Monthly Archives: June 2009

Top 5 Blog Posts for the Month

June09These blog posts on The Wired Classroom had the most traffic during the last 30 days:

  • SMART Board Classes
  • June 09 Global Nomads Group Videoconferences
  • Motivate Students with Activboard Lessons
  • Teaching Higher Order Thinking Skills in Elementary Classrooms with Spreadsheets
  • iPhone and iPod Touch in classrooms

Come find out what Office 2007 is all about!

wordToday Ellinder Murray is teaching Using MS Word in the Classroom in CSD’s tele. This week, she also shows participants Using MS Excel in the Classroom and Using MS PowerPoint in the Classroom.

On Tuesday, participants will learn the basics of creating a spreadsheet, making a chart from data, formatting a spreadsheet and printing all or parts of it. They will also learn how to design spreadsheet assignmEllinder Murrayents for students that require them to enter data, apply formulas, and graph and chart their data, such as graphing probability from coin tosses. On Wednesday, class attendees will understand the basics of PowerPoint then learn how to design student PowerPoint assignments that require higher order thinking skills, such as a poetry analysis presentation, and examine assessment methods that will help teachers’ grade these student assignments.

New Videoconferences from Camden Children’s Garden

Flickr Creative Commons - orangeacidCamden Children’s Garden has three new programs in their videoconference catalog. My schools enjoy their distance learning sessions a great deal, so I’m excited to share with them these new offerings!

A Leaf of a Different Color
Why do leaves change color in the fall? Follow a leaf from beneath the bud in winter to a much pile the following fall. For grades 1-4; available by request.

Air Pollution: Inside My House
When we think of air pollution, we usually think of the air outside our homes or buildings, but experts claim that indoor air pollution can be 5 times greater than outdoor air pollution. Explore the many sources of indoor air pollution, their health consequences, plus more. For grades 3-6 as well as library patrons; available by request.

DNA typing
How can the police discover which suspect is guilty of the crime committed with just a sample of saliva? Learn about DNA and how it can be used in forensic science. For grades 7-12 as well as library patrons; available by request.

SMART Board Classes

SB ClassToday class attendees learned how the SMART Board combines the look and feel of a whiteboard with the power and applications of a computer, so users can save and print notes, collaborate on electronic documents, share information and run multimedia materials. Stacey had a full class- 16 people- who learned SMART Board basics.

The next Transforming Learning with a SMARTBoard class is July 10 at Cooperating School Districts. For more information, including times, cost, and registration, please visit the tele website,

interactive 360 degree panoramas

If your travel plans this summer sadly are not taking you to The Great Wall of China or Machu Picchu, you’ll want to check out this website:


The New 7 Wonders of the World were announced at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on July 7, 2007. They were elected by more than 100 million votes to represent global heritage throughout history.

At this website, you can view all New  7 Wonders in 360 degree interactive panoramas from internationally known photographers! The images are pretty amazing. I enjoyed taking a brief trip around the globe- hope you do, too.