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The Big $500 Giveaway

 

What educator couldn’t use an extra $500 to purchase Back to School Items?

In celebration of the summer planning (and growing school supply wish lists) I’ve joined together with this amazing group of companies/bloggers to offer you a chance to win $500!

 

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4 Online Reference Resources to try today

Described as “The Preeminent Internet Publisher of literature, reference and verse, providing students, researchers, and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.”  Bartleby.com is a website to visit.  Also included are anthologies of poetry, fiction and non-fiction orations, essays, journals and so much more!
Digital Dutch is the the online Unit converter to help you convert almost anything to almost anything else.  Great resource for homeschool moms! 

Wordsmyth Children’s Dictionary offers a simplified dictionary explanation for younger students, along with standard dictionary interpretations for older learners.  Need a thesaurus? Each definition includes a handy synonym list!  
Also included:

  • Quiz maker
  • Glossary maker
  • Puzzle Solver
  • antonyms
  • real audio pronunciations
  • new images and animations
  • thousands of new example sentences
  • a new entry presentation, and more.
Quoteland.com is one of the best online resources for finding and researching quotes.  Explore the multi-media reference library and discussion groups too!
The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.




 

 

 

 

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4 AMAZING Online Geography Resources

 By using multi-media geography resources you can make geography lessons come alive as you virtually transport your students/children to places they’ve never been before. 


 Take your students on a virtual field trip through the fifty U.S. states with Awesome America, featuring:  Amazing photographs and links to additional state resources (state symbols, facts, trivia, state parks etc). A great way to take a virtual field trip through the fifty states.

Earthcam.com links to live video cameras throughout the world.  Your kids can explore exotic sites around the world (as well as within the US) from your computer.  My kids enjoyed viewing  Times Square  and the Osprey web cam.  This site does require supervision as some of the cameras are located in areas you  may not wish them to see.

My favorite resource is World Heritage Tour that allows you to explore three-dimensional views of 277 famous destinations around the world.  Just use your mouse to “step inside the picture” and enjoy 365 degree views of the destinations you select.  Our family especially enjoyed viewing the pictures from Israel.

National Geographic is a wonderful resource for parents and educators.  Their website is both educational and inspiring, not-to-mention full of activities, videos, photographs, lesson plan ideas, and more.  Don’t miss the new National Geographic Education website for parents, teachers and students (in beta).

 The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.

 



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5 Free Online Reading Resources

Progressive Phonics is a FREE all-in-one reading program.  Registration is required. Users download the books (which can be printed or just read online) and worksheets for each lesson. There is also a discussion forum.

Starfall is a popular online favorite geared towards preschool- 2nd grade level students.  The site uses a systematic phonics approach to learning and is also a popular educational alternative to online video games. The majority of the site is FREE however an expanded members only area is also available which also offers math lessons/games.

Owl and Mouse Lettersounds is free educational software you can download to help your child make the connection between letters and the sound they make. 

Free Reading is a open source reading intervention program for students preschool-6th grade.  The FREE program covers 40 weeks of instruction (30 min day/5 days a week)On the site you can download resources including index picture cards and use a wordlist generator

If you would like to know what grade level your child is reading at you can download the FREE Reading Competency Test from the National Right to Read Foundation.

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The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.
You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!


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How to organize your online resources

One of the biggest challenges with using online resources is remembering all the great resources you’ve found.  You cannot use it, if you don’t remember it, right?


Here are some online tools you can use to keep track of the great finds you discover on your own, and hopefully during this series.



Evernote
Evernote is my favorite choice for saving great resources. With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use. Plus, you can SHARE them with friends! There is so much that Evernote can do that there is even an Evernote for Dummies book or you can read How to Organize Evernote for maximum efficiency by Michael Hyatt.

Formerly Read it later, you can save articles, videos, or pretty much anything into your pocket.  Items can be saved to your pocket from your browser, via email or over 300 apps (twitter, flipboard, pulse, zite etc)Once it’s in your pocket you can view it from your computer, phone, Kindle or tablet—no internet connection needed!

