technically speaking, this
often appears better to coaches than somebody that runs the ball 18 times
for 100 yards, as they are averaging 5.5 yards per carry. As a coach, you
want more yards on each carry. I knew how to compute this basic division
problem when I was in second grade. You can use this same statistic for
catches, passes, kick returns, or any other yardage statistic!


3. The Clock
a. Often at the end of a game, the defense needs to get the ball back, and
the offense tries to stall and run the clock out. It is common practice for
fans to attempt to determine how many :35 second play clocks are still
available in the game clock. This is tricky, and likely better suited for our
older kids out there, but Kleinspiration has a variety of readers, so here
goes….

i.  If there are 3:00 left in the game, that means that the offense has 5
play clocks before they will run out the clock. They legally have
to run a play every 35 seconds. So they will need to earn a first
down or give the ball back at some point soon.
ii.  If the offense is at 1:45 or under, and their opponent has no
timeouts, it is smooth sailing, the game is over. They can run the
clock out, because they will run the clock exactly the :35 allowable
3 times and use the full 1:45. Complicated, but fun, and there are
plenty of other clock games.

4. Winning Percentage
a. It’s all about winning in sports. Winning percentage is a simple
formula: wins/games played. This is more commonly used in baseball,
however it is being used a lot more in football recently, especially with
multidivisional playoffs, and is very simple to compute. This percentage
is stated with 3 decimal points (unlike anything else in life), so if a team is
winning 50% of their games, they are at .500.

5. A Yard
a. Nowhere else in everyday life have I ever, even now as an adult, ever,
seen the use of a YARD as a unit of measure. Except football. Football
has these pure, plain, beautiful white chalk hash marks every three feet.
They are a yard apart. Exactly one yard. There are 100 of them on a
field. Track uses meters. Baseball feet. Builders use square inches.
Truck drivers use cubic inches, regular drivers use the mile. Zoning
commissions use the acre. Nobody uses the yard. Nobody, except
teachers, and football players.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Use Emotion and Technology to Spark Writing

A rather popular YouTube segment recently caught my attention.

Last school year, I developed a segment titled "TubeTalk."  I found how inspired I became when viewing shared video segments.  I was empowered to blog about the film clips, and many others were also inspired  to share their comments as well.  I took the idea into my classroom and my students also loved discussing the deeper theme of the video and sharing their perspectives through writing.  

Here is a clip I'll be transfering to TubeTalk:
(I would use this segment for a persuasive or argumentative piece)
One could also use it for a research piece or to have students express voice through writing.



Naturally, I teared up a bit and had many questions...

The following video helps to answer some of the questions one may have:
click here to view on YouTube


Friday, September 23, 2011

15 Smart Apps for Smart Kids

NewYorkFamily.com recently posted about 15 Smart Apps for Smart Kids.  You can check out those great apps by clicking here.

Also, view my recent post on iCanTeachMyChild.com to see the video I put together on some of my kid's favorite apps.

Lastly, I have a great collection of iPad/iPod resources that you're welcome to have; simply click here to access.  Other great App Sites, click here!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Use Google to the Fullest Potential

Mind/Shift is a great segment by Tina Barseghian that explores the future of learning in our classrooms.  Click Here to view her homepage and view the wonderful resources and topics that are hot in the educational technology community.

Recently, she shared an article, "12 Ways to Be More Search Savvy."  I learned many great search strategies for better navigating Google and truly getting the most out of my search experience.  For example, find out how to find credible sources for sites and set safety settings.

If you have a Google tip for searching, please share it below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Be a SMART Board Wiz!

As a SMART Exemplary Educator, I'm always looking for great SMART Resources.  As I share ideas with friends, I'm always surprised with how many great tools they didn't know about before.

One of my favorite functions of Notebook Software is to set the Transparent Background so that you can still be running your Notebook Software but be able to navigate your browser or desktop with the functionality you're use to.  For example, use your Notebook math tools while running and viewing Google Earth.  Click Here to see a 2 minute tutorial.  If you've ever been on a website and wanted to underline something and been annoyed that the 'screen capture' comes on and takes a snapshop of your webpage... Transparent Background is for you.  Simply click the screen before leaving Notebook and then go to your desired website.

For Great Sites to use with your Transparent Background, view my Teacher's Toolbox or Jerry's Page.

Adam Bellow, founder of eduTecher, has a great video for SMART Tips and Tricks using Notebook 10.




Pace and Teach Yourself!  Click Here for short and specific tutorials to become a SMART Borad wiz!


There are many great SMART Resources on the web.  For a comprehensive list of top resources, view my collection by clicking here.  If you have a site to share, please leave a comment below or contact me via email at: erinklein12@gmail.com  If you've created a great IWB Lesson and would like to offer Kleinspiration readers a freebie, please contact me by clicking here.


