Friday Photo: Angel Fish Changes

Sep 12, 2014 by

I was at an amazing Aquarium recently and came across this photo explaining some of the changes fish undergo in their coloring as they grow.  As you can see by the picture on the left, the fish change quite dramatically as they adapt to their environment, protect themselves, and serve others.  It made me think about all of us as teachers.  Are we adapting to the changes in education today?  How can we best serve others?  Maybe we will have to drastically and dramatically change our styles in order to adapt to our students, to stay relevant in the classroom, to best serve our students.  It may not always be easy to change, but it will allow us to thrive.  (And, by the way, the fish were beautiful too… absolutely gorgeous)

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GoodReader

Sep 11, 2014 by

Goodreader app iTunes iconGoodReader is a great educational tool for students and teachers to annotate and study text including the Close Reading process.  GoodReader has an easy-to-use toolbar that can be collapsed when not in use.  Students can use traditional annotation tools to highlight, cross out, and underline in multiple colors.  Students can also add text in boxes or callout shapes or even free hand on the document.  GoodReader also has tools for drawing lines, arrows, and shapes to help students note specific text or text types.  GoodReader also has a sticky note tool so that students can make study notes to themselves.  Users can connect the GoodReader app to a number of file storage services including Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive.

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Board Builder

Sep 10, 2014 by

Board Builder App iTunes iconBoard builder is an app that teachers can use to create boards of information for students or that students can use to create evidence of learning.  The Board Builder app allows users to add photos and captions to the boards.  The Board Builder app could be used as a lesson starter, a lab report, an answer board, a virtual field trip or many other things.  Discovery Education has put together a list of creative ideas of Boards can be used for.  This app can be a great tool for students with learning disabilities, delayed speech development, English language learners, or non-verbal individuals.  Board builder is a great visual learning tool.

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Boomwriter

Sep 9, 2014 by

Boomwriter is a web-based tool for students to share their creativity and produce collaborative writing.  The students can show off their skills and share their writing with other students and teachers.  Students can read and vote for the stories that they like.  Students begin by reading a story starter that is written by a professional author, a teacher or another student.  Then, students write the next chapter to the story and submit it to be voted on.  The entry that gets the most student votes becomes the official version that can be published in a real book.  The teacher can determine the total number of chapters that the students will produce. When students submit stories and vote, they can earn points to build their Boomer.

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Monday Success: Tiffany Pre-Calc Stop Motion

Sep 8, 2014 by

Tiffany is a high school math teacher who recently attended one of my seminars.  One of the topics was the benefit of video and the creativity of stop-motion.  Stop motion video is something that everyone can create and Tiffany immediately put these ideas to practice and created a review video for her students, which she has kindly shared with me.  Tiffany intends for her example to show students how easy it is and then to assign them a stop-motion video project of their own.  We are looking forward to seeing what Tiffany’s students create in their stop-motion video projects.

 

 

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Friday Photo: 26 Questions to Ask your Students

Sep 5, 2014 by

Knowing your students strengths, preferences, and philosophies is a great step toward personalizing learning for each of them.  These questions are a step toward connecting with your students to maximize learning.  If we are serious about creating lifelong learners,  we should start to ask our students how they learn.  These questions are a good start.  One idea is to create a form and have your students fill it out on their device and then you have the results and easy to use spreadsheet for use throughout the year.

26 questions to ask your students on the first day of school

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Subtext

Sep 4, 2014 by

Subtext iOS appSubtext is an iOS app that is great for close reading and text analysis.  Free or purchased books can be added from Google books or Feedbooks and articles can be added using the Subtext Bookmarklet. Subtext makes it easy for teachers to assign content to groups for differentiation and the groups can be archived for later use.  Teachers can create discussions in the app to keep students engaged in what they are reading and encourage communication and collaboration.  Teachers can also add directions right in the document that students are reading.  The students have easy access to a dictionary by simply double tapping the word that they need to look up.  Subtext is easy to log into by using many social media connections or a Renaissance Place log in.  Subtext is an easy way to get students reading and comprehending while teachers support and differentiate.

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myHomework Student Planner

Sep 3, 2014 by

myHomework Student Planner iTunes iconmyHomework Student Planner is a great tool for secondary students to keep track of all of their homework assignments, upcoming tests, projects and other school events.  The app has an easy-to-use interface that makes it easy for students to see all of their work at a glance.  The calendar feature helps students create a schedule to make sure work is completed on time in all classes.  The myHomework Student Planner app does not require a network connection so students can keep track of work on the go.  This is a great cross-platform app for keeping students on track with all of their school work.

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Tuesday Success Story: Comic Life Book

Sep 2, 2014 by

This week’s success story comes from Kevin Tiller, a very creative physical education teacher who put Comic Life to good use by writing a book about physical education.  Kevin is great example of how technology can be used creatively to enhance any subject area and has a fantastic web site called Phys Ed Review with innovative ideas for teaching PE including effective use of technology.   Check out the web site for some great ideas and take a look at the YouTube video below to see the power of Comic Life.

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Happy Labor Day

Sep 1, 2014 by

Have a FABULOUS day off and enjoy a well-deserved nap!

I Like to party and by party I mean take naps.

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