10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Free Comic Book Day~May 3

Saturday, May 3, is Free Comic Book Day! Participating Comic book shops will give away free comic books.

Follow this link to see a list of participating shops. Here’s advice for a successful Free Comic Book Day from Galley Cat:

Call your local comic shop, check out their Facebook page and/or website to see what their Free Comic Book Day policy plans are in addition to what extra events are going to be taking place during their FCBD. Some comics shops give out 1-2 comics, while others give out more. It is good to know how many comics you can expect to get for free so you can plan out if you want to visit other comics shops to see if you can get more free comics and different books.


Information Source: Galley Cat


The Newspaper Clipping Generator~Mid-week Fun from a vintage favorite

The Newspaper Clipping Generator is a vintage favorite for delivering personalized content in snippets.

Check it out: http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp


Fill in four text fields and click “Generate” to reveal your image clipping. Please do not use students’ names or personal identifiers or actual newspaper names. To download your newspaper clipping, use the link at the bottom of the generated image. You can publish your image on your own website or blog.  Direct linking to the newspaper clippings doesn’t work; the images are deleted from the server after a short time span. The sample above is for my online science course.


Fall Printable

Click to view and download this free Fall printable from Pen And Paint Blog

Fall Printable


Mind mapping Tools online

Mind-mapping allows students (and teachers!) to accomplish higher order thinking skills as they collect, organize, and  represent ideas, tasks, words, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea into a mind map diagram. This blog post explains three Ways Mind Mapping Can Be Used to Enhance Learning http://ow.ly/1kH6RI

The blog EducatorsTechnology also compiled some advantages of using mind mapping tools in education :

  • Mind mapping enables teachers to manipulate ideas and concepts with great ease and flexibility
  • It helps present information in a visually attracting and comprehensive way
  • Its organizational structure helps students understand and communicate their knowledge effectively
  • Teachers can use it to manage their classes and activities
  • It helps teachers summarize, organize, and present lecture information
  • It can be used by both teachers and students to create tutorials and explain difficult concepts
  • Visual maps gets students attention and focus
  • It promotes active note taking, thinking, and learning skills
  • It fosters inquiry and problem solving

This article also lists some truly awesome and free mind mapping tools for teachers–click over and spend some time…you just may have some new resources for the upcoming school year!



Children Inspire Design

Did you know if you sign up for Children Inspire Design’s Newsletter you get a gorgeous & FREE art print on the 1st of every month?
What a great idea!

Children Inspire Design is a product line of modern, eco-friendly and culturally diverse wall art, wall cards and posters, full of whimsy, and designed to help children learn compassion for our earth and all who inhabit it.  Artist, mother and social entrepreneur, Rebecca Peragine, has combined her passion for global design with her desire to inspire children to celebrate eco-consciousness and the beauty of different world cultures. They are also have a page on Facebook.


Tuesday Tidbit

Would you like a subtle way to change the world.

Include a link to a charitable cause in your email signature.
Information without intrusion.
Suggestion without speaking.
Help without hollers.

After your email signature and contact information, just place the title of your cause and the weblink.

Helen 4OOPS
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New York
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Free Star Wars eBook and Mother’s Day eCards

For a short while, Powells Books   will offer Betrayal, the first volume in the Star Wars Legacy of the Force series free eBook!

Just in time for Mother’s Day (jk)!

Betrayal follows the heroes of the new Jedi order and the second generation children of Anakin Skywalker. It is .  Click here for more details: Special Powells.com offer

Also, Hallmark has new, spiffy eCards just in time for Mother’s Day. hallmark.jpg

Why not encourage early finishers to create an eCard for moms, grandmas, aunties, etc…


Free: Adobe Photoshop Express, PhotoShop ‘Till You Drop

Sign up to receive free access to Adobe Photoshop Express during Adobe’s beta* test period.

Photoshop Express takes image editing online with features such as rotating, cropping, adding effects, slideshow options, storing up to 2 gigabytes of images, sharing, downloading, and uploading photos online.

This is an especially great feature for teachers and students who would like basic photo editing features in a browser window, without cost, for digital stories, projects, and personal use. Since all work is down through a browser window, there is no download to conflict with filters or school policies that prohibit downloads. Click here to sign up.

*(A beta test is similar to a TAKS field only fun, without anxiety.) 🙂



Free Animated Download- Horton Hears A Who!

horton2.gifhorton2.gif  An animated digital version of Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss, complete with animation, narration and sound effects is available for free download in honor of NEA’s Read Across America Day. This special Seuss classic will be available for free exclusively on Kidthing Read More

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