Not only is Storyboardthat one of my favorite tools for student creation, they also have a variety of teacher resources. Here’ s list from their most recent email. What could you use in your classroom?
Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Did you know predatory assassin flies feed mostly on other insects (and they catch them in flight)? Want to know more? Join the Smithsonian virtual field trip on April 6- click here for all the details and to register. The teaching resources and material are aligned to the NGSS.
While I love my Chromebook, I often see students searching for the Caps Lock key (while there is none, there is a shortcut using Atl + Search). Now there are new capitalization features in Google. Using the Format tool, Capitalization, you can:
- make all letters lowercase.
- MAKE ALL LETTER UPPERCASE.
- Capitalize The First Letter Of Each Word.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
With opening day less than a week away, here’s a chance to engage your students in the physics of the great American pastime. From the bat to the ball-it is all explained in this post from the National Science Teachers Association.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
This website showcases over 60 women and their contributions to the space program.It is designed to show the diversity of work experiences and paths to NASA. For a complete review, please click here on TeachersFirst.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Civil Rights History Project has collected interview from the activists of the time. Each interview also includes a transcript. This would useful information to develop background on the Civil Rights issues. This site is geared for grades 6-12 and you will find a complete review here from TeachersFirst.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
While these might look like Discovery Education Spotlight on Strategies, “Naturalist Now” and “Ideation and Prototyping” are STEM focused. Both have the step by step instructions you would find in an SOS.
“Ideation and Prototyping“
Inspired by: Haydee Taylor-Arnold, Ladue Schools, MO
According to the Framework for 21st Century Learning, we should “emphasize deep understanding rather than shallow knowledge” and “students learn best when actively engaged in solving meaningful problems.” This strategy addresses both of these tenets as it requires students to attempt to solve the same challenge more than once and evaluate their success with each iteration. Students have a chance to modify their thinking and adjust and restructure their ideas, similar to ideation in the real world.
Inspired by: Stacy Thompson, Caddo Parish Public Schools, LA
Many of the techniques we use for observation across content areas have been used by naturalists (scientists) for ages. This strategy requires students to practice making and recording observations as they build towards proficiency. Whether forming the base of a hypothesis, making inferences using fictional text, or interpreting historical events, the art of collecting and using observations to make predictions is a critical skill for all students.Click here to download this strategy
There are two places to easily find your work in Google Classroom. The first you will find on your dashboard. Just click on the folder to see your work in Google Drive.
For more information, please see Alice Keeler’s post here.
The second place (to see the same information) is once you open the classroom and select the About tab. The folder is shown below.
For more information, please see Alice Keeler’s post here.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
In this guest blog post from Nicole Naditz ( on Alice Keeler’s site), grading and proficiency are compared. Since many of our grades are moving (or have moved to) Standards Based Grading, I found it interesting.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Paper Slides is one of my favorite techniques for allowing students to show what they know. In fact, it’s a tool that is part of the DEN Ambassador Event 1. Karen Swierczek recently used it with her third graders. Here are two samples as they explain rocks and minerals.Don’t know how to create paper slides? Check out the Discovery Education S.O.S. (in district, click here; not a Discovery Education subscriber; click here.).
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
The Revision History in Google Apps can be critical- more than once I’ve changed my mind and need to go back to an earlier version. You can still find it under File but it looks slightly different (there is a screenshot here but if you want more details, please see Alice Keeler’s post here.)
Sunday, March 5, 2017
The Belmar St. Patrick’s Day parade was today (my parents used to live near the start so we went for many years). If you are still looking for St. Patrick’s Day material, check out this collection at TeachersFirst.
Alice Keeler has a solution for those cases when you students need extra time (and the late flag is classroom is just not the thing!). Please see her post here for reusing the assignment just for those students.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Need a little incentive to explore the Discovery Education S.O.S.? Click here to register for their 6-week challenge. In brief,
Engage with digital media in a practical, deep, and meaningful way. Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies are creative, research-based instructional strategies, presented by teachers for teachers. These highly engaging, easy-to-use activities support teaching and learning across the curriculum, drawing on rich and stimulating Discovery Education resources.
Need more information? Click here for more. Get started today and the DE weekly emails will help encourage you on your journey. Submit your photos on Facebook or Twitter to show the world!
I guess I missed John Steinbeck’s birthday- but that’s no reason not to explore the lessons on Storyboardthat. There are lessons and templates for 4 of his works:
What could your students create?
In this morning’s blog post from Richard Byrne (on Free Technology for Teachers) shared VocApp. Sign up for a free account and explore their flashcards or create your own. These flashcards include audio as well as images (and audio). If you are working to learn a foreign language, you can add the word and it will automatically add the same work in the foreign language you selected. Use it on a laptop/Chromebook or download the app for the iPad or Android.