mikeromard on April 5th, 2010

Teachers will always ask students to read books and share what they have learned. But, how students share that knowledge and achiever higher levels of thinking by synthesizing and making personal connections can be achieved by going beyond text on paper. The current generation will do a quick search on YouTube to troubleshoot a hard […]

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mikeromard on May 10th, 2009

My grade 2 team asked me to help find interesting sites & activities to augment their Goods & Services instruction in the classroom. Video on Goods and Services BrainPopJr’s Goods & Services Producers Consumers BrainPop’s Supply & Demand Online Reading Should kids get pocket money? (from CBBC) with comments Top Tips for kids on saving […]

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mikeromard on January 5th, 2009

Here are two 30 minute lessons that I’ve developed for 3rd grade students on the benefits and pitfalls of the World (Wild) Web. For good reason, parents and teachers are concerned when children begin browsing, so I wanted to compile an informative and memorable lesson. Words in italics are what I’d say with the group. […]

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mikeromard on November 16th, 2008

Nutrition is a key study at any grade, but my current grade 3s are studying it in detail. I’ve always found BrainPopJr and BrainPop to be great clever and age-appropriate places to begin. Ask your teacher about your school account and password. BrainPopJr Movie Food Pyramid – A good introduction to food and effects of […]

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mikeromard on November 6th, 2008

Zamzar is a website that can convert a huge number of image, audio and video formats – for free. I found it when I was asking how to save YouTube videos to share with students – just in case the Internet kicks out (which happens regularly in China) or if I need to have it […]

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mikeromard on November 4th, 2008

Here is a nifty plant simulation for the effects of various colors of light on the development of a plant. Your first screen at www.iknowthat.com may require you to press ‘Maybe Later’ (it is worth registering, it’s a good collection of stuff). Then near the top, you’ll see a tab saying “Grow a Plant” – […]

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mikeromard on October 20th, 2008

A gem of a website for presentations is www.slideshare.net which is the largest collection for sharing slideshows, both by individuals and organizations. It’s a great place to store and share your slideshows quickly. And it’s free. Yet, the greatest eye opener for me was the opportunity to view thousands of other uploaded presentations, which are […]

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mikeromard on October 20th, 2008

One of the best blog entries I have read was Jeff Utecht’s How to prepare yourself for technology interview questions at your next Job Fair. I think it’s his #1 viewed article, too. But, the reciprocal question to ask is – What should schools be providing in their classrooms to ensure teachers can use modern […]

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mikeromard on September 26th, 2008

The key message for the Learning 2.008 Conference will be literacy. A dozen education bloggers queried conference keynote speakers (David Jakes, David Warlick and Clarence Fisher) on what would likely be the essential topic to discuss with our staff members when we returned to their schools. Students need to be independent thinkers. Literacy is fundamental […]

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Mike Romard on April 2nd, 2007

While surfing for some interesting video of the planet Mars, I located this one co-directed and designed by an eight year old boy. Very impressive for someone of his age. Take a peek and think of what you could do with a passion you have… Part 1 on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn Part 2 on Mars, […]

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