Monday, August 20, 2012

Technology Tip{s}!!

Today for Teacher Week we celebrate technology!! Something that, as a teacher, I can not live without!!
I want to share a cool thing I learned a couple years ago at a technology conference. Have you ever heard of Lit2Go? It's basically a program developed by the University of South Florida. What they do is take old literature {that no longer has a copyright} and they digitize the book for all to download. There are over 170 books available for free download! 

Here's step by step instructions:



This is perfect if you want to do Daily 5 {Listen to Reading} in the upper grades! 
You'll notice that by clicking on the 'Get Info' tab in your iTunes, you will get the words to the WHOLE book for FREE!

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And... To celebrate technology, I want to share my favorite activity... ONLINE SHOPPING! 
(Haha!)

There's something magical about ordering stuff and having it show up on your doorstep!! 

This is my current obsession: Valshi Boutique

Valshi is owned by my cute friend, Ashley. This store is incredible! It's perfect for teachers because the tops, dresses, and shirts are so cute, fun, and professional. Valshi is offering an exclusive discount to friends of What the Teacher Wants. Code will be good until the end of August. Plus, you'll get free shipping on orders over $75.

Here's pics of some of the cute options:


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Two more bits of information for you:

If you don't have an Elmo document projector, and can't afford to buy your own, I recommend the Luna Interactive Projection Camera. The price tag is much for affordable and it is easy to use!
{I feel lucky because I actually WON this in a giveaway this summer! Thanks Ladybug Teacher Files!}

Our great friend, Lindsey from The Teacher Wife, recently started a new blog called Teacher Blogging Basics to help teachers get started with blogging. She'll be posting some great tips on how to get started, blogging etiquette, and even how to open your own TeachersPayTeachers store. 

6 comments:

Kaitlin Edmunds said...

LOVE this tip! Thank you! Always looking for new ways to show literature in a digital way! Thanks!

Kaitlin Edmunds
http://kandclovegrade3.blogspot.ca

April Walker said...

This is awesome! I look forward to seeing what books they have.


~April Walker
The Idea Backpack
ideabackpack@gmail.com

Christina said...

I am so excited about iTunes U!!! I am getting ready to start my first year in 5th grade and I wasn't going to have a listening center because I couldn't find any good resources to use. You just made my day!:)

sam said...

This seems like such a great idea! I was really excited to see that they have A Little Princess and Little Women (two of my FAVES!). When I tried "Subscribe for free" it only gave me one chapter from each book though... Did this happen to anyone else?? Am I just not getting the idea? Does it only give you a chapter at a time - and since I've subscribed they'll give me more later?? All questions that beg to be answered... =)

Natalie Kay said...

Sam- I think there's an option for 'Subscribe All.' Hope it works for you! I've been able to download all chapters.

Becca Morris said...

I LOVE this! Thank you so much!!

✰Becca
Simply 2nd Resources

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