Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Come one, come don't want to miss this. On March 2nd, many elementary schools celebrate what would have been the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, known better as Dr. Seuss. Here are a few technology integration ideas to honor this special day in schools:

  • Check out Seussville for many online activities, games, and printables.
  • Have your students fill out this online Cat in the Hat birthday card.
  • Or, create your own online birthday card to share with other students around the world. Students could also use Kerpoof to make birthday cards for Dr. Seuss.
  • Get a free educator's voicethread account, and let your students comment on these Dr. Seuss digital stories. Or, better yet, take pictures/video of your class and create your own Dr. Seuss digital story to share.
  • Use Voki to let your students create a speaking avatar to record and share a birthday message on your wiki or blog (can also be emailed).
  • Use Skype (requires a webcam and mic) to video conference with another class over their favorite Dr. Seuss books . Check out this blog on using Skype in the classroom.
  • Join a Dr. Seuss Wiki such as or create your own Dr. Seuss class Wiki. You can still get an ad free wikispace at no cost if you're an educator.
  • Have your students record podcasts using your cell phone and Gcast or Audacity and a mic on what their favorite Dr. Seuss book is and why to put on an iPod, blog, or your classroom webpage. Or create a vodcast using Garageband if you're a Mac user. If you're a PC user, you could convert a Photostory 3 Dr. Seuss digital story to a MPG4 using Zamzar to put on iPods as well.
  • Create a mind map and collaborate with another class using the free application
  • Thinkfinity has lesson plans and web links for this day.
  • Your students could also create their own comics using ReadWriteThink's Comic Creator.
  • You can find several free Dr. Seuss videos such as The Lorax at Google Video or at Discovery Education (formerly United Streaming) if you're a member.
  • Many Dr. Seuss images at Google
  • There are also great ideas and printables at Hubbard's Cupboard , A to Z Teacher Stuff, and Ed Helper. Scan any of the cute printables that your students do as JPEGs and then put them into Photostory 3 for your students to narrate.
  • Have your students rewrite one of his books. Each child could do their own page in PowerPoint or Keynote. Save these pages as JPEGs and put them in Photostory or Garageband to share on Teacher Tube or School Tube.
  • There are many examples of digital stories at Teacher Tube and School Tube such as the embedded video below by High School Students.

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