Kahoot! is a free and easy way for teachers to turn their 1:1 devices into a fun and engaging gameshow.
Use Google Spreadsheets to help students create a classroom dictionary of subject-specific terms. When shared with all students, they can not only add words to the dictionary, but also access the resource at any time from anywhere. I used the dictionary in my Spanish classes when we were reading a short story with new vocabulary terms. When students came across words they did not know, they entered them into the dictionary. All students in the class used the resource to gain a better understanding of what they were reading. Students used this dictionary when working individually, in small groups, at school, and at home.
When deciding on a book to read, a stack of books or a large library shelf may seem overwhelming or unappealing to students in this digital generation. Using a combination of a Weebly Site and a Weebly Blog is a great way to digitize and categorize your personal classroom library. This could be a great resource for your students to help them to find their next favorite book. A digital library can also a great way for students to share their personal reviews of a particular book they may have already read with their classmates.
For many educators, the words "Facebook" and "Education" are a terrifying combination. Fear of exposing student information or pictures to the very public internet could be enough to scare teachers away from using this powerful tool.
At the middle and elementary school levels, Facebook seems even more difficult to use considering users must be 13-years-old or older to legally have an account. The way I envisioned using Facebook was not necessarily to communicate with parents or students outside of class, but as a means sending out important notifications on a platform in which most people are activity participating.
Just as we ask our students to reflect at the end of the school year, I think that it is even more important for every teacher to do the same. I personally end up reflecting during the summer months when my brain is more relaxed and has the capacity to even process this type of information. I challenge you all to reflect on things you will change or continue for next year either mentally or in a written format.
Ever wonder how many of your students are actually clicking on the links you have shared on your website? Sure, on Facebook, we know that someone has read our post if they "like" it or "share" it, and on Twitter we know when someone "retweets" or "favorites" it. But, is there a way to know how many people are just looking at what we posted? The answer is: YES!
Google URL Shortener is a quick and easy way to not only shorten the URL, but track how many times it has been clicked.
Since I started using Quizlet a few years back, the company has really made some nice improvements to both the look and functionality of the website.
It is free to sign up and create unlimited flashcard sets with Quizlet. It is also free to share the sets with anyone by either copying the URL or by embedding the flashcards into your website.
Have you ever tried to erase something off the SMART Board and instead you draw squiggles because you are still holding the SMART marker?
There is a simple solution to this problem that will allow you to write, erase, and move text or objects without ever putting down your SMART marker. It's calledTouch Recognition, and it will change your life.
When students miss school, they don't just miss the homework assignment for that evening, they miss all of the in-class instruction from that day. For most students, being in class is one of the most important things he or she can do to be successful in school.
What can students do if they have to miss school due to an illness, family emergency, poorly planned vacation or some other unexpected life event. In the digital age, we as teachers should be able to hold absent students accountable for material by making more information from class available online (That is of course if the student can physically complete the homework or school work during their absence.)
Google forms is created through Google Drive, which allows you to create surveys and send them out to people by sharing the link. The results of these surveys are instantly organized into a beautiful spreadsheet . Did I mention that the results are live or that the spreadsheet automatically updates as each new response comes in?