BrainRush is an adaptive learning games site. You can create your own games or choose from their library.
This article is an interesting assessment of blended learning from a student. It’s not just about robot-like students staring into screens!
ForAllRubrics gives you the ability to create rubrics, add students, and assess away. You can do on your iPad, too!
I love Recite.com! It is so crazy easy – pick a quote, pick a template and go! Images are ready to post on social media or download.
Our 7th graders always enjoy visiting the Newseum when in DC. It’s one of my favorites, too! Check out their website for some fabulous resources, including class-ready videos on bias, media accuracy and the digital revolution, lessons on the First Amendment, and links to primary sources.
Pear Deck is a formative assessment tool/presentation tool/student participation tool that you run from within your Chrome browser, or from a tablet. It’s similar to NearPod and can use existing Google slide presentations to create interactive lessons.
QR codes! Flipped classrooms! Comics and games! The presentations from last week’s Google On Air conference are available on YouTube.
Here are some great suggestions for keeping your Google drive nice and tidy.
Here’s a great article about helping students read images. So much of what our students see online is image-intense these days – it’s important to help them with this skill! Check it out.
Google’s news archive is terrific if you want to search through newspaper archives. Start here and you can search by topic or you can browse by newspaper. This is a great primary search tool!
Here’s a great video that’s worth fifteen minutes of your time. Did you know that you could connect a Google document with more than one folder? HOW COOL IS THAT? This video is a great explanation of how folders work in Google Drive and in Google Mail. There’s some useful information about understand how shared folders work, too.
Project procrastination. We’ve all done it. Here’s a good article about how to help your students avoid it.
Here’s a conference that you don’t have to travel to attend, don’t need to fight crowds, don’t have to eat mediocre food, don’t have to pay for, and (best of all) can participate in your PJs! Google is hosting an on air conference called, appropriately, Education on Air on May 8th and 9th. Would I suggest you “tune in” on Shabbat? Of course not! All events will be recorded for viewing after the fact.
Commonlit is a teacher-sourced collection of discussion questions and corresponding texts that you can sort by reading level. For instance, under the question “What are the costs and benefits of technology?” there were quite a few impressive texts from which to choose.
Here’s an interesting article on giving student feedback in the digital world.
If you’re looking for fun math activities for K-6, check out Matific. You choose from Episodes (brief, interactive videos), interactive worksheets, or playlists, which are collections of videos. There are teacher guides with background information and presentation resources as well.
Here’s a thought-provoking article about digital natives and what they’re not learning in school about using the web.
Formative is a website where you can, well, create formative assessments. What’s pretty slick about it is that you can view your students’ answers in real time, grade on the fly, and track progress. It’s available for free.
If you have an hour to spare, check out this terrific webinar from teacher Vicki Davis on Differentiating Instruction with Technology. I was blown away by some of the things she talked about.
Everybody loves a good skeleton – especially when it’s a free one. Here’s a link to download the free Essential Skeleton app for your iPad (and you are welcome!).
Getting too many emails? Check out Unroll Me. Put in your email address, unsubscribe from the ones you don’t want any more, and you can even choose to get the ones you do want in one daily digest.
What’s your birthday word? Mine is nitpick. Visit the OED Birthday Word Generator, put in your birth year and see the words that are as old as you are!
Just in time for Pesach – here’s that fun Rube Goldberg-esqe 10 Plagues video from The Technion:
The Smithsonian Institution’s Tween Tribune is a great news site. You can create a class and have your students join, create assignments, and quiz your students. This also includes a nice “Photo of the Day” section designed to stimulate your students’ imagination.
AnswerGarden is a really fun website that has your students (or anyone) providing instant feedback that you can see! Simply post your question and invite anyone to answer via a weblink. As their answers are recorded, you grow a word cloud. It’s really simple, requires no signup, and is free. No watering required! Check it out.
SoundTrap is basically an online, collaborative version of GarageBand. You can drag in loops, edit multiple tracks and download your creations as .mp3 files. What’s very cool, though, is that you can invite friends to collaborate with you and multiple people can work on the same file at the same time.
If you have a little time on your hands, check out GoogleFeud. It’s a really interesting exploration about how society thinks. And a huge time suck, so buyer beware.
Want to find (or have your students find) articles at their reading level? This is cool – you can use Google’s search tools to help. Just put in your search terms, and on the results page, click on Search tools. Reading level should appear at the top of your screen. Clicking on Reading level will sort the results into Basic, Intermediate or Advanced – just click on the desired level and that’ll filter your results. For a step-by-step, check out this blog post.
