Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Trello, Fantasy Geopolitics, Fakebook, Appreciations, Drive on iOS, News Resources, Calendar Shortcuts, Websites for Kids, PBS's Blank on Blank

Did you know?
Trello can help you, clubs and staff groups stay organized and on track? Trello is a website and a Chrome App that can be accessed from any device. It is an organizational tool that would be great for Student Council, Administrators, Newspaper and Yearbook Staffs, UNICEF club, etc. Optimized for any size screen, automatically updates, intuitive and it is Free! You and your students can log in with the aisdapps.com accounts and quickly get started. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process. All your projects, all your tasks, all of your team--organized, accounted for, and easily visible at a glance. New users instantly understand the list and card metaphor, and can be working on Trello within minutes. https://trello.com/  to see it in action: https://youtu.be/aaDf1RqeLfo
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What if?
You took the Fantasy Football game to Geopolitics?  Here’s how one teacher did just that! Fantasy Geopolitics: ”He’d replace passing yards and points per game with political crises and popular uprisings. Since he was struggling to get students interested in international developments, each country’s ability to fight its way into the news of the day would make it more valuable.” http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/05/04/teaching-geopolitics-fantasy-football-as-a-learning-game/   The actual game website: http://www.fantasygeopolitics.com/

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Your students created a Fakebook page for historical figures? A web tool that can be used with any device that has web access.  Use "Fakebook" to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on! Get started by entering a name at the top of the page. Then proceed to add friends, posts, comments and profile information. You can save your work and edit it again later. http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page

Something to think about…
“When I taught, I worked diligently to build a classroom community where kids appreciated each other. A favorite activity for my elementary students was to draw the name of a classmate in morning circle, secretly observe that classmate during the day -- looking for behaviors to appreciate, and then in our closing circle each student would reveal the name of their buddy and appreciate him/her. For example, a student might say, "During math today I noticed that Gustavo helped Karina on a problem that was hard. He was very patient with her and even when she got frustrated he kept on helping her."

Imagine, please, what this was like for our class -- the way kids anticipated receiving positive feedback at the end of the day, how this motivated them to be kind members of our community, how they started focusing their attention on what their classmates were doing well, and what it felt like for all of us to hear 24 declarations of appreciation to close the day. My students came to insist that we do "Secret Appreciations" several times a week. Of all the community building activities I did, I think this one had the greatest impact.”

How to Maximize Google Drive on iPad/iPhone Thank you +Kasey Bell! http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/maximize-google-drive-on-the-ipad

4 Excellent News Resources for Young Kids educational dose of daily news and current events:
DOGOnews - thousands of articles for grades K-8 http://www.dogonews.com/
CNN Student News - middle and high school http://www.cnn.com/studentnews
Scholastic News for Your Classroom - ages 3-12 http://magazines.scholastic.com/

Great Websites for Kids - reviews websites for students up to age 14.  The reviews are done by the Association for Library Service to Children. Websites are reviewed and organized into eight categories: social sciences, sciences, reference desk, mathematics and computers, literature and languages, history and biography, arts, and animals. http://gws.ala.org/

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For Fun…
“Vintage interview tapes. New animations. We transform journalists' unheard interviews with cultural icons. The future of journalism is remixing the past.”
Celebrities in their own words, amazing animation - all in PBS’s series of Blank on Blank videos.  Johnny Cash, Ray Bradbury, Tupac Shakur, Loius Armstrong, Maurice Sendak, John Updike, Carol Burnett, Kurt Cobain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and many more, share insights on topics ranging from Happiness, Gospel, Ambition, Conviction, Writing, The Truth, Grace Kelly on JFK, etc. (Be sure to preview if planning to share with students.) (Some of these may be blocked if you are in Chrome and logged into your aisdapps account.  Any other browser should let them through, I used Safari)

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