Web 2.0

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

The web is so full of new games, gadgets and gooeys (gui-s?)  that finding the new or the useful can be complicated. I sometimes become so distracted while “resource surfing” that I forget what I was looking for in the first place!So, to keep me on track, there is a website that I use when looking for “new” stuff to try: Go To Web 2.0!

Go To Web 2.0 is easy to use because you can search the index of tools by using “tags”. So, if I need a photo tool to create a gallery for display, you can use those tags to weed through it all, winnowing thousands of resources to just a few! That is how I discovered Blipfoto.com, a daily photo-journaling site.

There is also a newer site I have been using: Web 2.0’s Top 1000 List!. This site comes from Web 2.0 Search Engine, but the new site is in a list format in which all the most popular web 2.0 tools have been neatly organized!

As you search, keep in mind that not all things are free, but, with so many resources at our disposal, these searching sites can provide you with the options you need as you are looking for new technology tools to spice up instruction and learning in your classroom!

Volleyball Area Champs!

Congratulations to the Lady Bulldogs on their Area Championship win over Grandview last night!! The Lady Bulldogs won 3 games to none to advance to the Regional Quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Eustace will play Franklin, Tuesday, November 8, in Fairfield. The game is set to start at 7:00 PM. A video of the last few points of the third game can be found on the Eustace ISD YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/VPd3_XTmUb0.

A reminder that the varsity football team will be in action tonight at Bulldog Stadium against Dallas Life Oak. Although the Bulldogs have already qualified for the state playoffs, a win tonight would put the Bulldogs as the second place team in district. I encourage everyone to come out tonight and support the Bulldogs. You will also be entertained by the best cheerleading squad in the area and the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band. The game starts at 7:30.

Also, a reminder that our boys and girls cross country teams will be traveling to Arlington on Saturday to compete in the Regional Cross Country Meet. The meet will be held at Vandergriff Park. The girls team will run at 11:15 followed by the boys team at 11:40. Again, I encourage everyone to come out and support our runners as they compete for the regional championship and to qualify for the state meet.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Ideas to Inspire

This week, two of our administrators attended a meeting in Kilgore where they were introduced to Project Share. Of course they immediately came back and shared the fun, including the website, Ideas to Inspire.Ideas to Inspire is an interactive idea site. Decide if you are interested in presentation, hardware, software, or online tools, and it will provide you with a list of selected resources in that category. Once you have made your selection, a pop-up window will appear with a presentation containing multiple ideas to get you started.

Here is a video on 32 Interesting Way to Use an iPod Touch in the Classroom. I know that it is HUGE, but I couldn’t change the HTML—I did try though. Just click the little box to open in another window. Sorry!

Ideas to Inspire is the creative genius of Mark Warner, who also authors the blog, Teaching Ideas.


re-posted from Technology Tidbits
a Twyla Felty blog

U.S. Geological Survey

Learning is always more interesting when it pertains to current events, and nothing can provoke more discussion than a natural hazard that sweeps the news. Teachers can take advantage of sudden student interest as these events occur but may need quick and ready resources. 

Well, the U.S. Geological Survey has its own website and it covers these natural hazards! I first found this site when students showed an interest in the floods that were occurring in the northeast, but the U.S. Geological Survey also covers earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, geomagnetism, and other coastal and marine geological events.
The U.S. Geological Survey has an educational link at the top that offers grade-level materials including lesson plans, videos and animations. I re-visited the site today and was able view time-lapsed animation of Io, Jupiter’s moon, in eclipse!  This site would be a great place for students to investigate as they study the world around them!

re-posted from Technology Tidbits
a Twyla Felty blog

Eustace ISD Fast Facts

A reminder that the Lady Bulldogs will be traveling to Ennis tonight to play Grandview for the area volleyball championship. The game will start at 7:00 PM. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Lady Bulldogs!

Attached to this post is a document called “EISD Fast Facts.” This document had been developed a few years ago to provide information about EISD in a very condensed form. It has been updated through the 2011-2012 school year. If you have any questions about the document, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.


Volleyball Bi-District Champs!

Congratulations to the Eustace Lady Bulldogs on their dominating win against Red Oak Life in the bi-district round of the state playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs won the match 3 – 0 and now advance to the area playoffs against Grandview. The area championship game will be played this Thursday in Ennis. The game is set to start at 7:00 PM. A special thank you goes out to the cheerleaders, family, and friends that came out to support our Lady Bulldogs.

A video of the last part of game 3 is posted on the Eustace ISD YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD.


iPad Comparison Chart

Wow! The other day, I sent out a simple e-mail and just happened to mention that Christmas was only 64 shopping days away, and, suddenly, I am flooded with e-mails asking for help in selecting technology products for Christmas gifts.

Since I am really a Kindergarten teacher disguised as a technology integrationist, I turned to my PLN for help, and one of the individuals I follow is Kim Komando. On her radio show she mentioned a comparison chart for individuals wanting to compare the iPad 2 to other options on the market, and I think that anyone purchasing such a device would find this chart extremely useful.

So, happy shopping, and, by the way, there are now only 53 shopping days until Christmas! Have fun!!

re-posted from Technology Tidbits
a Twyla Felty blog

Bi-District Volleyball

A reminder that the Eustace Lady Bulldogs will be competing for the bi-district championship tonight against Red Oak Life. The game will be played at Corsicana High School and is scheduled to start at 8:00 PM. I encourage everyone to come out and support our Lady Bulldogs!! If you can make it to Corsicana tonight, you can still follow the game by checking for the Twitter updates on our homepage.

Also, I want to let everyone know that the Middle School is having their fall book fair this week. The book fair is located in the Middle School library. They have a great selection of books. If you have questions, please contact Heather Caronna, Middle School Librarian, at hcaronna@eustaceisd.net.