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I am sharing an Edutopia article by Matt Davis I came across with a variety of Earth Day lesson plans and reading lists and classroom ideas. click here
60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom If you are a math teacher and wondering how you could use Google classroom with your students, check out this article.
Apps to use instead of evernote
Trello A video is provided for you to get a feel for how Trello can help you or your students stay organized. In Trello you can create boards to organize anything you're working on. You can use them solo or you can invite colleagues, students, friends, and family to work together. Trello is simple to use and infinitely flexible.You'll know exactly what needs to be done, who's goin gto do it, and what's coming up next. Everything you do is synced and saved instantly to the cloud so that all your devices area always up to date.
On Trello cards you can write down your ideas and arrange them in lists on your boards. You can add details to your cards such as
Quip Quip is the productivity suite for the mobile generation. It combines chat, docs, task lists, and spreadsheets in one app -- making collaboration fast and easy. Quip enables you to create and share from any device -- including the iPad, iPhone, and the desktoop -- with your family, friends, or office.
With Quip you can:
Post- It Plus This app was featured in an earlier blog post (February 13, 2015 Jess Warner showcased it.) but it's worth sharing again. The Post-It Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and share with everyone.
Post-It Plus App features:
Learn more about the Post-it Plus App at www.postit.com/app
Chrome Apps Teachers should know about
Class Charts Seating and behavior charts are an essential part of any good teacher's tool kit. In addition to organize students and minimize behavior issues, with this app a teacher can also optionally include and display key data about a each pupil which is used to intelligently position pupils in the classroom to maximize learning.
myHomework Student Planner is a student planner that lets you easily track your classes, homework, tests and projects so you never forget an assignment again! myHomework is available on multiple platforms, so you can always know what's due wherever you are. You can find the myHomework app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android, Windows 8, Kindle Fie and the Web.
myHomework is a student planner that lets you easily track your classes, homework, tests and projects so you never forget an assignment again.
Exam Time This is a personal learning environment that allows teachers and students to create, discover and share learning resources.
Pow Toons Create awesome videos and animated presentations. There are free accounts.
Loupe Collage This app allows you to take hundreds of your photos and in seconds, automatically creates a beautiful photo collage in any shape that you want. Turn your photos into hearts, animals, words, and even logos. You can share your collages with friends, family, put on a website, or feature it on your blog!
Eduspire Summer Courses I often get asked about summer technology offerings so I have provided the link to go to Eduspires summer grad course offerings.
This week's showcase is RefME a free citation tool I came across. I have made a quick little how-to to show you what it looks like and what it can do for you and your students. I think it's a really cool tool. It creates the citations for you as well as helps you to find and organize your research resources.. You can choose the style of citations that you want to create. It has a mobile app in addition to the web-based access. Check out the screencast to see more.
I came across this really helpful tool for students to use to correct errors in their writing assignments. It will help writers to correct contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure and style. Grammarly can be used to check any document a student may write as well as be used in MS Word. You can create a document in Grammarly and then copy it to a Google document or a Word document. See the demo of how it works.Get Grammarly it's free.
Math Games - a Pre-K to 8th grade Math site
MathGames provides 1200 different ways to practice math, ranging from Pre-K all the way to the 8th grade. Parents and Teachers get instant feedback on their students progress and can decide which method is best used to reach their students - interactive questions or fun games powered by the very same content. Whatever works best to keep students engaged and focused on practicing math. Notice I highlighted parents above. This would be a good one to include on your teacher web site or in a newsletter home.
Cool Google Tools teachers should use
Save to Google This is a really nice add-on. It allows the user to save directly to Google. See the image below. When you have a video, image or other types of files that you want to save directly to Google Drive, once you add this Save to Google to your chrome you can just right click and you will see the Save to Google Drive option in the drop down list. It makes saving things to Google so easy. I love it!
Google Quick Drive Create This is so nice. If you add this extension to your Chrome Browser you can instantly create a Google document, spreadsheet, presentation or drawing. Screencast showing you how easy it is to use the Google Quick Drive Create.
Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This is a tool for those who don't have Office installed on their computers. So if that's you then you may want to check out this handy Google Drive Tool.
