Educational Technology Online Newsletters
Issue: March 2010 Murray County School District Technology Department
Table of Contents:
Click on the topic of your choice Techno News
*Monthly Themed Resources* OAS/CRCT Administrators
Each school has a designated person to
handle “administrator” issues in
OAS/CRCT such as adding, deleting,
March Themes St. Patrick’s Day transferring.
Pete’s Power Points Famous People OAS User-Guides and School Codes
Spotlight Website Virtual Field Trip
Win an ACTIVboard or ACTIVotes
*Core Subject Areas * 1. Create a 2-5 minute video in one
2. Submit your videos by March 15, 2010.
3. Vote for your favorite video March 22-31,
Language Arts Reading
Winners announced April 2, 2010.
First 10 Entries Receive an ActiView Visual
To learn more, click HERE
*Non-Core Subject Areas*
It Doesn’t Take the Luck o’ the Irish
to Find Great Resources!
Foreign Language ELL
Music Art Here’s Your Technology Pot o’ Gold!
P.E./Health Excel St. Patrick’s Day – Concentration Game
ESS Life Skills St. Patrick’s Day Links – Arts and crafts,
informational sites, and other links to teach
about the customs and history of St.
Pete’s PowerPoint Station
Learn About St. Patrick’s Day – This website
has links to a variety of printables, puzzles,
games, songs and other activities. March St. Patrick’s
How Chicago Dyes Its River Green – Photo
Tour - Every year Chicago dyes the Chicago Ireland
River green in celebration of St. Patrick's
Day. See how they do it in this step-by-step
photo tour. Spring Ladybugs
Talking Book about Ireland – Created by a
6th Grade Class
Youth Art Music Through
Interactive Game about Irish Symbols the Ages
St. Patrick’s Day History Nutrition
National Youth Art Month Month Food
Crayola – Activities for YAM Women’s Pyramid
SMARTS – Bring Back the Arts Suffrage
MIOSM - Music In Our Schools Month
MIOSM Activity Ideas Butterflies
KidSites – Links to Music Activities Kites Insects
Dr. Seuss – Read Across America
Ladybug Leaf – Program a ladybug to hide behind Famous People Born in March
Ladybug Mazes – Program a ladybug to move Mar. 2 - Dr. Seuss , Theodore Geisel (1904)
through a maze. Mar. 3 - Alexander Graham Bell (1847)
Caterpillar/Butterfly Mar. 5 - Mem Fox (1946)
Mar. 6 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806)
Iditerod Mar. 10 - Jack Kent (1920)
Iditerod Resources – Scroll down to Special Class Mar. 11 - Ezra Jack Keats (1916)
Projects and find several great links pertaining to Mar. 12 - Virginia Hamilton (1936)
the race. Mar. 14 - Albert Einstein (1879)
More Iditerod Lesson ideas, other activities and Mar. 20 - Lois Lowry (1937)
links Mar. 21 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685)
Mar. 24 - Harry Houdini (1874)
Check out Vickie Blackwell’s March Days page for Mar. 30 - Vincent van Gogh (1853)
more great ideas.
Debbie’s Unit Factory - March
Subject Area Sites
Spotlight Website of the Month
Simply Box – Listed in the Top 25 Websites for Language Arts
Teaching and Learning by the American
Association of School Librarians, this tool enables Writing Fix – This website offers interactive
teachers and students to collaborate and research writing prompts, lessons and other resources for
in a quick and very organized way. Click on the the writing classroom.
Simply Box Overview/ Introduction video link for a
quick demonstration. Proofreading Makes Perfect – Older students
can learn how to proofread by correcting
sentences in this game. Click on "Check
Answer" to get an immediate response on
whether or not you are correct.
Noun Dunk – This fun basketball game for kids
Virtual Field Trips has them choose whether the word on the
basketball is a common noun, proper noun, or
St. Patrick’s Day not a noun at all. Sink the basket with the correct
choice to gain points.
Marching into Spring
Extreme Sentence Surgeon – Students can earn
European Virtual Field Trip – First stop...Ireland a PhD in extreme sentence surgery by saving
the lives of injured paragraphs.
Iditarod Scavenger Hunt by Byrel Adams (MS
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Literature Learning Ladders – “Encouraging
Who's Theodor Seuss Geisel? active reading through book-technology
Dr Suess connections”
Learning about Authors and Illustrators – This
Science excellent resource contains links to information
about hundreds of authors and illustrators.
Science NetLinks – This website provides
numerous resources for K-12 science educators, Dr. Seuss Online Games
all of which have been reviewed by scientists and
Ology – The American Museum of Natural History
provides this site to teach elementary students
about various “ologies” in science. Topics include
marine biology, archaeology, paleontology,
biodiversity, and astronomy.
