Here’s an insightful article about how Google frames how we see the world. Google…it’s not just for searching.
Looking to make comics with your students? Pixton is a nice alternative. I’m still a fan, for the most part, of ComicLife, but if you want to use Chromebooks, this is an option.
Interested in seeing how Pixar makes their magic come to life? Check out Khan Academy’s Pixar in a Box, where lessons include intro to animations, effects and character modeling and more.
Loupe Collage is an awesome website that takes your photos and makes them into a shape. You choose the pictures, then you choose the shape, image, or word you would like to shape. You can also use it to make a card. So fun!
Google Slides can be a great resource for creating an interactive eBook. Read more about it here.
Tuzzit is a collaborative mindmapping tool with easy to use templates. You set up the canvas, and then students can join and add text, stamps, images and more.
Here’s a terrific article about some updates in the Google Classroom iPad app that allow you to annotate PDFs and documents right in Classroom. This is cool!
Using Chromebooks in your classroom? Check out this awesome collection of tips!
Jacob Richman has created a really nice three-year Jewish calendar which you can access here.
Here’s a Hebrew keyboard that you can download for your iPhone or iPad. Why another Hebrew keyboard? Simply long press any key to access nikudot! This is very cool!
Snapstouch is a cool website where you can convert photos to sketches, paintings, drawings or single shade images. Check it out!
There’s a great article about the Spheros in the New Yorker this week. There are lots of lesson plans to integrate these little guys in your curriculum – let me know if you want to explore. We’re really enjoying using them!
It’s not a short read, but this post says a lot about iPads, research about their effectiveness in education, and what it means to us. Very interesting!
Now that the yoms are behind us, Memorial Day looms… here are some great resources for teaching about that holiday.
For easy to understand videos about the physical world and how we can better understand it, check out PBS’ Physics Girl videos.
Who loves Google Slides? Here are some great ways to use Slides besides just for presentations.
Brains On! is a science podcast for children with the motto “we’re serious about being curious.” Each Brains On! episode seeks to answer a question posed at the start—How do you catch a cold? Why does tickling make you laugh? What makes paint stick?—through a series of interviews.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed MathScienceMusic.org, a website that offers teachers resources and apps to use music as a vehicle to teach other academic lessons.
My word is nitpick – what’s yours? The Oxford English Dictionary (otherwise known as the OED) has an awesome site where you can find which words started the same time you did. This is great fun – and could be useful for students’ autobiographies (Lynn and Carol – I’m looking at you).
July 21 and 22 there is a virtual conference (meaning it’s delivered online) focused on STEAM and Arts Integration. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The conference is virtual, which means all the sessions and handouts are delivered over the Internet. The sessions will be presented live on July 21 and 22, and will be available by demand through July 21, 2017 (that’s a year, people). For more information about the presentations, visit the website at http://artsintegrationconference.com/. I’m offering to host an in-person gathering for my colleagues who want to attend the live sessions – sounds like fun!
If you’re looking for something to learn over spring break (or beyond), check out the Adobe Education Exchange. You can join for free, and they have a lot of self-paced workshops or collaborative courses. You can search by standard, grade or by product.
We got a Silhouette cutting machine for our new innovation lab, and I could not be more excited! A Silhouette is used to (are you ready for this?) cut stuff out of paper, cardboard, cardstock, fabric or vinyl. You use the Silhouette Design software (which is a free download) to design your image, and then send it to the cutter. There are lots of ways that we’ll be able to use this – let me know if you want a demo or to play. And check out my Pinterest board for ideas!
If you’re looking for vintage photographs, check out Shorpy. You can search or just browse to see the amazing photos uploaded by users. It is crowdsourced content, so you may want to be careful having students use it.
Passover is on its way! For links to Passover websites, videos, games and more, check out Jacob Richman’s site.
“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…” Ahhh – spring is near, and that means rainy recess and squirmy kids! I just wanted to remind you about the fabulous website GoNoodle, which features brief videos to get your students moving.
Shoutout to the folks at PosterMyWall. I had some concerns about how the website performs on iPads and reached out to their tech support. They responded immediately, and sent me some tips on how to use the website to our best advantage on an iPad. Impressive response!
Were you aware that there’s an election going on? Newsela has a site where you can set up a class account, access articles about the primaries, and your students can vote.
If you’re using Google Slides, you’ll want to check out these great tips for a powerful presentation.
Here’s a great video to share with your students to help visualize the world population.
How has technology changed campaigning for president? This article talks about the increasing impact of data, the Internet and smartphones.