Don’t Overlook the Obvious

With all of the many different resources out there for lesson plans and lesson plan ideas. It seems that I have found myself and other colleagues searching every source but those that seem obvious to check, like  the Library of Congress. After visiting their website last night I knew that I just had to blog about this resource. Like you would expect there are some excellent resources and lesson plans to be found on the teachers page of their website. The teacher page contains everything from lesson plans to professional development resources. What I found most impressive was the amount of primary resources you can find to use in your classroom.  While I have used this site in the past it just seems as though I lost track of them and now realize again that this should be a first stop when looking for ideas and lesson plans for class.

I cant create my future with the tools of your past!

Here is a great video created by Marianne Malmstrom that was created as the Keynote for Net Generation Education Project. She asked some middle school students their thoughts on technology and their future and this is what she got. The wisdom that can be gained from kids we we just listen is extraordinary. This is a much watch video for anyone who is interested in integrating technology into education.

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For more great information on technology use in the classroom visit the authors website/Wiki at

Wondering where to get started with technology in the classroom? Read this article by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa does a great job laying out 10 ways to get started with 21st century learning in the classroom. You know what it really is not that scary!
Click here to read the article by Lisa  Nielsen.techlearning

The Why Files (Science behind the News)

This is a great website for secondary science teachers. It provides students with an explanation of the science and technology behind current news of the day. This site is based at the  University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their goal is to “explain the relationship between science and daily life.” This site has many interactive activities explain many natural phenomenons with quizzes, questions and activities that meet many state standards.

Click here to visit the site.