View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files -- without needing Office installed on your computer. Once the extension is installed, Office files that you drag into Chrome, open in Gmail, Google Drive, and more, will be opened in Docs, Sheets, and Slides for viewing and editing. You can save each file back to its original Office format, or convert it to Docs, Sheets, or Slides to unlock more features, like inviting others to edit with you, commenting, chat, and more. Please note that Office files cannot be edited in the classic version of Drive. The new Google Drive is gradually rolling out to all users via the Settings menu. If you don't see the option to try the new look, check back again shortly. Learn more here: https://support.google.com/drive/?p=new_drive. Formats supported: .doc .docx .xls .xlsx .ppt .pptx Please note: This extension is already installed on Chrome OS by default.
Syncing Google Drive with Dropbox Sync and manage all your files in the cloud directly from your Google Drive page. With this browser extension, you can sync, backup and integrate anything in your Dropbox, Sharepoint, Google Gmail, Evernote, Box, OneDrive, Egnyte, or Basecamp account with Google Drive. Setup can be done directly from your Google Drive interface. Some use cases; *You can backup your Google Drive to Dropbox with you Google Drive; changes from Dropbox will be replicated to Google Drive and all changes from Google Drive will be dusplicated to Dropbox * and more Key Features: *Setup real-time sync of any Google Drive folder with any Evernote notebook, Box, OneDrive, OneDrive folder, Gmail label, Sharepoint, Basecamp, Dropbox, and more... *Browse all your files in the cloud directly from your Google Drive webpage.
Kudos to Matt Osmun for setting up a Google Classrom for his 2nd grade students. The students can easily access his Google Classroom by using the web link placed on the district website under students. No email is required. All students can get to his assignments and access them from home or school. It was wonderful to see the students excited about using the technology to complete the homework. All teachers in the district have the capability to set up and use Google Classroom with their students. It's an easy and seamless way for teachers to put assignments and information into one place for students to access it. In addition, it's just as easy and seamless for students to turn in their assignments to the teacher through Google Classroom and for the teacher to provide feedback and return them to the students. If you are interested in getting your Google Classroom set up and want some assistance, please call or email, me, Dr. Sipe, in the district office.
Strategies for Using Discovery Education Resources in Your Classroom
Below are some strategies shared by classroom teachers explaining how they engage students in Discovery Education materials. I thought these were engaging ways to keep students involved in the resources.
7 Tips to Make Running Record Manageable
I found this week's articles on Edutopia, another blog I regularly follow.Click on the article name to go to the link of the full text. www.Edutopia.org For those who are keeping running records, these tips seem simple and efficient. 7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable.
Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions
This article discusses classroom strategies for supporting executive functioning for your students Strategies for Strengthening the Brain's Executive Functioning.
3 ways to search conten on DE
If you are new to Discovery Education or maybe you just need a refresher. This quick video will show you 3 ways to narrow a search down to meet the specific needs of your lesson and your students needs. Did you know that you can now search by Keystone Science assessment anchors and eligible content? You can also search by common core for ELA and math and, of course, there is the ability to search by academic standards and assessment anchors. Check out this video on how-to search and if you haven't used DE lately please give it another try. There is so much available to us through this yearly subscription provided for all teachers K-12 and all students grades 4-12. I encourage you to take advantage of this growing collection of resources.
Google Doodler - Who would have thought this could be a job- what a cool job!
Do you know a student who enjoys art and is interested in a career in art? Have you ever wondered where all those cool Google images come from that are continually changing on the Google search window? Here's a job at Google for those who are creative and artistic. Those images are called a Doodle. Use in Art Class could be a Doodle contest.
Google holds a national contest for Doodles - Check out the winners K-12
How to quickly share a copy with others
How to force Google Doc copy doc:
Copy the share link
Paste somewhere (email, notes, etc)
Delete everything from the word edit on in the address and replace it with /copy
When someone clicks on the doc it forces them to make a copy for themselves
Assessment web tools and Apps
Quick Key is a fast way to give a quiz or check for understanding and grade it quickly. See the tutorials, click here. You print out the short form and students bubble it in. Use your smartphone to immediately know what students know with a snap of a picture. The questions must be multiple choice. (Image is linked to ituines)
Gradecam is another tool that can quickly score quizzes using a document camera or a computers web camera. Apps available on Google Play and itunes.
Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners. Apps available at itunes, Chrome web store and google play. Click here for a pdf of the socrative users guide.
NearPod available in itunes,Google Play, and Windows download. This is a really cool tool to create engaging, interactive lessons. I love this tool! Click the link in red to learn more about Nearpod.
