Friday, December 28, 2012

Hot Topic Friday! 19Pencils

Technology, Classroom management, Globicate, Heidi Befort

     So here's to a new year right around the corner with less hassle and more time for all of you teachers.  With that in mind I thought I'd share a site I ran across the other day, 19Pencils, to make your life a little easier.  This site touts itself as a free site to share resources with other teachers.  It's easy to sign up and the first thing that comes to mind when I sign up is it's similar to Edmodo. You can easily peruse lessons and resources, but I found a lot of eHow information when I searched for some science lessons for when I go back to school in January.  I'm not saying that eHow isn't useful, but I was looking for a little more.  I did find many Smartboard lessons which is great for me since I have a Smartboard. I also came across some Schooltube videos, and lesson plans.
     19Pencils also has the ability to save your favorite sites (especially easy with the Google Chrome widget), create a class, create a class page, add your school's favorites, add a widget to your class webpage or blog, and create assignments and quizzes.  I found some SchoolTube videos and gaming sites that you could easily save for easy access for your students.  All in all, 19Pencils (in the Beta stage) is an easy site to use, access, and share resources with your fellow teachers. Check it out and let me know what your think!


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