Instapaper is an incredibly simple tool for saving web pages to read later. Like Get Pocket (but easier to use) you can also access to read later from your computer, Kindle, iPhone, and iPad.  Items can also be categorized in folders. From the website you may also choose to download in paper format and print if you prefer.


Pinterest
Use Pinterest to keep track of your favorite finds by creating a board (“Online Resources”) or multiple boards (divided by categories). Pinterest is easy to set up and allows you to share your resource finds with others. The downside is that you will have to click a few times to get back to your resource, and if it was an article that was removed you won’t be able to access it again.

Paper / Index Files

If you are new to using Online Tools and the idea of another Online tool to manage your ‘online tools’ seems overwhelming at the moment, you can also keep track of your favorite resources the old fashioned way—with pen and paper.  Just use a simple spiral binder or a card catalog with resources divided by subject or category.

The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.

You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!



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10 days of Online Teaching Tools: An introduction


Over the next 10 days (excluding weekends) 28 bloggers will join together to create almost 300 posts on various topics meant to encourage, educate and inspire you with  your children, within your home, in your homeschool, cooking etc!

Please join me April 16-20 and April 23-27th for a series on Online Teaching Tools.

Whether you are feeling stumped for ideas or overwhelmed by the online possibilities I have solutions, tips and resources get you inspired or back on track.  This series is for parents, home educators, tutors and traditional classroom teachers who want to explore some of the best and effective online teaching tools.

The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network.

You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!

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How to hide your Tweets from followers during Twitter Parties

While many of us enjoy participating in Twitter Parties/Chats it can be annoying for those who follow us. If you want to avoid overwhelming your followers (and risking them hiding or unfollowing you), you can easily “hide” your Twitter chats from your feed. This is especially useful when live-tweeting events or shows.

Did you know that you can hide your Tweets from followers during Twitter Parties?

Here’s how you do it: Start any tweet that you want to hide from your stream with @HideChat or @HideTweet and then write your tweet along with the #hashtag you are using.

Please note: Do not follow @hidechat or @hidetweet as this is only a twitter command that allows you to hide your tweet from your stream.

You shouldn’t feel the need to hide ALL of your Tweets from live events or Twitter parties. But you can use this Twitter command to help tone down your stream—-particularly if you are very active during a Twitter Party.

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How to use Hashtags on Twitter

Unless you are new to Twitter, you’ve probably seen your fair share of  hashtags, even if you weren’t entirely sure what they were for.  If this is you, don’t worry, you aren’t alone.  Many Twitter users use hashtags in non-traditional ( ineffective) ways.

But…What is a Hashtag?

Simply put, the # symbol, commonly referred to a hashtag, is used to mark a keyword or topic within a tweet.  Twitter users can then follow these hashtag discussions (also  twitter parties or chats) if they choose.  It also marks the tweet when someone is doing a search on Twitter for a particular keyword.

 2 Common misuses of Hashtags on Twitter


One of the most common ways is as a sign of humor:

Create your own Fictional Status update using Twister

While funny, this can be confusing for some and it also down plays the key purpose of using a #hashtag.

Another popular misuse of a Twitter #Hashtag is to simply make one up.  While clever, if you are the only one using a particular hashtag this is also ineffective, because no one else will see it.

Why you should use Twitter Hashtags

Using a Twitter #Hashtag within your tweets broadcasts your tweets to a wider audience, outside of your existing followers This essentially lets other Twitter Users, with shared interests, know that you’re out there and makes it easier for them to join in.  

Most importantly though, it allows you to participate in discussions on a larger scale, outside of your existing network and this allows you to network more effectively.

By knowing how to use popular  hashtags in your own tweets and searches you will be able to: share content, learn about new resources and keep up-to-date on real issues/challenges affecting the education community.


Here are 23 Best Education Hashtags to use on Twitter, why not start using them today?

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The Learning Power of Lego

The Learning Power of LEGO
Via: Online College Advice

Do you use Lego Educational products in your classroom or homeschool?

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