Email’s awesome, right? Well, not always. Check out CoolCatTeacher’s blog post with some great email etiquette tips.
Remind (which used to be Remind101) is the coolest thing ever! I’ve talked about this before: set up a class, ask parents and/or students to join online, and you can text (or email) everyone with one click of a mouse! It’s also the coolest because it was developed by my former student Brett Kopf. Remind has instituted some big changes this year – learn more here.
Newsela is a news site that’s designed to help build reading comprehension. Like so many sites, there is a free and not-so-free version. The free version, though, does provide multiple news articles every day at various reading levels.
If you’re planning to create a class webpage, here’s a great article that talks about what you should and should not be putting out there.
This is a great idea – here’s a website where you can share photos without jumping through a lot of hoops. Create an event, invite friends, and everybody can upload. Genius!
Food for thought…here’s an interesting article about why flunking is good.
GAFE tip of the week: if you’re doing a research paper in Google docs and want to locate and cite scholarly sources, go to Tools > Research and search for the source. Want to cite it? Click either Cite as Footnote or Insert.
GAFE tip of the week: This is not for the faint-of-heart, but those who are bold enough to hop over here to learn about how to use canned responses in their Google mail. Very cool!
Planning to organize your smart phone or iPad apps this summer? Check out Mashable’s guide to creative organization strategies.
We’re so excited that we’re “going Google” next year! If you’d like to learn a little more about Google Apps for Education, visit Google’s overview. There are some great tutorials here.
What happens when you show kids an Apple II computer? Check it out:
For a fascinating look at how quickly data is generated on the Internet, check out The Internet in Real Time.
SAMR is a method of integrating technology into your teaching (SAMR – Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition). This graphic takes apps and websites and arranges them in a way that helps you decide what is the best technology to use to achieve your goals. Love it!
More free art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art! Full size images! Copyright-free for non-commercial use!
The Yivo Institute has just released their digital archive featuring some fascinating artifacts from life in pre-Holocaust Poland. There are photos, amateur videos, audio clips and more. Access it here.
If you’ve used PowToon before with your class, take a moment to check out the changes. If you haven’t used it, give it a glance. PowToons are animated presentations – think PowerPoint with oomph. My 7th graders are using it right now, and I think they’re really enjoying it!
Check out this article about Google Drive and how to make it work like desktop software.
Students love to play games in class! Here’s a great site that will create random Bingo cards from a user-defined vocabulary. If Jeopardy’s your thing, this can help.
Litpick is an awesome site with reviews of preteen and teen literature. Kids can become reviewers!
Visuwords is a cool graphical dictionary. Put in a word, hit enter, and a graphic with similar words will appear. Double click on any of the linked words to expand the illustration. Very fun!
…You deserve a break today…Want to give your class a brain break? Check out GoNoodle. Sign up for a free account, specify your grade level, and choose from among a list of break activities. Whether you’re looking for a calming exercise (Flow is a nice one), an active one (Zumba kids, anyone?), or a stress reliever, GoNoodle has colorful, entertaining videos that will be fun to show on your SMART Board or projector. The site does require Flash, so it can’t be played on an iPad.
Have you been following The Story of the Jews on PBS? The companion website has featured videos, photos, extension lessons on such topics as the Cairo Genizah, Zionism and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Well done!
A restaurant with no cash register…think about a different kind of “soup kitchen.” Read about Masbia, a restaurant chain in New York that feeds the hungry and endeavors to preserve their dignity at the same time. Feast on it here.
Interested in flipping your class? Free Technology for Teachers has some terrific suggestions.
Remembering those we lose…my friend Esther Kustanowitz writes about inheriting a gold ring, and the memories that come with it in her essay here.
Funded in part by the PresenTense Group, The Jewish Teacher Project is a new website that aims to connect teachers in Jewish settings. Check them out!
Canva is the only place you need to go if you want to design awesome posters, presentations or cards. There is a large library of graphics from which to choose, or you can easily drag and drop your own. Once you’re done, you can download or print your creation or generate a weblink.
We all know that showing YouTube videos in class goes much more smoothly when you don’t have related videos or comments appear. ViewPure is a great tool for that! Drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar and use it whenever you want to show a video to get rid of distractions.
