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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Instagram in the Classroom

Dec 15, 2016 by

Instagram is a great tool for teaching and learning that we featured a couple of years ago. Below is a great example of how you can use Instagram in your classroom.

Mrs. Dieker has her students take pictures in their community of the math concepts they are learning in geometry.  For example, her students take photos of angles and shapes around their urban homes.  They then have to caption those photos with the concept covered in class.  They also use class #hastags to identify certain themes (e.g. parallel lines intersecting). This exercise establishes relevance in class.

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Sway for Innovative Presentations

Dec 14, 2016 by

sway_splashSway is a unique tool for creating presentations with a twist. Add images, videos, interactive charts and even social media to make your presentation more descriptive and engaging.  Sway will provide suggested media based on the content in your presentation.  Forget the typical, boring themes and layouts that most presentation tools have, Sway gives you all kinds of unique backgrounds to support your content.  Sway is a great tool for presentations but it is also flexible so you can create newsletters, reports and digital stories too.  This is a great way for students to do some creative reports for science, history, literature, and even math.

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Educreations for Lesson Creation

Dec 13, 2016 by

educreationsFlip your classroom easily with Educreations recordings.  Record your voice and your iPad screen to create engaging content for your students.  Educreations allows users to annotate over images that are uploaded or taken with the camera. You can also use content that you have already recorded and stored in the cloud or you can record simple lessons on a whiteboard. Share your creations easily with social media, YouTube, or your learning management system.

Last Backpack shared a great success story a while back about the use of Educreations in the classroom. Check it out for a great example of what YOU can do!

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Math Animations for Math Practice

Dec 8, 2016 by

mathanimationsMath Animations is an app that provides short visual explanations of math concepts. Students can see a visual representation of how a whole is divided into fractions or how to add fractions together. Math animations has demonstrations of basic mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and addition), basic geometry, measurement and time. Seeing problems being solved is a great way for students to learn how to solve them on their own.

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