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Multimedia March Madness with netTrekker and Glogster!

netTrekker is the Internet search engine for students and teachers, helping you find the resources you need that match your teaching style and your student’s learning style. But what do you do with those resources and all of that great information? You need to a way to show what you know, and in the 21st Century, multimedia is definitely the way to go!

And one of those multimedia tools is Glogster EDU. What’s that? A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a “poster or web page” containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data. A Glog is created using a very easy to understand, drag and drop interface that is relevant, enjoyable, and scalable for students of all ages and learning styles.

Therefore, we are declaring March the “Multimedia Madness” Month. Along with our friends at Glogster EDU, we want to hear from YOU, on how you use netTrekker and Glogster EDU together. Share with us a lesson plan on how you use netTrekker and Glogster together, then a post a sample Glog on the discussion thread at either netTrekker Village or Glogster’s Get Satisfaction Forum.

The first 30 individuals who submit both a lesson plan and a Glog will receive a special surprise from us, along with 2 month premium access to Glogster EDU. But what if you have more than one great lesson that you want to share? We encourage that as well! Submit as many as you like for extra chances to win the grand prize.

Grand prize? Yep! We’re going to select our top 5 favorite lesson ideas and then have the community vote on their top favorite. The winner will receive a complete training pack from netTrekker and Glogster EDU, including Quick Reference Guides and Handouts, a 1 hour webinar, a prize from both companies, and a $50 gift card for treats at an upcoming training, along with two- one year licenses to Glogster EDU.

March Madness starts today, March 2, and runs thru March 22 for sharing lessons and Glogs and the voting for the grand prize will be from March 28-30 with the winner announced on March 31. Stay tuned for webinars on how to use netTrekker with Glogster EDU.

Read Across America Day – March 2nd

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:

Looking for some book ideas to share with your students?  Here are some favorites of both teachers and students.

Teachers’ Top Books for Children

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  5. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  6. I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
  7. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  8. Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
  9. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  10. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Read the Full List

Kids’ Top Books

  1. Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
  2. Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine
  3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  5. Arthur (series) by Marc Brown
  6. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  7. Shiloh (trilogy) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  8. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  9. Holes by Louis Sachar
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Read the full list

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.

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