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KidBlog: How to Lose Your Readers
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Rusty the guide dog explains what not to do when creating a blog post. Topics include using all caps, copying and pasting text from other websites, using poor grammar, and more.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 2
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication, and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 3
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom: Episode 4
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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40 Webtools for the Classroom:  Episode 1
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This series of podcasts will introduce you to some of the best web 2.0 tools you can use in your classroom to foster creativity, communication and collaboration.


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Medieval Times-Entertainment
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        During a study of the Middle Ages, the third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted and talented students at E. R. Dickson Elementary researched elements of Medieval life.  In this podcast, one student took the idea of Music and Entertainment and wrote and performed a song about the steps to becoming a knight.  The song highlights on the life of a Page, Squire, and Knight.    


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Medieval Times- Court Jesters
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During a study of the Middle Ages, the third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted and talented students at E. R. Dickson Elementary researched elements of Medieval life.  In this podcast, two students took the idea of Court Jesters and wrote and performed a comedy routine based on the elements of the time period.  The routine includes sketches on Medieval food, knights, castles, and even Black Death.  The students also wrote Medieval commercials and interjected those into the routine. 


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"What Hath God Wrought": A Brief History of Recorded Sound
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This podcast can be used by either technology teachers or Civics teachers.  Technology teachers can use it to teach the use and possibilities of the new technologies.  The civics teacher can use it to open up discussion on laws and regulations involving those same technologies; as well as the history of recorded music up to today.  The podcast uses hip, cutting edge references to the internet and its associated uses, so kids will "get" it, but it also contains information that parents can use to help them understand their child's use of the internet.


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AVL--Literature Resources from Gale
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In the second of the series, this podcast provides a tutorial on how to use the basic search function in the Literature Resources from Gale database of the Alabama Virtual Library. Items discussed include an overview of the basic search screen, narrowing search results, and using information to create products in the elementary classroom. An example of a project-based assessment is included within the podcast.


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Kids InfoBits--AVL Basic Search
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In the first of the series, this podcast provides a tutorial on how to use the basic search function in the Kids InfoBits database of the Alabama Virtual Library.  Items discussed include an overview of the categories within the database, narrowing search results, and using information to create products in the elementary classroom.  An example of a project-based assessment is included within the podcast.


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Doppler is Warning You!
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This podcast consists of four meteorologists describing Doppler radar.  The first is Ms. Jessica Talley and Ms. Kristina Sumrall from the National Weather Service in Calera, AL.  She describes how Doppler works.  The second is Ms. Stephanie Walker of Alabama's13 (NBC).  She is a broadcast meteorologists and tells how she uses Doppler to inform the public about upcoming weather.  Finally, James Spann from ABC3340 tells about tornadoes and how they look on Doppler radar.


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Giggle Poetry aka Clerihew Poetry
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This podcast was created by using students' Clerihew poems they created. It reinforces what they learned about the guidelines of Clerihew poetry, gives examples and illustrations of their poems, then reviews the audience on what they have seen and learned from viewing this podcast. This podcast can be used as a way of teaching Clerihew poetry, as well as an example of what the teacher expects of the students at the end of the lesson plan on Clerihew Poetry.


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Enhancing Your Classroom with 21st Century Tools
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Why should teachers integrate technology in the classroom and how can it be done? If these are questions that you have then this video is for you! This podcast was created to inspire educators to utilize 21st century education to create lifelong learners for the 21st century.


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What is a Blog?
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This animated video from BrainPOP explores the idea of blogging (what is a blog? a blogger? how does someone publish a blog?) The high production value makes for an engaging video; there are also links to related activities, lesson plans, and a quiz. *This video is free and can be viewed without setting up an account.

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