MixBook or Smart NoteBook- School Memories Book

I posted about MixBook last October.  Since this is the time of the year when teachers are thinking of creating a book of classroom memories, I thought I would post about MixBook  again.

Of coutse Mixbook wants you to pay for the print editions, but you can just have a hyperlink to your classroom memories book and save time and paper.  Assign each student a page and let them be creative!

Another option would to assign each student a page of a SmartNoteBook file and then combine the pages into your Classroom Memories Book.  Use the SmartNoteBook file menu to export the file to a PDF for printing and viola, you Classroom Memories Book is finished!

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MixBook is a FREE online application for creating a book online.  I posted about MixBook at the end of last school year.

However, Beth (One of the members to this blog.) mentioned in an e-mail how she had used MixBook to publish original writing pieces, so I thought I would post this excellent site again.

Beth was able to use one login and password, assign students a page in the book and then students could work in school or at home.  She also mentioned that the project turned out so well that some parents purchased the book from MixBook.

Thank you Beth for reminding me of Mixbook.  Many times my blog sources come from my members.  Keep the ideas flowing!

MixBook also look great when you are showing them on an Interactive White Board.

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Every year teachers ask me how they can easily create DVD’s to give to students at the end of the year. This is a ton of work!  First you have to create the original and then make copy after copy.  How about if there was an easier way?

The easier way is MixBook!

MixBook gives us a FREE online alternative!  You can build your classroom yearbook as the year progresses and create a link from your web page for the finished book.  If the students really like what you have accomplished, they can pay to have the book printed.

MixBook works very much like Glogster.  If you have used Glogster then you are already familiar with MixBook.  MixBook gives you themes (backgrounds) for you book or you can create your own.  Page layouts are prepared for you and placing your images is as simple as drag and drop.  Text creation is a snap with lots of text fonts, colors and sizes!

And MixBook is not just for the teacher!  Plan on having your students create their own  poetry books, a children’s book, Science book, online journals, etc.   The book ideas are endless!

Create a FREE account on MixBook and practice publishing your first book today!


IPad Apps for Social Studies

A+ educators brings you some IPad Apps for Social Studies.  The Apps are broken up by grade level.

Grades K-2
Stack the States Lite – This dynamic game explores the states in a fun and engaging way

U.S. Westward Expansion – Students travel with Lewis and Clark and can explore interactive maps, timelines and games

Grades 3-5
National Geographic – Free through the Newstand app, students can explore limited sample content from National Geographic and National Geographic Kids

European Exploration: The Age of Discovery – Learn about the European world in the 15th Century using this simulation app

Grades 6-8
My Country HD – With this app, students can create a country with a starting capital of $65,000

Constitution – Use this full copy of the US Constitution for debate, research and more

Grades 9-12
Market Dash – Students can learn about economics by following the market, watching trends and creating their own portfolios

MyCongress – Track congressional news, explore profiles of Congress members and encourage students to contact their representative(s) with this great app

Grades K-12
Khan Academy – This outstanding app provides students and educators access to the entire Khan Academy curriculum

Interactive Refrigerator Magnets

Refrigerator Magnets have always been a popular way to help students learn how to spell and construct sentences.  Teachers can now use an Interactive Online version available at the Woodlands Junior School.

Have a student start a sentence and other students can add to the sentence.

Add a descriptive word?

To clear the board Refresh the page.

There are many other interesting games on this UK site.




Online File Conversion – Audio-Video-Ebooks-and More

Many of us have used Zamzar for file conversion of audio and video but a new online FREE service does even more.  Online-Convert will convert the traditional audio and video files but also converts Ebooks, Images, Documents, Hash Tags and Archives to many other formats.

Select the type of conversion that you want to perform and then use the drop down menu to choose the format that you want to convert the file TO.  Then click GO.

This will take you to another Internet Page where you will Click the Browse Button to Select your file or Paste in the URL of the file.  Example: A YouTube movie URL.

There are other selections that you can make concerning the quality of the conversion and audio.  I usually leave these alone and click Convert File.

The file will be uploaded, wait for about a minute, and then a window will open asking you to download the converted file.

You are Finished, File Converted.  Very quick and Easy.

The Ebook converter could be very useful for individuals who have different Ebook readers.




KhanAcademy – 3000+ Videos – Math to History

KhanAcademy provides more than 3000+ videos on topics from Math to History.  Also provided, are more than 300+ practice interactives.  All of the online interactives and movies are provided FREE to anyone.

KhanAcademy covers the areas of History, Science, Humanities, Art History and Other subjects.  Movies are available for each of the individual concepts.   Practice interactives are available for only some of the concepts.

Math to Physics – What would a Map of Knowledge of Math Concepts look like?

US History Overview

Biology – Parts of a Cell

The goal of the non-profit  KahanAcademy is to provide a world class education to anyone, anywhere and at anytime.  A wonderful award winning learning site for everyone.


Road To Grammar

The website Road To Grammar helps students improve their grammar skills through the use of Quizzes and Games.

I wish they had this site when I was in school, since I am a visual learner. And of course who doesn’t like a game?

Do your students need extra practice on Word Forms, Present Perfect, Idioms… they are all here and more!

You want Games?  There are games for ESL students or your regular class reviewing grammar.

There are also lots of teacher tools here in the form of downloads in PDF format.

A great tool to use on the Interactive Whiteboard for a whole class review or individually at a computer.  Grammar can be a difficult subject to teach.  Road To Grammar makes grammar more interesting and interactive.

If you look at Road To Grammar also look at Grammar Bytes.  Grammar with an attitude!

BiteSize – Math – Science -English Games from the BBC

The BBC brings you the website BiteSize which offers learning skills in a game format.  The learning skills are for the Elementary Age student and are focused in the areas of English, Math (The English call this the Maths.) and Science.

The games are professionally created and will keep your students focused on the learning being taught.  You might find them fun also!

The learning concepts may be BiteSize but the learning is BIG!

Have your students play them on an individual computer or show the on the interactive whiteboard for a class review.

Save the world from the Robots by answering the decimal questions correctly and earning Bio-Rods!  You only have so much time and only 4 lives before the Robots take over.

Use your knowledge of Magnetism to foil a crime spree!