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Conference sketchnoting

Do you sketchnote conferences? What are your favorite tips?

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May 18, 2019 Posted by | Sketchnoting, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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Mathschase is a fun site to review multiplication. No sign up required and looks like it’s completely ad-free.

If you’re a fan of Boomerang, you’ll be happy to know that now you can schedule your Google emails right in Gmail. You’ll notice that there’s a little drop down menu next to “Send” – just click on that and schedule when your email will be sent.

May 17, 2019 Posted by | G Suite (GAFE), Links You'll Love, Websites | , , | Leave a comment

Do you want to build a (virtual) sukkah?

Screen Shot 2019-05-15 at 12.26.19 PMYes, I know it’s May.

I’m already starting to think about we’re going to use VR/AR next year and authentically connect it to general or Judaic studies. Our fourth grade does a wonderful project where they design a sukkah, reduce its proportions in math and then create a 3D design using Tinkercad which we print. So what comes next?

I’d like to have my fifth graders use CoSpaces to create a virtual sukkah to which they can add elements like the brachot, lulav and etrog models, and then do some creative coding. Could they have lights? Could they wave the lulav? Make a blessing?

CoSpaces is my choice because it’s easy to get the basics down but really limitless in terms of coding. It’s reasonably priced and you can set up classes and assign spaces to groups of kids so they’re working collaboratively but simultaneously. That wasn’t exactly intuitive to figure out and I plan to have another post about exactly how to do that.

CoSpaces has building materials but there was nothing that was lattice-like for a sukkah. I was able to create one in Tinkercad, though, and import it. You can also use Blender or SketchUp, but I was going for quick and easy at this time.

Here’s the space so far if you want to play. More to come.

May 15, 2019 Posted by | Augmented Reality, virtual reality | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sketchnoting in school

I’m starting a three-session unit on sketchnoting with my 7th and 8th graders today. Here’s my interpretation of Dan Nichols’ Kehillah Kedoshah – we’ll see what they come up with.

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March 15, 2019 Posted by | Sketchnoting, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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Design Thinking is an approach to problem solving that can be implemented in any setting. Here are some awesome resources if you’re thinking about trying it with your students:

Makerspace for Education

Five Chairs Exercise we used in January (I do this with the third and fourth graders)

City X Project

Stanford’s d.school Crash Course

March 8, 2019 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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NewsFeed Defenders is a media literacy game from FactCheck.org designed to help students spot fake news and misinformation. Speaking of media literacy, brothers Hank and John Green (yes – that John Green)  have a new media literacy series on their YouTube channel Crash Course. You can check out the first in the series here.

Who doesn’t love folktales? CircleRound is a storytelling podcast that’s geared to kids 4 through 10. You can listen online or subscribe through Apple iTunes.

February 1, 2019 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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If you’re interested in using Google Slides for formative assessment, check out this post about using the Pear Deck add-on.

If you’re a Google Classroom user, you might be interested in integrating materials into your Classroom. Check this post out for more info.

I tripped across ReadWorks while looking for student-friendly articles. This is a great resource; teachers can use it for free, and it offers articles, questions sets, vocabulary and more.

 

December 16, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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StoryboardThat is an awesome website where you can create storyboards and comics. You can create two storyboards a week with the free edition. The site includes background images, graphics, thought bubbles are more.

Don’t know what to write about? Check out StoryStarter for Kids. Students get a random starter sentence to copy and paste into a Google Docs.

Webjets is a very cool digital curation platform. It’s basically a space for you to compile all your resources in one place. You can sign up using your Google credentials.

If you’re a fan of Kahoot! Or Quizlet, check out Gimkit. It’s easy to set up, fast-paced, and you can use Quizlets that you’ve already created.

I introduced Flipgrid last year. For those of you who’d like to explore using it for formative assessment, this blog post explains a nice way to integrate PearDeck.

December 13, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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If you’re looking to integrate STEM into K-2, check out the PictureSTEM Project  which offers units that use an engineering challenge and picture books as supports for learning science, mathematics, engineering, computational thinking, and reading.

If you’re looking for free sound effects, visit FreeSound. Everything is creative commons licensed, which means you and your students can use any sound in any project without getting permission from the creator.

If you need a common whitespace that everyone in a class can access, try Twiddla. Basically you create a space, invite others, and anything anyone puts on the screen can be seen by everyone.

If you’re a Google Slides user, you might want to check the Slides Toolbox add-on. It’s got some nice tools, gets great reviews, and is free to install.

BioInteractive is a very nice science site, with loads of resources including posters, videos and articles.

December 11, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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If you’re looking for a way your students can create newspapers online, check out Printing Press. It is Flash-based, so I’m not sure it’ll work on an iPad, but it should be fine on a Chromebook.

ProjectPals is a task-management website that will support your students who are working on independent projects.

WriteReader is a very cool website where students can write books and include photos and narration. You can log in with your Google credentials and it will coordinate with classes that you’ve already set up in Google Classroom. It supports Hebrew text input. The website features images, or you can upload from the computer or search for them on the Internet. Books can be viewed online or downloaded and printed.

If you want to create games that your students can play, check out PurposeGames. It’s free to use, and you can create games like matching games, multiple choice quiz, and type-the-answer. You can also search from games that others have created.

December 9, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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