This week’s round-up of Edublogs news, blog posts, classroom resources, and all things blog related!
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Book It: Books by Edubloggers
Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades
“My eBook, Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Classroom, is now available from PLPress! In the book I share my own experience and make the case for connecting our youngest students to the world, using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies. I also show you how you can make this shift in your own classroom.” -via KathyCassidy.com
You can read an excerpt from the book here.
Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond
Larry Ferlazzo’s new book gives teachers research-based strategies for working with students possessing a passion for school and for learning. The book, “looks at how teachers can create classroom conditions that are needed for motivation to grow…[and] to develop qualities like physical health, grit, flow, and a desire to transfer what they’re learning to life outside of school.” [via Amazon]
You can read excerpts here.
The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching
Shelly’s book provides challenges that motivate teachers to accomplish achievable goals and to reflect on their experience. The overall goal of these challenges is to increase your passion for teaching and your confidence in your abilities as a teacher.
“This innovative approach will help you reconnect to your students, improve your classroom practice, and help you transform as an educator.” [via Amazon]
Write Now: Yes, right now!
You don’t have to wait until your all grown up to start publishing your own books! Storybird and Book Creator are two tools that your students can use to start publishing their own stories today.
Storybird: A Simple Guide for teachers and Students
Storybird provides three story formats — long form, picture book, and poem — that can be used to enhance your lesson plans in any subject. Click here to read a guide (created with Storybird) explaining how to create your own stories with Storybird.
You can also check out this video detailing how to create your own Storybird story:
Book Creator: Sharing the Creations!
On her class blog, Karen Arrington shares what she loves about Book Creator. She also shows you how to use the app and share the books you and your students create.
This video provides a tutorial on how to create books with Book Creator:
Love Thy Mother: Earth Day Resources
Earth Day is on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and according to EarthDay.org this year “could be the most exciting year in environmental history.” Seems like a great year to get involved!
Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas (Edutopia)
Earth Day Is On April 22nd – Here Are Related Resources (LarryFerlazzo.edublogs.org)
Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades K-5 (NEA)
Earth Day Teacher Resources (TeacherVision)
Earth Day Lessons (ScienceNetLinks)
Techy Teacher Toolbox: Tweets About Helpful Tools
+2 Poll Tools To Engage Your Students and Enhance Your Teaching Blog Post by @SuperFrenchT http://t.co/wSQxmrz3IZ
— edublogs (@edublogs) April 13, 2015
Word Clouds in the Classroom http://t.co/kZATA0kE3e via @whitneyberg1
— edublogs (@edublogs) April 14, 2015
The most popular widgets used on class & student blogs http://t.co/maQYTzqCrN pic.twitter.com/rBGveDGD4x
— edublogs (@edublogs) April 9, 2015
Creating using PicCollage or ThingLink with students to create biographies http://t.co/iIullnNYg8
— edublogs (@edublogs) April 8, 2015
What is a Beacon? And Will They Transform Education? 15 Uses of Beacons in Education http://t.co/8H5bhTxnWb pic.twitter.com/KcVP4UKczT
— edublogs (@edublogs) April 15, 2015