If you want to easily create flash cards from a Google sheet (or, even better – have your students do it!), Flippity is a great place to start. Upload your sheet and automatically generate cards.
Hey! You know that Passover will be pretty soon, right? There are some terrific free resources online that you might want to check out. If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with toddlers and preschoolers, TCJewfolk have a very nice Seder kit that you can download for free. JewishBoston.com is also offering their free “The Wandering is Over” Haggadah.
If you have an iPad or a Macintosh computer with the iBooks app, take a moment to check out the amazing array of educational iBooks that you can download (most for free). The breadth of topics is simply mindboggling, and many books take advantage of the iPad’s multimedia capability to integrate video and audio besides text. You can browse the education collection using a computer here. Some of the books that caught my eye are:
To access iBooks on the iPad, open the iBooks app and visit the store. On a computer, go to the iTunes store.
Looking for templates to use with Google Slides? Check out Slide Carnival.
Here’s a terrific resource for your students (or you) to find copyright free photos to use with school projects. Even better – they come complete with an attribution caption. I love it!
NowComment is a cool website where you can create a document and then invite others to discuss it. Students and teachers can use their GAFE account to log in. Here’s a nice overview of it.
If you’re a Google Classroom user, check out this post to learn about some of the updates to this awesome Google app.
When I hear “place mats,” I think of dinner, don’t you? This blog post, though, at discusses place mats as an instructional model used to combine independent thinking with collaboration. The post gives step-by-step instructions to use GAFE to create a collaborative template. Very nice!
I’ve mentioned GoNoodle before, but I wanted to remind you about this great source for movement videos. They’ve added an indoor recess section with videos that last up to 19 minutes. There are Zumba activities, secret handshake partner exercises, and brain boosters for great short movement breaks as well.
Versal is a new platform to create online learning experiences. You can embed video, create quizzes, and add timelines. This is an amazing and robust website. I’m thinking about creating a workshop to explore this over the summer – let me know if you’re interested.
Crossposted from Behrman House’s Tech Tuesday email. Check out their great resources!
Kids love to tell stories. And teachers love an app that lets kids effortlessly choose photos or graphics, record their own stories and easily create an accompanying video.
Adobe Voice is free and surprisingly robust. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t get in your way – it’s simple and intuitive to use, doesn’t have a lot of unnecessary confusing features, and saves files in a format that you can easily share. Users can choose from a large variety of slide layouts, themes and music to enhance their stories. You can use the images that are in your personal camera roll, or you can search among Adobe Voice’s copyright-free image library (called “icons” in the app). There’s a nice selection of background music, too, or you can use music that’s already on your iPad.
Users need to use an Adobe ID (or sign in with Facebook credentials) to create Adobe Voice stories. You can sign up for an Adobe ID right in the app or do it via the adobe website. Then, simply download Adobe Voice for your apple device. (Sorry – there’s no Android version right now.)
In Your Classroom
- Have students bring in Jewish holiday family heirlooms and take photos of them holding them. Then, record the students talking about their object and how it’s important to their family.
- Invite your students to retell a Bible story. Ask them to create between three and four drawing that depict important parts of that story. Then, use Adobe Voice to record students’ voices retelling the story to you, and add images of their drawing to accompany their telling.
- Use Adobe Voice to create a tutorial for students struggling to learn how to pronounce prayers. Record yourself reciting the words to a prayer, and add imagery that relates to the meaning of the prayer.
Emaze is a really slick online presentation tool. It feels (and looks) a little like Prezi, but presentations can be downloaded as PDF files, presentations or video. You can embed images, charts, video and sound, although you cannot record audio directly to an emaze presentation.
If you’re looking for resources to teach sight words, check out SightWords. You can create and print out flash cards, make games, and learn research-validated teaching methods.
Friday, March 13th is the fourth annual Digital Learning Day. The website for DLD has lots of resources to inspire you to participate.
Confused about the difference between suggesting, commenting and directly editing a shared Google doc? I’ve created a how-to – you can access it here.
FakeiPhoneText and iFakeText are a simple little websites where you can enter text and the site will render an image that looks like it’s a text. This would be a great way for students to create fake texts between two historical characters. Ifaketext even lets you choose your carrier.
Need an easy way to create an animated video? Check out Explee. You can add images, text, music and voiceovers. Movies export to YouTube or can be downloaded.
Design thinking – tackling a problem at a deep level – is something you can do with your students at any grade level. This article gives some valuable tips on how to do it with iPads.
You know that there have been dozens of times when you thought, “if only I could create a Google form from this Google doc that I have…” If you install the Google add-on Doc to Form, you can do that! Check it out!