Kahoot . Students use computers, cell phones, or other devices to join in the game. You can create flashcards for review. You can also embed videos and use Kahoot as part of the teaching process, or students can create review games to share. Students can use aliases so this could be a disadvantage. The teacher can see overall how the class is doing,
embedding Questions in Videos
Zaption Are you flipping your class and using videos? Just as we know that it's better to ask questions throughout the text rather than only at the end of the chapter, you should also ask questions after a topic is covered in the video and not wait until the end. Zaption lets you embed questions within the video. Students can't move forward in the video until they can correctly answer the question. Whether you’re flipping your classroom or in-flipping, this is a powerful tool.
EduCannon Deliver videos like you teach with EdCannon. EduCannon allows teacher to use vide to differentiate, create self-paced learning that can be paused and rewound. Check out the video below to learn more.
EdPuzzle (I am hearing this is the most robust of the free tools that allow questions to be embedded within video tools.) Check out the tutorial below.
TedEdYou can adapt and edit any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch around any YouTube video.
Jessi Miller at CTE has been busy preparing for her student's grandparents to visit. The students have used the Telligami app to create digital stories which have been added to Mrs. Miller'swww.ctekidwriting.wikispaces.com teacher page. Mrs. Miller's students have also created a class rules video using iMovie which was also loaded onto her wikispace. What a fun and creative activity for the students and one that the grandparents will surely enjoy. Check out the link to the CTE kidwriting wiki and click on Mrs. Miller's name to see her student's projects.
Youtube channels for teachers
I love the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Blog there are so many cool resources and tools shared weekly on this blog. This week I want to share some Youtube Channels for teachers that learned about through Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
American Museum of Natural History This is a really cool channel that takes you behind the scenes of our exhibits, into our world-class collections, out to the field with researchers, and through scientific concepts that illuminate the natural world.
Big Think Big Think is the leading source of expert-driven, actionable, educational content -- with thousands of videos, featuring experts ranging from Bill Clinton to Bill Nye, we help you get smarter, faster. We aim to help you explore the big ideas and core skills that define knowledge in the 21st century, so you can apply them to the questions and challenges in your own life.
Youtube Edu This site features some of the most popular educational videos across Youtube.
Library of Congress Timeless treasures and contemporary presentations from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. As the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, we are the steward of millions of recordings dating from the earliest Edison films to the present. In addition, we sponsor events, lectures and concerts that are free and open to the public.
Go to the article for additional information on other Youtube Channels that are available. 8 Good YouTube Channels for Teachers
Kids Vocab "Now kids can build vocab anywhere, anytime, all while having fun. With 9 addictive games designed to help understand words rather than just memorize them, our Kids’ Vocab app will broaden kids’ vocabularies and sharpen their reading & writing skills. There’s only one rule: no boring flash cards allowed."
Vocab Genius is a good app for learning new vocabulary items. It offers "Over 800 flashcards for some of the most useful yet difficult vocabulary words in the English language, complete with definitions, sample sentences, and synonyms". It also has over 300 “word elements” flashcards for common prefixes, suffixes, and roots.
"The Vocabador iPhone application is ideal for students studying for the SAT, the GRE or for anyone looking to boost their vocabulary. Combining the theme of Lucha Libre wrestling with over 400 powerful vocabulary words, Vocabador offers a fresh approach to learning that will help you build some serious vocabulary muscle!"
The Lawrence Hall of Science provides a rich library of interactives covering different scientific phenomena. Students can use them in hands-on activities to design, test, and discover amazing things about science. The resources in this website are arranged into different categories including: After School Kids Science (contains science activities specifically designed for kids in grades 3 and 5); Check out Science (You and your budding scientist read a nonfiction book from Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading curriculum, then follow the instructions on the included activity card), Explore the World (interactives to help you virtually discover the world) and many more.
Science Buddies is another great website for science teachers. It “ empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, Science Buddies puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at your fingertips.”
Discovery Education Resources
Sound Effect: Weather: Rain: Thunder: Heavy Rain with Thunder Rumble and Wind Thunderstorm Grades K-2 (click title to go to DE site you must log in to get to resource.) A single note from a song can take us back in time and the creak of a darkened home can send our hearts racing. Though sound is directly related to our sense of hearing, it also can create mental images. Use the strategy "Did You Hear That?!?" as you play the sound effect of a rain storm to engage students in the writing process. You can go into the DE search and search for weather and choose sound effects as your media type and you will be given a variety of weather related sounds for students to identify and use with the “Did you Hear That?!? Activity.”
