Google’s The Peanut Gallery

The Peanut Gallery has to be accessed using the Chrome browser. First, you choose from a gallery of old black and white silent film clips. Then, you add the silent movie placards that go between scenes with the words on them by speaking into your microphone. This site is very easy to use and it gives you a link to be able to share it with others.

The Peanut Gallery

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Digital Citizenship Week – Oct. 19-25

digcitweek-graphic-2October is actually Connected Educator Month, follow #CE14 on Twitter, and you can easily participate and get your students involved. The week of October 19-24, 2014 is Digital Citizenship Week for K-12 students, teachers, and families. Common Sense Media has all the resources and ideas you need to teach students how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsively online.

For the family, they have printable Tip Sheets and Media Agreements that can help keep balance between online and offline time.

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Google Classroom

Google has just released an exciting new tool, Google Classroom. It is still in beta but shows great promise. It allows you to create assignments, share documents and much more. This is a very good, step-by-step guide on how it works:

Google Classroom Guide 

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Make your own informative, animated map or enjoy watching the maps made by others. You do not need an account to watch, but you do need an account to save your own.  To create an account all you need is to put in your email address and make up a new password. Do not give them your email password. Try watching the Voyage of the Clove to get a great idea of how this works.


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Six Virtual Field Trips to Give Lesson Plans a Boost by Allie Gross

Are you looking for a virtual field trip for your classroom? One or all of these may just fill the bill.

Six Virtual Field Trips to Give Lesson Plans a Boost

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Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom by Stacy Hurst

This is an excellent article with an infographic to help you remember the seven steps. We all want our students to be more engaged in our classrooms. These are easy steps to incorporate into your instruction to increase your student engagement.

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

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Fund for Teachers

The grant application for the 2015 summer will be available October 1, 2014. Last year 19 Alabama teachers from 14 different schools were awarded grants. You can go here, , to see all the different things that were funded last year. You can apply for the grants as an individual or as a team.

Fund for Teachers


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Shelby County has made using Google with your students MUCH easier! We have purchased a program that works with Google Apps for Education, named Hapara. This program allows teachers to not only view their students work in their Google drive, but makes it super easy to add or share  something with the entire class, small groups, or individually. We have a page on this blog with several tutorial videos about Hapara and how it works. Near the top of the blog, click on the word Google and then choose Hapara. If you would like more information OR if you would like to learn about training opportunities, contact your school’s technology resource teacher.

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Primary Sources and More on

From the National History Education Clearinghouse, Teaching History provides primary source sets and social studies resources that are designed for classroom use.  You’ll find teaching guides, lesson plans, and much more on…

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Grammar Bytes

Learning grammar is easy and fun on this site full of practice exercises, video lesson, presentations, and quizzes.

Grammar Bytes

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