Happy Birthday, A Wrinkle in Time

“Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe.”




Documentary Tube

DT is an excellent place where viewers can go and find documentaries on a variety of subjects.  Searches can be done by subject, theme or top 100. There are hundreds of movies available in full length form to watch right on the computer. This website is user-friendly and allows people to navigate through its impressive collection. One of the best advantages of this site is that it is absolutely free and a user can create a playlist and save it.

Lyrics Gap

Lyrics Gap is a wonderful new (beta) site that I stumbled upon in one of my PLN’s.  This is a site that is fun for learning a foreign language through the use of music.  Basically, a user browses through a number of pop culture songs that are set to a certain language and then tries to fill in the missing words in the song.  It’s kind of like that TV game show that Wayne Brady used to host.  What makes this great for teachers as they can create custom exercises and select what words of the songs they want omitted and then share a link w/ students to let them try to fill in the blank.

Primary Wall

Primary Wall is a great resource that is super easy to use. It’s a sticky note site, similar to Wallwisher but without its slow loading time and difficulty saving. Basically, the teacher creates a site, shares the link with his students, and gives them a question or something to comment about on a sticky note they create. No sign-up or registration is necessary.  Classroom possibilities are numerous. You can have students post a sticky note on Monday morning about something they did over the weekend, post a sticky note on questions they may have during a lesson you are teaching and then review their questions at the end of your teaching time, or post a sticky note if they have a question about homework that can be discussed the following day.



Very similar to Animoto…. Just upload your photos, video clips, add your favorite music, and add your emotions about the event by writing some text or creating a narration. Their video generator lets you collaborate with others, so that two or more people can create one video story together.


Class Pager

Text your classroom.  Broadcast updates to parents and students on any mobile device.  Engage any student on any device — during or after school.  Ask and answer questions, individually or with groups of students for immediate feedback and student assessment.  Incorporate modern technology in your teaching safely and easily.


When In Time

Whenintime is a web application that enables you to create, explore and view timelines on the topic of your choice.

Quick ScreenShare

QuickScreenShare.com is the simplest way to share screens with anybody:  All a user has to do is select share their screen enter a name and then share the unique URL that is generated.  .No registration required and completely free. Nothing to install for sharer or share.  Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Even lets you remotely control mouse and keyboard!



Creating Music

Creatingmusic.com is a children’s online creative music environment for children of all ages. It’s a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles. Come discover fun and easy ways to make music!  This is a music teachers dream site!



a video game-based learning resource for K–12 students. In DimensionU, students can access 3D multiplayer educational video games that help them hone their math and literacy skills, connect with friends, and compete and collaborate while learning.   You can click on the orbiting green M above to transport yourself to DimensionM, where you’ll find multiplayer educational games for Math, click on the purple L for the land of Literacy, or click on the blue S to transport yourself to DimensionS where you can work on your Science skills.  Students can challenge other students around the corner or around the world, form online study groups, or play individually. Leader boards allow students to see their names in lights, tokens can be earned for correct answers allowing students to purchase virtual assets to enhance their characters.



Click here to read more about ifaketext.  iFaketext simulates an ongoing text stream that you then take a screenshot of and add to any project or presentation.  Here are a few ideas:  Students could write dialog between: Two book characters from a scene in a story, Two animals (including some facts about them), Two historic figures, Two friends discussing a book, movie, or event. The ideas are endless!


Click here for the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo.


Happy reading!

YEA! Students Visit Quest Recycling

December 16, 2011
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Yea students visit Quest
Future entrepreneurs visit Quest Recycling in Frisco.

Recently middle and high school students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy hosted at FISD Career, Educations and Technical Center took a field trip to Quest Recycling Services. Brian Dick, CEO of Quest Recycling Services, provided the class an overview of Quest and his journey of becoming an entrepreneur.

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job–not just take a job! YEA!’sÔ direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. In 2008, YEA!Ô “spun-off” from the University of Rochester, where it was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc., which is currently launching sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country to provide comprehensive, exciting entrepreneurship education, leadership development and innovation training to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years old in the United States thereby making the program available to students at a variety of geographical regions, and providing them with skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call the Frisco Chamber of Commerce at (972) 335-9522 or visit www.yeausa.org.



Parents of students in eighth and ninth grade are invited to attend an informational meeting about the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) test.

FISD Administration Building
5515 Ohio Drive
6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 25.

Please RSVP to Patrice Dunn at DunnR@friscoisd.org