How To: Making Salt Dough Maps

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One interesting way to use Salt Dough in your classroom is to have students make 3-dimensional, or topographic maps. Using Salt Dough to create realistic topographic maps, helps students conceptualize a region of the world in a way that simply creating or coloring in a paper map cannot.   Basic Map Making Lesson Plan

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How To: Making Salt Dough

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I created a short video for teachers, students, and/or parents demonstrating how easy, quick, and inexpensive it is to make Salt Dough. Watch the video and learn how to make Salt Dough Salt Dough can be used for many learning activities:

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Application of Instructional Media and Technology

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One of the online teacher education courses I will be teaching this summer is: R503 Application of Instructional Media and Technology (also known as Instructional Media Applications). I am teaching this course for K-12 teachers and library/media specialists through Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Education. Here is the basic information: Course: Application of Instructional Media […]

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Digital Learners Webinar for Teachers

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Don’t miss out on any upcoming trainings, webinars, and workshops, click here to subscribe to email updates so you On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 2:15 – 3 pm (PST) I will be making a presentation as part of a “Digital Citizenship Webinars for Teachers” series organized by Contra Costa County Office of Education. If you are […]

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Back to School Night Potluck

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During the 2009-2010 school year I hosted a potluck as part of my classroom’s Back to School Night! I had wanted to do this for years and I was thrilled with how it finally worked out! It was so successful I will always host a Back to School Night potluck from now on. Reasons for […]

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Digital Learners Webinar I

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On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 10 – 11 am (PST) I will be making a presentation as part of a “Digital Citizenship Webinars for Adminstrators” series organized by Contra Costa County Office of Education. If you are a site or district Administrator, Teacher Leader or a Technology Leader at a district or school site […]

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I PICK Good Fit Books

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During the 2008-2009 school year I began using The Sisters’ (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) process of teaching balanced literacy to my fourth grade student: The Daily Five Reading and The Literacy CAFE. Good Fit Books One significant theme mentioned throughout Daily Five Reading and Literacy CAFE is teaching students to pick “good fit” books. […]

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English Learners 101: Academic English

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English Learners 101 is a series of articles about how to support English learners with appropriate academic content instruction. Between 2004 and 2008 I served as the English Language Development Support Teacher at an extremely diverse elementary school in the San Francisco Bay Area. During this time I also completed a significant review of research […]

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Workshop: Using Technology to Improve Home School Connections

This is the outline of my Saturday, February 6, 2010 workshop, “Using Technology to Improve Home School Connections,” that I am presenting at the East Bay CUE Cool Tools for Learning VI Conference. Learn how to use free and inexpensive tools to improve home-school connections, increase parent involvement, and boost student achievement. See how WordPress, FeedBurner, […]

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English Learners 101 Series: Academic Content Instruction for English Learners

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This is the introduction to an ongoing series of articles titled English Learners 101. English Learners 101 is a series of articles about how to support English learners with appropriate academic content instruction. Between 2004 and 2008 I served as the English Language Development Support Teacher at a diverse elementary school. During this time I […]

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