Friday Photo: Stay Positive

May 27, 2016 by

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Bloomz for Parent communication

May 26, 2016 by

BloomzBloomz is a parent communication tool that will also help teachers build a learning community.  The app makes it easy to keep contact information secure while sending out important information to parents.  Teachers can also see which parents have read important class updates.  The Bloomz app also makes it easy for teachers to send out group communications to parents with a few easy taps.  Teachers can also share classroom moments quickly and easily.  The Bloomz app is an easy and efficient way to keep parents involved in their child’s education.

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Bookshare for Reading

May 25, 2016 by

BookshareBookshare is an accessible library for individuals with print disabilities.  Users will need to sign up for a Bookshare account and then they can select from over 400,000 titles that they can read independently.  Bookshare is a wonderful tool to open the literary world to students who otherwise wouldn’t have access without support.  Bookshare is accessible on the web or through the Android application Go Read.  Bookshare is a great tool to help students with disabilities develop a love of reading.

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MicNote for note taking

May 24, 2016 by

MicNoteMicNote is a Google Chrome extension that will allow users to type notes on a note pad while recording a lecture or meeting.  Users can record long lectures and meetings and add their own ideas or points for clarification and MicNote will sync the note with the voice.  This extension will also timestamp where the note was added in the lecture.  MicNote will also sync your recorded notes to the cloud using Google Drive or Dropbox.  This extension is a really handy tool for students to study with; they can listen to the lecture again and use their notes to make sure that they understand all of the content or identify where they need assistance.

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Monday Musing: Photos in the Classroom

May 23, 2016 by

Just in case you missed it, I wanted to share the EdChat Interactive Webinar on using Photos in the classroom.  Photos and images are very powerful instructional tools and I hope this webinar gives you some new ideas on activities you can do with your students.

Pop some popcorn, put your feet up and enjoy!

Please feel free to share your great ideas for using photos in the classroom!

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Friday Photo: Most Wonderful Feeling

May 20, 2016 by

Sometimes, knowing that you care can make all the difference in the world for your students.

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Curator for visual notetaking

May 19, 2016 by

CuratorCurator is a great multifunction tool that allows users to make thinking visible.  The Curator app allows users to pull in images and websites and add text.  Curator will even allow you to pull in boards from Pinterest and export content to PDF.  After adding content, users can drag and drop content around the screen to perfect their message.  Curator is also a presentation tool so students can share their ideas.  The Curator app is a great way for students to show evidence of learning in a new, innovative way!

 

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30/30 for task management

May 18, 2016 by

30-3030/30 is a new kind of productivity tool.  It has a simple interface that allows users to enter all of the tasks that they need to complete and the length of time that they want to work on each of them.  30/30 will alert users when it is time to move to the next item.  The app will let users make multiple lists to keep track of everything they need to do and is easily controlled with gestures.  30/30 is a great tool for students who struggle with keeping track of the things that they need to do each day and what they should be working on when.

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Sketchboard.io for collaboration and brainstorming

May 17, 2016 by

SketchboardSketchboard.io is an endless collaborative canvas for brainstorming and planning. This Google App allows users to combine handwriting, shapes, text, and additional content making it incredibly flexible for multiple uses.  The app includes pre-made shapes for process diagramming, flowcharts, concept mapping and more. Sketchboard.io also makes it easy to expand on ideas while keeping prior drafts just by expanding your canvas so you can keep thinking and drawing.

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Monday Success: I’m 17

May 16, 2016 by

The Monday Success Story this week comes from a student.  Kate Simonds has a very powerful message about the voice of the student. This student didn’t wait for an adult to tell her what to think or do and has made a change in the world with her voice.

What can your students do if we just honor their voice?

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