Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
I saw this Black Out text (for improved reading comprehension) last night on Facebook- and it is wonderful!
As a variation on a theme, consider having your students create Black Out poetry.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Using Google Templates can be a quick way to jumpstart a document or a time-saving device (when you are using the same format again and again). While templates used to have their own location, they have now moved! I’ve created a video to show you how to find them. For additional information, please see Richard Byrne’s (from Free Technology for Teachers) post here.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Alice Keeler (in her blog post today) reminded me of the possibilities with making non-linear slide presentations. I use them frequently in training (so I can quickly move around the presentation without going sequentially) but the examples she shared included the ever popular Choose your own adventure genre.
In her post, she included superb resources from Eric Curts. Please click here to access his webinar recording and resources. Here is a brief overview of the project.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
While working with Chris Testa’s class on Storybird today, Chris had a chance to explore the poetry feature. It provides a single image with words for you to arrange over the picture. You can reset both the image and the word. As with all Storybird projects, the images are engaging. She emailed her work to me:
Many folks have complained (myself included) that there is not an easy way to add voice to Google slides. The Learnia may offer a solution. You can upload your slides (after you download them to powerpoint) and then add up to 15 minutes of narration.
Here’s a sample I created on signing into your school Google account. The site is designed for flipped classroom lessons, but I know you could create any type of tutorial you wanted. You can email the presentation or embed it.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Want to share someone’s life story? Check out The History Project. You can can create a timeline or a slideshow. Geared for older students ( emails or Google sign in- I would think middle - high school), you can view publically shared stories or create your own.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Here’s a site that shows the connection between math, science, and music. Geared for all ages, there are a variety of activities for all types of learners (and learnings).
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Here’s a free set of lesson plans covering these topics:
1| U.S. American Volunteers in World War I, 1914-1917
2| U.S. American Women’s Volunteerism and Suffrage in World War I
3| Diversity and Debate on the U.S. Home Front During the “European War”
4| Lost Generation Artists and Writers as World War I Volunteers
5| Humanitarian International Relief: A Legacy of Great War Volunteerism
6| Young People, Volunteerism, and Global Citizenship: From World War I to the Present
I’m not sure if I would do all 22 lessons, but I think it is worth a look for integration with your lessons.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Maria Vella shared this short video of her students using one of their favorite Spotlight on Strategies- the snowball fight! Check out Discovery Education for a constantly updated source of technology integration ideas.
Since we have a subscription, sign into your account, go to Professional Learning, then select Strategies and Resources. Scroll down to see Spotlight on Strategies.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Here’s a good suggestion from Alice Keeler on the easiest way to locate your Google Classroom from the dashboard. It all has to do with numbering and the search feature. For the complete post, please click here.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Tracey Paul invited me to her class to assist with paper slide filming. Her class worked in groups and produced paper slides on the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. Here are two samples.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Learn Around the World has just released their last set of fall field trips. These include:
1- Wildlife of Maine :
1- Wildlife of Maine :
GEOshow Nov. 28 @ 1:00 PM EST
GEOshow Jr. Nov. 29 @ 12:00 PM EST
GEOshow Nov. 30 @ 11:30 AM EST
GEOshow Jr. Dec. 1 @ 10:30 AM EST
GEOshow Jr. Dec. 2 @ 10:00 AM EST
2- Wright Brothers - First in Flight :
GEOshow Jr. Dec. 5 @ 1:30 AM EST
GEOshow Dec. 6 @ 11:30 AM EST
GEOshow Jr. Dec. 7 @ 12:00 PM EST
GEOshow Dec. 8 @ 1:00 PM EST
GEOshow Jr. Dec. 9 @ 10:00 AM EST
Total VFTS open for registration
Week 10 - Pilgrims of Plymouth (week of 11/14)
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Please click here to register for Discovery Education virtual field trips for your students. They will be live from Churchill, Manitoba with 3 trips (please read the descriptions for the grade levels). I realize this is a tough month (given our school schedule) but I would encourage you to try and join one of the trips.
I love the TED-Ed talks- the brief (under 5 minute videos) along with a series of multiple choice questions, additional resources, and then guided discussion questions. Here’s the lesson onThe Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld - I’ve embedded the video below.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Quizizz is one of my favorite tools for formative assessment. Now they have added some updates including:
- Add Quizzes to collections and get things better organized.
- Like your favorite Quizzes.
- Discover quizzes based on popularity, recency and more
Here’s their story:
Introducing the all new Quizizz!
The new school year is in full swing! We know it’s always exciting to come back — A fresh start, new class, new students and even a new school for a few of us. This time of the year has always been special for us at Quizizz too. Last year, during this period, we released reports and homework features. We were ecstatic to see the impact of these features and heard many wonderful stories from you on this.
This year we are all set to release our new set of features again. The team has worked hard during this summer to add more awesomeness to Quizizz. The result? The new Quizizz is now faster, more secure and finding content has never been easier. We have significantly improved our search and added features to keep you better organized.
- Discovery: We have significantly improved our search algorithm, the new search automatically surfaces the trending quizzes to the top. In this release, you can filter your searches on grade levels and easily discover quizzes based on popularity, recency etc.
- Collections: The new “collection” feature not only allows you to easily organize the quizzes you created, but also gives you the power to bookmark any public Quiz to “My Quizizz” section. Learn more.
- Remove a Player: This was one of the top requested feature from last year, Now you can remove a player from the reports section as well as in the live dashboard of your Quizizz game. This saves us all from the embarrassment caused by some of the over creative students.
- Faster Quizizz: Quizizz game has been redesigned to make it work even on low bandwidth networks. Up for a challenge? Our previous record boasts of 2500 users in a single session but we want you to test the limits of our new system.
- HTTPS support: Now all the communication between your browser and Quizizz servers will be through a 256 bit encrypted SSL channel. This feature will add security measures and make it harder for others to sniff on our conversations.
- Like your Favorite Quiz: Do you like a particular quiz? With this feature you can show all the love to your favorite quiz by liking it.
- Rename a Report: This allows you to change the name of your reports and keep a better track of your quizizz games.
We hope these new features make your Quizizz experience even better. We invite you to experience the new Quizizz and share your ❤️ like always. Until then #HappyQuizizzing!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Do your high school students need step by step help for their research? You might want to check out R4S Research for Success. Its modules will help students understand all aspects of the research process from development a good question to reflection . For the complete post, please see TeachersFirst.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Getting started in Google Classroom? Alice Keeler provides her method in this blog post. It is probably not what you think- I was surprised when I read it.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Looking to add mix it up using Spotlight on Strategies? Check out these Halloween mashups- basically two SOS used together. Click here to read all the suggestions. New to Spotlight on Strategies (or S.O.S.)- sign into your Discovery Education account and search.