Week of 3-30-15

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

This was a short and fast week ending with a nice four day weekend.  Even though there is a variety of testing occurring throughout the year, the major testing season has kicked off.  I know our students are going to excel because I have seen the quality teaching being provided in the classrooms.  As we continue to move forward into this semester, keep our students’ spirits high with words of encouragement.  A positive statement can really lift a student to perform better than they even thought possible.  Enjoy the nice, long weekend.

At a Glance:

Short Math and Science Lessons in Rap Formwebsite

Rhyme ‘n Learn is a series of math and science lessons presented in short rap music form. About half of the raps are provided in video format with visuals to support the lesson.  The other half of the lessons are audio only, but do have transcripts available to help your students or you follow along.  Take a look, there are a large variety of concepts covered.  This could also turn into a fun class project for the students to develop their own raps.


TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar website

This clickable calendar listing provides reviewed curriculum resources in a snap, connecting your classroom to events and observances in the world outside of school: holidays, anniversaries, seasonal events, and commemorations.  Glance ahead a month or two, and click to find TeachersFirst’s rich resources and classroom ideas.


Tech Tip – Boolean Searching

Boolean searches allow you to combine words and phrases using the words AND, OR, NOT and NEAR(otherwise known as Boolean operators) to limit, widen, or define your search. Most Internet search engines and Web directories default to these Boolean search parameters anyway, but a good Web searcher should know how to use basic Boolean operators.

  • Using AND narrows a search by combining terms; it will retrieve documents that use both the search terms you specify, as in this example:
    • Portland AND Oregon
  • Using OR broadens a search to include results that contain either of the words you type in
    • liberal OR democrat
  • Using NOT will narrow a search by excluding certain search terms
    • Oregon NOT travel
  • Using quotation marks(“”) groups words together searching for the exact phrase within the quotation marks
    • “Oregon Trail”

There are many of types of Boolean searching techniques available.  Knowing a few greater improves search results on the Internet.



What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?  One has claws at the end of its paws and one is a pause at the end of a clause.