Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lazy Saturday

I've read that if you fall asleep at night within 5 minutes of going to bed, that you're considered to be exhausted and severely sleep deprived. That's me....every single night. So this morning I decided to take advantage of not having anything planned, and sleep in! 
At noon, I'm still being very lazy, sitting on the couch, reading Real Simple, drinking coffee from my new "i <3 my aunt" mug (!!), and now, blogging! I hope the rest of my weekend is this relaxing!

I haven't blogged for a couple days, but I had my topic ready to go: blogs!
At the beginning of the school year, it's important to talk about internet safety, netiquette, and other related topics since a lot of our time in the computer lab is spent using the Internet. One of my favorite resources is BrainPOP, and I'm SOO glad that my school has a subscription! BrainPOP (4th grade and up) and BrainPOP Jr. (K to 3rd) are two wonderful resources that have tons of videos on almost any topic imaginable. And the videos are also supported with games, writing, word wall, and vocab activities, just to name a few. I love their technology videos, specifically the ones about blogs, because they're kid-friendly, while still being informative and detailed. 
Here are a couple screen shots that are linked directly to the videos I'm talking about!

BrainPOP Jr.


SN: Can I mention how much I LOVE that Blogger resizes your pictures for you, and then you can choose the size you want, S - XL!!! Being the webmaster at my school, and having to size, and resize, and tweak to get images just the way I want them, this is SO much easier, and much appreciated! Thanks Blogger!!

Anyway, those are the videos - and there's so much more available on the two sites. To have full access you do have to have a subscription, but all throughout the year, there are a number of videos that are free depending on the topics that are being featured on each site. Anyone else out there that loves BrainPOP/Jr.?!? It's made a huge difference at our school, and the kids love Moby! :)

Anyway, that's it for now! I hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!!

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