Monday Success: Our World’s Story

Apr 20, 2015 by

OurWorldStoryBookEric Burnett, high school history and English teacher, has a goal. . . to help students understand the world that they live in.  I have been lucky enough to see Eric work and he is a brilliant teacher.  Eric is now working to inspire students to learn about “how we got to here.”  How is he doing this?  He wrote a book that is different than the traditional textbook and then added a Vault of resources to go along with it.  Our World’s Story is a new kind of textbook; it includes both the exciting stories of the past and the current struggles that the world is facing today.  On top of that, Eric has built a Vault of lesson plans, interactive resources, and assessments.  Eric has a second goal. . . he wants to share these fantastic resources with History teachers around the world in the least expensive way possible.  So, Eric started a KickStarter to help fund his goal.  You can help!  Take a look at the resources on the Our World’s Story website and check out Eric’s Story on KickStarter.  Our World’s Story may be a resource you can use to make history come alive for your class or for your school.

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Friday Photo: Social Media and Cops?

Apr 17, 2015 by

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Learn Languages

Apr 16, 2015 by

LearnLanguagesLearn Languages is an Android app that is produced by Rosetta Stone.  The app has 24 different languages that users can learn and uses the “Rosetta Stone” method.  The Learn Languages app has lessons available in many different conversational areas as well as basic language skills.  The lesson material will sync across multiple devices and is great for learning on the go.  The Learn Languages app uses speech recognition technology to determine if the user is pronouncing words correctly- it is almost like having your own private tutor.

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Robot Factory

Apr 15, 2015 by

RobotFactoryRobot Factory is an iOS app that opens the door to creativity and problem solving.  Users can assemble robots from many parts and then test them in certain situations to see what happens.  If the robot doesn’t perform as expected, the user can swap parts and try again. The actions of the robots are physics driven so users have to think critically about their design when analyzing why a robot did or didn’t do what they wanted.  Users can customize many robots and keep them in their Robot Showroom.  The Robot Factory app is a fun way for students to learn through play while being creative.

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Somnote

Apr 14, 2015 by

SomnoteSomnote is a cross platform note taking app which is perfect for executive functioning.  Somnote can be added as an App to your Chrome browser for easy access on any computer.  Users can take notes any time thoughts come to mind whether they are near a computer or not using the mobile iOS and Android apps that sync with the Chrome version.  Somnote allows users to create and color code folders to keep track of all the categories of notes that they have.  Somnote also has a To Do list feature to keep track of things that need to be done that includes a calendar and a memo field for the details.  Somnote is a great executive functioning tool for any user.

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Monday Success: Optimism and Perseverance

Apr 13, 2015 by

The Monday Success story this week comes from Jack Andraka, a young man who used a personal tragedy to ask Why?  Through his “teenage optimism” and perseverance, Jack began asking What if? and doing research and something amazing happened.  Watch Jack’s story and see what optimism, perseverance, and some creativity can produce.  Let’s be sure that model Optimism and Perseverance for our students and support the Jacks in our classrooms.

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Friday Photo: It’s all about Perspective

Apr 10, 2015 by

Remember that how we think about things is important!  When things don’t work out the way we want, we have to remember to find the positive and model that for our students.  Have a great weekend!IMG_0964

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iResponse

Apr 9, 2015 by

iResponseiResponse is an app that teachers can use for quick, formative assessment.  Teachers use the companion website on their computer to create true/false or multiple choice questions on the current instruction.  Throughout instruction teachers can incorporate formative assessment questions in iResponse to check for understanding.  The students respond on their app and get immediate feedback letting them know whether or not they got the correct answer. Teachers can then export and track student responses to monitor progress. iResponse is an easy formative assessment tool that works on any iOS device.

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Line

Apr 8, 2015 by

LineLine is a communication app that can be used for domestic or international communication.  Line allows users to communicate via text messages, phone call, and video calls for free.  Line users can send images and videos through the chat and even cute stickers to other Line friends.  Line allows users to chat with individuals or create groups to share messages with several people at once.  Line also has a timeline feature so users can post updates about themselves with images or videos.  Line is a great tool for students to use to communicate about a group project or to communicate with international “pen pals.”

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Fit Brains

Apr 7, 2015 by

FitBrainsFit Brains is a brain trainer app produced by Rosetta Stone.  Fit Brains uses puzzles and activities to improve memory and problem solving skills and increase hand-eye coordination and reaction time.  Fit Brains has an adaptive system to scale and monitor progress on strengthening five brain areas.  Personalized tracking tools allow users to monitor their own progress and compare progress to others with the same age and gender.

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