Sunday, March 8, 2015

Evernote - Students Can Create A Digital Backpack

Today's Chat with Deb shows the incredible app, Evernote.  This app will allow students to create a digital backpack with digital notebooks and notes. 

A mobile phone or tablet allows you to add images and audio to the digital notes. There is also the ability to share notes with others and set reminders for tests or exams.  Evernote Web Clipper makes it easy to clip any webpage directly to your Evernote notebooks.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see how it is all done:

If you have an idea of how students or teachers can put Evernote to use, leave a comment below.

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

High School Math Sites with a Little Something for ELA and Science Too

Here are some websites that can be integrated into an existing lesson or provide a fully prepared lesson for High School Math Teachers. If you are a teacher of ELA or Science, check out #3 below.

#1 -Free Online Resources from Courseware- Brought to us by the CEMC.  

If you are a teacher of pre calculus or calculus, these are free online courses with videos, quizzes and exercises.  Parts of the site are under construction. Each lesson is broken into modules. Thank you to my colleague, Anthony, for sharing this with me.

#2 offers math games, puzzles, resources and much more for Upper Secondary and High School students.  There is an option to sign up for an account and create a class. Transum offers a large number of free games and puzzles.  There is a lot to explore on this site.

#3 - Better Lesson offers thousands of K-12 rich Math, ELA and Science lessons from high performing Master Teachers.

Math lessons

ELA lessons

Next Generation Science lessons

These lessons often include videos, group work, higher order thinking and integration of technology. 

Check out this lesson on writing equations of parallel and perpendicular lines given the slopes and points.

The lesson is broken into 5 modules. Here is a peak at module 2.

Each module has an activity and additional resources on the side. These lessons are tried and true for use in the classroom.

There are many resources for High School Mathematics and I recommend checking out the above sites to supplement your lesson plans and instruction.

Monday, March 2, 2015

High School Teachers will Love Curriculet

High School ELA and Literacy teachers are going to love Curriculet!

Curriculet is a digital layer of questions, quizzes, and rich media layered on top of top of any text.  As students read a text, questions, quizzes and annotations pop out of the text, so that students are instructed and assessed as they read. . . at just the right moment.

Text can be a file uploaded from your computer or the URL of a website.

Once a text is uploaded to your library, you can edit the Curriculet and add a question, quiz or annotation.  Selecting text can also help teachers or students to define a word. 

For example, here I used the URL of a website (from about the white and gold / blue and black dress). When editing the Curriculet, I highlighted a bit of text and added an annotation which gave a link to the meaning of a part of the text.

I also added a question, (this is different than a quiz). 

Every question or quiz can be linked directly to the Common Core from a simple drop down list.

On another page of the article, I added quiz questions.

When I have finished adding a layer of annotations, questions and quizzes to my article, I can then share the Curriculet with students. By using the class manager, I can create a class and invite students to my Curriculet class.  As students read the text all data will be collected and the teacher can generate reports that show if students have completed the assigned reading and also the students' responses.

Curriculet has a helpful support site with User Guides.  These are very useful for someone who is new to the site.

I highly recommend using Curriculet with your students and I believe this is an outstanding way to aid students while reading an article, researching a topic or reading for comprehension.  Thank you to my colleague, Amy, for sharing this site with me.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Creator App - Create Beautiful eBooks

At some point in time our district will be opening Google Play for our staff and students. When this happens, I will be recommending the app Book Creator for creating digital ebooks.  If your district has iPads, you can get the Book Creator app from iTunes.

Book Creator allows students to infuse audio, text, images, and color  to personalize each page of their story.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see how the Book Creator apps works:

As you can see, the Book Creator app is simple to use and yet the end result is an impressive digital ebook. 

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this post.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thematic - Create a Visual Presentation Simply

Thematic is a really neat way to create a very simple presentation with photos and text.

Click here to see my presentation.

Just scroll down when you get there.

It just doesn't get any easier.

I started by signing up for an account.

I then clicked on Create a Story

From there I was able to choose whether I wanted to bring in pictures from my Dropbox account or from my computer.

I used a folder from my Dropbox of a school in Middleton, Wisconsin that I had saved pictures of their 21st century design.

Once the pictures were uploaded, which was super fast, I added text to each of the pictures.

I was able to choose the color of the text, but it was limited to white or grey scale.

When I had finished the story, I had the option to make it public or private.

Sharing is simple. Email, social networks, embed or just copy the link.

I created my story in just a few minutes.

The story is saved in my profile.

There are many stories to explore on the site.

If you are looking for a very simple way to share a story in pictures and text, I highly recommend Thematic.

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