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Links You’ll Love

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.

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

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

Links You’ll Love

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

Links You’ll Love

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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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

Links You’ll Love

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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The members of a process group I recently facilitated were excited to use this name picker in their classrooms, so I thought I’d share it here. Visit Classtools.net and choose the random name picker. It’s an eye-catching wheel that you can customize. You can also save it and remove names as you go. That site has lots of fun tools!

Check out this article from JTA about science and tech in Jewish Day Schools. Nice to be noticed!

During a faculty planning week presentation, a colleague mentioned the Cult of Pedagogy podcast and how much she’s gotten out of listening to it. Here’s a link to the website where you can read more and subscribe.

August 24, 2018 Posted by | Links, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

ISTE Keynote Sketchnote

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June 24, 2018 Posted by | ISTE, Sketchnoting, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Shadow Puppet Edu

This free iOS App makes it easy for even very young students to create videos in the classroom. They can use it to tell stories or explain ideas. It’s also a great way for them to demonstrate their understanding of a concept that they’ve learned.

First, invite them to begin a new project by tapping the plus sign and then giving the app permission to access the camera roll. Then, ask them to select and add the photos they want their presentation to include. They can choose photos from their own camera roll or choose others  by searching among the vetted resources that are included within the app, such as Flickr, Wikimedia, the Library of Congress and NASA. (Don’t worry about the credits; Shadow Puppet Edu will create the image credit citations at the end.)

Once students have chosen and added their images, they can then add a voice over narration. They can also choose to zoom in and out of photos as a story telling technique, or add fun animations to their presentation, such as shooting stars and flying hearts.

Your students can share their finished projects via social media, through email, or just save it their own camera roll.

To use Shadow Puppet Edu, download the free iOS app from the App Store. You do not need to create an account to use the app.

In Your Classroom

  • Ask students to demonstrate their Hebrew proficiency by showing a picture of an object along with a voice over recording themselves saying the Hebrew word for it.
  • Ask students to create an end-of-the-year slideshow that highlights their favorite projects and experiences from the year.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

April 24, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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