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Let's Get Podcasting! Grant Simple Guide to Podcasting Book/Cd Set and the Adventures in Podcasting! Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom Book/CD Set! ($39.90 value) 4/30/2014 Apply for the Let's Get Podcasting! Grant for a chance to win copies of the Simple Guide to Podcasting Book/Cd Set and the Adventures in Podcasting! Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom Book/CD Set! To apply, simply develop and submit a podcasting lesson plan. The most creative and fun lesson plan incorporating podcasting will win! ABOUT THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO PODCASTING BOOK CD/CD SET: Get the book and get started! This is the perfect companion book to Tool Factory Podcasting. Learn what a podcast is, then explore some great introductory web links. The pages are jam-packed with step-by-step instruction on how to record sounds and publish your own podcasts. This is a great resource for learners who want visual instructions at-a-glance. Every step in the process is outlined with large bold pictures and easy 1-2-3 instructions. Readers can delve into the text for a deeper understanding of the podcasting process, or simply browse the visual images which "show" every step in the podcasting process. This book is a wonderful practical guide to podcasting. There’s even a chapter on copyright laws and acceptable use policies for podcasting. Learn what you can and can’t post on the internet, and explore safe podcasting practices. All of the materials were developed as a result of practical hands-on training. The planning chapter is excellent for trainers who are teaching podcasting to larger groups. Simple fill-in-the-blank worksheets are indispensible for walking new podcasters through every step in the process. The book makes an excellent class textbook for every student or participant. You can download the table of contents and a few sample pages by clicking the "Downloads" link in the upper right corner of this page. Also included is a CD with an instructional PowerPoint presentation to help you teach or learn about podcasting. Plus there’s also a 24 page workbook included on the supplementary CD, to assist you in developing acceptable use policies for podcasting in education or business. ABOUT THE : ADVENTURES IN PODCASTING! INCREDIBLE LESSON PLANS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM BOOK/CD SET: Raise your classroom podcasting program to a whole new level with Tool Factory’s book, "Adventures in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom!" The book includes 40 podcast lesson plans designed to stretch students’ imagination and get them thinking creatively about the curriculum. Send your students on a podcast adventure deep into the heart of a rainforest, or have them interview prospectors panning for gold out West in the 1800s! A bonus companion CD of editable worksheets lets teachers tailor every activity to their own curriculum. Bonus CD Included: Don’t forget the bonus CD! There’s a copy of every worksheets from the book included on CD, plus a bonus planning chapter from Tool Factory’s Simple Guide to Podcasting book. The additional planning chapter is ideal for educators who are planning their own podcasting ideas, or who want to add a new twists to the existing lesson plans. By Educators, For Educators: Podcasts are extremely versatile and educators are using this technology to cover a wide variety of topics. More than half of the lesson plans were inspired by original ideas from educators all across the country! Adventures in Podcasting is written to help you take your podcasts one step beyond typical classroom podcasts. Each lesson plans will help you integrate podcasting into your regular curriculum in new and innovative ways. The Lesson Plans: We’ve divided the lesson plans into English, Math, Science and Social Studies chapters. The “Cross Curriculum” section will regularly clue-you-in on ways to cover additional subjects and involve other classes in the podcasting projects. A cross-curriculum guide is included to demonstrate just how modifiable each lesson plan can be—take a glance at the guide and see the variety of classes that could utilize the “Journey Down the Nile” lesson plan! Educators can teach the lesson plans directly from the book, or make them their own by using the starter formats and editing them to meet their unique curriculum needs! Here are some sample lesson plans from Adventures in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom: • English: Choose Your Own Podcast - Do you choose to take an adventure back in the time to battle ferocious dinosaurs? or travel forward to discover what lies ahead? Students write their own branching episodic tales and invite listeners to dictate what happens in the next episode! • Math: Math Mystery Stories - “How did Count Barkov steal the 47 golden eggs?” Students compose mystery stories that are only solvable by math-savvy detectives, and then publish them in an episodic podcast. • Science: The Tonight Show with Your Brain - Students take on the personalities and roles of different organs in the body and get interviewed by the host, the quick-witted Brain! • Social Studies: Journey Down the Nile - Maneuver through rapids and careen past crocodiles in this exciting podcast that tells a serial tale of your students’ imaginary wild ride down the Nile in ancient times! The Worksheets: Each lesson plan is accompanied by 1-3 worksheets to guide your students’ research and production of podcasts. We’ve include a CD with all of the worksheets for each lesson plan to allow for quick printing and copying. The worksheets are provided in PowerPoint format so it’s a cinch to edit them to match any state’s unique standards. Change words and phrasing to supplement the planned curriculum, add in new questions, or change the formats to meet the needs of younger or older students. Once you are happy with the way a worksheet looks, simply print and hand them out to your students!
Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - April Vocab Videos Classroom Subscription ($90.00 value) 4/30/2014 Create and submit a lesson plan involving high school level vocabulary, sprinkle in a bit of humor and you'll qualify for a chance to get a subscription of Vocab Videos for your classroom. We'll award one grant per month, but you'll only need to submit one lesson plan for the this grant. About Vocab Videos: Vocab Videos is an online vocabulary system for students and educators that uses hilarious short videos to illustrate the meanings of 500 high value, frequently-tested SAT, ACT, & high school vocabulary words. The vocabulary learning videos were developed by a team of SAT and standardized test experts and produced using professional actors and comedians. The vocabulary videos are organized into episodes of 20 words (approximately 10 minutes), forming short stories with memorable characters and entertaining plots. Each video follows a structure designed to make memorizing easier, using both auditory and visual cues. A freeze frame of the vocabulary word and its definition generally start each video, while a voice-over provides the proper pronunciation and reinforces the meaning. The vocabulary word is then illustrated by the action in the video (approximately 30 seconds), and concludes with a voice-over of either the definition of the word or a sentence using the word in the context of the scene. Watch a few of the videos here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6919
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - April Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package ($199.00 value) 4/30/2014 Submit a lesson plan on cyber safety or digital citizenship and qualify for one of our Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package awards. Digital Citizenship, the first unit in the 1:1 IT Curriculum series, provides clear instruction on cyber safety. Students will be well-prepared to use technology every day in a safe, respectful, and responsible way. The Digital Citizenship Unit comes to you in a clear, easy to navigate full color spiral bound book that you can use throughout your school every year. Presentations to use along with this Unit's lessons are accessed through a secure portal on Digital Wish's website. Digital Citizenship Unit contains an instructor preparation checklist and four important lessons:
  1. Digital Citizens and the Internet
  2. Cyber Safety
  3. Safety Skits for Reinforcement
  4. Copyright in the Classroom
Lesson plan extensions and extra projects are included at the end of the book. One popular extra in this Unit is the Cyber Safety Poster Contest. Submit a lesson plan on cyber safety or digital citizenship and qualify for one of our Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package awards. See the unit here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6555
Vocabulary and Humor for High School Students - May Vocab Videos Classroom Subscription ($90.00 value) 5/31/2014 Create and submit a lesson plan involving high school level vocabulary, sprinkle in a bit of humor and you'll qualify for a chance to get a subscription of Vocab Videos for your classroom. We'll award one grant per month, but you'll only need to submit one lesson plan for the this grant. About Vocab Videos: Vocab Videos is an online vocabulary system for students and educators that uses hilarious short videos to illustrate the meanings of 500 high value, frequently-tested SAT, ACT, & high school vocabulary words. The vocabulary learning videos were developed by a team of SAT and standardized test experts and produced using professional actors and comedians. The vocabulary videos are organized into episodes of 20 words (approximately 10 minutes), forming short stories with memorable characters and entertaining plots. Each video follows a structure designed to make memorizing easier, using both auditory and visual cues. A freeze frame of the vocabulary word and its definition generally start each video, while a voice-over provides the proper pronunciation and reinforces the meaning. The vocabulary word is then illustrated by the action in the video (approximately 30 seconds), and concludes with a voice-over of either the definition of the word or a sentence using the word in the context of the scene. Watch a few of the videos here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6919
