Tellegami

Mar 26, 2015 by

TellegamiTellegami is fun mobile app that can add a new twist to your lessons.  Users can create an animated “gami” and use it to share information in a new way.  Tellegami has multiple backgrounds to choose from or users can upload their own images.  The avatars can also be customized in clothing, appearance, and size.  The avatar can be moved around the scene and text can be added to the background.  After customizing the background and avatar, users can record their voice or type in text for the character to speak.  The “gami” can be shared with others through the app or a URL.  Love this tool and kids love it too!

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One Click Timer

Mar 25, 2015 by

OneClickTimerOne Click Timer is a Chrome Browser extension that is handy for both teachers and students.  You can find One Click Timer in the Chrome Web Store. Teachers can quickly set a timer for short activities or longer activities with two clicks.  One click on the icon in the Chrome Browser and one click on the time that you want to set.  The timer can be viewed like the image or minimized in the Chrome Browser.

Students can use this timer to monitor their own productivity, set the length of time they want to read, or practice automaticity of skills.  Setting a number of minutes to work for and then taking an intentional break can increase productivity.  One Click Timer is a really handy, easy-to-use Chrome Browser Extension.

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TED ED

Mar 24, 2015 by

Many of us have been awed, inspired, and amazed by a speaker with a profound message shared at a TED conference and then uploaded to the TED YouTube Channel and the  TED Website.  Smaller, independently organized TEDx events give that same platform to share ideas in local venues.  Now, there is TED ED.  TED ED hosts Lessons Worth Sharing, a platform specifically designed for teachers to build lessons around TED talks, TED-ED originals, or any YouTube video.  Check out the TED ED Tour and get started creating new lessons for your students.

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RefME

Mar 23, 2015 by

RefME Citing references correctly is one of the most difficult things for writers, both new and experienced.  RefME is a great tool for helping writers to get those citations listed properly no matter what the document or the citation style.  RefME has both Android and iOS apps in addition to the Website.  The mobile apps allow users to scan the barcode of the material they wish to reference to automatically generate the citation in the correct form.  RefME has over 7,000 citation styles including school specific styles.  RefME also integrates seamlessly with other online tools such as Evernote, Microsoft Word, and EndNote.

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Friday Photo: What Makes You Come Alive?

Mar 20, 2015 by

Part of our job as teachers is to help our students find their passions- what makes them come alive.  How can we help our students do that everyday?  How can we do that ourselves?  Maybe sharing this quote will help our students along the way.  Have a great weekend everyone!

ComeAlive

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Pocket Code

Mar 19, 2015 by

Pocket Code is an  Android app that allows kids to create games, animations, art, music and more while learning to code with Catrobat, a visual programming language for mobile devices.  Pocket Code is a building block style language game which helps kids visualize the actions in their program.  Pocket Code also has a Website  with a guide to help students and teachers get started with the app.  Coding is a great exercise in critical thinking and problem solving and Pocket Code is an easy way for kids to get started.  Take a look at this video to learn more about Pocket Code.

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HSTRY

Mar 18, 2015 by

HSTRYHSTRY is a free tool that allows users to create truly interactive timelines.  Timelines are accessible via iOS app or can be web-based.  Users can be creative with their timelines and add images, audio, and video as well as text descriptions to the timeline.  In addition to media-rich timelines, users can add quiz questions to check for understanding.  If you’re not quite sure you want to create your own timeline, you can still use HSTRY and grab a shared timeline from the community.   Another great feature is the option of creating a class and adding students with a class code so that you can track student progress through the content.  Students can also use HSTRY to create their own timelines as a study guide or evidence of learning.  HSTRY is a fun and flexible tool for learners of all ages.

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Kids Doodle

Mar 17, 2015 by

KidsDoodleKids Doodle is a great app for students to show evidence of learning AND be creative.  Students can draw in many different colors and with many different brush types.  Kids Doodle also has multiple canvas options for students to fully customize their work.  The “Movie Mode” in Kids Doodle lets students play back their work and they love watching their creative process.  This is a great feature for young students who are learning letter formation so the teacher can check and make sure that letters are being written correctly.  This app is also great for students to show how they worked math problems or draw various science concepts.  Kids Doodle really lets the user get creative while they learn.

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Monday Success: BrainPop

Mar 16, 2015 by

BrainPopThe Monday Success Story this week comes from math teacher, Val.  Val shared how useful BrainPop is for students learning new math concepts.  Val explained that the video lessons star a boy named Tim and his robot friend Moby and they explain different concepts for students in a clear and entertaining way.  Some of the videos have quizzes included and many of the videos have some additional reinforcement activities.  BrainPop also has a tool for teachers to create their own quizzes for students to complete following assigned activities.  While BrainPop is known for their educational videos, they also have fun games that require students to use critical thinking skills to play.  BrainPop is a very versatile tool with content for many subjects that can be accessed via the web or mobile app.

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Friday Photo: Happy Digital Learning Day!

Mar 13, 2015 by

Join Digital Learning Day celebrations across the nation by changing what learning looks like in your classroom today.  The National Town Hall will be live webcasting all day with great speakers and celebrations from around the country.

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