SMART Resources:

- SMART Exchange
- PBS SMART Games
- Richard Byrne's Recommendations 
- My Collection of Recources

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Emerging EdTech: a Resource for Today's Aspiring Tech Savvy Teacher

I recently ran across Emerging EdTech, a great resource for technology tips and resources for teachers.  

The post that caught my attention was "10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Know About."   Click here to read that post.  Also, the previous post shares additional information, click here.

Click Here to view great sites for polls, podcasting, videos, games, apps, and more!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Animoto Plus Winners Announced:

I had 33 comments on the original post, and I was able to get 50 Plus codes to offer my friends.  So, I'm super excited to announce that 'everyone's a winner!'  I know you'll love Animoto.  Feel free to check out my sample videos towards the end of the original post to get ideas of what to create for yourself as you start having fun.

Promo Code: a4eklei87074b


Thanks so much for your support!

When is Good

Schedule your next meeting with ease... no more sending emails back and forth.  Use "When is Good" to see when your colleagues, friends, group members, classmates, etc. are available.  This free site free, easy, requires no sign up form, and it's user-friendly.

Click Here to watch their 44 second informational video to get a full snapshot behind the power of this wonderful productivity tool.

Find common availability among individuals with ease with When is Good.

Connectify: Turn your PC into a Hotspot

Connectify works by turning your Windows laptop into a secure Wi-Fi hotspot 
which you can then use to connect your other Internet-enabled devices.





Of course I'm not an advocate for having students find loopholes and hook up to the web when they're not supposed to, but I did find this to be a great tool for other reasons.  For example, if you've ever been in an area such as a hotel and needed a hot spot, Connectify would be beneficial for you.  I was thinking that this may be beneficial for those of you who have Internet on your desktop, but can not connect with your mobile devices.  Perhaps this is a solution for you.

Right now, using your .edu email address, get a Free 90 day Trial to test out!

Features

  • Take practically any Internet connection and share it wirelessly with no additional hardware, wires, plugs, or chargers
  • Easily connect any number of Wi-Fi enabled devices to your Connectify Hotspot
  • Automatic Internet selection for super simple set-up
  • Customize your hotspot's name and allow it to operate like a wireless repeater for your home or office router
  • Browse Shared folders and other services in your network; Even without an active Internet connection

If you're a Teacher or Student, you'll love EasyBib - an free bibliography tool!

If you've ever written a paper or if you teach language arts, EasyBib is a must have tool.  EasyBib allows you to focus on the content of your paper while the application creates the bibliography for you.  Click Here to see exactly how this works - a free Smart Phone App!  For additional information, read my full review here.  Enjoy your stress free writing time with EasyBib.

Join the Party on Facebook!

Join Kleinspiration on Facebook!  Simply Click Here to 'Like' our page.  Great news... by doing so, you get entered in the Animoto contest!  Click Here to enter the contest and read more about this great offer for your classroom.  Thanks!

Click Here for Facebook!  Click Here to enter the Contest!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Teaching Blog Expo Question and Answer


Thank you so much for those of you who attended the TBA Expo!

If anyone has any questions or comments, I'd be more than happy to get a discussion started.  Please feel free to leave a comment on this discussion, click here to contact me, or simply send me an email at: erinklein12@gmail.com  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Be sure to check out Teaching Blog Traffic School for great tips and training tutorials.


Be sure to also check out the other great presenters - their sites are amazing!

Miss Kindergarten
In the Teachers' Lounge
The Moffatt Girls
The Organized Classroom
The Lesson Plan Diva
Teaching Happily Ever After


Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Heart Animoto! 25 Chances to WIN!


I seriously use Animoto for everything in life that is involved with photos.  I make all of my video applications, classroom slideshows, book trailors, and family memories using Animoto.  I will link to a few for you to preview.  Right now, I'm super excited to announce that I have a number of Animoto Plus promotional codes to offer.  I'm going to give out 25 of them - wow!  I know, crazy - right?  You'll love not only getting approved for an account but also getting exclusive free access to many Plus features!!!

Why I love Animoto:

- it's free (yours will be with this special promotional code - of plus features)
- the videos are super simple to create (I love user-friendly sites!)
- the end product looks professional
- total time to create... only minutes 
- you can share your videos via: email, Facebook, Twitter, embed into blog/website, download, upload to YouTube, etc... 

What is Animoto?



So, it seems cool - but how could I use this?
(click a link below and see one of my Animoto videos)
How do you get a special Animoto Plus Invitation?

I will be selecting, at random, 25 fans of my Facebook site.  It's simple, just 'Like' Kleinspiration by clicking here and leave a comment on this post that you're a Kleinspiration Facebook Fan and you'll be 'entered' as one of the hopeful 25 winners I will select.  Simple and Totally Worth It.  Please help spread the word about this great site via Google+, Twitter, Facebook, your Blog, Pinterest, etc.

