Hello! Welcome to my Wiki page. Here are some of the cool things I've been doing in Educational Technology:

My Favorite Educationa Game Site:
Great for enhancing Geography skills:)

My Favorite Websites:

This site was referred to me earlier in the school year from my brother-in-law, who is a SMART Board representative. The site is a "PowerPoint Palooza" for secondary - level social studies teachers. There are a large number of PowerPoint presentations covering most of the social sciences. What I have liked the most about the collection is that they are all compatable with my SMART board.

The ide@s website is a search engine for Wisconsin educators. Wisconsin educators evaluate, organize, and align the thousands of lesson plans out there to match the Wisconsin state standards. Using this search engine for lesson plans is a short cut - you know you're getting a quality lesson plan without having to do all the work.

This is one of my favorite "mom" sites. It offers quick and easy recipes, that are always hits in my house! You can find anything from appetizers to desert to beverages. Each recipe is rated, and many are made with 5 or less ingredients. A great tool after a long day at work!

Visit my blog at: http://nicoleverbeten.blogspot.com

Lesson 1
365 Days in African American History
Objective: Use an software calendar program (Microsoft Publisher) to create a calendare of events in African American History. Subject: American History
Grade Level: 9-12

In this lesson students will gain an understanding of the influence African Americans had on American History. They will learn about significant people, the their contributions to our history. Students will be creating a daily calendar of events in African American history. Student will work in small groups to research events in black history for each day of their assigned month. They will be required to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a list of suggested websites. Once students have collected their data/information they will record and report results using a calendar template in Microsoft Publisher. Students will present their calendars to the class. The calendars will then be displayed in the room.

Lesson 2

A Candidate Watch with Google Tools

Objective: Use collaborative and interactive tools to engage students in an election candidate and the issues.
Subject: Political Science/Social Studies
Grade Level: 9-12

In this lesson, students will use Google Tools to track election candidates. This lesson will work best with a presidential election, but can be applied to any election. In the first phase of the lesson, students will use Google Earth to highlight the candidates. In teams, the students will be assigned a candidate(s) to watch. Teams will then locate and "Placemark" potential candidates or announced candidates in a Google Earth Tour. Over a period of time, students are to then make their "Tour" interactive by linking Earth "Placemark Descriptions" to candidate speeches or videos. They can then use Earth's "Image Overlay" to link photos of the candidates to the map. In the "Placemark Descriptions" students will also place other important information, such as party affiliation, links to the candidate websites, state electoral numbers, ect. They may also place links to other Google Tools, like the Docs and Spreadsheets and Google Blogger, that they will also be using throughout the campaign in the "Placemark Descriptions." As the campaign progresses, students will update their "Placemarks." Students will save their work and files will be used for ongoing discussion on the role of geography in the election, the campaigns, and the issues.====

Lesson 3

Legacy of the Dust Bowl
Objective: Students will analyze primary sources to evaluate the impact of the Dust Bowl on American society.
Subject: American History
Grades: 6-12

In this lesson the teacher and students will utilize the internet to access and analyze primary sources from the Great Depression, particularly the Dust Bowl. The teacher will first share with students 7 pictures from the Dust Bowl. These pictures can be found in a powerpoint found at www.cyberbee.com/dustbowl/faces.html. After analyzing the pictures, students will be asked to anwer reflect on the following quesitons: What is happening in these photos? When do you think these photos were taken? Why? What geographical area(s) is captrued in these photos? Students can discuss their findings and a whole group, with partners, or through on online discussion format. This lesson emphasizes the impact that the internet has on students' access to primary sources. As a history teacher, primary source analysis has never been easier! And therefore, students are able to be reflective and draw their own conclusion more than ever.