Friday Photo: Surround yourself

Jan 20, 2017 by

Happy Friday!
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Instagrok in the Classroom

Jan 19, 2017 by

When I first discovered Instagrok, I featured it on the blog because I thought it was such an amazing tool for searching with its unique mapping feature. Below is a great idea for how you can use it in the classroom.

Ms. Oldshue loves using Instagrok with her 3rd graders for searching.  She finds that Google and Wikipedia are overwhelming for her students and Instagrok is a great tool for them to start with as they plan their science projects.  Each student starts with a key word and then the web of ideas allows them to explore the topic further in the form of articles, statistics, images, and videos.  Students take notes right on the Grok and use the journal pages to start writing up the topic they are studying.  

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Scootpad for teaching efficiency

Jan 18, 2017 by

scootpadScootPad combines curriculum and learning management into one learning tool.  Students are given a placement assessment to locate where they are on the learning path.  Following the placement, teachers can create or assign content and instruction with adaptive exercises that appear based on the student’s proficiency level with that topic.  While students are interacting with the content, teachers get real time data that can be used to inform instruction.  ScootPad helps identify intervention needs and provides assessments to determine students’ progress toward standards-based mastery.  The algorithms that support student progress, free up the teacher to work more with students directly while everyone works toward mastery.

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Quizizz for Fun Assessments

Jan 17, 2017 by

quizizzQuizizz is a fun twist on learning. It is a multiplayer formative assessment tool. That’s right. . . a fun way to check for understanding, quiz, or assess your students. Create your multiple choice or true/false questions with text or images and you can even set different time frames for each question. Play your Quizizz live in class or assign it as homework. All students have to do is join and then they can view the questions and answer choices on their own screens. You get data on how your students are progressing as well as correct/incorrect data when everyone completes the activity. Add a little bit of fun competition to your classroom while getting in some sneaky learning.

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Monday Musing: Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

Jan 16, 2017 by

“Life’s most persistent question is: What are you doing for others?”

~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Friday Photo: Don’t forget to be Amazed!

Jan 13, 2017 by

I was recently in Vietnam working with rural schools, teachers, and children.  This was my buddy Bao…  may we never lose our sense of amazement and wonder with the world.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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What are You Doing in the Classroom?

Jan 12, 2017 by

I would love to know what you are up to in the classroom this year.  Please share your successes and your “try-agains” with me.  These stories, tools, and strategies provide lots of encouragement for teachers around the world.  Please feel free to share here.

Thanks!

Zachary

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Coding in English Class: Not just an hour of Code

Jan 11, 2017 by

Laura Bradley is one of my favorite teachers and she has shared some of her favorite tools and strategies here before.  Well, thankfully, Laura is back!  Check out her exciting work with middle school students and coding here.  The thing I love about Laura is that she is willing to give up control and admit she doesn’t know everything- such a key to innovation in the classroom!  Please send her feedback and think about using this idea in your own classroom.

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QR Stuff for Classroom Efficiency

Jan 10, 2017 by

qrstuffQR Stuff is a really handy website for generating QR codes to any kind of content. Want to share a website with students? QR it! Want students to view a YouTube video? QR it! Want to share the classroom Facebook page with parents? QR it! You can share information quickly and easily with any audience that has a phone or computer with a web cam. QR Stuff will walk you through, step-by-step and. . .you can even customize your QR codes with colors and images. If you need more information on how to use QR codes in the classroom, take a look at this post for some great resources.

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Welcome to 2017!

Jan 9, 2017 by

Welcome back to school everyone!  I know many of you started last week and I hope everyone got adjusted to being back in class.  I am currently in Vietnam working in rural schools and will share some reflections on that in upcoming days.  In the meantime, please take a look at the 2016 Year in Search.  This is a video that Google produces every year that highlights the most popular searches from the year past.  Using this video (or ones from prior years) is a great way to stimulate class discussion, provide writing prompts, or review topics.  To take the idea further, think about having students create their own Year in Review video at the end of your school year.  What would they remember about their year in your community?  Your school?  Your class?

Have a great 2017, everyone.  Lots of exciting things planned here and I hope to work with many of you again soon.

Zachary

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