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Webspiration Wednesday: Virtual PLN Hugs

I’ll be honest, yesterday was not a very inspirational Wednesday.  I didn’t get to hold my regular teacher gathering for inspiration because I was in a meeting.  It seemed like everywhere I turned, discouragement was waiting to stare me in the face.  So, what do I do when I am feeling discouraged?  I look to my PLN, of course.  You all are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for me.  From my Twitter friends to my blogging alliance bloggers, they are a constant source of sunshine.  So, for today’s (late) Webspiration Wednesday, I am sharing the blogs that make me smile, and offering you another opportunity to jump into Twitter and join our PLN (personal learning network). This Week in Ed Tech The Book Chook My Integrating Technology Journey Classroom Chronicles Bits and Pieces Place Bits ‘n Bytes Blogging About the Web 2.0 Classroom Bright Ideas EDge21 EdTechSwami Educadores Digitales Education as a Portal EDucation ToGoBox Educational Technology and Life EduNut Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom It’s Elementary! Learning 2.0 Living and Learning Together Miss McMillan’s Blog Notes from McTeach Passport Academy Pilkerriffic! Realizing Your Personal Legend Reeder’s Writings Ed Resources Online Teacher Reboot Camp Teacher Tech Teacher Toys Tech 221 Tech Transformation Tech Tuesday Techno Constructivist Technology Figuring Out How the Pieces Fit Tech for Your Content The Education Technology Blog The Interactive Classroom The Learning Blog The Missouri FCCLA Blog The Nerdy Teacher The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness The Techie Classroom World Languages Technology Consultant This Swiftly Tilting Planet Vanessa Cassie: Sharp’s Audio/Visual What Ed Said ZarcoEnglish- Tool of the Day Education Stormfront Guro Just Pondering Reeled in Research Reading Teachers Online Arsenal Suzanne’s Blog I get a daily dose of inspiration from my Blogging Alliance and Twitter friends, but in the past day they have spoiled me with extra acts of friendship.  After I posted a discouraging tweet, I immediately got several encouraging messages from my PLN friends.  This morning I woke up to more support and encouragement.  @woodenmask sent me this: http://soytuaire.labuat.com/ and a gift song on iTunes The Roses of Success (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).  @lamoureuxr sent me this: Don’t Stop Believing Kid’s Choir.  @TheNerdyTeacher included me in his tribute to Snick post that made me laugh out loud.  To my PLN, thank you for the smiles and virtual hugs today.  They were felt loud and clear. If you haven’t joined Twitter and started building your PLN yet, let me encourage you to start by following these incredible educators.  Jump in, you won’t regret it!

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What it is: Kidoons brings time-honored, universally recognized stories to life. Stories include tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Thorton Burgess, and more. Kidoons offers both online stories and games for kids developing literacy skills.

How to integrate Kidoons into your classroom: Offer students the opportunity to use Kidoons during silent reading time, or during a unit on one of the time-honored authors listed above. The online books are not read for the students, so it is best used with independent readers.

Tips: Visit the teachers section to join the Kidoons teacher’s resource newsletter. Kidoons will alert you of any new games, stories, and ideas for your classroom.

Kidoons does have advertisements on it, use this as an opportunity to teach kids about how to spot ads on the Internet.



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