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  What it is:  Switcheroo Zoo is a site I learned about from Kevin Bibo on his outstanding blog Cal Teacher Blog.  Switcheroo Zoo has fun interactive games and activities such as “Make New Animals” where students can create their own animal combinations, “Build an Online Habitat” where students choose animals and match them to the correct environment, “Switch Zoo Puzzles”, “Where do I Live” where students help return rescued animals to their homes, “Sound Match” where students match the animal song to the correct animal, “Meerkat Grab-a-Snack” where students help feed a Meerkat by catching food, and “Catch the Moment” where students take ‘pictures’ of wildlife.  Switcheroo Zoo also has short films, sound clips, and photographs about animals for students to watch and listen to.  Your students also have the opportunity to become a “Switch Zoo Guide” by completing the Switch Zoo Quest.  Students play nine fun animal related games and activities to become a guide.  When they finish, they will receive a Switch Zoo  certificate of merit, a guide badge, and are added to the list of offical guides. How to integrate Switcheroo Zoo into the classroom:  Switcheroo Zoo is an awesome website for students to explore to learn more about animals and wildlife.  This would be a great site to visit when studying animals and their habitats.  There are three educational animal-themed games on the site that teach about animal characteristics and habitats.  Switcheroo Zoo has an educational section that includes lesson plans for art, science, creative writing, and persuasive writing.  In second grade at the school where I teach, students complete animal reports as an introduction to research.  Switcheroo Zoo has on-site research with 142 animal profiles, a US endangered species map, and stories about unusual animal feats on a Zookeeper’s blog.  This site is packed full of fun, useful activities, lessons, and resources!  In a computer lab setting, students can research and play games individual.  In the one or two classroom computer setting, students can visit Switcheroo Zoo as a science resource center.  With the projector or an interactive whiteboard, complete the activities as a whole class or show the animal videos to your whole class.     Tips:  This site does have some Google ads.  I use these as an opportunity to teach my students how to spot ads on a website and discuss what the purpose of advertisements is.   Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Switcheroo Zoo  in your classroom.

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Happy Thanksgiving! – Anyone have a Donor’s Choose Project?

Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs, collaboration, education reform, Grade Level, inspiration, professional development, Teacher Resources | Posted on 24-11-2010

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!  For those of you who won’t be celebrating with us in the States, let me assure you that I will eat a piece of pie on your behalf :)

This week has been relatively quite on iLearn Technology as I wrap up projects, start some new projects, and get ready for the holiday.  Just because I have been quite here doesn’t mean that I have been slacking; here is what I have been up to:

  • The Community of Learners Dream Team- my first post on the Cooperative Catalyst blog.
  • In October, I joined @adambellow of edutecher.net in his Change the world campaign.  You can read more about that here: EduTecher Change the World post. I am cheating and calling it a day early so that I can post the results and not have to worry about it tomorrow.  From October 1 to today I have had 54,656 absolute unique visitors to iLearn Technology (according to Google Analytics). Truly amazing!  That works out to $546.56.  Now, like Adam I had to cap my contribution at $400 (teacher who is not employed makes even less than a teacher who is!).  I would love to use my contribution to fund some teacher Donor’s Choose projects.  If you have a project on Donor’s Choose that you would like funded, please leave a comment below.  If I get an overwhelming response, we can put it to a vote.  If anyone would like to donate to help reach the $546.56, or would like to match in any way, please leave a comment.  Help me to fund projects and dreams that will change students lives and make learning a richer experience!

I am truly thankful for all of my readers, you all encourage me regularly!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shelly S Terrell, ktenkely and Adam Bellow, Christina Spiezio. Christina Spiezio said: RT @ShellTerrell: Happy Thanksgiving! – Anyone have a Donor’s Choose Project? http://bit.ly/gzV6nN by @ktenkely #edtech [...]

I have 3 art projects on Donors Choose!
Titles are “Sparking Our Imaginations.”
My kids love art but our art supplies are so limited to paper and paint-please give thanks 2 those with a lot less-Title One School: http://bit.ly/9nxcWz

Well, Happy Turkey Day to you too! I would love some funding for an LCD. My school is still in the dark ages. I don’t even have a 1970’s overhead. I will eat some pie and think of you. http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=408037&verify=1454564013
Thanks for the Help!

I have a wonderful project on DC for a set if 5 ipads for my classroom. Bing is offing to match all of my donations so I need only $1300! Please choose me and help my kiddos experience some wonderful new technology!

Thanks for the consideration!
Amy

Sorry! I forgot. “Mission iPad” is the name is my project! Thanks again!
Amy Boecker

I just had a very generous addition of $150 to fund a DC project. Anyone else who would like to donate let me know!

Dear Kelly,

What a generous and thoughtful gift you are offering to teachers!

