Kleinspiration, a newly created educational blog, brings readers technology treasures for today’s teachers. Classroom teacher, Erin Klein, showcases a rich display of web 2.0 sites for grade levels K-12 and all content areas. Klein states that her focus for selecting sites is based on three main factors: free sites that encourage student collaboration and project based learning, parent-friendly sites that support the student’s studies, and websites that spark higher-level thinking in a manner that is engaging for both teacher and student.
Kleinspiration provides inspiration to students looking for the ‘just right way’ to present an upcoming project, the parent at home wishing for support to assist with homework, and the teacher who is searching for the perfect gem to jazz up his or her lesson.
Erin Klein is a middle school teacher in southern Michigan with her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has extensive training in reading intervention programs and roots her style in Dr. Spencer Kagan’s Cooperative Learning Structures to infuse natural collaboration within her classroom and increase active engagement so that all students’ learning potential is maximized. Klein decided to pursue her passion for technology integration when she realized how much her own children were becoming acclimated to technology, and learning so much from it, all at such a young developmental and cognitive learning age. She knew this was their world, and she should embrace it. Thus, Klein began networking with other teachers and developed ways to comfortably embrace technology.Why Blog?
Oftentimes, the Internet can become cumbersome for those who only have a brief moment to utilize its full potential. Though most of us would love to include more technology into our lesson planning, we find that we simply run out of time. We run out of time when planning (as there are so many sites to choose from), and we run out of time covering content within the classroom (as there are so many weekly disruptions). Kleinspiration provides a spot where teachers can browse the newest technology finds, while still being reminded of quality sites that have been around, read comments/reviews other professionals/parents have made about a particular site, and peek directly into Klein’s middle school classroom as she shares her own lessons and student product examples. Furthermore, Klein has a contact page where she welcomes questions and opportunities to work together through conferences and workshops.
Social Networking Invitation:
I'd love to start a "Button Bounce." If you're interested in having Kleinspiration place your blog button on the home page, please contact me by clicking here. I'd love to do a button exchange to help our members share our sites with others.
- Button Bounce: click here to contact me of your interest in sharing each other's blog buttons on our pages, and I'll post your button on Kleinspiration
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Thank you very much for the opportunity to be a TBA author. I've been peeking at so many of the fantastic blogs already posted on this site, and I've become so inspired. A special thanks to a great blogger, Kristen, for sharing this site and her new blog.
I look forward to blogging with all of you,