Worth taking a look..and joining an amazing community of educators–Digitalis

DigitalIs ….sponsored by the National Writing Project, is a current favorite to visit and I have also joined (free, of course!) and will likely contribute, as well. Every resource, collection, reflection, story, inquiry, is of highest quality, as can be expected from the NWP. I encourage you to visit and look around. I am certain you will find something of tremendous value to support your own digital footsteps.


 The NWP Digital Is website is an emerging and open knowledge base created and curated by its community of members. We gather resources, collections, reflections, inquiries, and stories about what it means to learn and teach writing in our increasingly digital and interconnected world.

With a particular focus on digital literacy and Connected Learning, NWP Digital Is invites all educators (in/out of school, across all levels and disciplines, modes and modalities!) to join and share work, reflections and practices. (digitalis.nwp.org)

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Annenberg Learner

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Annenberg Learner

Teachers—if you are not already familiar with the Annenberg Learner site–I urge you to go and visit. FREE to all, the site offers extensive opportunities for teacher professional development across the curriculum–K-adult!

Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. It is part of The Annenberg Foundation and advances the Foundation’s goal of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

Annenberg Learner’s multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Learner videos exemplify excellent teaching.

The Journey North program alone is worth the visit. Journey North, each year, tracks butterflies and other species that migrate.

WebCams are also captivating–the baby seal webcam is very cool.

Enough said–you need not be a teacher at all to browse and be inspired.

If you are a teacher, you have hours and hours of opportunity for professional development with the workshop videos and lessons featuring top teachers across the United Staes, and across every curriculum area.

Check it out!

Tagxedo fun…

Tagxedo is a website where you can turn your words into shape clouds–kind of like wordle. You can post your creations to facebook and other social media, also.

You write, and then load your words, choose a shape and colors and fonts and Voila! you’re a writer and an artiste!

Here’s a shape of mine from the words that I loaded below:

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pale gray rainy day

trees sway on stilts

eerie vision outside my window

cooper’s hawk alights in river birch

scaring away the only bright spot

the red cardinal at the feeder

Do you know TED???

TED is a wealth of information on, well, just about anything that you can imagine. Used by everyday folks, corporations, educators, and more–it’s a place to, as TED says “Dig Deeper” and learn more about…whatever!

The Ted blog offers many avenues for exploration. I captured the link below on TedEd, one of the newest paths for discovery.

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…click on the words above–they will take you to youtube where you will have the option of watching the full episode on TedEd.

Ted is awesome, as you probably already know. You could enter the TED website and just never emerge—so much to learn! Now there is TedEd. Registering is FREE as with all of the Ted site. The example above is kind of a fascinating way to consider our strange spellings of words. How could you use this with your students? Check out the thousands of ideas that Ted has awaiting your discovery.

OneTrueMedia–About Me

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I created this 30 second digital post to introduce you to me–as an example of how quick and easy it is to share digital stories. The 30 seconds was a slight limitation as I could have added more—but it would be long enough for students. What a great way to share a poem. And, it is free–to have more than 30 seconds, you need to upgrade. But, this is typical for many, if not most, of the digital tools sites.