This month is ‘Mathematics Awareness Month’ and the website http://www.mathaware.org/ has some great ideas to help you celebrate Math Awareness Month with your students. There activities for all ages and videos to show students some really cool math card tricks. The theme this year is “Mathematics, Magic and Mystery”. I highly encourage you to explore the website and plan some really cool things with students. When you do, please take pics and share in the comments section – I would love to celebrate with you and your students!
Join James Patterson and NBA Players Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and other players for a webinar emphasizing the importance of reading. James Patterson and Dwayne Wade will host the webinar on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1pm EST where the author and NBA players will share how learning to read and being a life long learner and reader has changed their lives. James Patterson is a best-selling author of mystery thrillers for adults but he also has several series for young adult and middle schoolers. Students of all ages will want to participate to see the famous personas represented in the webinar.
To register for this all-star, once in a lifetime event, you can go to: http://www.jamespattersonevents.com/ and sign up. There is no cost to participate and your students will definitely want to watch the NBA players share how reading has helped them and changed their lives personally. Sign up now to reserve your spot!
If you are like me, you like to include cute clip art in blog posts, worksheets, parent letters, workshop handouts, etc. and always on the look out for great, free sites to use. Below are some of my favorite go to sites for stock images or clip art. As with all sites, be sure to check their terms of service in case you have to share a link back to their site Check them and let me know your favorites and what you think of the sites I share below!
FlickrCC (http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/) is a great place to look for photos taken and shared by the community. Creative Commons is divided into several categories about how you can use and share the images at the site.
Pics4Learning (http://pics4learning.com) is another fantastic site for finding photos that are free to use. As with Flickr, you can also contribute to the community and submit your photos for others to use.
Freedigitalphotos (http://freedigitalphotos.net) is a great site to find free stock photos. If you don’t mind downloading a smaller version or with a lower resolution (less pixels/dots per inch – supposedly quality but for my use it is perfectly fine) this is an awesome site to find free stock photos.
Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/) is a huge database of all kinds of photos that you can use in a variety of publications. You can also share your photos and upload your images to the wiki as well.
Mycutegraphics.com (http://mycutegraphics.com) is appropriately named! They have some of the cutest clip art images around and it is free for educators to use. There are tons of categories with several images each and all are cute as can be! Be sure to read their terms of service to make sure credit is given back to the site.