25 Winners will be announced Sunday evening (September 18, 2011) by 9:00p.m. (EST).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Google Search Tricks by Tony Vincent

Enjoy the Information Prezi below for your Google Search Tips and Tricks.

This could be great for your personal use or use within the classroom.



Math Freebies Today!


For Great Math Unit Freebies, please click here and see how to get Award Winning Teacher, Shelley Gray's Doubles Math Unit for your elementary classroom - Free Today!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ClassConnect Give-Away Winners Announced!


Winners, Congrats!  

Please contact Eric Simons, founder of ClassConnect at: eric@classconnect.com

Target Gift Card Winner: Frances #85

iTunes Gift Card Winner: Laura #79

Starbucks Gift Card Winner: Courtney #62

Winners will need to email Eric the address in which they would like the gift card sent.

Thank you for signing up for ClassConnect and entering our Give-Away.

Access 100's of Teacher Blogs by Grade Level

Teaching Blog Addict is another site that I blog for along with several other fabulous teachers. 

We've put together an organized page for you to instantly gain access to many blogs that are nicely separated by grade level or category for your easy browsing.

Click Here to access the Page we've created for our wonderful readers.  I know you'll love it!

Please support Kleinspiration and Vote in Parent Magazine's Blog Contest.  Click Here to submit your vote.  I really appreciate your support!! 

Thanks so very much!

Freebie: 2 Science Units! Enjoy... thanks, Sue!

Hi Folks! 
 
I'm a homeschooling mom who has written a book titled "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers," and I'd like to offer you two free unit studies from it!  The book is for ages 3-13.  Half of the lessons are for ages 3-7 and the other half are for ages 8-13.  "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers" is geared toward homeschoolers, but teachers can use it too.  In fact, I used it for a science class I taught, and it made teaching the class very easy, and the kids loved it!
 
Here is the link to a unit on Plants for ages 3-7: 
 
Here is the link to a unit on Atoms & Molecules for ages 8-13:
 
You can also visit my website at www.funtasticunitstudies.com for links to more freebies.
 
And, in case you are interested in purchasing the book, here is a link to it on Amazon: click here!
 
 
I hope you all have a wonderful school year!
 
Sue Kilbride

Monday, September 5, 2011

Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

As a new blogger, I have learned many of my tips and tricks from taking 'online classes' through Teaching Blog Traffic School.  Charity has put together 30 short video tutorials packed with creative and inspirational ideas on how to gain more traffic for your blog.  The benefits of this 'school' are simply amazing!  You can take your time with the lessons.  Watch one a day, one a week, one a month or however fits your schedule.  Her relaxed style is very easy to follow and so helpful!!  The class is $37 ($1.23 a video - best deal ever!).

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Guest Post: Wallwisher by Tabitha Carro

 
Have you tried Wallwisher yet in your classroom? Wallwisher is an online wall with a unique URL where individuals can leave posts on a certain topic. Registration is free and simple, and you can build as many walls as you'd like.

In my Spanish immersion class last year, I allowed students to come to my desktop during work stations and respond to a question I had posted. The students really enjoyed writing and reading each other's responses, and I loved seeing them interact in the Spanish language. There are SO many ways you can use Wallwisher. I just sat down for 20 minutes and came up with 12 ideas. You can check them out at this wall that I created for this post.

http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/classroomideas4WW

Do you have any ideas? Please post them there! The great thing is that each wall has its own link, so you can pull it up on any computer, also making it possible for students to do this as a homework activity.

Be sure to monitor the posts and consider privacy issues. Since my walls were public, I had students use their assigned number in my classroom and not their real names. When you create your wall, you can change the settings to where you have to approve each post. I would suggest that and also letting students know you've done that in order to discourage inappropriate posts.

Thanks so much to Erin for a chance to guest blog at Kleinspiration! Happy Wallwishing!

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Tabitha Carro
FlapJack Educational Resources

Friday, September 2, 2011

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Office Max Deals exclusively for Educational Bloggers and Kleinspiration Friends!

I received this super email from Office Max for Kleinspiration readers...

Hi there Erin!

Now that teachers are gearing up for another school year, the folks at
OfficeMax are eager to spread the word about a couple of special promotions
that can help teachers (and schools) save a few pennies. Since your blog has
drawn a captive audience of teachers, we thought we’d share the details
with you in case you’d like to inform your readers—the deals were
created just for education bloggers and their audiences. I’m more than
happy to send along a PDF of the coupons so you can run them on your site
and readers can print them for in-store use.

Through the OfficeMax ImPress Print Center, teachers can take advantage of
three deals:

•       Between August 21 and September 24: $8.99 on 18”-by-24” posters
(regular price is $17.98)
•       Between August 28 and September 24: 50% off on lamination services

Inside of every OfficeMax store, teachers will find a full-service OfficeMax
ImPress Print Center staffed by experts who can help them with any of their
classroom needs, including exhibits, posters, workbooks, laminated learning
aids and more.


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