Weather Patterns Grades 3-5 (click title to go to DE site you must log in to get to the resource) How does your news channel predict the daily weather? Scientists use weather data to find weather patterns. Maps help them to use data and predict the weather changes for the next day or week. Have students use this exploration to learn about different type of weather fronts. Expand the activity by allowing students to create their own weather reports for your school.
Content Collection: Weather Wizard Hands-On Grades 9-12 (click title to go to DE site you must log in to get to resource) Have students join meteorologist Mark Elliot as he conducts hands-on experiments to demonstrate the science behind common weather phenomena. Then have students use the resources available in this content collection to explore the questions "What elements impact weather?"
Auschwitz: The Past is Present Content Collection (click title to go to DE site you must log into get to resource)a series of survivor testimonies and classroom activities, from the USC Shoah Foundation iWitness site are now available on Streaming Plus. Engage your students and share the important lessons of the Holocaust. These testimonies will give your students insight to the thinking in Germany during the reign of the Nazies.
Edutopia A great resource for Teachers
For those who may not have ever checked out the Edutopia site here is your chance to see what it has to offer from educators and educational experts from all parts of the world. Check out these two articles for National Poetry Month Coming in April!
12 Strategies for bringing poetry to your classroom. I read through the article and thought it provided 12 engaging ways to get students interested in poetry. Click here to go to this interesting and quick read.
These are the 12 strategies listed below:
Sketch This Poem
Wave This Poem
Shout Out This Poem
Build This Poem
Wordle This Poem
Update This Poem
Overdramatize This Poem
Wreck This Poem
Gift This Poem
Connect This Poem
Hear This Poem
Email (or Tweet) This Poet
Check out this article with some great ideas for bringing poetry to the classroom. Click Here!
Guest Blogger, Michelle Krill with more information on Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Google Classroom Assignments & Movenote
A big thanks to our guest blogger, Michelle Krill, from South Western School District. Michelle has shared some Google resources and tips with us this week. Check out the information she has shared below. I love the Movenote tool. In addition, she has shared some additional information tips on Google Classroom assignments and she used the Movenote tool to create her presentation. I know her information will be helpful for those of you who have begun to work in Google Classroom and may interest those who haven't to hopefully give it a try. Because we have had onging interest from teachers in setting up their own Google classrooms, Linda Swift has taken the time to add every teacher in the district as a Google classroom teacher so that no additional approval will be needed when you go into GAFE to set up your Google classroom.
Two great resources that work great together!
A lot of teachers are using Google Classroom to build classroom community, assign work, give feedback and manage files. If you aren’t using Google Classroom yet, learn more here. Your district or organization must have Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
To the right is a great graphic of the assignment flow. Read all about it here.
One thing that can create an issue for the teacher is that when they assign an assignment in Google Classroom, the teacher is not able to see the options the students see when they click on the assignment. After working with multiple classrooms and seeing this issue recur, I put together a Slides presentation with text tips for teachers. Depending on the type of deliverable to be submitted by the student, the teacher can copy the text from a slide in the presentation and paste it right into the assignment, along with the assignment details. Here is a direct link to the Slides presentation so you can make a copy for yourself!
Another great resource that works wonderfully with Google Apps for Education is Movenote. I used Movenote to narrate my Slides presentation. To get started, using the Chrome browser you simply add Movenote to gmail.Then you can initiate a Movenote screencast from within gmail or by clicking the Movenote extension icon on the toolbar of the browser. You can choose to include an inset video of yourself along with the narrated slides - or turn the video off. Movenote also includes annotation tools! To screencast with Movenote, you must have slides or images prepared in advance. Once the video is complete, you can send by gmail or click the gear icon to share other ways, including embedding, as I did below.
For those who take advantage of scholastic sales for books here is a link to their Super Sale!
Check out this article(click on the title above) with some current tips for Gmail that may be of interest to Gmail users. In addition, this link goes out to a blog I frequent called Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. I am sharing this article as well as the blog for those who would like to subscribe to this blog.
I am sharing some resources I came across on Edutopia that relate to Pi Day. For those who want to have some math fun with your students on March 14, check these articles out.. Each link below takes you to Edutopia where more information can be found to help you create a engaging and successful Pi Day Celebration!
7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day
How to Celebrate Pi Day in your Classroom
Discovery Education Presentation Board - I had the pleasure of hearing about some of Discovery Education's updates and thought you would be interested in seeing this really cool and informative board the presenter used to share her information. Check this out. click here You will need to log into your DE account and then you will be directed to the board. Did you know that Discover Education has a STEM camp that teachers can use as a summer activity or an after school activity? It looks really interesting. In addition, this board has a variety of downloads about DE resources as well as more examples of the board builder as he can be used by students.