Let's Get Podcasting! Grant BONUS! B10 Camcorder & Podcasting Software Digital Wish's Adventures in Podcasting - 1 Toshiba B10 Camcorder - 1 Tool Factory Podcasting w/Video Software ($220.00 value) 5/31/2014 Apply for the Let's Get Podcasting! Grant for a chance to win a copy of the Adventures in Podcasting! Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom Book/CD Set, a Toshiba Camileo B10 Camcorder, and Tool Factory Podcasting With Video Software! To apply, simply develop and submit a podcasting lesson plan. The most creative and fun lesson plan incorporating podcasting will win! ABOUT THE : ADVENTURES IN PODCASTING! INCREDIBLE LESSON PLANS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM BOOK/CD SET: Raise your classroom podcasting program to a whole new level with Tool Factory’s book, "Adventures in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom!" The book includes 40 podcast lesson plans designed to stretch students’ imagination and get them thinking creatively about the curriculum. Send your students on a podcast adventure deep into the heart of a rainforest, or have them interview prospectors panning for gold out West in the 1800s! A bonus companion CD of editable worksheets lets teachers tailor every activity to their own curriculum. Bonus CD Included: Don’t forget the bonus CD! There’s a copy of every worksheets from the book included on CD, plus a bonus planning chapter from Tool Factory’s Simple Guide to Podcasting book. The additional planning chapter is ideal for educators who are planning their own podcasting ideas, or who want to add a new twists to the existing lesson plans. By Educators, For Educators: Podcasts are extremely versatile and educators are using this technology to cover a wide variety of topics. More than half of the lesson plans were inspired by original ideas from educators all across the country! Adventures in Podcasting is written to help you take your podcasts one step beyond typical classroom podcasts. Each lesson plans will help you integrate podcasting into your regular curriculum in new and innovative ways. The Lesson Plans: We’ve divided the lesson plans into English, Math, Science and Social Studies chapters. The “Cross Curriculum” section will regularly clue-you-in on ways to cover additional subjects and involve other classes in the podcasting projects. A cross-curriculum guide is included to demonstrate just how modifiable each lesson plan can be—take a glance at the guide and see the variety of classes that could utilize the “Journey Down the Nile” lesson plan! Educators can teach the lesson plans directly from the book, or make them their own by using the starter formats and editing them to meet their unique curriculum needs! Here are some sample lesson plans from Adventures in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom: • English: Choose Your Own Podcast - Do you choose to take an adventure back in the time to battle ferocious dinosaurs? or travel forward to discover what lies ahead? Students write their own branching episodic tales and invite listeners to dictate what happens in the next episode! • Math: Math Mystery Stories - “How did Count Barkov steal the 47 golden eggs?” Students compose mystery stories that are only solvable by math-savvy detectives, and then publish them in an episodic podcast. • Science: The Tonight Show with Your Brain - Students take on the personalities and roles of different organs in the body and get interviewed by the host, the quick-witted Brain! • Social Studies: Journey Down the Nile - Maneuver through rapids and careen past crocodiles in this exciting podcast that tells a serial tale of your students’ imaginary wild ride down the Nile in ancient times! The Worksheets: Each lesson plan is accompanied by 1-3 worksheets to guide your students’ research and production of podcasts. We’ve include a CD with all of the worksheets for each lesson plan to allow for quick printing and copying. The worksheets are provided in PowerPoint format so it’s a cinch to edit them to match any state’s unique standards. Change words and phrasing to supplement the planned curriculum, add in new questions, or change the formats to meet the needs of younger or older students. Once you are happy with the way a worksheet looks, simply print and hand them out to your students!
Mobile Devices in the Classroom - May 1 Dell Venue Pro Smartphone ($399.00 value) 5/31/2014 Submit your lesson plan on effectively using mobile devices in the classroom and qualify to win a Dell Venue Pro smartphone. About the Dell Venue Pro Smartphone
Invite your students to help brainstorm a fantastic classroom project! Here's some examples of Smartphone Use in the Classrooms to get you started!
  • Mobility helps parents encourage anywhere, anytime learning.
  • Low cost helps educators reach underserved children that are geographically or economically disadvantaged.
  • Encourages 21st century skills like communication and collaboration.
  • Enables a more personalized learning experience by creating individualized interventions. For example creating a personalized reading ‘playlist' of content that targets their individual reading challenges.
  • For algebra and geometry courses, students are using Smartphones as calculators and finding information on the web, watching math videos, and playing educational games. Students using the phones reported feeling more confident about their math abilities were more motivated to take other math courses.
  • Smartphones with messaging and calling capabilities disabled help to avoid misuse.
  • Connect to the internet, schedule assignments, and send emails to their teachers.
  • Sync with school computers to transfer work and assignments.
  • Do homework while on-the-go and connect with teachers while away from school.
