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When we return from our holiday break, there will be lots of training sessions. One will be on our new webmail. All of your email addresses will be changing and training will be on January 4-5, 2010. At training you will receive information regarding your new email address and password. Although your email account is changing, your other accounts are not affected. This includes your eSIS account. To login to do your grades or attendance, please continue to use your current username and password. Other accounts not affected are fiscal accounts. Again, you will use the same username and password that you are using now. The new email accounts will be accessed on the

Internet by going to this website: It’s important to note

that this web address is HTTPS. Most websites are HTTP. The S at the end signifies that the website is secure. If you leave the “S” off, you will be redirected to the correct webpage. The good news is that you won’t have to setup your email account anymore and you can access it from any computer with Internet access. Another great feature is that you won’t have to import the Wauseon Address Book anymore.

With your new account, the Wauseon addresses will automatically be updated. If you know of a change that hasn’t been made, just contact Lyn Moxim and updates can be made for everyone. You will need to maintain your own personal contacts though. Your new account will also have a calendar feature and a task folder that allows you to track to-do items until they are completed. Videos are available online if you want to see how some of the features work in your new account. Just go online to tech help. http:// /District/TechHelp/ Videos/ TechHelpVideos.htm



Math Nook Math Nook is a website with a collection of great flash based math games. Counting Money is a fun little game from this website. In this game students man a cash register and are given a target number to give change for. This game allows for multiple solutions. For example, if the target is ten cents, students could give a dime, two nickels, or ten pennies. Any of these answers would be considered cor-

rect. Target numbers are given in number and written form (0.10 and ten cents).


ate. Any feedback about this would be appreciated – hopefully you will find it to be a simple and safe method which also allows you to share your activities with fellow teachers. How does it work? Each game requires two categories, each with six linked words. Once you have created a game, you can save the information for future use and share it with others. The aim is to drag links from the categories to the words. When each word

LinkUp is a resource which requires students to link words to categories. The resource works particularly well on an interactive whiteboard as the links can be dragged around the screen. I have also added a feature which allows teachers to save the activities they cre-

How to integrate Math Nook: Counting Money into the classroom: Counting Money would make a great math center on classroom computers. Students can take turns manning the cash register. Keep a class tally of the high score for this game and see how high the students can go. If you have an interactive

Grammar Games Looking for a fun activity to help your students identify the parts of speech? Sheppard’s software has 3 games that students will find a lot more interesting than underlining the verbs on a worksheet. The games include identifying nouns, adjectives and verbs. Check it out at: grammar/verbs.htm



whiteboard, students could take turns returning change. After the student at the board gives the solution, ask students what other coin combinations would have worked to solve the problem. You could also turn Counting Money into a whole class game by splitting your class into teams and keeping score separately. Check out all the activities at:

has been linked, you can check how many of your links are correct. How can I use it? This sorting activity is easy to adapt and customise. Hopefully this will allow it to be of use to many teachers in many different subjects. The ability to save and share activities will hopefully be popular with teachers too. flashFiles/linkUp/ linkUp.html






Big Huge Thesaurus What it is: Big Huge Thesaurus is a must add to your classroom publishing center. The tag line of Big Huge Thesaurus says it all: “synonyms, antonyms, and rhymes (oh my!)�. Big Huge Thesaurus goes beyond other online thesauruses by giving students a wealth of synonyms (for each part of speech), words that sound like the original word, and rhyming words. When students find a word that they are curious about, they can click the link and it will send that word through the Big Huge Thesaurus. How to integrate Big Huge Thesaurus into the classroom: If you have classroom computers, set up a writing/publishing center where students have all

the resources they need to write. Big Huge Thesaurus should be one of those resources. Students can visit the writing center to add richness and interest to their stories, poems, and other writing. This Thesaurus does an excellent job of breaking down words. Use Big Huge Thesaurus on an interactive whiteboard or projector when learning new vocabulary. Type in the vocabulary word and have students construct its meaning using the synonyms that are generated.

