“Technology will not replace great teachers but technology in the hands of great teachers can be tranformational.”
March 19, 2019
iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. In Teach, you will find entire curriculum units full of resources. In Play, you will find interactive activities that guide students through their learning.
March 12, 2019
Digital History is a great site for social studies resources. You can search by era, topic, resources, and/or references for lots of great materials. You can even create your own timeline by chosing a start and end year. I highly recommend checking out Active Learning: eXplorations for a plethora of great content.
March 5, 2019
Today’s Tech Tip is for our social studies teachers. If you have not been to the Library of Congress lately, you should really check out the Teacher page. You can choose your TEKS (grade and content) for a list of all the applicable resources for your classroom.
February 26, 2019
SpeakIt! is free text to speech extension that reads selected text using TTS technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.
February 19, 2019
Dyslexia Unscrambled is a great tool that transforms any webpage into one that is more easily readable by those who are dyslexic. It requires no configuration and can be enabled/disabled with one click. In addition to changing the font it also adjusts the contrast and spacing which make it easier for those who are dyslexic to read any web page. For more information on the inspiration behidn this extrension check out http://blog.codehatcher.com/dyslexia
February 12, 2019
Mercury Reader is a fairly new find for me and has become one of my favorite. This tool will remove all of the “extra” from a page so students can focus on the text.
February 5, 2019
This month I am going to share some accommodation tools for Chrome. The first comes to us from Texthelp. Follow this link for a free teacher subscription.
January 29, 2019
I hope you have enjoyed exploring Robert Kaplinsky’s website for math resources. We will explore Algebra I & II this week. While you are on his website, I recommend that you check out his Resources page that includes Open Middle activities. Those challenges can be done MANY different ways but all should end up the same. This is a great way to highlight the many paths to solve problem situations.
January 22, 2019
I taught 6th grade math for many years so I have used most of Robert Kaplinsky’s activities near that level and have enjoyed them all. Let’s check out some of those this week.
January 15, 2019
This week I will focus on Robert Kaplinsky’s 4th grade resources. Each of the Lessons on Robert’s website can be adapted to most grade levels. Consider your own goals and adjust as needed.
January 8, 2019
Robert Kaplinsky is a great resource for math activities. He provides fully formed lessons on his website. I recommend taking his materials and adapting them to your students with all modifications and extensions needed to differentiate for your students. This week we will focus on 2nd grade math.
December 18, 2018
Today’s ReadWriteThink interactive is all about language. Eye on Idioms will allow the students to view the literal representations of popular idioms and then explain the metaphorical meanings.
December 11, 2018
The Hero’s Journey will be the next great Student Interactive that we explore from ReadWriteThink. The hero’s journey is an ancient story pattern that can be found in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters. This interactive will walk the students through creating their own story following the pattern.
December 4, 2018
This month we will highlight ReadWriteThink. Focusing on Classroom Resources and Student Interactives, we will start with Cube Creator. This interactive focuses on summarizing information. Bio Cube, Mystery Cube, Story Cube, and Create-Your-Own Cube are all options for your students to “show what they know”.
November 27, 2018
Our WizerMe Parts of a Flower activity is going great! Today we will add a “Sorting Activity.”
November 20, 2018
On our WizerMe Parts of a Flower Activity, we have done a “Fill On An Image” and a “Matching” section. Today, lets add a “Fill in the Blanks” area.
November 13, 2018
WizerMe was so much fun last week. This week will add to our Parts of a Flower Activity with “Matching”.
November 6, 2018
WizerMe is great tool for creating activities for any age or content. I use the free account. It enables me to do everything I want to do. It also will assign directly to Google Classroom and Edmodo. You can also share your activity with a link. There are many different activites you can use in WizerMe. This month, we will focus on only four of them. We are going to start with “Fill On An Image.”
October 30, 2018
Our last activity for Flippity month is the Flippity Memory Game. This activity is not just for littles. You can use the Memory Game to explore foreign languages, math formulas, science lab equipment, geographic locations, Period Table of Elements, and more.
October 23, 2018
We are going to explore Flippity Madlibs. There are six Madlibs available on the demostration template. However, you can create your own stories with the parts of speech that your students are focusing on in class.
October 16, 2018
Our next Flippity activity is Flippity Spelling Words. You can create a list for each student or a list for each chapter/unit. Either way, the students will love to practice with Flippity.
October 9, 2018
The next great Flippity tool I want to talk about is Flippity Flashcards. This would be great for vocabulary, foreign languages, science safety lab tools, parts of speech, math formulas, and so much more!
October 2, 2018
Flippity is a great tool for every classroom. There are many different tools available in Flippity so I will highlight a different one each week this month. We are going to start by looking at the Random Name Picker.
September 24, 2018
Padlet is great tool for storing and sharing resources. You have the option to add text, links, images, video, and more. There is a free version available that only limits the number of padlets you can have. With the paid version, you are allowed unlimited padlets.
September 18, 2018
PBS Learning Media is our Tech Tip for today. This is a great website for curating content to build great activities. With access to PBS Kids, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger, NOVA, Curious George, The Ken Burns Collection, American Experience, Nature, Masterpiece, Frontline, and much more it is a great staple for research.
September 11, 2018
Today’s Tech Tip is all about Wonder. Wonderopolis is an amazing website for both students and educators. Once you have visited the site, I recommend that you sign up for Get Your Daily Wonder which can be found at the bottom of the home page. This will provide you with a email each day with the Daily Wonder. They are perfect for discussion, research, and writing prompts.
September 4, 2018
Our first Tech Tip will discuss Discovery Education. For additional information, please contact me at email@example.com You can find additional resources on Discovery Education under Professional Learning in Learn & Lead. There are videos and “how to” information to help you search Discovery Education more efficiently.
The Elementary Teacher Toolbox provides links and information about online tools and resources that would be beneficial for the elementary age students. Resources are grouped by grade and by subject.
The Secondary Teacher Toolbox provides links and information about online tools and resources that would be beneficial to secondary age students. Resources are grouped by subject.
This video will walk you through the steps to create a Digital Breakout using Google Forms.
This video will show you how to make a GIF using Google Slides and www.TallTweets.com