Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Expedition Arctic will take you on an arctic tour without leaving your classroom. You can explore sites via the map, meet the team, and observe the artifacts.
For more information and additional implementation suggestions, please see the TeachersFirst post here.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
I guess I wasn’t really paying attention (or I’m very adaptable) but in truth, I didn’t realize the toolbars had changed until I read this blog post from Alice Keeler. Since it is icon driven, it is pretty easy to figure out the changes. You might want to share this with your students.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Richard Byrne shares a variety of math tools for Chromebooks in this blog post on Free Technology for Teachers. While I had seen some of them before, Math Vocabulary Cards was new to me. This would be great as a station or a SMARTBoard. It allows you to select which box you want to uncover- either the word, the visual description or the synonym. Here’s a screenshot.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
This is one of my favorite Jen Wagner projects (and I’ve been invited to several classes over the years and it is always fun!). If you teach PK-30 join this project, All the directions and registration is here. The project runs from October 22 to the 31st.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
So where do all the commas go? TeachersFirst recently shared these resources.
Become an editor for the New York Times! This 10-question quiz includes passages from articles with one grammatical error each. Click on the word you believe to be incorrect.
Use game-based learning to motivate your students to learn punctuation. Although basic, this site offers many opportunities for students to practice punctuation. You have the option to start over, try again, and even get a hint.
Personalize the writing and grammar experience for your students. Practice proper use of apostrophes, subject-verb agreement, comma issues, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, commonly confused words, and more. See our full review for more details!
Get gamified with punctuation! Help Dr. Igneous sort out confusing messages (missing commas) to save the villagers from an erupting volcano. Share this interactive on your whiteboard and then allow students to practice on their own. Share on your website.
Help Max and Molly "talk to the aliens" and correct their punctuation. There are three levels of difficulty. Topics vary by level and include: capitalization, periods, question marks, commas, quotation marks, and more.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
If you interested in implementing Project Based Learning in your classroom, you will want to check out the resources from the Creative Education here. From design elements to classroom strategies, everything is here.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Eric Curts has shared a creative way to create a Pi poem using his Google Template (Please click here for the complete post including the template). In his post, he walks you through the process to create a poem based on the number sequence in Pi. I bet you could think of ways to modify his template and create poems based on other number or dates.
Learning about the culture in MesoAmerica? Visit the ancient world at The Ancient Web (you will find a variety of ancient cultures (African, Asian, Egyptian, and the Near East). While there are some ads on the site, they are related to the content. For the complete review, please see Teachers’ First here.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
So how long did it take Nellie Bly to circle the world? (Remember she left from Hoboken and returned to Jersey City.) And how long would it take today? Check out A Race to Discovery! For a complete description, please see Richard Byrne's blog post here.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
While I don’t teach math, the title of this blog post from WeAreTeachers caught my eye. After I finished reading it, I recognized the difference a few small words (times versus groups of) could make in a student’s understanding. I wonder what small changes I could make in other content areas that improve pupil comprehension?
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Sign up here for a exciting (and free) morning of professional development! Ed-Camp 2016 will be held at the New Brunswick High School. I’ve attended for several year and have never been disappointed. Register by October 1 for the chance to win a ChromeBook!
It’s almost October and right along with the pumpkins and mums, it’s time to plan your virtual field to polar bear country. Please click here for all the details on the Discovery Education field trip at 1 pm on October 26. Be sure to check out their activities and resources. Like all DE field trips, it will be archived for later viewing.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Check out the new virtual field trip offerings from National Geographic! Just register your class and enjoy the free trips! (And they are recorded as well as future viewing). Visit their site here.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Here’s a Google Classroom guide complete with videos as well as PDF tip sheets. What a great way to kick off the school year!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Here’s a new SOS that seems to have real potential! Get those placemats ready! Here's the update from Discovery Education.
Creative, research-based instructional strategies – presented by teachers, for teachers.
When students have adequate think time, the quality of their responses improves. The Placemat strategy is designed to allow each student time to think. It also provides a venue for them to share their perspectives while encouraging them to listen to and appreciate the thoughts and ideas of other team members. The outcome of student participation in this strategy is a summary response that is better than what an individual student could produce alone.
Materials: Discovery Education media (reading passage, video, and/or image), large piece of paper to use as the Placemat, pen or pencil
- Select media that aligns with your curriculum.
- Review the media and decide what ideas are most important. Develop a related question or prompt to guide student reflection.
- Arrange students into groups. (Groups of four work well.)
- Provide each group with a piece of chart paper, and make sure each student has a pen or pencil.
- Set up the Placemat organizer by asking students to divide the paper into parts based on the number of members in the group, leaving a central square or circle. Also have each student select a different portion of the organizer as their work area.
- Share the media with students, along with the question or prompt to guide their thinking and processing.
- Ask students to reflect on the material by writing their ideas in their work area.
- When students have recorded their ideas, ask them to share as a group and then synthesize the common ideas they all share in the center area of the organizer.
The Placemat strategy helps students learn how to build on the ideas of others and combine common thoughts into a synthesized statement. When students have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on a topic, learning is retained and students are actively engaged in the thinking process.
Use the Placemat strategy as a jumping off point for a writing piece, a research opportunity, or a culminating project. When students generate their own ideas and thoughts, they are more engaged and have more ownership in the final product.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Here’s the latest from Storyboardthat on their summer updates:
1. New Content: We now have teacher guides for French,Health, Science, and a brand new concept called Illustrated Guides. These guides include Shakespeare Plays, Literary Elements, Famous People, Innovations & Myths!
2. Advanced Cropping: Now you can crop in a circle, and many other shapes with advanced cropping.
3. Smart Scenes: We introduced Smart Scenes last year. Now all of our scenes can be edited and layered. Click "Edit Scene" after you drag it into the Storyboard Creator.
4. New Characters: We now have over 700 characters.