Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner is a Kindle Book

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner is a Kindle Book: "Amazon now has The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner available as a Kindle ebook. The first Boxcar Children book has a holiday sale price."

Grants for Gifted and Talented Teachers from the NEA Foundation

Grants for Gifted and Talented Teachers from the NEA Foundation: "If you are looking for grants that will pay for professional development or grants that will pay for supplies and resources for students. go to NEA."

Who Was Sir Thomas More? Read eBooks About A Man for All Seasons

Who Was Sir Thomas More? Read eBooks About A Man for All Seasons: "Google Books has a free library of books by and about Sir Thomas More, Martyr and Catholic Saint. You can read Utopia and learn about Thomas More in ebooks."

Reading is Fundamental Fundraiser: Authors Tweet Support for RIF

Reading is Fundamental Fundraiser: Authors Tweet Support for RIF: "If children can not afford books, Reading is Fundamental offers free books."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Publish Amazon Kindle Books for Free Using CreateSpace for eBooks

Publish Amazon Kindle Books for Free Using CreateSpace for eBooks: "There are different options available through Amazon's CreateSpace publishing platform, and there are different royalty options. My experience is limited to helping a tween writer in my family publish her book, which was only published as an ebook."

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner is a Kindle Book

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner is a Kindle Book: "The classic children's book series The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner was added to the Amazon Kindle store on December 14, 2010. There are 19 mysteries in the original collection of The Boxcar Children series, and the books are $3.99. The first book has a promotional price for a limited time."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Santa Calls Kids Free and Families Track Santa with Google Tools

Santa Calls Kids Free and Families Track Santa with Google Tools: "Google has revealed their free Christmas toys! Santa will make free personalized calls to children. Google Maps will help NORAD track Santa's journey."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Free Kids Christmas eBooks with iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad Apps

Free Kids Christmas eBooks with iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad Apps: "These ebooks are free to download from the Apple app store, and they offer varying degrees of interactivity. In some cases, they are audiobooks and ebooks blended into one app."

Chris Van Allsburg reads The Polar Express for Online Storytime

Chris Van Allsburg reads The Polar Express for Online Storytime: "The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Barnes and Noble has made it easy for parents and teachers to share the beautiful Christmas story about a train that takes kids to see Santa."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Learn about Amelia Earhart's Disappearance from Free Google Books

Learn about Amelia Earhart's Disappearance from Free Google Books: "What happened to Amelia Earhart's plane? Learn about Amelia Earhart's last flight and facts about the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean."

What is Advent? Get Answers about Advent Questions from iTunes U

What is Advent? Get Answers about Advent Questions from iTunes U: "You can discover what Advent is and why Advent is such an important season."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What are the Roles of a Yearbook Staff? - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

What are the Roles of a Yearbook Staff?: "What are the Roles of a Yearbook Staff? Everything a New Yearbook Sponsor Should Know to Put Together a Great Yearbook Team"

Great Games for Middle School Classrooms - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Great Games for Middle School Classrooms: "Great Games for Middle School Classrooms
These Board Games Have Room for a Lot of Players, so They Are Great for Classes"

Online Games to Learn about Fish and Ocean Life - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Online Games to Learn about Fish and Ocean Life: "The Shedd Educational Adventures have fun online games that are perfect for elementary and middle school teachers who are teaching units about fish, the ocean, or the environment."

Great Online Games for Students who are Interested in Art - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Great Online Games for Students who are Interested in Art: "If you are looking for art activity websites for children who are interested in art, try The National Gallery of Art Kid Zone"

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Make Desk Activity Cards to Eliminate Down Time During Class Transitions: "Make Desk Activity Cards to Eliminate Down Time During Class Transitions
Page-a-Day Calendars Make Are Entertaining Ways to Keep Students Occupied"

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Use Nairobi Nightmare by W.A. Sorrells for Gifted and Talented Elementary Readers: "Use Nairobi Nightmare by W.A. Sorrells for Gifted and Talented Elementary Readers
A Young Soccer Player Solves a Mystery and Helps a Friend"

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Ideas for Substitute Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Classrooms: "Ideas for Substitute Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Classrooms
Audiobook Mystery Activities Make Great Emergency Lesson Plans for Substitutes"