Track My T What it is: Track My T is a truly impressive website. Track my T lets students type in the unique lot number on their t-shirt and then go through an amazing interactive journey tracking their t-shirt from its very beginning as a cotton seed on a farm, to every step before they bought it. Students can track their actual t-shirt or choose a random t-shirt to follow. On their journey students will learn about picking cotton, the cotton gin, yarn spinners, textile mills, cut and sew factories, and distribution centers. This is an incredible journey that teaches students the process that goods go through before they end up in the local store. Each stop on the journey includes video,

images, and information about what happens during that part of the t-shirt creation process. In addition, students will learn about and encounter historical figures like Eli Whitney. At the end of the journey students can check out their custom T tag, learn more about the screen printing process, and learn how to reduce their carbon footprint.

whiteboard, as a center activity in the classroom, or individually in the computer lab setting. As a follow up activity, have students put placemarks on a Google Earth map on the location where their t-shirt/pants/shoes were made. This activity could easily be expanded to the geography classroom (perfect for national geography week which is this week!). Students could do additional research about the country where their t-shirt originated from. To expand the activity even more, have students Tweet about their findings, see if they can get a response from someone that lives in that country.

How to integrate Track My T into the classroom: Track My T is an amazing site. From beginning to end your students will be engaged and enthralled with this website. The ability to track their actual t-shirt is really something! Use this activity as a whole class with an interactive

Tips: Be sure to take a look at the

accompanying lesson plan on Track My T. The lesson teaches students all about fair trade.


Online Storybook

What it is: Kids can be the star in these online storybooks with Learn Direct. Students can type in their name and be a character in the book. On each page their are options for customizing the story. Students can adjust pictures and certain sentences in throughout the story. After students have customized the book it can be read online, saved as a pdf or printed out. These fun interactive stories will make reading time fun for your beginning readers (kindergarten through 2nd grade). Learn Direct also features a fun little virtual world where students can play word and reading games. Students have to solve word puzzles to navigate through the world. How to integrate Create Your Own Storybook with Learn Direct into the classroom: These online stories are a lot of fun. The ability to customize them will make them a winner in the classroom. Use the Storybook with an interactive whiteboard and have students take turns customizing the story. Set up the Storybook on classroom computers as a center activity during literacy or reading time. Students can save or print out the books to share with others or take home. The word games in the virtual world would be fun to play and solve as a whole class with the interactive whiteboard or play in pairs on classroom computers as a center. Tips: There are some great tips and resources for parents about reading with their kids on the Learn Direct site. Check out the Scared of Words? page and then pass it on to your parents.

BBC Primary History World War II What it is: The BBC has so many incredible technology resources and websites for students. Not only is there a wealth of information on this site, but it is also targeted at primary students. So much of the time, history websites (especially on WWII) are geared toward older students. This site is very kid friendly in its verbiage, images, and content. This is a great site to explore with your class to learn more about World War II. Students will learn about the world at war, evacuations, wartime homes, food and shopping, the war time efforts, children at war, air raids, daily life, growing up during wartime, and the end of the war. Each section has easy-to-understand information and pictures. Students can also be a historical detective with a World War II time capsule game. The teacher section has an amazing collection of related worksheets, activities, and links that can be used with the site. How to integrate BBC Primary History World War 2 into the classroom: The content presented on this site is impressive. It is easy enough for young students to gain an understand-

ing of World War II. This would be an excellent website to share and explore with your whole class with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Read the facts and discuss the stories together while browsing through the primary resource photographs. Encourage students to imagine what it would have been like to be a student during the war. After you have viewed the site as a class, students can explore more on their own in a computer lab setting or on classroom computers. Allow the students to play the time capsule game to reinforce the skills they are learning. Tips: This site could take several class periods or days to explore. The additional activities are wonderful, students can do everything from exploring a war time shelter to learning about rationing by shopping for a meal in 1943. I so wish that I had learned history this way!! world_war2/