Author Archives: Joe Dixon

SAFARI Montage

4 Ways SAFARI Montage Supports Common Core

The Common Core State Standards offer educators an opportunity to rethink and refocus the ways in which they facilitate learning in and out of the classroom. Schools and districts using SAFARI Montage can leverage the platform in several ways to support and deepen the implementation of the Common Core.

  1. Access to high quality content that
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A Back to School Message from Dr. King, NYS Education Commissioner

Last week Dr. John King, New York State Education Commissioner left a back to school message on the newly created EngageNY website. We invite you to watch Dr. King’s Back to School message and share your thoughts.

Dr. King’s message focuses on the following themes:

  • Educational Change
  • What and how we learn
  • How New
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Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton and Mythology

Edith Hamilton, born August 12, 1867 was most famous for her vivid expressions of Greek mythology and literature.   She has been recognized as the “Greatest Woman Classicist” gaining instant success with her first publication, The Greek Way, published in 1930. In addition, Mythology, published in 1942 has remained the premier introductory text … Read more

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Machu Picchu

The 100th Anniversary of Machu Picchu

This week marks the 100th year anniversary of Machu Picchu. The rediscovery of the “Old Peak” was made by an American historian, Hiram Bingham. His search of the hidden Incan city in the Urubama jungle began with rumors of a forgotten city nestled high in the Andes, covered in vegetation. A place that the Spaniards … Read more

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Moon Over Manifest

Association for Library Service to Children

The Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Each year, since 1922, the Association chooses one author who is believed to have made the most notable contribution to American Literature for children. The first award was given in 1922, to Hendrik Willem van Loonfor for his … Read more

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Forvo

All the Words in the World. Pronounced.

Want to make the words in your SMART Notebook file talk? Forvo is a great online resource that acts as a pronouncing dictionary. Words and names are recorded and pronounced for you to listen to and download as MP3s.

With 800,000 words in over 260 languages pronounced, you’ll be sure to find the word you’re … Read more

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by many cities across the United States and throughout Mexico.  The day is meant to be more than just mariachi music, chips and salsa, and a reason to socialize.  It is meant to celebrate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

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Won’t you join us for a QWIKI?

So, you may be asking yourself, “What is a QWIKI and will you still respect me when its over” . . . ok enough of the double entendre. QWIKI (http://www.qwiki.com) is an amazingly slick information tool and this will be the 1st in a series of posts on how you can use your SMART Board … Read more

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Using the SMART Board to Address AAC, Language, & Literacy in the Classroom

Join Dr. Carol Goossens and  Patricia Snyder, MA CCC/SLP, on Dec 2nd at Abilities! SMEAL Learning Center, as they demonstrate six creative ways an SLP and teacher can collaborate using SMART Board Interactive Whitboard to conduct differentiated, group intervention within the classroom setting.

Learn how to use the SMART Board to provide your students with symbol-supported … Read more

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Turn your SMART Board into ELECTION CENTER 2010

Here are a few data visualization tools that you could use to create your own classroom Election Center (of course you will need to find your own snazzy theme music). The following interfaces when coupled with the Transparent Background option of the SMART Notebook software can help to create fun interactive election analysis centers that … Read more

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