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muse: n. a source of inspiration

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Go topo-loco! The US topographic map project endeavors to map the Nation’s topography, providing both current and historic map views. Check it out!

Educaplay is a gaming site that allows you to create various types of games, including matching games, memory games, word search puzzles and more. You can snag a free basic account with just your Google credentials.

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October 18, 2019 Posted by | Links | , | Leave a comment

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If you’re teaching about using primary sources, DocsTeach is a good resource. Hosted by the National Archives, DocsTeach allows you to save and share the primary sources as well as create, save and share teaching activities. 

The Newseum offers free virtual classes on a variety of subjects, including media literacy, freedom of speech and online trolling. Classes range from 30-50 minutes long and are adjustable to any bell schedule. And did I mention they’re free? Learn more here.

Name the Rover! Kids in kindergarten through twelfth grades are invited to submit their suggestions (in 150 words or fewer)  for the name for the next Mars Rover. To learn more about the mission to Mars and the contest, check out the site here.

This blog post has links to some great wordless movies that you can use to inspire your students to talk about problem solving. Sadly, the first video is blocked for using copyrighted content (boo, Disney!), but the others are available and very nice.

September 20, 2019 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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Google Assignments is a new feature that allows you to assign via Google Docs, creating a unique document per student. It’s separate from Google Classroom and in beta testing right now. One of its coolest features is the ability to analyze authenticity (in other words, plagiarism). Sign up to beta test here

Did you know you can investigate artworks, collections and stories from around the world via the Google Cultural Institute? Would you like to “get to know” Sigmund Freud or Frederick Douglas? Learn about the invention of the espresso machine? Visit the Google Cultural Institute here.

August 30, 2019 Posted by | G Suite (GAFE), Google | , , , | Leave a comment

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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