Thursday, February 14, 2013

Podcasts for Teachers

Here is a great link for 20 Podcasts for busy teachers. 

Check them out!

QR Code Presentation from METC

Tuesday and Wednesday I had the pleasure of presenting at the METC Conference in St. Charles. I love sharing ideas with fellow teachers. I always feel so rejuvenated after attending a conference. Below is some information I shared for using QR Codes in the classroom. Happy Coding!!!


QR Code Information

QR Generators

QR Shortners

QR Readers

Desktop QR Reader

Mobile Reader

Monday, February 11, 2013


How do you bring a book report into the 21st century?? You podcast it!

My students will be making podcast that we will turn into QR Codes and then attach to the inside of books so other students can listen to a quick blurb about the book.

Each podcast is to be between 2-4 minutes. Students are to give the.....
1. Title
2. Author
3. Characters
4. A brief explanation about the problem in the story.

I am letting the students pick their podcasting software but some of the examples I have shown them are...

1. Audioboo
2. Audacity
3. I Said What
4. Garage Band
5. Voice Memo

Examples will be posted soon!!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2013 Newbery Winner

The 2013 Newbery Medal Winning book is......

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

2013-2014 Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominees - Missouri Association of School Librarians



 Each year, Missouri schoolchildren in grades 4-8 vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. The Mark Twain Award is awarded to the author of this book by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

The link below is the preliminary list of nominated books for the 2013-2014 school year. Happy Reading!!



2013-2014 Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominees - Missouri Association of School Librarians

Homophone Challenge

I don't know about you but my 6th and 7th graders still struggle with homophones. In order to help them we do a Weekly Homophone Challenge. Here is how it works....

Every Monday I post a Homophone Challenge into their EDMODO accounts. The students have until Friday morning to respond to the challenge. 


Their responses must be in complete, grammatically correct sentences. Students have a lot of fun with these because they don't see it like work. They see it more as a puzzle to solve. 


Below are some examples of the Homophone Challenges I have used with them. Let me know if you need more!!!


What do you call a large animal with thick fur but no clothes on?


If you don’t listen over there, where should you listen?


 How does Moose begin a letter to his cousin??