We create a lot of movies in our classroom and are constantly rerecording or restarting the computer because the internal microphone isn’t reliable. We’re hoping to purchase a microphone through donorschoose.org. Any donation to our project would be appreciated! :-)

Thanks for your consideration and Happy Thanksgiving!

~Linda

http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?zone=411&community=62:1&school=25689

This is such a generous and wonderful idea. I currently have a proposal on donors choose called “Let’s Get Them Ready Now”.
http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=441764

It is to get 2 ipods for pre-k students for digital learning.
Happy Thanksgiving!

My project is for my second graders to get some habitats for live critters in the classroom. We have less than $100 left but the deadline is looming! We would appreciate any donations! Life Science Lives Here! http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=409236
Thanks for the great inspiration. I subscribe via e-mail and use your suggestions frequently in class as well as after school with my 6th-8th grade program!

I have a project that I would love to have funded for 4 ipod touches. There are so many applications for education that would help my low income and ESL students to succeed and also help gain more technology in the classroom for my students. My goal is to get enough for every student. They all deserve an education that fun, exciting, and helps them to be the best they can be. I need all the help I can get. Please help!!!

I would like to nominate my grade 6 classroom for much needed technology. As I live in Canada I am not eligible to apply for Donor’s Choice which is so disappointing. I haven’t been able to find any grants…Currently, for technology my class has an overhead projector, but I have been loaned an older projector which I connect to my personal laptop. I would love a document camera, a Tablet PC, and a Flip or similar-type video camera to bring my classroom alive. Thank you so much for considering my request.

My cousin Emily is a hard-working teacher in NYC. She always has a project going at Donor’s Choose. Here is the link to her page.
http://www.donorschoose.org/emilygduncan?utm_source=dc&utm_campaign=facebook&utm_medium=tp&utm_content=teachergotdonation

Thanks!

I would love to receive a document camera in my class. I am not eligible to register for Donor’s Choice as I live in Canada, sniff, sniff…

My wife and I are both teachers, and I’ve been fortunate to have had 29 of my proposals funded. My wife is a DonorsChoose newbie this year and has had 2 projects funded. Her current project is to get some Tag Readers into her classroom. http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=467363 LeapFrog is matching the donations, so she is more than half-way completed. Thanks!

I have had the pleasure of meeting Steve Bergen, one of the founders of Tech International Charter School. With an emphasis on technology and international connections they are looking to open the doors to education to immigrant families, English language learners and special education students. Please check them out at http://www.ticharter.org/. Thank you for doing so much to give back to students!

Wow, thank you all for sending in your projects:
1. I can see we are going to have to put this to a vote!
2. Anyone else who would like to donate/match to these projects?

[...] before Thanksgiving I announced that I was using the money from my Change the world project to help fund a (some) Donor’s [...]

“I hate reading!” A dagger to my heart that I hear from many of my incoming middle school students. How do you get non-readers to read? Enter technology… namely Ipod touches. My Donor’s Choose project seeks to purchase 3 IPOD touch’s to drive motivate students to read for the love of reading. Here is our link:
http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=421611

How will we use the IPODS?

Want books to come alive? I mean literally alive? Watch our students claymation videos of their favorite books having a book-shelf conversation. See the videos here:
http://book-space.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=720
Don’t miss the best picture award…. Harry Potter Meets Twlight!

Each week my students record book pitches to their friends using Voicethread.com here is a recent example
http://voicethread.com/share/1501628/
Students will be able to use the IPODs to listen to and share this reading podcasts. Last week 75% of my students found at least 1 new book to read from the audio book pitches. One student found 5!

This is just a tiny taste of what will happen with the addition of new technology to our classroom. Thanks for all your support!
-Mike Cohen
Windy Ridge K-8 School
Orlando, Florida

I would love for part of my project to be funded. I am a third year teacher who strives to put tech into all of my students learning especially in terms of literacy. We are requesting two voice recorders and the link to our donors choose page is http://www.donorschoose.org/twt-p/477046 .

Thanks for all you do in this blog, it is an amazing resource and you are an inspiration for many teachers! Thanks Kelly!

I would love funding help! I am having difficulty getting donations and would appreciate a donation as well as any funding tips!

http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=464774

[...] unique visitor that I had on iLearn Technology in a little over a month.  Right before Thanksgiving I announced the amount I would be donating ($400) and have since received some generous donations to add to [...]

I know this blog post is a bit old, but I was researching some ways of getting DonorsChoose projects funded and came across this post. I actually follow your blog and at the time didn’t have a project up. If you have any suggestions from ways to earn funding (or even just a shout out on Twitter), please let me know. I will be very appreciative!

I really want to try and get my project funded for a MacBook and iPod touches for my students. I recently went to the Apple Learning Tour and I’m on fire to have my students work with garage band and the iLife suites, but my district has no Apple Products.

Thanks Jason, I’ll work on helping you get funding. You know I love a Mac centric project :)

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