Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Voicethreads and Art Sites

This week has been a great week. Due to TAKS testing, I have been kicked off my campus. (My office is used for one-on-one test administration.) I have been working with my team at our technology office. I love working with my group. They are fun people to be around, and great at what they do. They have the best ideas, the best tips, and they are just downright fun people. I am teaching a class this summer over Voicethreads with a partner. We have been developing our 1/2 day course and this is what we have:

Please feel free to comment or add to our voicethreads.

One of my team members had a list of art websites. She received this list from Terry, one of the talented ladies at WorknSmartr . I haven't checked these out but they look pretty good:

Have a great, productive week!

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Sweet Post for Friday

Normally I do not post anything on Fridays. I am usually pretty busy and just don't have any time. Today was birthday day at work and we had two FABULOUS desserts. I had to share the recipes:


1 box chocolate cake mix
1 c. Kahlua (or chocolate or caramel syrup?)
4 boxes prepared chocolate mousse instant pudding (don't know if they still make this)
4 Skor (Heath) bars, broken up
2 med. size tubs Cool Whip

Bake cake in a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish. When cooled, poke with a fork. Pour kahlua over to saturate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Assemble in trifle bowl. In a 3 1/2 quart trifle bowl layer ingredients. First, half the cake, broken into chunks. Second, half the pudding mousse. Third, half the candy pieces. Top with half the Cool Whip. Repeat layering and top with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate until serving. Serves: 8 to 12 people.

The Paul Newman Chocolate Cake 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix (or use your favorite recipe)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened and condensed Milk
1 jar (16 oz) Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch Caramel (or make your own)
1 container Cool Whip (or whipped cream)
4 (1.5 oz) Heath Candy Bar, crushed (or your favorite topping)

Bake cake according to box directions, using a 9" x 13" pan. While cake is still hot, poke holes from top through to the bottom using the handle of a wooden spoon. Pour condensed milk over the top and let soak in. Pour caramel over the top. Let cool completely. Spread whipped topping over the entire cake. Sprinkle crushed candy over the top.

After that, @mguhlin shared this site that is full of graphic organizers for specific teaching strategies. Make sure you print out the graphic organizer that is suggested. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Books and Brainstorming

I attended another great session via webinar with Monica Martinez at TCEA. It was a lunch and learned session all about ebooks. She mentioned several sites in which to download ebooks:


I also remembered two sites that are great for audio books:

Storyjumper is another neat site that let's you create and publish your own children's book. Lulu also lets you publish as well.

After watching the #140CONF, I had so many ideas...The first one is using Spaaze. It is similar to Wallwisher but different. You can move the screen around and attach actual files instead of just web links. One downside is that you have to sign up to use it, but teachers can get around that.

Today, I received an amazing idea from @kevinhoneycutt. He uses Plurk. While I am still learning how to use Plurk, I can tell you that I am already a huge fan.

Two new tools you can utilize for brainstorming are Mind42 and Chogger. I came across this very informative map of Web 2.0 tools today on Mind42.

Have fun exploring these sites!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Better late than Never...

Ok, I just discovered TED talks. I know, I know...I am behind the times. If you need inspiration, TED talks will fill that need. There is also an application short cut that runs using Silverlight that you can have on your desktop.

Another "idea worth speading" is Awesome Highlighter. I really like Diigo and the ability to annotate and bookmark however, anything categorized as social bookmarking is blocked by our school filer. Awesome Highlighter allows students to highlight anything on the webpage they are viewing, and has the option to email the highlighted material or copy it to the clipboard.

CNN Student News is GREAT! Everyday, CNN has a 10 minute news program for students 8th grade and up (although I bet 5th and 6th grade could follow along). There are lessons, transcripts, and you can even preview the next broadcast. I see so many possibilities for this in class. You could tie the current events to journal writing, discussion, or a great way to conclude class on those days you might finish a little sooner than expected.

