Friday Photo: Old Ways

Jan 23, 2015 by

We are often tied to the old ways because that is the way we have always done it.  The way we have always done it won’t open any new doors or create any change.  What one thing can you do tomorrow  that will open a new door to learning?Old Ways New Doors

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Plickers

Jan 22, 2015 by

PlickersPlickers is a great formative assessment tool that lets teachers quickly get a view of student understanding.  Teachers create  their class and each student gets their own printed card.  Students hold up their card to respond to the question and all the teacher has to do is scan the room with their tablet or phone to record all of the responses.  Plickers provides immediate feedback and actionable data for teachers.  Plickers is available for Android and iOS and only requires one device in the classroom.

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Easy YouTube Download

Jan 21, 2015 by

I recently found out about a great tool that makes it incredibly simple to download videos from YouTube. SaveFrom.Net is a free website that will allow you to download your video with a few simple steps.

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1- Navigate to the YouTube video that you want to use.

2- In the web browser address bar, type ss right after “www.” Save_from_web_URL

3- Hit Enter.

4- Click Download.

5- Select the link for your desired File Type.

6- Determine where you want to save the download.

That is all there is to it.  You can now use YouTube videos for instruction without worrying about Internet filtering or failure.  SaveFrom.net also works on many other media resources.  SaveFrom.net also has a helper extension so you can download YouTube videos in one click.

Save_from_web_resources

 

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Zaption

Jan 20, 2015 by

ZaptionZaption is a great tool for teachers to increase the instructional value of video.  Zaption will let you grab a video and add questions at certain points in the video.  Stop the video at key points and check for understanding with multiple question types including free response.  Teachers can create “tours” through content and the tours can be gathered into a collection.  Zaption also provide analytics so that teachers can see exactly where their students are and where they need help.  Zaption is a great tool for flipping the classroom, providing student choice, and engaging students.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 19, 2015 by

Take a moment today to reflect on the dream and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr.

How can we keep the dream alive and work toward equality for all every day?

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Friday Photo: Highlight of your Day

Jan 16, 2015 by

Remember that a smile is contagious and a bit of praise is inspiring.
Be the Highlight of your students’ day.

Highlight_day

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Spelling City

Jan 15, 2015 by

SpellingCitySpelling City is a fun way for students to practice spelling and build vocabulary.  Spelling City includes word games like Hang Mouse and Spelling TestMe along with other spelling and phonics games.  The students can work through the activities at their own pace and get instant feedback on their progress.  Spelling City will allow registered members to upload their own word lists so you can customize the activities for your students.  Spelling City can be more fun than traditional vocab and students can enjoy practicing their spelling and vocabulary words.

 

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Sandbox EDU

Jan 14, 2015 by

Sandbox EDU itunes iconSandbox EDU is an open-ended virtual world building platform that is designed for creativity.  Students can explore over 50 lessons on science, technology, art, and music.  The lessons were developed with teachers and are great for the classroom.  The virtual makerspace allows students to explore and build to be as creative as they want.  Teachers can use the virtual world for students to show evidence of learning in unique and engaging way.  The EDU version also allows students to share their masterpieces in an online gallery to an authentic maker audience.

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TeacherKit

Jan 13, 2015 by

TeaTeacherKit is an app for iOS that has several different tools to organize the classroom.  TeacherKit allows you to import your rosters and then you can use the app to create seating charts, take attendance and record behavior notes.  TeacherKit will also allow you to organize your classes and create grading scheme and record student grades so you can keep track of student activity and progress.

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Monday Success: Wix

Jan 12, 2015 by

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Wix was shared with me by Rachel during the Seattle, WA session of Best, New Strategies for Using Mobile Strategies to Enhance Learning.  Rachel explained how she uses Wix for her students to create websites that are free and professional looking as an ePortfolio to save and display their learning artifacts.  Students can use templates or design their own site and upload or embed the learning objects that they create in class.

ePortfolios are a great way for students take charge of their education and to show evidence of their learning.  There are many tools available to create ePortfolios, Wix is one of them.

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