Friday Photo: Happy Halloween

Oct 31, 2014 by

Family Circus Halloween

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Groupboard

Oct 30, 2014 by

Groupboard ipad iconGroupboard is a collaborative whiteboard tool that works on web browsers and has iPad and Android apps.  Groupboard is easy to use and has many helpful features such as multiple colors and different line weights.  Tablet users can use their finger or a stylus to draw and can use two fingers to pinch, zoom, and scroll.  Groupboard is also collaborative, allowing students to work together and chat in real time.  Students can use Groupboard to brainstorm, take visual notes, or show quick answers when working on practice problems.  Groupboard is a great tool for teachers to work with students on problem-solving.

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Wideo

Oct 29, 2014 by

Wideo is a fun tool for making animated videos.  It has many different tools for customizing your animated video including images, backgrounds, and pre-built animations.  Users can add text, music, and other objects when creating their video.  Making a Wideo is a great way for students to create evidence of learning in a fun and engaging way.  Wideo also has many tutorials to help users get started with their animated videos.  The video below shows some of the features of Wideo animated video creation tool.

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Popplet Tutorial

Oct 28, 2014 by

Popplet is a really fun tool for students to organize their ideas including images and text.  I first wrote about Popplet web version in January of 2013 and some of you may have already started using it in your classroom.  Like many tech tools that we read about and want to try, we don’t always get around to it.  Take a look at this helpful tutorial video created by one of my students explaining how to use Popplet on the iPad to help you get started with this great tool.

 

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Monday Success: Creative Assessment

Oct 27, 2014 by

This week’s Monday Success story comes from Kathleen, a World Language teacher in Rhode Island.  Kathleen has attended a few seminars and I am lucky to work with her. She has embraced trying new things and replaced the traditional paper mid-term. Instead, she had her students create magazines.  The students prepared for mid-term day by creating their magazine based on a 15-point rubric, including one “article” that included and embedded video with their voice.   Students worked on their magazines until mid-term day when they each presented their magazine to the class.  Kathleen told me, “I loved this project as it put onus on the learner and allowed a level of creativity unattainable in a paper.”  Great job, Kathleen!  Thank you for sharing.

Below is an example of the creative assessment by one of the students in Kathleen’s class.

Please keep sharing your Success Stories!

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Friday Photo: Afraid of Asking?

Oct 24, 2014 by

Always remember. . . if you have a question, someone else does too!   The more questions you ask, the more you will learn. . . so make use of the funds of knowledge that are available to you.
He who is afraid of asking is afraid of learning.

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PI Vocab

Oct 23, 2014 by

PI Vocab iTunes iconPI Vocab is an app that was developed by the Harvard Law School, INSEAD Business School, and University of Chicago for students to prepare for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT vocabulary.  The app includes more than 14,000 multiple choice questions within more than 2,500 timed quizzes.  The PI Vocab app has 2,000 flashcards including sample sentences, antonyms, synonyms, and positive or negative connotations.  The gameplay format of the app includes leveling up and experience points for users to track their progress. PrepInteractive also has apps for SAT Critical Reading and Graduate vocabulary prep.

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Halloween Teachable Moments

Oct 22, 2014 by

Jack-o-lantern

Photo credit: Three girls media, inc.

Halloween will be celebrated soon with costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, and tricks or treats.  Whether you celebrate Halloween the historic way, the modern way, or not at all, this holiday is a very interesting bit of world history.  Over the years, the historical Halloween traditions have been stretched into superstitions and tall tales.  Below are some lesson ideas and resources that you can use to take a closer look at Halloween with your students.

History Channel-Halloween

Halloween History

Library of Congress-The American Folklife Center-Halloween

Education World-Halloween Lessons

National Education Association Lessons

Make it Mobile:  Teachers could create QR Code triggers to place around the classroom so that when students scan them with their devices they find a link to research Halloween lore.  Some could be accurate and some could be fictitious so that students must work in teams and compare research to discern the truth from the fiction.

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Sonic Pics

Oct 21, 2014 by

Sonic Pics iTunes iconSonic Pics is a great digital storytelling app that has a number of classroom uses.  The app allows users to easily select images from the device camera roll or to take new images from within the app.  The user can then record narrations as they swipe through the images.  The app will automatically sync the narration to the slideshow.  After the images are selected and the narration is recorded, the digital story is easily uploaded to YouTube or viewed from your iOS device.  This very flexible app could be used to create content for flipping the classroom, to create a lesson hook, or a project-based learning entry event.

Make it Mobile:  Students can use their mobile devices to take pictures of a science experiment throughout the process.  When they have completed all of the steps of the experiment, they can compile the pictures and add narration of the steps including their conclusion and whether or not their hypothesis was correct.

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Monday Musing: Teachers as Professionals Keynote

Oct 20, 2014 by

The Monday Musing this week is a portion of a Keynote talk I gave at the PCF Teachers Convention.  As professionals, it is our job to stay connected to the world around us.  It is important to connect with our students, parents, and colleagues but we can’t forget about all of the knowledge that is available outside the walls of our schools and boundaries of our cities.  October is Connected Educator Month and there is no time like NOW to connect with colleagues outside your boundaries.  Check out some of the many opportunities to connect on the Connected Educator’s Month Calendar.  Join a Tweetchat. . .tune in to a webinar. . .join a Google + community.  There are many many ways to connect with professional learning opportunities and colleagues around the globe. . . get connected!

 

 

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