Cyber Monday Feb 28 2012

So every Monday I meet with my elementary teachers and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

The first site I showed was the scale of the universe. This site offers a way for students to help conceptualize the size of the universe with the slide of a button!


The next site I talked about was . Free math help is a site of math tutorials and tools that are aimed at all different age and skill levels!

Scratch! Scratch is a project from MIT that teaches students how to program. There are also several different lesson plans that go along with scratch to help integrate the tool in your classroom. When I was at #oetc12 I learned a lot about scratch and people start integrating scratch at 1st grade and go all the way through 9th grade. You can find scratch at:

You can find lessons here:

While at #oetc12 I also stumbled upon Oak Hills learning blog, here you can find various information about technology integration as well as some ipad apps that they use.

Screencast-o-matic is a free cross platform screen recorder that runs in your web browser (No software install needed!) Screencast-o-matic allows you to record videos or lessons from your computer and upload them directly to Youtube or save them to your computer. You can find screencast-o-matic at

I learn Technology Blog is a website that is frequently updated with new tools to use in the classroom for all ages,

During the session we talked about reflection and how we could get students writing more. is built for kids and teachers to safely blog about what they are doing in the classroom. We also shared 10 reasons you should be blogging in your classroom:

The last site we shared was which is a site of educational app reviews. On this site you can find several apps that are used in educators that have been vetted by students and other educators.






TJ Houston

TJ Houston is the Director of Technology at Shelby City Schools and New London Local Schools for Epiphany Management. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at All of the views on this site are his own.