Chatterpix for Vocabulary learning

Sep 29, 2016 by

chatterpixChatterpix is a really fun tool for kids of all ages.  Simply take a picture, draw a mouth and record your voice.  After you record, add fun filters to your image to change the appearance.  You can also add props and frames to your Chatterpix.  Add some text to your image to support your story. When you’re done, share your Chatterpix through email, YouTube or save them in your photo gallery.  Chatterpix is a great way to give students a fun way to show vocabulary knowledge in a creative and engaging way.  

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Comic Master for Digital Storytelling

Sep 28, 2016 by

comicmasterComic Master is a web-based tool that students can use to write short graphic novels.  They can design how the pages should look and add backgrounds and characters for their story.  A variety of speech bubbles and text fields make it fun to spin a tale.  Add props and special effects to round out the graphic novel and then you’re ready to publish or print.  Comic Master is a fun way for students to practice fictional writing, share their thoughts or feelings, or show evidence of content learning.

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CS First for Coding

Sep 27, 2016 by

csfirstCS First is a coding curriculum developed by Google to help bring coding clubs to schools around the world. Since launching, almost half a million students have begun using CS First to learn to code.  With ten different curriculum paths at varying levels available, CS First has something for everyone.  CS First is easy to start with kids and the only requirements are a computer with Internet, headphones, and a willing adult to start a club.  The CS First curriculum packages will walk students through introductory and more advanced coding based on different possible career paths so students can learn more about future career interests while learning to code.

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Monday Musing: Grit, Growth Mindsets and Technology

Sep 26, 2016 by

I was honored to be a guest author for EdWeek recently on Grit, Growth Mindsets and Technology.  

Please see the recent post on cultivating Growth Mindsets and Grit here. 

This is an important piece and I hope you will take time to read it.

Thanks,

Zachary

 

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Friday Photo: Awkward is Good

Sep 23, 2016 by

A little bit of awkward can lead to a lot of success!

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Diigo for Content Curation

Sep 22, 2016 by

diigoDiigo is a web-based curation tool with extra features that make it a great resource. It is easy to grab content off the web with the Diigo bookmarklet but before you save it to your feed, you can highlight it, tag it, and add sticky notes to it. No time to read an article now, no problem. Diigo will add it to your feed and you can interact with it later. Diigo folders make it simple to organize your collection by content type or subject.  Sharing is easy when you create groups in Diigo, everyone in the group can share to the group.  Diigo makes it easy to curate content for students and easy for students to curate and organize their research.

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Audacity for Reading Fluency

Sep 21, 2016 by

audacityAudacity is an audio recording tool that can be used to record all kinds of content from digital storytelling to podcasts to music.  Additionally, students can use Audacity to record themselves reading to practice for fluency.  This is very useful for emergent readers, English language learners, and foreign language students.  Audacity can be used to record simple, single-track content that can be shared easily on a website or learning management system.  Audacity can also be used to create multi-track, professional sounding content with multiple voices, or instruments.  When you are done with your Audacity recording, you can save it in various file formats suitable for how you are going to distribute it to students, parents, or peers.

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Stormboard for Collaboration

Sep 20, 2016 by

stormboardStormboard works in any browser or on any device and is ideal for collaborative problem solving. Stormboard is a sticky-noting, whiteboard that shows real-time updates from collaborators no matter where they are in the world. All collaborators can add thoughts and comments to refine ideas and come up with the best solutions. Users can use dots to identify which ideas they like the best so no one person is left making the final decision unless everyone agrees. Easily move notes around the board to prioritize actions toward achieving a solution. When you’re ready to put the plan into action, export your Stormboard into common file types and get to work.

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Monday Musing: #GlobalGoals

Sep 19, 2016 by

When I read the story below, I thought back to my own childhood and being the new kid in school in a new town.  I remember that fear and “out of place” feeling and I wish that I had heard some reassuring words before entering the classroom. Now that I am an adult, I still don’t always fit in but I know that I can be the one who provides reassurance.  We can provide positive environments for our students so that every student feels comfortable and cared for and ready to learn. #GlobalGoals
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Friday Photo: Feel the Rain

Sep 16, 2016 by

Don’t forget the importance of attitude- the smallest change can make the biggest difference.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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