More Virtual Field Trips from discovery ed
This months header is of Matt Osmun's 2nd grade students at New Oxford Elementary. Matt's students use the Promethean board along with the Activeinspire to make student created flip charts to do their presentations. Kudos to Mr. Osmun and his students for making their presentations more engaging and visual with the IWB.
This weeks blog is a collection of varied types of technology. I think you will find something to benefit everyone this week. Thanks to our friends at Discovery Education, Education Technology and Mobile Learning I have a variety of resources to share. At the end of this weeks blog you will find a follow-up to the DE Board Builder showcase from last weeks guest presenter. In addition, I have showcased some additional features of DE that you may not be aware of and lastly I am continuing to share Google tips and updates. the feedback on having a guest presenter was positive and I have recruited some future guest presenters so stay tuned. In the meantime, I hope you find this weeks information interesting and useful. Enjoy!
Google Classroom Updates
Recent updates to Google Classroom include:
1-Teacher Assignments Page
Allows you to access and keep track of your students' assignments from one single platform.
2- Archive Classes
Allows you to organize your classes in your homepage by temporarily deleting old classes.
1-Snap a Photo
You can now snap a photo using Google Classroom mobile apps and instantly add it to your assignments.
2- Share from Other Apps
This is another new feature for Classroom mobile apps which allow you to share images, PDFs, and web pages from other apps directly to your assignments.
3- Offline Caching
This one allows you to work on assignments without Internet connect.
Calling all 4th grade Teachers of Science - FREE Hotwheels Kit For you!
Discovery Education Virtual FieldTrip
Discovery Education is not just about videos. DE also provides ongoing virtual field trips for subscribers. Here is a trip coming up later this month. This is one of a number of field trips available on the DE site.
Discovery Education and the American Egg Board have joined forces to give your K-5 students a behind-the-scenes look at Creighton Brothers Farms in Atwood, Indiana. Join us as we explore the ecosystem and food webs of an egg farm and discover how all parts - from the soil to plants to hens to humans - relate to and depend on one another. Plus, learn why this five-generation family farm believes high-quality animal care and environmental stewardship are critical to their business, to the community and to the world.
March 23, 1:00PM ET
Ask the Farmer!
Don't forget to submit your students' questions ahead of time and they may be answered by the Creighton Brothers farmers during the live event. Questions can be submitted here.
Check Out Our Resources!
Visit the Good Egg Project: Education Station for a variety of educator resources, including educational videos and interactive lesson plans developed for grades K-8.
Tune in to the live event on the Education Station website at 1:00PM ET on March 23!
Assessment tools for the classroom
Socrative is a favorite tools for getting feedback from students. Teachers can use the different question types provided by Socrative to poll their students and garner their feedback in a variety of formats using both smartphones or computers.
Infuse Learning provides a platform by which teachers can seamlessly engage every student on any device. Make informed decisions at the point of instruction with real-time, student feedback.
50 Ways to Use DE Board Builder
50 Ways to Use Board Builder with Your Students
Here are some ideas, including links to examples. Let the building begin!
