“It all starts with a question…” Here’s a nice article about inquiry-based learning and how to encourage students to take charge of their learning.
People tend to confuse problem-based learning and project-based learning. Check out this article for an in-depth examination.
Remember the great scene in “Star Trek IV” where Scotty tries talking to the computer? And then he says “How quaint” when he’s told to use the keyboard. Maybe you even talk to your phone to get it to do things for you (Siri…). If voice recognition interests you, you may want to pop over to Google’s newest web program, Speak To Go. Designed to work with a VR headset (think Google cardboard), the site does work within your Chrome browser if you enable your microphone. It’s not perfect (yet), but it’s just the tip of the VR iceberg.
The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a very cool site with more than a million resources, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work.
According to this article, one way to encourage empathy among students is by reading the news. The article references Newsela, which is a spectacular resource. Educators can browse by category, filter by lexile level, assign articles and more.
Want to get started with digital storytelling in your classroom? Here are some great places to begin. And for a moving example, check out this BBC “choose your own escape” site regarding the Syrian refugee crisis.
Here’s an article about literacy, illiteracy, and a movement to make sure that smartphones don’t outpace humans in the area of intelligence over the next decade.
Here are some more creative ways teachers are using to teach about fake news.
Love this making mensches periodic table graphic! It would be great as a poster (hint, hint)…
I taught sketchnoting (visual note-taking) to a number of 7th and 8th graders this week. It was so interesting to hear their thoughts about handwriting. I found this terrific blog post about the value of taking notes in longhand and effective note-taking.
Here’s a list of over 150 websites of interest to lifelong learners. Definitely something for everyone!
Khan Academy has introduced an exploration of the storytelling process. They partnered with an exceptional source, too – Pixar Studios. Check out the course here.
We don’t know exactly what jobs of the future our students will hold, but we do know that educating kids to be problem-seeking design-thinking adults will serve them well. Ewan Mcintosh has a thoughtful blog post here where he addresses that. He has a good TED Talk about it, too.
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!