Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September 2014 is....

September 2014 is….

Library Card Sign Up Month

Labor Day—September 1, 2014

International Literacy Day—September 8, 2014

September 11th—We’ll Always Remember    

Constitution Day—September 17, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day—September 19, 2014

Banned Books Week—September 21-27, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month—Sept 15th-Oct. 15th

Welcome for September 2014


Bem-vindos! (in Portuguese)

Welcome to the students, teachers, and librarians of Conc├│rdia, Santa Catarina in Brazil!  We’re happy you are using Infotopia.info, Infotrek.info and Kidtopia.info for your research needs!

Web 2.0, Anyone?

Web 2.0, Anyone?
Are you looking for some new web tools to use with your classes?  Try one of our recommendations for FREE Web 2.0 Tools for you and your students.

Import your own images and create beautiful full screen slideshows, blockquotes, articles, photos, videos, a countdown, or a streetview project. Your creations will be full screen on tablets or the web.  Registration required. Online. Free.

Create flyers, presentations, facebook covers, blog graphics, business cards, posters, and invitations. Choose from million of images and hundreds of fonts.  Just drag and drop to create amazing results. (Some images are $1, but many are free.) Registration required. Online. Mostly free.

Write or read a story, a chapter book, or a poem and illustrate with beautiful images that are included with this amazing program. For all ages, from Preschool to Adult.  Registration required.  Online.  Free.

Our New YouTube Channel

Infotopia World now has a new YouTube channel where we are creating and posting our own fun, educational videos for your classes. 
We plan to post a new video every week, but we need your input on topics.  Check out our YouTube Channel to see all the videos we have created.  Based on your requests, here are some of the videos have created so far:

Help! I Have to Do a Science Fair Project!
(for elementary and middle school)
Kidtopia Presents: Community Helpers
(for PK-Grade 3)

Infotopia Presents: Texas History Heroes
(for elementary and middle school)

What are Primary Sources?  (A Time Travel Adventure) (for elementary and middle school)

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and you’ll get automatic updates when our new videos are published!

Need a Free Talking Avatar?

Need a FREE talking Avatar?
Try www.voki.com.You can create a talking avatar and post it on your web page or play it live for your students.  Click on the link below to see one that I made when I was a librarian.

Can you tell where I would love to travel to?  (Je parle fran├žais.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Community Helpers

We have been meeting with a lot of librarians around the state of Texas, and we asked for suggestions for topics for videos and resource pages for our web sites and search engines.  "Community Helpers" was one of the many requests, so I have just finished an intensive search of web sites that help teach children about community helpers.
As a result, I have posted a new resource page on Kidtopia.info for PK-3 on Community Helpers,
plus I created a YouTube video (http://youtu.be/4y-YNZjziSc) on the topic.  One of my children's librarians at our local library posed for the video, by the way.  
I am using iMovie to create my videos and still learning a lot.  (What do you think???)  
I have also posted on the video on Vimeo in case you can't access YouTube from your school.

I really need some input from elementary teachers.  (I was a secondary teacher, secondary librarian, and an administrator.)  Am I on the right track?  Is the vocabulary on the right level? I would love to hear from you.  Please post a comment below.  

Also, send us requests for new resources and/or YouTube videos.


Monday, August 11, 2014

What are Primary Sources? (A Time Travel Adventure)

What are Primary Sources?  (A Time Travel Adventure)

Designed for elementary or middle school social studies or history classes, students will be able to list at least ten types of primary sources following this brief 2 minute video.  There is a simple quiz included in the video in which they distinguish primary from secondary sources.  

You can find lots of teacher-recommended web sites on primary sources by going to

Part 2 (to follow in this series) will take them to a higher level and they will ask questions about what they can learn from primary sources.

What are primary sources?  They are the original documents or objects that were created at the time historical events occurred. One might say they are the raw materials to interpret the past.  

Can you name at least ten primary sources?
1. A historical document such as The Constitution or Declaration of Independence
2. A diary or a journal
3. A newspaper article 
4. A photograph
5. A speech
6. An interview
7. A work of art such as a painting or a sculpture
8. Artifacts from history such as tools, weapons, or household items
9. A letter
10. An audio or video recording

Infotopia World now has a YouTube channel.  You can find it at:

Please support our efforts to produce quality educational videos by subscribing to our channel and "liking" our videos.  We would also love for you to comment on our videos and posts.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Help! I Have to Do a Science Fair Project!

Get ideas for science fair projects and learn the steps of the scientific method by following this young man in this video as he researches ideas for science fair projects on www.infotopia.info/sci_fair_projects.html .

 Infotopia World YouTube Channel:  http://youtu.be/zi27cVz8fns 
On Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/102485457

He learns and follows the steps of the scientific methods in preparing and completing his science fair project. 

Scientific Method:
1. Identify the problem
2. Research the problem
3. Formulate a hypothesis
4. Conduct an experiment
5. Reach a conclusion

Please support us by viewing and "liking" our videos and subscribing to our InfotopiaWorld Channel on YouTube.  (We just started creating videos two weeks ago.)   Please send us your feedback.  Also, you can request topics for short videos by submitting comments below.