Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Creative Uses for School Supplies, Edu Hashtags, Cube Creator, Homework Alternatives, Blind Kahoot!, Science Animations, Overlay Maps, Slick Write, Videos in Google Slides, iPhone Email Tricks, Tech Gifts, Memorable Words, How to be Assertive, #EdTech

Did you know?
Creative Uses For Common Classroom Items - “Raid the Supply Closet”
What if ordinary supplies had super powers? This is a great ebook with ideas curated by +Matt Miller from teachers around the country. A bonus feature: his blog post has steps for how he curated and made the ebook starting with a google form.

The Educational Hashtag and Twitter Chat Database
A great resource from +ShakeUpLearning to get new ideas and connect with other educators in your content area!

What if?
ReadWriteThink’s Cube Creator
Great interactive tool for prewriting, post writing, post reading and/or summarizing! With this tool, you or your students can create cubes with your own questions or use their 3 other templates with questions already built in (biography, mystery, and story).
Need to know:
  • Students don’t have to create an account
  • Not available on iOS, it requires Flash to run
  • Students can save their files and work later
  • An actual cube can be printed and constructed (instructions included)
  • There are downloadable planning sheets for each of the 4 types of cubes
  • For grades 1-12
  • Find lesson ideas & resources for all grade levels click here (scroll down to see them)
  • To see an overview video from +Richard Byrne , click here
  • To jump in feet first, click Cube Creator

Something to think about…
Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers
“In fact, most of them are alternatives to homework altogether, including group brainstorming, modeling/think-alouds, or even the iconic pop-quiz. Food for thought, yes?” There are some good ideas in this chart that I think students would really connect with. Thank you, Steven W. Anderson and @TeachThought

Teach with Kahoot!: Go Beyond Review With The Blind Kahoot
Not just for assessment anymore, +Matt Miller includes a step-by-step guide to show how the Blind Kahoot! works along with ideas and tips on using it in class. For more, check out this video from Kahoot! explaining the philosophy, sequencing, etc. This is a way to engage them in the learning instead of just a lecture they listen to.  Later in the learning, the teacher in the video includes an opt-out option in the answer choices, i.e. “my head hurts”, “that’s over my head”, etc. Hear from students at the end of the video to get their thoughts on this new way of using Kahoot!

More Than 400 Science Animations
There are science animations on Learners TV relating to biology, physics, and chemistry.
Note: The animations do require Flash and may take a minute to load. I tested a couple of the animations on a chromebook using our test student account and they loaded quickly on that device. Thank you +Richard Byrne

15 Overlay Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World
When you consider square mileage, a whole new world appears. Click here to see the overlay maps via @BusinessInsider.

Slick Write - A Free Online Tool To Analyze Writing
The tool includes grammar check, customizable feedback, prepositional phrase index, reading time, passive voice index, adverb count, unique words, automated readability index and more!. Click here for a quick video overview from +Richard Byrne .
Click here for his video on trying “Slick Write's Word Association Game to Bust Writer's Block”.

A 2:39 minute video from +Richard Byrne +Google for Education 

In Addition…
Do you know these 3 handy iPhone email tricks?
Click here for this short article with pictures from +Cool Mom Tech


Cool Tech Gifts For The Women In Your Life…
...and maybe even that upcoming graduate! Click here to see some of the latest and greatest! Thank you +Cool Mom Tech


A Dad Took His 2-year-old's Most Memorable Words And Illustrated Them Beautifully.
Funny and beautiful, I wish I would’ve thought of this when my boys were young … thank you, Martin Bruckner!


How to Be Assertive Without Being Too Aggressive
Good information for us and our students from Al Gomez via +Lifehack


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