PI Vocab

Oct 23, 2014 by

PI Vocab iTunes iconPI Vocab is an app that was developed by the Harvard Law School, INSEAD Business School, and University of Chicago for students to prepare for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT vocabulary.  The app includes more than 14,000 multiple choice questions within more than 2,500 timed quizzes.  The PI Vocab app has 2,000 flashcards including sample sentences, antonyms, synonyms, and positive or negative connotations.  The gameplay format of the app includes leveling up and experience points for users to track their progress. PrepInteractive also has apps for SAT Critical Reading and Graduate vocabulary prep.

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Halloween Teachable Moments

Oct 22, 2014 by

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Halloween will be celebrated soon with costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, and tricks or treats.  Whether you celebrate Halloween the historic way, the modern way, or not at all, this holiday is a very interesting bit of world history.  Over the years, the historical Halloween traditions have been stretched into superstitions and tall tales.  Below are some lesson ideas and resources that you can use to take a closer look at Halloween with your students.

History Channel-Halloween

Halloween History

Library of Congress-The American Folklife Center-Halloween

Education World-Halloween Lessons

National Education Association Lessons

Make it Mobile:  Teachers could create QR Code triggers to place around the classroom so that when students scan them with their devices they find a link to research Halloween lore.  Some could be accurate and some could be fictitious so that students must work in teams and compare research to discern the truth from the fiction.

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Sonic Pics

Oct 21, 2014 by

Sonic Pics iTunes iconSonic Pics is a great digital storytelling app that has a number of classroom uses.  The app allows users to easily select images from the device camera roll or to take new images from within the app.  The user can then record narrations as they swipe through the images.  The app will automatically sync the narration to the slideshow.  After the images are selected and the narration is recorded, the digital story is easily uploaded to YouTube or viewed from your iOS device.  This very flexible app could be used to create content for flipping the classroom, to create a lesson hook, or a project-based learning entry event.

Make it Mobile:  Students can use their mobile devices to take pictures of a science experiment throughout the process.  When they have completed all of the steps of the experiment, they can compile the pictures and add narration of the steps including their conclusion and whether or not their hypothesis was correct.

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Monday Musing: Teachers as Professionals Keynote

Oct 20, 2014 by

The Monday Musing this week is a portion of a Keynote talk I gave at the PCF Teachers Convention.  As professionals, it is our job to stay connected to the world around us.  It is important to connect with our students, parents, and colleagues but we can’t forget about all of the knowledge that is available outside the walls of our schools and boundaries of our cities.  October is Connected Educator Month and there is no time like NOW to connect with colleagues outside your boundaries.  Check out some of the many opportunities to connect on the Connected Educator’s Month Calendar.  Join a Tweetchat. . .tune in to a webinar. . .join a Google + community.  There are many many ways to connect with professional learning opportunities and colleagues around the globe. . . get connected!

 

 

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Friday Photo: The Teaching Commandment

Oct 17, 2014 by

 

New Commandment

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Treehouse: Learn Programming and Coding

Oct 16, 2014 by

Treehouse iTunes iconThe Treehouse app helps users to learn multiple coding languages with over 1000 videos created by experts.  The Treehouse app walks users through learning coding languages with step-by-step projects and quizzes and coding challenges.  Users can learn to write code in languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and SQL.  The Treehouse app has badges that users can earn as they work through the extensive library of videos and coding challenges.  The Treehouse app is great for anyone who wants to learn computer code.

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Wunderlist for Executive Functioning

Oct 15, 2014 by

Wunderlist app iTunes iconWunderlist is an app that helps users stay productive and organized.  The app lets users create multiple lists with multiple items.  The Wunderlist app will sync across all the users devices so that they can keep up with all their tasks no matter where they are.  The Wunderlist app allows users to share lists with peers making it a great way for student teams to work on collaborative projects and keep all members on task.  Wunderlist could also be a great app for planning out lessons or project-based learning timelines.

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Grace

Oct 14, 2014 by

Grace app iTunes iconGrace is an “evidence-based  picture exchange app designed to encourage and reward independent communication through use of images rather than speech generation.” Users can find and select images and then point to communicate their wants or needs.  The app contains folders of pre-loaded images that the user can add to a “sentence strip.”  The user also has the option to add their own images to the folders by adding them from the camera roll or taking them from inside the app.  The Grace app also has the ability  to add text to the pictures so that the user is consistently prompted.  The Grace app was originally designed to encourage users to speak but now has the ability for users to tap for the app to speak for those who need it.

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Monday Success: Thinglink in Geometry

Oct 13, 2014 by

The Monday Success Story this week comes from Curtis who is a math teacher in St. Louis, Missouri.  Curtis shared his experience with teaching proofs to his geometry students and explained how he changed the process so that the students were writing their explanations of algebraic proofs in paragraph form.  Students first accessed their iBook content and examples on Schoology, the learning management system.  Then, students wrote descriptions of how to solve the proof.   Following the writing, students took pictures of the paragraphs and uploaded them to Thinglink.  Once in Thinglink, the students referenced their iBook materials to include the corresponding postulate, theorem, or property.   After the students were done, they submitted their Thinglinks on Schoology so that Curtis could provide them with feedback.  Curtis shared this great example of a student’s work using interactive technology to provide evidence of learning and how he provided them with feedback targeted to gaps in knowledge.   This is a great example of how technology can be used to improve teaching and learning.  Thanks for sharing, Curtis!

Geometry Thinglink

 

Please keep sharing your Success Stories!

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Friday Photo: 21st Century Parenting

Oct 10, 2014 by

The Last Backpack Generation has a different way of looking at many things, including learning, and parents are adapting.  Are we teaching kids the way they learn?  This is a unique way to manage their behavior… have fun this weekend!21st Century Parenting

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