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Ideas for Substitute Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Classrooms: "Ideas for Substitute Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Classrooms
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Ideas for Substitute Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Classrooms: "Ideas for Substitute Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Classrooms
Audiobook Mystery Activities Make Great Emergency Lesson Plans for Substitutes"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Download Free Alexandre Dumas, Père eBooks in French and English

Download Free Alexandre Dumas, Père eBooks in French and English: "The works of Alexandre Dumas, père are available in both French and English on Project Gutenberg. The classic books are free to read online or to download."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Reading and Listening Resources for Middle School

Thanksgiving Reading and Listening Resources for Middle School: "Middle school teachers can offer gifted and talented students high interest, high vocabulary nonfiction articles as part of Thanksgiving class activities."

Download Free Google eBooks about the Borgia Family History

Download Free Google eBooks about the Borgia Family History: "In the 16th century, corruption was synonymous with 'Borgia'. Learn more about the Borgia family history with free ebook downloads from Google Books."

Listen to Thanksgiving Podcasts & Read Free Thanksgiving Stories

Listen to Thanksgiving Podcasts & Read Free Thanksgiving Stories: "Enjoy free Thanksgiving entertainment thanks to NPR, The New Yorker, and Google Books. Digital media offers easy access to Thanksgiving stories."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review of Women's Murder Club & Great Gatsby Digital Media Games

Review of Women's Murder Club & Great Gatsby Digital Media Games: "All the English teachers who have objected to gaming instead of reading might have to swallow a few of their words, because I-play has a computer game based on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald."

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Read 5 of Kate Mosse's Great Ghost Stories on Project Gutenberg

Read 5 of Kate Mosse's Great Ghost Stories on Project Gutenberg: "On October 27, 2010, The Guardian newspaper asked Kate Mosse, the author of Labyrinth, to recommend 10 ghost stories. Mosse explains her additions to the list in 'Kate Mosse's Top 10 Ghost Stories.' Readers can find 5 of the great ghost stories just in time for Halloween reading on Project Gutenberg, and many are perfect Halloween reading for families with older children."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Make Differentiated Centers to Study The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Make Differentiated Centers to Study The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe: "Students who are gifted and talented in language arts will benefit from the challenges presented by looking at Edgar Allan Poe's 'Raven' in different ways: by looking at text variations that Poe considered, by comparing Poe's poem to Pike's poem, and by reading French, German, and Latin translations of 'The Raven.'"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Review of Secrets of Harry Potter Podcast with Father Roderick

Review of Secrets of Harry Potter Podcast with Father Roderick

A nice bit of free Harry Potter in a world of Harry Potter wands for sale, Harry Potter party supplies for sale, Harry Potter Toys for sale, but no Harry Potter ebooks for sale ... yet.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Is Legend of the Guardians a movie for kids?

Kids who have read the books will know that they are getting into with Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'hoole. Parents who have not read the books should understand that the movie is closer an owl version of The Lord of the Rings than an owl version of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Read more at Suite101: Revew of Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'hoole Movie

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Clash of the Geeks

Jeff Zugale's cover shows a furry kitten, resplendent with a golden unicorn horn and thick wings flying toward danger. If that's not worth five dollars, I am not sure what purpose money serves, especially when the book reveals that Wil Wheaton is riding the Unicorn Pegasus Kitten.

Read more at Suite101: Review of Clash of the Geeks by Subterranean Press

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oxford Standardizes Slang by Adding New Words to the Dictionary

The Oxford University Press might have just become Stephen Colbert's new BFF. The prestigious publisher added Colbert's "truthiness" to the New Oxford American Dictionary, according to the list of new dictionary words offered on the OUP blog on September 16, 2010. "Truthiness" was the word of the year for Merriam-Webster in 2006, but Oxford takes longer to decide if a word is worthy of dictionary status.

Read more at Suite101: Oxford Standardizes Slang by Adding New Words to the Dictionary

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

2010 Summer Reading Programs for Students

I really thought that Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid would be the BN theme, but Rick Riordan is the man of TWO years. I wish they had this program when I was a kid.

2010 Summer Reading Programs for Students

Kids who read over the summer can look forward to public library summer programs and activities. They can also earn free books from Barnes and Noble.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Use the Spill Cam to Show Students BP's Oil Spill Response

The oil spill is so depressing.


