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Sample Podcast

Listen to Mr. Sturgeon goofing around in iLearn (at bottom of post). He decided to make a sample of a website review for his students. The iLearn students will be making their own reviews very soon. Check out some previous website reviews by students.  You can listen here or can even download this review and many others by subscribing to the iLearn podcast in the iTunes store. You can have them on your iPod to listen to at any time!

Listen also to other audio recordings from Grade 5 by:
a) viewing them under Student Work>Podcasts in the menu bar above.
b) Subscribe to the podcast it the iTunes store




How can you use

1. Get feedback on school trips.
2. Gather resources collectively.
3. Student responses to presentations, media,questions, etc.
4. Generate brainstorming ideas.
5. think of your own…

How to set it up?

1. Go to
2. Choose build a wall.
3. Choose a URL name.
4. Enter name and email.
5. Choose a picture
6. Choose public or private.
6. Share by giving out address or embed into a blog post.
7. Start adding Sticky notes.

notes limited to 160 characters
can embed pics and video links into posts

What is Next?

Can you see the possibilities of using these future technologies in your classroom?

Eye Tracking

Smart Window

Interactive Projectors

These devices are here already.

On the Go

Is he ultimate presentation tool an HD interactive portable projector? Check out the new Pico

Ten Steps to iMovie


7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

Three Things

After perusing all the teacher blogs in Middle School, a few things stand out:
1. Teachers have increased the frequency of their posts.
2. The diversity of topics covered has increased

and the focus for this post..
3. many posts lack an engaging look and feel

pic source@Flickr

Here are…

7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

1. Insert a picture per post. Too many posts are large black blob of text. Using a picture sets the tone for your blog post. Be sure to use and show attribution of the Creative Commons photos you use. Two easy way sot do this are by using Compfight and Google Advanced image search.

2. Chunk it. Draw the eye and create a smooth flow for the reader by chunking your text into short(er) paragraphs.

3. Add scanning points. Utilize the bold and text color options to emphasis key words and ideas to your reader.

4. Make lists. Readers like lists. They …

  • draw attention to the most important step
  • emphasis key ideas
  • make it easy to scan

5. Awesome titles and subtitles. Be a student for a second- would you be more likely to click Meet the FlyGuy! or Class Animation Projects.

6. Crisp links. Link the site name itself or a catchy word rather than linking a long ugly URL.

You can check out Mr. Pasamba’s cool class site is a little freiendlier than

7. Engage your students. Get the students involved by asking a question, creating a contest, requesting a headline to a funny pictur, etc. and encouraging them to respond.  Here is a good example of a teacher site that encourages dialogue.


Science Rebirth

Laying on the couch bored last night.
Clicked my StumbleUpon link to bring up interesting websites.

Came across a site that rocked my earthly world…..

Why does the earth spin?
How was the earth formed?

Are just two of the videos that really got me to think.
pic source


Seemingly simple questions that you would think everyone would or should know.
While I was embarrassed that I could not answer some to the proposed questions, I am glad that I spent an hour of my life  watching the fascinating videos. The goal of the videos is not to make you feel like an idiot but to help explain of some of the basic laws of science.

These are not just for students  but for everyone.

Highly recommended. Perhaps they can be used as an intro to a class.

More on the site to blow your mind

What happens when you drop a slinky?


Grade 5-Odds and Ends

Google Apps at ISM
Refer to Chadwick’s email.
Grade 7/ 8  + HS usage

Grade 5 Channel exists


Blog Highlights




Current Events



Soothe the soul- Lend




Triptico is a neat little resource pack that works great with an Interactive WhiteBoard but is very useful even if you do not yet have a IWB.

Triptico consists of a set of fourteen simple but effective resources.

The list includes:

Student Picker

Word magnets


Student Order

Flip Timer

Student Groupings


Please visit Triptico. It will ask that you install Adobe Air on your computer first. Simply follow the prompts and you should be OK.


Getting to the Board-Beginning Steps to Being Interactive

How do use the Promethean with my students?

Here are two simple ways to get started:

Us the  Engaging the Entire Class flipchart

Use the Dual User Intro flipchart

all of which  are found under the Shared Resources folder in MS Resources>Grade5>General


More Promethean Resources

Our Promethean resources have been updated with some interesting resource packs.

Tim and Moby icons. KWL charts,

Classroom Management Activities
activity timers, pulling names from a hat, more

You will also see more icons an graphics to help build your flipcharts: These include: graphic organizers, Technology Icons, Science ClipArt, Bullets and Arrows,

number of files has been doubled

If you discover a resource pack at Promethean Planet that you feel would benefit all ISM teachers, please let you respective IT integrator know.



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