Physics Central – Students are invited to learn
how the world works. Topics include: Space,
Light, Sound, Matter, and more.
Insect Generator – Mix and match insect body
Social Studies Speed Math – Answer as many math facts as
possible in three minutes. Custom Speed Math -
The Valley of the Shadow – This website is an The same as Speed Math, but students can
archive of thousands of primary sources for the select the table(s) to be included in the game.
time before, during, and after the Civil War for
Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Half Court Rounding – Shoot three-pointers,
Pennsylvania. Students can explore history two-pointers, and one-pointers by rounding
through newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, numbers in this fast-paced basketball game.
maps, church and military records, as well as
census information. Math.com – The World of Math Online. Topics
range from Basic Math to Calculus. Students
Conquer the Continents – Students identify as from different skill levels can find something of
many nations as possible in one minute by interest. Features include Homework Help,
clicking on them when their names appear. Practice, Calculators and Tools, and Games.
Conquer the States – Same as above except
students identify states. Visual Fractions – This website features a
tutorial that models fractions with number lines
Timeline – Students rearrange the events in or circles.
history to their correct places on the timeline by
dragging and dropping. Players can choose
between U.S. and World History.
Foreign Language Animal Doc – Students can learn what it’s like to
be a vet at this website developed by the
Spanish for Kids College of Veterinary Medicine at the University
Verbix – Spanish Verb Conjugator
Career Aisle (K-5) – Career Aisle (6-8) – This
Spanish Placement Exam website has links to interactive sites,
simulations, image collections, virtual field trips
and streaming video for exploring several career
Agenda Web – Hundreds of free English Next Steps – High school students can view
exercises to learn grammar and vocabulary. videos about different professions. The website
Features include songs and videos, translators has other features as well, such as this
and a dictionary. Worksheets and handouts are alphabetical links listing careers.
Materials for Teaching and Learning English
Online – This website offers several areas of Computer Skills Jeopardy
interest for learning English: business, currency,
religion, law, sports, military, politics, math, etc. TextED – Students can learn about using
Quizzes, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and technology respectfully and what to do when
spelling are just a few of the features. someone crosses the line. Teachers can access
lessons plans and a teacher guide to teach safe
texting practices, as well as information about a
class project contest.
Music Physical Education/Health
TeachPE.com – Free resources on a number of
Music Tech Teacher – Mrs. K. Garrett has sports topics. Features include interactive
provided over 130 quizzes, puzzles and games quizzes, exercises, sports psychology, training,
about music. Students can learn the names of fitness, and anatomy and physiology.
music notes, rhythms, and terms in addition to
famous musicians and composers. Top Ten Websites for P.E. and Health Education
– This list of resources was compiled for
Free Online Practice Record – This is a free enhancing the teaching of P.E. and Health.
website that encourages students to practice by
keeping track of their daily practice time, the Leichtathletik Animationen: This German
music they practice, and questions or comments website provides online animations to help teach
for the student and/or teacher. athletic techniques. Subjects covered include
sprint, long jump, high jump, triple jump,
steeplechase, pole vault, relay, hurdles,
hammer, discus, shotput and javelin. It is not in
English but this does not matter as it uses
pictures rather than words to communicate its
Gifted Resource Council – Several links are message.
provided on this web page for creative students.
KidStuff – This web page offers a list of links for
numerous challenging activities on many topics. Art
MENSA Resources for Parents of Gifted Children Doodle 4 Google – Enter your most creative
students’ artwork in this contest for the Google
Exceptional Student Services Doodle. Deadline for registration is in March.
100 Useful Tools for Special Needs Students and Walker Art Center’s Educational Activities –
Educators - This list of 100 useful tools can help Over 70 activities and units are available on this
anyone with a learning disability like ADHD, website, organized by grade and by subject.
dyslexia or test anxiety, as well as students with Click grade level to view list of activities.
visual or hearing impairments, use the Internet
and other technology systems to help them with The Color.com – Students can learn the names
reading, math, organization, social skills, and of 192 colors while using this online coloring
General Art Teaching Ideas – Suggestions for 2-
Life Skills D and 3-D art activities are listed on this web
page. For more ideas, click on the links at the
Hands on Banking – Instructional resources about top.
finances are available for these levels: Kids,
Teens, Young Adults, and Adults.
Practical Money Skills – Activities for teaching
financial skills. eduTONS Archived
Social Skills Interactive Sites – (K-5) Click here to find Previous eduTONS
Several topics are included, such as bullying, self- Newsletters
esteem, stress, communication, etc.