Use the Spill Cam to Show Students BP's Oil Spill Response

On Earth Day, teachers focus on environmental responsibility. Oil spill video feeds show responsibility gone awry. Bill Nye evaluates innovative solutions.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Embrace Gifted Education Strategies to Fill Public Schooling Gaps

Embrace Gifted Education Strategies to Fill Public Schooling Gaps

For gifted education to work well, public schools should incorporate different service approaches for students. Eagle County demonstrates what works.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Meaningful, Real Life Proofreading Project for Gifted Students

Editing is peaceful for me, so I love helping out Gutenberg. We talk about the need for service learning and real life application. This has it all.

A Meaningful, Real Life Proofreading Project for Gifted Students

Teachers should encourage students to use their proofing skills to improve Project Gutenberg's books. Readers everywhere will benefit from such a project.
The copyright of the article A Meaningful, Real Life Proofreading Project for Gifted Students in Gifted Education is owned by Alex Sharp. Permission to republish A Meaningful, Real Life Proofreading Project for Gifted Students in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.

Online Education Degrees in Gifted and Talented Education

Online Education Degrees in Gifted and Talented Education

Teachers have options for getting G/T certifications. Certificates and masters of arts and science degrees are available from two respected universities.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

From Thinking to Drinking

Gifted Students and Alcohol Awareness: Scientists Link High Childhood Intelligence and Drinking

According to the October 2008 American Journal of Public Health, "higher childhood mental ability was related to alcohol problems and higher alcohol intake in adult life." Although more research will be done in the area of childhood IQ and adult alcohol use, the AJPH should be of interest to people working with gifted students.

Results of the Study

Researchers G. David Batty, Ian J. Deary, Ingrid Schoon, Carol Emslie, Kate Hunt, and Catharine R. Gale used the 1970 British Cohort Study to track alcohol usage of 8,170 British 10 year-olds. The children were born in 1970, had their IQs tested in at age 10, and participated in follow up research in 2004 and 2008.

The study was published as "Childhood Mental Ability and Adult Alcohol Intake and Alcohol Problems: The 1970 British Cohort Study", and the authors explain how they found statistical links between childhood IQ and increased drinking. For every 15 point increase of measured IQ, there was an average increase of 1.27 times for alcohol abuse, with women more likely than men.

Considerations from Yesterday and Today

The children of this study have differences from today's gifted students. It is unlikely that these students had as much drug prevention education, and gifted education programs were less prevalent than they are today. However, the large number of people involved in the study, the similarity between the 15 point jumps for both genders, and the reaction to the results of the study suggest that the parents and teachers working with gifted children should be prepared to tackle some serious issues as gifted children grow into adulthood.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Creative Problem Solving in Gifted Classrooms: Gifted Students Can Create Creative Questions and Creative Answers

Creative Problem Solving in Gifted Classrooms: Gifted Students Can Create Creative Questions and Creative Answers

Teaching Creative Problem Solving

The first phase of creative problem solving is understand what type of answer a question is truly seeking. Providing students with a list of question terms and the type of answers they require will offer clarity throughout the unit. Having such a list not only helps students answer questions, but it will help them phrase questions more correctly.

Understanding What Questions Are Asking

The following list should be provided to students and posted in the classroom. It is not necessary to make students memorize the list; gifted students will likely pick up on these standards innately.

  • If a question asks "how", it is asking for a procedure or instruction.
  • If a question asks "what", it is asking for a description.
  • If a question asks "when", it is asking for a time or duration.
  • If a question asks "where", it is asking for a location.
  • If a question asks "who", it is asking for identification.
  • If a question asks "why", it is asking for an explanation.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Teaching Flexible Thinking in Gifted Classrooms: A Wide Range of Answers is Vital to Creative Problem Solving

Teaching Flexible Thinking in Gifted Classrooms: A Wide Range of Answers is Vital to Creative Problem Solving

Once students master fluency and flexibility, they are able to generate lists of potential solutions for given problems. These are foundational steps for creative problem solving, and they give students the luxury of having many options to choose from when determining the best answer.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Teaching Fluency in Gifted Classrooms: Generating Ideas is an Important Part of Creative Problem Solving

Teaching Fluency in Gifted Classrooms: Generating Ideas is an Important Part of Creative Problem Solving

When teaching creative problem solving, it is important that students understand the concept of fluency, the ability to generate a lot of ideas on a given topic.