  • Have web quests, scan QR codes linked to vocabulary and reading websites, make excel spreadsheets, create quizzes, and even graph science lab results.
  • Create, edit, and review Microsoft Office documents.
  • Use the camera and video functions to take an image of blackboard notes, art and science projects or capture images for assignments.
  • Use as a clicker voting device.
  • Using the GPS function, find directions to any location and use for geography assignments.
  • Download free and low-cost mobile apps via the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Special Need - Magic Touch Screen 1 KTMT-1214-ProE Magic Touch Screen for 12-14 ($189.00 value) 5/31/2014 Get this easy to use touch screen technology into your classroom! Write and submit a lesson plan on the use of touch technology in a special needs classroom environment. You could be chosen as a recipient of a 12"-14" Magic Touch Screen for a 12-14" notebook computer. Accessories Included Driver CD, User's Manual, Stylus, Cleaning Cloth. Support Life-time free technical support and driver upgrade. SPECIFICATION: MODEL KTMT-1214-ProE TECHNOLOGY Resistive analog touch screen. SPACER Invisible spacer - patented technology LIGHT TRANSMISSION 80% nominal SCRATCH RESISTANCE 3H pencil hardness. TOUCH RESOLUTION 4096 X 4096 (ProE-X) INTERFACE CONTROLLER Serial port Com1 or Com2 OPERATING SYSTEMS Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Linux, Apple OS 9 to 10. DRIVER Mouse emulation driver. ACTIVATION FORCE 50-120 grams per square centimeter. RESPONSE TIME 10 msec maximum. POSITION ACCURACY 3 mm maximum error. TOUCH MODE Mouse click, double click, drag, right click. OPERATING TEMPERATURE -10 to 70 degrees C. STORAGE TEMPERATURE -30 to 85 degrees C. HUMIDITY Pass 40 degrees C, 95% RH for 96 hours. CHEMICAL RESISTANCE Excellent to alcohol, acetone, grease, and general household detergent. DURABILITY 3,000,000 touches per point minimum.
Inclusion - Elementary Autism Software Tool Factory's Autism Bundle ($499.00 value) 5/31/2014 Create and submit an original lesson plan on the use of inclusive software in the elementary classroom. Lesson plans should not be specific to any one student, but should cover a range of ages and abilities. Tool Factory's Autism Bundle brings together a wonderful blend of software titles that:
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Develop concentration and attention
  • Inspire imaginative play
  • Promote reading / early literacy
  • Teach emotional literacy
  • And more!
With 11 different software programs in the bundle, there is sure to be a program to fit the needs of your individual learners. Each program works to develop different skills while students:
  • Explore and make music
  • Improve memory and spelling
  • Work on figurative language, and
  • Learn about telling time and basic math
Some titles also feature advanced teacher controls that allow you to tailor the activities to the needs of your individual learners; for example, you can customize activities by importing your own digital images of subjects that students can relate to! The bundle includes:
  • Sound Beginninings Making Sounds
  • Idiom Track
  • Musical Leaps and Bounds
  • Tool Factory Beep!
  • Sequences
  • What's the Time Mr. Wolf
  • Bucket And Spade
  • Strumbie Island
  • Reactickles
  • A Busy Day
  • Memory Skills
All software titles have been tested Windows 7 compatible Please see the product at http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=2192
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety - May Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package ($199.00 value) 5/31/2014 Submit a lesson plan on cyber safety or digital citizenship and qualify for one of our Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package awards. Digital Citizenship, the first unit in the 1:1 IT Curriculum series, provides clear instruction on cyber safety. Students will be well-prepared to use technology every day in a safe, respectful, and responsible way. The Digital Citizenship Unit comes to you in a clear, easy to navigate full color spiral bound book that you can use throughout your school every year. Presentations to use along with this Unit's lessons are accessed through a secure portal on Digital Wish's website. Digital Citizenship Unit contains an instructor preparation checklist and four important lessons:
  1. Digital Citizens and the Internet
  2. Cyber Safety
  3. Safety Skits for Reinforcement
  4. Copyright in the Classroom
Lesson plan extensions and extra projects are included at the end of the book. One popular extra in this Unit is the Cyber Safety Poster Contest. Submit a lesson plan on cyber safety or digital citizenship and qualify for one of our Digital Citizenship IT Curriculum Unit Package awards. See the unit here: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/product?id=6555