1.Lab Report Document the scientific process and your results, including data and video
2.Poetry Collection Add images and sounds to a student or class collection
3.Biography Present a thorough study including images, audio, and text
4.Author Study Delve into an author’s style, history, and collection
5.Historical Perspectives Provide insight into a historical period with multiple perspectives
6.Get-to-Know-Me Create a board about yourself to use as an introduction
7.Single Math Concept Collect resources and assignments about one math concept
8.Common Core Connections Create a performance assessment around a standard or standards
9.School Tour Create a virtual tour using video, interviews, and diagrams
10.Virtual Field Trip Travel to a location of interest via video, images, and activities
11.Book Report Bring book reports to life with audio, video, and attachments
12.Catalogue – Plant Create a catalogue of local flora
13.Catalogue – Animal Create a catalogue of an animal or animals around a place or theme
14.Model Lesson Templates Share model lesson templates with your colleagues
15.Virtual Book Shelf Highlight books or authors that are on your virtual bookshelf
16.School Club Intros Describe your club and encourage others to join
17.Rich Digital Dives Provide varied mutli-media access points into one topic
18.Novel and Film Study Dive deep into the structure and character of novels that have been turned into films
19.Portfolio – Art Curate a student, class, or grade art collection
20.Foreign Language Dictionary List and review vocabulary with images and pronunciation
21.Club or Activity Guide Advertise your club, camp, or activity
22.Cultural Reviews Gather resources to learn about a specific culture and assess understanding
23.Anti-Bullying Tip Sheet Remind students of the basics of anti-bullying, create and showcase scenarios and solutions
24.Resources/App Showcase Share your most useful resources and apps
25.Video 4 Square Use this specific structure for summary, main idea, evidence, and vocabulary
26.Student of the Week Keep a running page featuring bios of students-of-the-week (or month, or other awards)
27.Class Pet Journal Document the background and story of your class pet
28.Historical Figure Investigation Piece together a puzzle of information to delve into the truth about a historical figure
29.Special Event Gallery Record the classwork and event around a special event, such as A Night in Ancient Greece or Field Day
30.Art History Curate historical information about the arts: theater, fine art, music
31.Scientific Processes Provide in-depth information about specific scientific actions and interactions
32.Character Study Compare and contrast characters from similar stories
33.Math in the Real World Using images and photos from around school, demonstrate math in action
34.Parts of Speech Create a quick review, including games and video and songs
50 Ways to Use Board Builder with Your Students (cont)
35.Writing Inspiration Highlight different types of writing and create writing prompts
36.Chemical Interactions Post info, media, and quizzes about chemical collisions
37.Character Traits Use text analysis and details of character to define and demonstrate strengths
38.Get-to-Know Our Staff Have teachers create individual boards about themselves by way of introduction
39.Integration Strategies Collect solid suggestions for media integration
40.Brainteasers Provide a growing menu of riddles and puzzles
41.Class Newsletters Create a class newsletter, including video, images, and attachments
42.Guess the Photo Exhibit mystery photos, links to answers, and information
43.Field Trip Gallery Document a field trip: info, interviews, ratings
44.Image Analysis Use images to analyze and consider multiple perspectives
45.Storytelling Gallery Curate your class story project
46.Science in the Real World Dive into a science topic that you find everyday: clouds, water, insects
47.Professional Development Create reminders and reviews about professional resources
48.Safety Drill Reviews Pare down safety drills to simple steps and review with images, video, and thoughtful prompts
49.Geographical Show and Tell Keep track of the places you and your students go
50.Current Events Update Maintain a board with interactive information about world events
50 Ways to Use Board Builder with Your Students (cont
New Builder Tool "Boards" (This is the 4th great builder tool made available to teachers)
This week we have a guest presenter.
Hi, I am Tara Walter email@example.com and I am from Southern Lehigh Middle School in Southern Lehigh School District in Center Valley, PA (near Allentown, PA). I teach FCS and have shared a few of my Discovery Education Boards with Dr. Sipe. I hope you enjoy them and that you take advantage of this great new tool available to anyone with a Discovery Education subscription.
Below are the three boards that I have shared from my district to yours. (FYI you will need to log into your DE account to see the boards. My video preview below gives you a look at each of the boards without logging in to DE.)
Chinese New Year
Fast Food Awareness
Kitchen Safety Board
I want to give a big thank you to Tara for sharing with us in this weeks blog. I loved the capability of these boards, which I see as very similar to Glogsters, except that you can embed the Discovery Education videos right into them as well as PDF's and other web-based resources and tools. If you don't have a Discovery Education account please let me know and I will provide you with the access code and instructions to set up your account. I have also added a video (below) showing you where you can go to see these boards in our district content on Discovery Education as well as where you would go withinin Discovery Education to create your own boards. Remember that all students grades 4-12 also have Discovery Education accounts and can use the Discovery Education resources for presentations and research. I have also added a gallery of the steps you would take to create your own board. These steps are also available to you in Discovery Education.
Discovery Education Techbooks
I also had the good fortune to meet a social studies teacher from the Southern Lehigh Middle School and saw how their social studies teachers are using the Discovery Education Techbooks.
Currently there are Techbooks available for K-8 Science, high school Biology, Earth and Space, Chemistry and Physics, and social studies which includes World Geography and Cultures, World History, US History I prehistory to Reconstruction, US History II Civil War to present, US History prehistory to Progressive Era, US History prehistory to present. These techbooks are developed using the 5 E's, "Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate." I thought these books were really amazing and engaging and fully developed for immediate use by teachers right down to the assessments. Below is a link for you to checkout the DE Techbooks and get a trial use. I am told a math techbook is in development and will be the next book available.