Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Great Week of Share Outs from my Colleagues

1.  Letha is using Screenleap. This site allows the teacher to share their computer screen with others by sharing a link. It works very simply and easily.  I've written about Screenleap before here.  This would also be a great way for students to share their screen on a large screen in front of the class.

2.  Samantha is using newsela to find current event articles for her students. This site allows the teacher to adjust the reading level according to the needs of the students. Some articles have quizzes for students.  

3.  Brynn is using Thinglink with her students. I introduced this tool to our staff last week.  Thinglink is used to create an interactive image with hotspots.  You can read more about Thinglink here.

4.  Kerry and Valerie are having their students use Google Docs to publish their poems.  My latest Chat with Deb video was inspired by these two caring teachers.

What great share outs from my colleagues.  I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of us.  As always, I am inspired by our staff and their willingness to integrate technology into their lessons to create meaningful and challenging lessons for our students.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Google Docs for Writing - Let's Kick it Up a Notch! -- Chat with Deb

Monday, October 20th is the National Day on Writing. This year's theme is writing on your community. You can find more information by clicking here.

In this Chat with Deb, I will demonstrate tips and tricks to teach students for using Google Docs to its potential.  Borders, colors, text boxes, bookmarks and more will be shown.

I hope you have a chance to allow your students time to write for the National Day of Writing. Remember, publishing and sharing is an important part of the writing process. 

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Add Tech to that Boring Lesson and Engage your Students!

If you are finding yourself teaching the same lesson year after year with the same materials and teaching style; then it's time to add some new technology and spice up that boring lesson.  It's refreshing and motivating for students to see a teacher using new instructional strategies and materials in a lesson.

Here are a bunch of ideas:

1)  Involve the students - Use an online poll or backchannel to interact with your students during your lesson. This gives every student a voice and builds character and understanding amongst peers. 

a.  Poll Everywhere

b. - Click here for my blog post.

c.  Today's Meet

d.  Padlet

e.  Geddit - Click here for my blog post.

2)  Student Choice -Allow your students to show their learning with these choices. Giving students a say in how they show their knowledge is empowering.

a.  Mindmapping with Slatebox or Click here for my blog post

b.  Create a visualization with Canva or Buncee or Smore - Click here for my blog post

c.  Create an infographic with - Click here for my blog post

d.  Use this simple drawing site

3)  Use a video - There are many choices of adding media to your lesson. Students today live in a media rich environment driven by videos. Tap into their learning style.

a.  Educanon - Click here for my blog post

b.  Teachem - Click here for my blog post

c.  Lesson Paths, Blendspace, HapYak - Click here for my blog post 

4)  Add some game elements to your lesson - Gamification can add so much enjoyment and engagement to your lessons. Students find games to be motivational and rewarding. 

a. - Click here for my blog post

b.  BrainRush - Create your own games or use the thousands that are available

c.  Zondle - Click here for my blog post

d.  FlipQuiz  or eQuizShow - Jeopardy style review games.

5)  Use any of the amazing tools on!! Whenever I am in need of some tech inspiration and ideas, I often will visit this site for some help. Putting a little time into planning an interactive activity will go a long way with student learning.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanks for Sharing!

Inspiration from my wonderful colleagues comes in all different forms this week:

#1 Amy used - This site allows a person to make a sign up for any event. Amy used this site for a upcoming soup luncheon that we will be having. Click here to take a tour of the site.

Here are 30 ideas for using
One way I could see using is to allow students to choose a role that they would like to have and then create groups based on those choices. 
Click here to see my example:

#2 Ginger is using to help her students learn content. This site lets you create flashcards and then students can use the flashcards in several ways:

Click here to view a set of cards on the 50 states.
I enjoyed playing the Bingo game and found that I was challenged, but also improved considerably the more I played.

#3 Abby is using to collect photos for our yearbook.  

Click here for FAQ.  I look forward to using this site because it is convenient and simple to use.

#4 Catherine is looking into Class Flow. This site allows you to create a lesson that is interactive with your students. 
I remember hearing about Class Flow at the ISTE conference. This site looks like a great tool for classrooms with 1:1 devices.

Click here for the Class Flow You Tube Channel

Aren't these wonderful resources? Thank you to Amy, Ginger, Abby and Catherine for sharing the great tools that they have found. These educators add inspiration to my job every day. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Use Annotary to Have Students Critically Analyze Websites

In October we focus on Digital Citizenship.
One of the skills we want our students to be proficient at is having a critical eye when deciding if a website is a reliable and accurate source.

We also want to make sure that our students have the ability to determine if the information on a website is credible. This is a serious issue when we consider the recent events with the Slenderman case of the young lady who was knifed because her friends believed in this fictional character.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see how a new tool called Annotary can be used to have students mark up a webpage and share out what their critical eye sees. 

Click here for Kathy Schrock's list of sites to use for critical evaluation

Click here for Common Sense Media lessons

Click here for Deb's Blendspace Lesson on Digital Footprints

Click here for the Annotary site.

Click here for the Annotary extension.

Click here for the Notable PDF extension

Click here for a checklist students can use to check the credibility of a webpage.

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

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