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Links You’ll Love

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.

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August 24, 2018 Posted by | Links, 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

Google Forms

A part of the Google suite, Google Forms is a free, basic survey creator that allows you to easily create and share a poll with multiple users and analyze the responses.

The interface is similar to other Google products. You can easily add a variety of types of  questions to your poll, including short or long text answers, multiple choice, checkboxes and dropdown boxes. Your questions can also include images or videos.

You can create your surveys from scratch, or start with one of the pre-designed templates like a blank quiz, exit ticket, course evaluation or worksheet. Google Forms also allows you to add collaborators if you’d like others to have the option of editing the form as well.

Once you’ve completed your poll, you can choose to customize its appearance by selecting a background color, adding your own images, or selecting a design theme.

To share the form with users, just click on “send” and email a link or share the link via social media.

Once your audience has responded to your Google Form survey, you can choose to analyze the results in a variety of ways. You can:

  • View or print individual responses
  • View charts of the responses
  • View the results within a spreadsheet

Advanced Features
Third-party “add-ons” can also be used with Google Forms, and can provide you with additional tools. To use them, go the add-on menu (it looks like a little puzzle piece and is on the right-hand side of the menu at the top of the screen). Note: The choice of add-ons is constantly changing; some are removed, and others are being added all the time. As of this writing, some of the available add-ons include:

  • Choice Eliminator: Gives you the capability of eliminating a choice once someone has picked it (this would be useful for scheduling discrete conference times, for instance)
  • Form Notifications: Notifies you (or anyone else) via email whenever a form is received
  • Ultradox Trigger: Helps you create unique documents or send personalized emails based on form submissions.

In Your Classroom

  • I can’t imagine a better way to survey your congregation, your staff and your parents. The spreadsheet gives you the ability to easily sort answers.
  • Try making a form that includes a video and follow-up questions within it. Then send it to your students for their response. This is a great way to get student reflections!

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

April 17, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Classtrak

Classtrak is a free website for teachers who don’t need a whole LMS (learning management system), but would like an online resource to post home-based projects. It’s a useful tool that can help students and parents keep up.

With Classtrak, you can list home-based projects by name alongside a description of it and its due date. You can also add downloadable resources that students can use to help them complete the project, such as notes, games, etc.  No more, “I forgot” or “I lost the sheet”—students can find everything they need right inside the site, and check it whenever they need to.

To use Classtrak, sign up for a free account. Once you’re signed up, you can create a class and invite your students and their parents to join by code.
If you are interested in acquiring the resource for your whole school, you can request a demo and quote here.

In Your Classroom

  • Working on a project in class that needs extra supplies? Post a reminder in Classtrak so that students will remember to bring in what they’ll need. For example, if you are planning on creating Seder plates in class, ask each student to bring in their own sturdy plastic plate for decorating.
  • Continue the learning at home. Build on in-class lessons by creating family based activities that enhance your student’s understanding. For example, if you are learning about the Haggadah, invite students to ask each of their parents and siblings for their favorite Passover memory, and bring them in to share. Remind them about the project using Classtrak.

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

April 15, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Classtools

Classtools is a free website that offers some useful tools you can use to add pizazz to your lessons.

Here are some of my favorites features on the site:

  • The SMS text generator page lets you easily create an image of a phone displaying bubbles with SMS texts of your choice. Once you save it, you can print it as a single image onto paper, or you can share a unique URL with your students for them to see your pretend text dialogue appear line by line.
  • The Fakebook page allows you to create a fake Facebook profile page.
  • The Movietext page takes the text you enter, and uses it to create a StarWars-like movie intro.
  • Fruit Machine is a random name or word generator. You enter a list of words and then click  to start a slot machine type animation that spins around and then randomly stops on a word.

In Your Classroom

  • Ask students to use the SMS text gernerator to create an imagined text conversation between two biblical characters.
  • Students can use the fakebook page to design a profile page for a historical figure or hero.
  • Use Movitext to introduce a new topic, provide writing prompts or even display students’ names at the beginning of the school year.
  • Try out Fruit Machine the next time you need to randomly select a student for a task, or organize teams.

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

April 14, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

This article has some great tips for using Google extensions in the classroom.

The Chrome music lab has all sorts of fun music experiments. You can explore rhythm, melodies, soundwaves and more.

We do a lot of prototyping in the innovation studio: creating, critiquing and revising are a natural part of what happens when you’re creating for the 3D printer or Silhouette cutter. For more on design thinking in the classroom, see this article.

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

Links You’ll Love

Tizmos is a site that’s similar to Symbaloo, where you can create a visual landing page for your students with easy-to-use links to often-used websites.

Jewish Learning Matters is a website with tons of resources for educators. It’s a project from the Miami School of Education and Social Work. Check it out!

March 23, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Google Keep

Google Keep gives Google users an online space for note keeping, image saving, and more. You can make lists (complete with checkboxes), save images or even draw. The interface is intuitive and looks like a bulletin board with color-coded notes that you can move around with your mouse.  Google Keep also gives users the ability to:

  • add collaborators
  • set a timer to receive reminders about a note
  • send notes to Google Docs
  • read a photo of a printed document and extract the text

If you have a Google account, you have access to Google Keep.

In Your Classroom

  • Google Keep is a great way to organize research. It’s highly visual, and it makes it simple to arrange and rearrange text.
  • Want to transfer your Google Keep notes into a Google document? Just go to Tools > Keep to access your notepad and drag applicable items to the Google document..
  • Collaborating on a big project? Use Google Keep to make lists, assign tasks and set reminders.
  • Since Google Keep is on the web, it’s synced across devices, and is  accessible at school and at home.
  • Like using Google Keep? Consider installing the Chrome extension. It will making it easier to save web content such as images or text within Google Keep.

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

March 20, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Google Sites

Google Sites is an application that you can use to build your own website. It has intuitive tools and options that allow you to customize your site and design it in exactly the way you want.

If you’re familiar with Google Forms, you’ll note the similarity in the tools and options right away. There’s a menu that pops up on the right, and allows you to click and easily add text, images, Google docs and forms, YouTube videos, calendars and map locations to your site. You can also select from several design themes which will assign a specific look and set of font choices to your website.

Like all other Google products, options for collaboration are built into Google Sites, and you can easily share your site with others and work together to build it.

When you’re done designing your website, click on “Publish” to get your site on the web and to see the URL. You can even preview how your site will look on phones, tablets and laptops.

In Your Classroom

  • Google Sites makes it easy for students to collaboratively create websites. It even supports multiple editors working at the same time.
  • If you have a number of Google docs to share with colleagues, consider creating a website with them posted on it. Having your materials on a website will make them easily accessible and all in one place. Just share the URL with those you would like to see the documents. Also, when you click “Publish,” be sure to check “Request public search engines to not display my site” so that your site will not appear in search engine results.
  • Create a website about your class. Post images of projects, student work, and schedules of upcoming events, and share the URL with parents.

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

March 13, 2018 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

Dogo is a website that supports kids and teachers “engaging positively with current events, books, and movies.”

We Are Teachers has some great Pi Day activities – and they’re not all just for math class!

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the British Library to bring the magic of Harry Potter to the classroom. This online version of a Harry Potter exhibit includes the series’ original illustrations, a history of witchcraft and wizardry, fantastical beasts, and much more. You can view over 190 items and 10 exhibits right on the Google Arts & Culture site. Step aboard the Hogwarts Express here.

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

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