Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Back to the Archive Linky!

Aaah, summer is in full effect here in Central PA! The Netflix binging and home improvement projects have officially begun! I've also been spending some time working on wrapping up some new products, and revisiting some old ones!

In the spirit of a stress-free summer, I've decided to pull some old posts out of the closet, dust them off, and put them out there for all my new readers to see! For most of you it'll likely be the first time!

I'm calling it "Back to the Archive!" And if you have your own blog, I hope you'll link up with your own flashback! You don't even need 1.21 gigawatts of power...Just grab the image above and link up!

So, without further ado, here's a post from way back in March of 2013! It only got a measly 57 views back then! At the time those were amazing numbers for me, but hopefully more people will tune in this time around.

I've been waiting for a good time to share a few cool websites I recently stumbled across! The Techie Tuesday Link Up from Technology Tailgate is perfect for that! I'll be back tomorrow with a Workshop Wednesday Linky for literacy!

These three sites all branch off of the same main site, which belongs to the University of South Florida

This is an awesome collection of public domain stories that have been converted to audio and pdf files. Includes favorites like Aesop's Fables, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, Tom Sawyer, etc. Great way to implement a listening center into an upper grades classroom. 

This link leads to a great collection of black and white clipart for non-commerical use. It's kind of amazing how many images are on here. All free to use for educational purposes. 

This one is a link to a great collection of things to use for sprucing up powerpoint and keynote presentations. I imagine the frames, borders and buttons might have other uses as well. Again, all of the items are free for educational purposes. 

The last site is one that I'm super intrigued with, but haven't put to use in my classroom yet. I'd love any ideas or suggestions on how it might be used with students. It used to be called Wallwisher, but has changed its name relatively recently to

Padlet allows you to have a virtual shared "wall" that people can post things on, kind of graffiti style. You can post text, images, files, etc. It's pretty cool. Check out the wall I made just for this post. It took literally 2 minutes.

Now, I hope you'll come back to link up or visit some of the links that others leave for you! The linky will be open all summer long!


  1. I'm all about some Netflix right now while I'm working on blogging, networking, creating, etc. I haven't really attempted any home improvement projects because I haven't been at my home. I did help my mom organize a closet. Does that count? I haven't used Padlet lately. I need to pull that one back out. Thanks for the reminder. LOVE the button for Back to the Archive. That is pure genius right there my friend!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Okay McFly--Who made that Back to the Archive banner? That is awesome--If you did it--Kudos! Loved your old post with those sites, I've spend the last few minutes checking them out. Padlet is just getting passed around at our school. It's funny how long good web tools stay around.

  3. Thanks so much for reposting! I love the site with the audio books and never would have found it on my own. I can't wait to use it as a listening center next year. My students will love it!


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