Friday Photo: Don’t go wrong

Feb 5, 2016 by

Things aren’t always going to go perfectly and that’s okay.  Stay Crazy!

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Minecraft Story Mode for Gaming in Education

Feb 4, 2016 by

MinecraftSMMinecraft is a virtual environment that has taken education by storm.  Students have grabbed on to this 8-bit world and use it for all kinds of creative endeavors.  The introduction of the narrative and a story guide in Minecraft Story Mode adds some additional elements that are helpful for the classroom.  First, the guide can help educators learn about the environment so that they are on a level playing field with students.  Second, Story Mode has a narrative to follow along for some directed play.  Minecraft can be used in a number of ways in the classroom.  One idea is to use a Minecraft adventure as a writing prompt; students can use many writing styles with their Minecraft adventure as the prompt.

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Google Keep for Executive Functioning

Feb 3, 2016 by

GoogleKeepGoogle keep is a bulletin board that you can keep in your pocket.  It will allow you to create notes to yourself, questions to get answered, a checklist of things to do and more.  Google Keep is a great classroom tool for students to keep track of assignments, project tasks, and questions they may have and you can even assign due dates for tasks on the note.  Google Keep notes can be shared so students can use Google Keep to keep track of work that they are doing together.  The Google Keep app is available on iOS, Android, and for the Chrome browser.  It will sync your notes across all of your devices as long as you use the same Google account.  Google Keep is a really easy, flexible tool for students and teachers to keep track of all kinds of things.

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Pigment for Creativity

Feb 2, 2016 by

PigmentPigment is a fun way for users to be creative on their iOS device with an experience that is almost like a real coloring book.  The app will let you choose between colored pencils, markers, crayons and more to color the design or image you chose to make your own.  The app includes over 200 images of various styles for users to choose from. Sometimes we just need to take a break and let our creative juices flow and Pigment is a great way to do that.

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Monday Success: Never too young to be significant

Feb 1, 2016 by

This is a great example of the amazingly significant things that our students can do when they have a problem to solve and the passion to see it through.  How can we support our students in finding their passion AND in seeing it through?  Right now is the perfect age to be the change the world needs!

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Friday Photo: Standardized Minds?

Jan 29, 2016 by

This is a great reminder that Genius doesn’t fit on a Rubric.

Have a super weekend!

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Lifesum for Health

Jan 28, 2016 by

LifesumHaving a healthy life isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially with all of the current media enticing us to the dark side of health and nutrition.  The Lifesum app is a great tool to keep users on track with suggestions for nutritious meals and exercise goals.  Lifesum will help you improve your lifestyle and become healthier with small steps.  Users set goals and Lifesum will help you keep track of calories, exercise, and water intake.  This is a great tool for teaching students about nutrition and exercise and helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle over time.

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Moodnotes for Behavior

Jan 27, 2016 by

MoodnotesMoodnotes is a journaling tool that can help users keep track of how they are feeling throughout the day and over time.  The interface is quick and easy for students to record what emotion(s) they are experiencing and their thoughts on why they might be feeling that way.  This app also has tips on how to improve a mood as well as how to handle different events that trigger mood changes. This is a great tool for students who need help with monitoring or self-regulating their behavior or moods.

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Twitter Curator – PLN Tool

Jan 26, 2016 by

Twitter is a great tool with many uses.  In the beginning of the school year, I wrote about how I build my Professional Learning Network with Twitter and Conferences and the combination of the two can be really powerful.  I have a new tool to add to this PLN toolbox. TwitterCurator Twitter Curator is an Add-on that works with Google Docs.  Twitter Curator works like Storify to compile tweets from a hashtag or from a search term.  The search will show up in a menu and you can simply click on the tweets that you would like to include to add them to your Google Doc.  You can publish and share your Google Doc with your PLN, staff, students, and more.  This is a great way to keep track of the amazing learning at conferences when you can’t attend.  Follow the conference hashtag and save resources to a Google Doc!

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Monday Musing: Interactive Webinar Series

Jan 25, 2016 by

I am looking forward to an upcoming, four-part series of Interactive Webinars with Edchat Interactive.  The Edchat Interactive platform is a great tool, not only for the speaker to interact with the audience but audience members can interact with each other.  During these webinars, I will be covering Twitter, photos, backchannels, and video for enhancing instruction and engaging students.  Register now using the form below or on the EdChat Interactive website.

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