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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

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If you’re looking to integrate STEM into K-2, check out the PictureSTEM Project  which offers units that use an engineering challenge and picture books as supports for learning science, mathematics, engineering, computational thinking, and reading.

If you’re looking for free sound effects, visit FreeSound. Everything is creative commons licensed, which means you and your students can use any sound in any project without getting permission from the creator.

If you need a common whitespace that everyone in a class can access, try Twiddla. Basically you create a space, invite others, and anything anyone puts on the screen can be seen by everyone.

If you’re a Google Slides user, you might want to check the Slides Toolbox add-on. It’s got some nice tools, gets great reviews, and is free to install.

BioInteractive is a very nice science site, with loads of resources including posters, videos and articles.

December 11, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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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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Can you show Netflix in class? Read this article and learn about this complex copyright issue.

If you’re looking for a fun winter activity, check out this winter-themed “magnetic” poetry activity using Google Draw.

We purchased Hapara this year for our 5th through 8th grade students. Primarily, Hapara is student management software that allows teachers to view (and control) what’s happening on student Chromebooks, but it offers much more than mere management tools. If you’re interested in how it can be used to support student learning, here is a resource.

Happy Hanukkah! Check out  Six13’s adaptation of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

For another Bohemian Rhapsody-inspired song, check out this one about social media

Need some zen activities? Here are some fun websites with no value except they’re well, pretty zen to work with:

December 7, 2018 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | 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 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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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 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 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

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