Think about this: Google is 12 years old, which means it’s been around for the entire lifespan of many of our students. What are the implications of teaching the “Google Generation?” That’s just what this article addresses.
Another thought-provoking article about how we approach student work can be found here.
If you’re interested in exploring how to use technology to teach reading, check out this article.
If you’re looking for apps to help run your classroom more smoothly, check out this blog post.
Intrigued by Pinterest? Here’s a great list of museums that share on this social networking site.
Here’s a list of 100 sites with information on gamification. These are great resources if you’re interested in using game elements in your classroom.
If you’re interested in using Google Forms in your classroom, visit this post. You’ll find forms you can reuse, articles about using Google Forms for rubrics, and how to create self-grading quizzes. Very cool!
Do you think Jewish kids need to have “ethical tune-ups?” This thought-provoking post explores that.
Looking for free iPad apps? Bookmark Appsaga and HappiPapa for free apps and reviews. And how about Apps Gone Free, an app that lists daily free offers…
EDpuzzle is very, very cool. It gives you the opportunity to find an online video, crop it, add a voiceover and embed quizzes along the way to track student understanding. Awesome for teachers… or for students to use! Free (for now).
If you’re looking to follow some awesome teacher blogs, here are some suggestions.
Word Hippo is a cool resource if you’re searching for synonyms, antonyms, definitions, rhyming words and more.
For a fascinating trip back in time, check out these brief video clips explaining (or not explaining, as it were) what the Internet is (was):
Today show hosts off camera trying to figure out what the “@” sign means:
A 1981 news piece about newspapers exploring delivering content electronically:
Here’s a 1995 Newsweek Tech & Science article on why an online database will never replace your daily newspaper.
And, finally, Steve Jobs in 1980 predicting what people might be doing with the computers they were designing:
If you’re a dog lover like me, you’ll enjoy this heart warming video about guide dogs being trained by Technion students:
Who doesn’t love a good story? Check out these TED talks on telling a great story
Looking for Judaic texts online? Check out these great resources: http://www.library.upenn.edu/cajs/etexts.html, http://www.hebrewbooks.org/, and http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/109864/jewish/Classic-Texts.htm.
If you’ve got a little time to do some reading, check out this New York Times article on the best-selling education books of 2013.
Popuparchive is a really cool resource. You can explore the categories for sound clips, including an awesome collection of interviews done by Studs Terkel. You can also search by tag – the “African American Civil Rights” tag alone has 94 items.
Citelighter is easybib on steroids. The basic version (free) allows you to create a project, search, highlight and organize your research all in one place.
Love poetry? Check out Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets. You can submit your email if you’d like the poem of the day emailed to you, connect with poets.org using social media, and read beautifully written articles on the act of writing (well, they are poets, after all…).
If you’re interested in exploring how to integrate digital tools into traditional lesson plans, check out Graphite. This website provides a useful framework to start with your objectives, designate a “hook,” integrate direct instruction, guided and independent practice, and end with a wrap up. At each point, you’re able to state which digital tool you want to integrate and articulate how the product fits into your plan. If you’re intrigued by this tool, you can check out app-flows that have been created by other teachers to get some ideas.
Happy Hanukkah! Happy Thanksgiving! Of course you know that the two best-fed holidays happen to coincide this coming week (latke stuffing, anyone?). This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Check out Dr. Joel Hoffman’s explanation on why this will never, ever happen again.
Those of us in the trenches realize that a teacher’s role has shifted dramatically over the last few years. This edweek article sums up authors Will Richardson and Marc Prensky’s take on the topic (hint: teachers must become learners first, and teachers second).
Ooooh…this site is fun. Metta allows you to create multimedia stories incorporating video, text, still photos, polls and voiceovers. It’s all stored online, and you can connect it to your Google drive. The free version allows you to create unlimited stories, but polls can only get 10 responses. If you think you’ll need a beefier plus account which accepts up to 100 responses per poll, it’s only $30/year for teachers. Check it out – I think it’s a winner!
I know many of you have used Socrative in the past and have enjoyed creating online quizzes for your students. They’ve come out with a new version. It’s still in beta (which means it could be glitchy and not work exactly as you expect), but you might want to check it out.
If you’re a Prezi fan and use it with your students, you might want to consider becoming a Prezi educator. Perks include a free PRO account and access to exclusive resources. Click here for more information.