Lastly, I came across Google Earth 101 for Educators. While I am still new to Google Earth, this site provides much needed step-by-step for learning such a complex program. I also like the information available on the left side under "main sections", such as Geo-caching for Educators.

On a personal note, I have decided to apply to graduate school through Tarleton State University. I hope I can do has been seven years (and two kids) since I have been enrolled in school. Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Integrating Digital Tools in the Classroom

A while back, I attended a great session at ESC Region 12 called "Integrating Digital tools in the Classroom". The ladies at WorknSmartr did a great job as usual. But, as usual, I came back with many sites that are blocked by our filter. After a few hours, I have a few sites accessible for our teachers categorized by purpose. You can find those sites here. If you have any others, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message via Twitter: @lisamonthie

Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, April 12, 2010


This Month's Tech Tips

I really like Voicethread. There are so many uses I can imagine for it. Here is the email I sent to my faculty. If anyone would like to comment on my VT, feel free. I would love to show how it works....

I have created a Voicethread for you to watch over this month's tech tips. You can find it at this link:
If you do not have time to watch the Voicethread, you can access the sites from the links below.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or would like help incorporating these sites into your lessons.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


This glog was found at and created by @artysteph26. Thanks for the great glog!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Movement...

Thank you @web20classroom for putting this video on your blog.....

Search Engines and Web 2.0 Tools

Thanks to @cheryltice for these great resources from her wiki. Cheryl has a page called "Quick Tech Tips" and there you will find the slideshow "Thirty-six Interesting Ways to Use Search Engines in the classroom". I have listed my favorite four search engines that provide students with a visual representation of their results (in no specific order):

1. Tag Galaxy - I must put a warning label on this tool. It is addicting!!! I spent 15 minutes this morning playing with it.

2. Search Cube - While a little tricky to use, the results include videos and images.

3. Eyeplorer - I think this would be a great tool to use for brainstorming a research paper or assignment.

4. 10x10 - This is all current events. I love the fact that you can choose a different date and time (after 2004) and look at the current events for that day. What a neat addition to your "Today in History" updates...

Through my Diigo updates, I came across this site called "Paul's E-learning Resources". I LOVE THIS SITE! There are so many Web 2.0 tools here, all on ONE page, and categorized by purpose. It is easy to use and completely FREE. I love the way this page is neat and organized. Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

iPad Webinar

I still have mixed feelings about the iPad. I participated today in TCEA's webinar "What can you do with an iPad?" The following are some notes I took from Lori Gracey, the presenter. I think it will be exciting for students but I am uncertain about transforming or revolutionizing education. Lori made some excellent points regarding education. If we do not change out teaching styles, this piece of equipment is nothing more than a shiny toy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Podcasting Basics

I forgot to mention this in the previous post. I attended a SUPER session at ESC Region12 over podcasting. Here is a link to the session and its handouts. I created a podcast as well. It's all about using a clothes line. I think it's quite comical.

Need lessons?

Or maybe some fresh ideas??? I have been helping teachers lately revamp lessons. Some I make suggestions utilizing technology and others I have been looking just for some new ideas. I have utilized the following sites:

1. AppleEngine - I really like this site for its ease of use. It utilizes Google search engine and sorts the results based on type (lesson, printable, game, etc).

2. Teacher Zone - I don't like the fact that you have to sign up to use this site...but, it is free and the videos are quite good.

3. Thinkfinity - I love Thinkfinity! I really like the fact that for the "Resource Type" you can search for "Interactives" to use with your lesson. The lessons are great and aligned with standards.

4. Teacher's Domain - I like this site because of the digital media. Most lessons have images or complete downloadable videos.

5. Cybraryman's Educational Websites - If you haven't checked out Cybraryman yet, you should. He has so many resources and great interactive sites.

6. NeoK12 - This site is full of good stuff. Videos, lessons, and games are all in one easy to use site.

On a personal note, I am finally feeling settled in the new place. Today, my husband started my garden. I call him "Farmer Mark" (see above photo)I cannot wait until this weekend when the boys and I get to roll up our sleeves and get dirty. Have a great week!