Featured Posts

Alien Scavenger HuntAlien Scavenger Hunt The website:  http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/games/alien/ash.html Classroom Applications: Partner Activity:  Use the above website as an individual or partner...


Techniques for Engaging All StudentsTechniques for Engaging All Students When using interactive online resources, often you may want students to respond to a question you have displayed with your LCD projector or on your interactive whiteboard. ...


Ordered Pairs StoriesOrdered Pairs Stories   The websites:  http://resources.oswego.org/games/BillyBug/bugcoord.html (Copyrighted by Mark Cogan) http://resources.oswego.org/games/BillyBug2/bug2.html (Copyrighted...


Justification for Teaching with Interactive ContentJustification for Teaching with Interactive Content In this age of accountability, it is more important than ever to be able to justify the tools and techniques we use in our classrooms with solid research.  So, not only am...


Categorizing Interactive ContentCategorizing Interactive Content After I had been teaching with online resources in my classroom for a few weeks, I began to notice that the interactive content I was searching for fell into four distinct...


And The Winner Is…

Posted on : 02-03-2011 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General, Uncategorized


The winner of StarrMatica’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway is…..drum roll, please…..Kathy Schlack!  Kathy has won a one year classroom membership to StarrMatica’s library of 3,800 K-6 interactive resources with her inspired version of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.  You can check out her creative comment here:  http://interactivecontentcorner.com/2011/02/14/a-starrmatica-valentines-day-giveaway

Congratulations, Kathy!

Thank you for all of your fantastic comments, and if you didn’t win, don’t worry, check out this entry over at the amazing iLearnTechnology blog for another chance to win!


A StarrMatica Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Posted on : 14-02-2011 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General


Read below to learn how you could have a chance to win a 1-year StarrMatica Classroom Membership valued at $300!

·         Do you spend too much time getting your interactive lessons ready?

·         Is your interactive whiteboard used less often than it could be because you don’t have time to create content?

·         Do you wish you had lessons already prepared to be used on your interactive whiteboard?


2-d-circus-cannon-screen-shotStarrMatica is in the business of making your life easier.  If you’re a teacher, busy, and have interactive whiteboards, StarrMatica’s got your back with a solution made by a teacher for teachers. 

StarrMatica is a Prometheus award winning educational publishing company founded, owned and operated entirely by teachers on a mission to help fellow educators transform their classrooms with technology.

StarrMatica’s main focus is an online library of over 3,800 K-6 reading, math, and science simulations, animations, activities, games and assessments searchable by grade, topic, National Core Curriculum, state standards and textbook curriculums. StarrMatica is used on every brand of interactive technology by thousands of teachers and students every day.

Visit the StarrMatica Kids page to check out a sample of StarrMatica’s activities or sign up for a one week free trial to get a taste of what StarrMatica offers and how useful this membership could be for your classroom.

Contest Rulesstarrmatica-learning-systems-logo-jpeg-version-copy

1. Leave a comment on this post stating how you would use a StarrMatica Classroom Membership to enhance instruction or students’ learning.

2. To receive TWO additional entries, leave a comment (a copy is fine) on the Giveaway Posts on StarrMatica Learning Systems Facebook Page and on Interactive Whiteboard Insights Blog.

3. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on Monday, February 28th.

(Leave only one comment. Duplicate comments will be deleted. All comments are moderated so they may not show up right away. Please make sure you fill out the applicable comment fields so that you may be reached if you win.)

Good luck!

Ten Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Interactive Whiteboard Content

Posted on : 30-04-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General


After a two month break, The Interactive Content Corner is back with a renewed commitment to sharing quality online resources coupled with realistic ways to integrate them into your instruction.

Before we continue to feature free online content, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the fact that not all of the content you need for your classroom is free.

Before you attempt to navigate the rapidly increasing number of paid content choices, check out this post from Interactive Whiteboard Insights titled: Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Purchasing Interactive Whiteboard Content

Then download the Interactive Content Evaluation Checklist (2142) to assist you in choosing the right content for your classroom.


Blabberize.com and Voki.com

Posted on : 03-11-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General


voki-thumbnail1The websites:

These two websites have many versatile uses sure to spice up your next classroom project.  Voki.com allows students to create their own character and then record a message for the character to deliver.  Blabberize.com allows students to upload a photo, outline the mouth, and then record a message so it appears as if the photo is speaking. 

Classroom applications: 

1.  Oral reports and presentations are the two most obvious uses for these websites.  If you have assigned reports on historical figures, consider having your students find a picture of their subject and record their report so the historical figure can tell the class about himself/herself.

Do We Throw Traditional Teaching Methods Out the Door?

Posted on : 01-10-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General


Inevitably, when I am speaking with someone about using technology in the classroom, I will be confronted with the question, “What is wrong with using books and paper and pencils to teach reading and writing and math like we always have?”  To which I respond, “Nothing.”   I firmly believe that traditional teaching methods should not be thrown out the door completely in lieu of teaching with technology.   However, I also believe that technology is the language of today’s students and that a blend of old and new instructional methods will reach a wider range of learners with unique skills, needs, and interests.