Crash Course for Kids is a fairly new YouTube channel that is focusing on the Next Generation Science Standards (they are staring with fifth grade material). It might be a nice way to introduce a lesson or you might want to use it in a flipped approach especially with EDpuzzle. For the complete from TeachersFirst, please click here.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Looking for a nice package of internet safety resources? Need something for students, teachers, and parents? How about an educator guide? If you answer “yes” to these questions, please check out the Intel/Discovery Education site Think before you link.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Looking to take your students on a virtual field trip? How about a tour of the ancient city of Pompeii? Now you can use Google Maps and explore the images (several offer a panoramic view option). For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.
Friday, September 25, 2015
This week i visited Mrs. Read's classroom. As part of my visit, the students created ChatterPix based on the story they were reading in class. I had a great time and look forward to working with them again. The best part was working one on one with the students and having them assist the next student in the creation of the videos.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Which one do you use? Amy Roediger posted a nice comparison on her blog ( A Lever and a Place to Stand.) She outlines Kahoot!, Quizziz, and Socrative and shares her information in a side by side comparison table. I haven’t tried Quizziz yet- anyone have any feedback? Please click here to read the complete post.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The Smithsonian has a quick game for younger students. Play Habitats and see if you can find locate homes for various critters. Explore four different areas - this would be great for a center or projected on a SMARTBoard. For the complete post from Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers, please click here.
Earlier today I saw tweets about Google’s Classroom calendar- and a few minutes ago it arrived in my account. For all new classrooms you create, the calendar will be automatic. For existing classrooms, just create a new announcement or assignment and that will generate the calendar. Calendar will appear in the menu (or as I refer to it , the hamburger on the top left). You can view all classes at once or just selected classes. For an excellent post from Michael Fricano II on Google Classroom Calendar, please click here.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Here is a post from Tom Mullaney from last month- full of ideas for geography. Check out 7 Awesome Tools for Social Studies Tools to teach Geography. From maps to virtual field trips, there is something for everyone.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
As part of the kickoff to the fall DEN Ambassador program, the group made paper slides this morning. They felt (and I agree) this project could be adapted to any grade and content area. For some reason, the
above video keeps coming up in restricted mode- yet you can play it on a non district device. It is strange how the YouTube filtering works! Thanks for your patience.
Friday, September 18, 2015
While I’ve attended concerts at Carnegie Hall, I must admit I didn’t know much about the life of Andrew Carnegie. Andrew Carnegie’s Story follows Carnegie from childhood, through his business successes, and concludes with this philanthropic missions. It is interactive and geared to middle and high school students and includes video, primary documents, and images. (For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.)
Thursday, September 17, 2015
“One of these things is not like the others,One of these things just doesn't belong,..”
(Lyrics by Raposo)
This charming song from Sesame Street was the first thing I thought of when I saw Which One Doesn’t Belong? . Choose from numbers, graphs, shapes or you can even complete your own sets. The best thing about the site? They don’t provide the answer (yet you can submit a response with your justification). I think this would be perfect to engage student in thinking and would work well with a projector. (For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.)
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
- Do you have Discovery Education (aka United Streaming)?
- Are you willing to drive to Sayreville NJ?
- Are you ready to explore technology on 10/17?
Please join us at DENapalooza Sayreville from 9-2:30m on Saturday, October 17 at the Samsel Upper Elementary School. Please click here to register.
One of the many fabulous resources hosted by Jen Wagner is her Guess the Wordle site. You can select your level (based on grade level) or select one of the other options. This could be a great opening activity projected for the class. Students can defend their decisions or even make their own Wordle. (Just remember, Chromebooks are not wordle friendly).
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
This interactive site combines art and history. Picturing American History can be viewed chronologically or by themes (i.e., leadership, democracy, courage, landscapes). This is an educator page and many extra resources. For the complete post from Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers, please click here.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Ever want to have your students work as a team on slides? Sometimes it takes a little organization to keep things moving in the right direction and eliminate confusion. In her blog, Alice Keeler shares great suggestions to make a shared slide project easy.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
This post from Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) is from late June. I’ve had it in my file since then. Jellybean Writer will allow your students to create their own storybooks. Jellybean Scoop is a collection of current news article complete with questions and other learning options. One of my friends has set up her class accounts- hopefully she will share some samples with me. This site would work best with elementary age students.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Share to Classroom is an effective Chrome extension for your students. With one click, you can your students to any website. Yes, you could write the URL on the board or send them the link in classroom, but after using this extension today in a middle school class, there is no easier way. Each “push” of a website opens in a new tab on the students’ machines.
You must be a teacher in the Google Classroom and your students must be members. (For those in Sayreville, this extension is already on all student machines and many teacher machine. The first part of the above video from Gooru will help you install the extension). For the complete post, please click here.
Want your students to be more collaborative? How can you help your students construct new learning? But what if you see yourself as a tech novice or maybe an adopter? The Technology Integration Matrix will help guide your choices! Select your student learning goal and then your level of technology skills. There are sample lessons based on the four major content areas (math, science, social studies, and language arts.). There are also video segments so you can see the lesson in action. (For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.)
Thursday, September 10, 2015
This trip is for Digital Citizenship. This is an online game that help Middle School students explore various topics including the Internet and cyberbullying. For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Now that Labor Day is behind us, you might be thinking about getting your Google Classroom online. While working today, I found this Google Classroom resource. It will walk you through everything classroom. I have also posted items on our in house Tech Resource site (you must be logged into your school Google account to access).
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
This entire blog post was typed (well not really typed) so I guess spoken to the computer. Google Docs now has a new tool called voice typing. You'll find it in a document under the Tools menu. Just click on it- it starts to record and you start to speak. How much better could it get?
Pam Gunter, Arleth librarian,shared her creative Kahoot strategy from last June.
“I wanted to let you know that we needed to come up with an assembly idea for the last week of school so we did a Kahootapalooza! We had two grades per assembly so I found appropriate trivia quizzes. We sat the kids in ten columns behind either a number or letter sign and gave each column an iPad. The kids took turns answering questions then passing the iPad down the row. It was a huge hit! ”
What could you do with a Kahoot!?
Monday, September 7, 2015
With all the news coverage this week showing shoppers waiting to purchase the new Star Wars toys, I couldn’t resist this site. Star Wars in the Classroom houses a variety of material correlated to classroom subjects. From viewing guides to guided discussions, you can connect Star Wars to anything! (For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.)
Sunday, September 6, 2015
While preparing for my Google Certification exams, I came across this YouTube channel- Innovative Chromebook Educators. These are recorded Google Hangouts divided by content area and include several educators in each session. They run about an hour, so you get comfortable and enjoy!
Global Post is a site geared for grades 6-12 to help them read about current events. You can
search from a toolbar or look at themes. From the review in TeachersFirst, you might want to review the content before sharing with your students. For the complete post, please click here.
If you are interested stop motion animation, please check out this site from the New York Film Academy Student Resources. Start with models and settings and explore all their material. (From TeachersFirst- for the complete post please click here)
Friday, September 4, 2015
Why the Marshmallow Challenge, of course! This wonderful project , sponsored by Jen Wagner, is geared to grades K-6 and runs from 10/9 to 11/20. In 18 minutes, how do you think your students will fare? For complete information and registration (this is a free project) go here.