9/11 Resources from Discovery Education


Dear Teachers,

This year marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001.  Education is key to understanding and Discovery Education is proud to support your efforts to share these historic events with your students.

This year, we celebrate the courage of one nation, four communities, and the thousands of individuals affected. We will also highlight the innovations, rebuilding, and resurgence that have ascended in the aftermath.

Visit DiscoveryEducation.com/911 to access our exclusive September 11th educational content and offerings:

  • Comprehensive lesson plans, discussion guides, and curricular content to accompany live webcast events from communities most impacted by September 11th.  These events will be streamed to schools nationwide and available online.
  • A robust 9/11 Theme Page will be available to Discovery Education subscribers featuring curricular content aligned to grade level and episodes from Discovery Channel’s RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO.

We are proud to provide these exclusive learning opportunities as you go beyond the walls of your classroom in remembrance of September 11th, 2001.


Discovery Education


Pinterest – a web based bulletin board

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Check out


This is a great site to collect pictures from the web onto a “bulletin board”.  It would be a great way for students to give a pictorial presentation about a topic or a book report.  There’s no need copy and paste.  There’s no need to worry about copyright because the link “pins” with the picture.

Check out my bulletin board on Picture to Promote Reading.


Two Cool Sites: Sidevibe & Socrative

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Thanks to my great personal learning network, I recently came across these two web tools that I feel are an awesome addition to any classroom today.

First, let’s check out Sidevibe…


Our team of teachers and designers focused on creating the next-generation model for Web based teaching tools. Your focus is teaching and you need to include manageable student Web experiences in your classroom.

SideVibe has revolutionized the classroom handout model by putting it online and delivering it with a world class, data base powered solution.

Now you can take your students to any destination on the Web, interact with them, guide them, collect and assess their work seamlessly.

Let us show you how SideVibe can simplify the Web and save you time.

Learn more: http://www.sidevibe.com/howto

Check out their demo video:

Now, let’s take a look at Socrative.com


Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Learn more: http://www.socrative.com/how-it-works.php

Check out their demo video:

Socrative introduction video (new) from Socrative Inc. on Vimeo.

If you’d like to try either (or both) of these out and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask!

The Teaching Channel

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Check out this GREAT website full of instructional videos of best practices in the art of teaching.


From their website..

At Teaching Channel we believe what makes teachers inspiring is how they became experts — the hours and years they’ve dedicated to improving their craft to benefit their students. Our mission is to capture their technique on video so that all teachers — new or seasoned — have a place to find inspiration. Of course you could just lean back and admire great stories, but we also provide tools to take a few notes, trade ideas, and even build your own personal workspace. And because we know teaching is not one-size-fits-all, we tailored our technology so you can find what works best for you.

These are two of the videos you can find there, more motivational than instructional… but great nonetheless, and a bit of inspiration to get you started in the new school year!

What Do Teachers Make?

Miracle Workers

Good luck as you start your school year!

WSD Online Resource Changes

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Welcome back everyone!

As summer winds down and our thoughts return to our classrooms, I wanted to update you on some of the changes that have occurred with a few of the online resources.  Take some time now, before the school year begins, to check out the changes.  Read on to find out what has changed and what’s new!

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The eToolbox’s left menu has been considerably shortened.  When you visit the eToolbox, you will now see buttons on the left for the different headings of links.  Click on each button to access the listing of tools, resources, and links that used to all exist on the left menu.  Hopefully this is a welcome change and it helps you navigate the eToolbox more efficiently.  Suggestions are always welcome!

By the way .. If you see big areas of whitespace on the eToolBox, those are embedded YouTube videos.  To view the videos, open YouTube in another window/tab, click proceed on the Barracuda screen, and then reload the eToolBox page.


Although the Ning hasn’t changed much at all, I wanted to  re-iterate the purposes of the Ning and its uses.  

  • The Ning is here for us to collaborate and communicate with each other outside of email.  It is essentially Facebook for WSD.
  • You can post photos and videos, write blog posts, participate in online discussions, and more.
  • There are groups for every school and every grade level (elem) or department (secondary). Some schools are making great use of the Ning for storing documents for the faculty and using their group for online discussions during in-service time.
  • The Trojan’s List Group is used for the buying and selling of just about anything.
  • The Opportunities Discussion Forum is used for posting professional development opportunities, webinars, technology trainings, and so forth.  Be sure to check it out often!
  • The Events calendar lists upcoming events and new events can be added by anyone.  Feel free to add your own events too!
  • Quick Links on every page to the websites you need the most as a teacher in WSD.

So, be sure to check back to the Ning frequently, start a discussion forum, write a blog post sharing something with your colleagues, communicate, collaborate, and learn!

NEW WSD Professional Development Blog 

Check out the announcement below this one to learn more, but there is a new blog that will be updated by the WSD Instructional Coaches.  Check it out at https://wsdpd.wordpress.com


No changes to the Moodle, but just a few reminders for those of you who are using and/or would like to:

  • To have a new course created for you, email me (dkrause@wsdweb.org) the name of the course.
  • If you are no longer teaching a course that you used in the past, please email me to either delete or hide the course.  We only want current courses visible to the students.
  • Parents only have access to the Moodle through their child’s login.  There are no parent or guest accounts in the WSD Moodle.
  • All courses should have an enrollment key set on them and they should be blocked from access to anyone who does not have that key.  If you are unsure how to do that, please just email me.

Thanks and remember, if you have any questions at all about our online resources here at WSD, please just ask!!


FREE PD opportunity

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Check out this SaturdaySeminar_001  You’ll need to click on Coming Events at the left side of the page.

Writing PD opportunity at West Chester on September 10, 2011.


11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year

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From one of my very favorite Blogs to read, “Free Technology for Teachers“, comes this great list of tools for integrating some more technology in your classes….

“The new school year is here for many teachers. For those who haven’t started school yet, the new school year will be here soon. If you’ve set the goal of trying something new in your classroom this year (shouldn’t that always be one of our goals), here are eleven techy things teachers should try this year.”

Click HERE to visit the original blog post and find out the 11 things!

Enjoy and please let me know if you’d like to try some of these things but are not sure where to get started!


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