“I told my students, ‘See this bar with the information to cite your work? I did that for you!’” shared an Orange County Media Specialist in Florida.
Orange County is one of our highest usage, large districts in the nation, and the winner of the 2010 Highest Usage Honor. I was blessed to work with a great group of teachers last week as we explored the changes that took place in netTrekker and shared ways to share resources with students. During the session, one of the members pointed out that she suggested an easier way to help students cite their work in netTrekker and sure enough, it became available a few months later. You can share your ideas via Contact Us in netTrekker or by joining the opinion group.
Another question that came up was how to submit resources. This actually comes up quite often in training. Teachers often have a great list of local/statewide resources or subject specific resources they would like to see part of the netTrekker Search. There are several ways to suggest these great resources. One is to use the Contact Us form, the other is to email your account manager, or contact Becky Moeggenberg via netTrekker Village. I recently submitted resources for the Percy Jackson series and they were scrutinized for author credibility, topic depth, and academic trustworthiness. Alas, a wiki on monsters did not make the cut because of misinformation on one of the monsters. Next week, I have a list of Florida resources on the different counties to submit to aid in the Social Studies research for fourth grade standards in Florida.
netTrekker loves to hear from our users. Please stay in touch, share your ideas, and connect with us whenever you can! And don’t forget, if you’re planning on being in Philly for ISTE, let us know! We’d love to have you share your implementation tricks and tips, integration knowledge, and passion for education in our booth. I might even share my new igotta Percy Jackson lesson with an Glogster EDU Premium project.
Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day, NEA’s annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
By this point, you probably have plans in place for your own reading event, but in case you’re looking for some last minute ideas, the NEA website provides many resources, materials, and activity ideas, including these two printable certificates:
- Certificate of Achievement – Award this certificate to students who take part in your reading event.
- Certificate of Appreciation - Award this certificate to adults and others who help with your reading event.
Looking for some book ideas to share with your students? Here are some favorites of both teachers and students.
Teachers’ Top Books for Children
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
- Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Kids’ Top Books
- Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
- Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
- Arthur (series) by Marc Brown
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- Shiloh (trilogy) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
You can also find many resources in netTrekker for all grade levels to support your reading activities by searching for keywords like Reading, Reading Comprehension, or Reading Strategies in any of the three grade level tabs.
What are your plans for Read Across America Day? We’d love to hear how you’re incorporating this event into your classrooms.