On1Foot is a terrific site to start with if you’re looking for Jewish texts regarding social justice. You can browse by category, search, create a source sheet and share lesson plans.
If you’re interested in incorporating more iPad use into your classroom, a great place to start is by observing a teacher who already uses them. And if you’re going to do that, blogger Lisa Johnson has some tips for you in this great post.
We Are Teachers has a nice graphic organizer for young readers for you to print – get it here.
ScienceUnderground is a new site featuring a weekly 2-minute science podcast hosted by scientist and science communicator, Ainissa Ramirez. It’s really new, so there isn’t a lot up there yet, but you can check out the site or subscribe to the podcasts.
Eyewitness To History is an ad-supported site where you can browse by event and then read first person accounts. Because of the ads, I found the site to be a little distracting, so you may not want to have students use it, but it could be a great resource for you to find supporting documents or photos.
Interested in learning more about blended learning? According to the Christensen Institute, blended learning “involves leveraging the Internet to afford each student a more personalized learning experience, including increased student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of learning.” Their website offers videos, articles and resources.
Lots of teachers are surprised to find that what they think is project-based learning isn’t really PBL. Read more here.
Move over, Steven Spielberg…now everyone can build their own dinosaur (I hope that reference is clear…). BrainPop Jr’s Contruct-a-Saurus site gives you the tools to build a dinosaur by choosing a head, body, tail, etc. You then test the beast to see if it’ll stand up – and get feedback from the site as to what needs to be changed. This is a great site for young kids, and there are lessons plans for teachers, too.
Edsurge has a great opinion piece on raising kids in the age of tech. Stanford Dean of Freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims offers some surprising thoughts on micromanaging teens’ social media accounts and more.
Quizizz is fun free site where you can generate multiplayer quizzes. Students can participate using mobile devices or laptops.
I love Google forms! If you’re not embracing Google forms, read this post to see why you should!
Did you know that you can use your laptop as a “transmitter” to beam from your iPad to a SMART Board? Just plug your laptop into the SMART Board and use an application called Reflector to mirror what’s on your iPad to your laptop (and therefore the SMART Board). You won’t have the interactive features, but it’s a great way to share what’s on your iPad without having to switch dongles.
I love me some robots! All the cool folks are playing with them…see this Rosh Hashanah video from the Technion.
Speaking of videos – here’s a very cool video explaining the why and how of sewers. This would be great when discussing innovating thinking with your students.
If you’re new to the iPad – or just want to see how you can improve your skills – check out this blog post on 12 iPad tips for teachers.
The gang at ClassDoJo has just come out with a nifty way to privately share photos and stories with parents. It’s called Class Story and it’s free. Check it out here.
Elmad is an online learning library hosted by the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. You can access podcasts, browse by topic or faculty member, or visit one of the channels. There’s even a quiz for every parsha.
Checking your phone before bedtime? This article at HealthDay supports the belief that staring into your smartphone or iPad before going to sleep isn’t a good idea.
How do you go about engaging “makers” and “hobbyists”? This post explores diverse learners and how to approach teaching them.
If you’re working with young children, here’s a great list of websites for kindergarten classes.
The Kid Should See This website offers “smart videos for curious minds.” So fun! You can subscribe to get five videos a week via email or simply search the site or browse by category.
So excited that we’re offering a Minecraft special at my school this year! Check out this article on Minecraft and why it’s used in the classroom. And while we’re on the subject of cool specials, here’s a link if you want to learn more about the robotic devices that we’re using with 6th through 8th graders this year.
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!