Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A RAP Smackdown 20 Sites Shared by Teachers

As you may know, I have been facilitating the current term of RAP  sessions.  RAP stands for Ripon Academy for Professionalism and it is professional development for new teachers as well as any veteran teachers that want to join.  I am very thankful for being given this opportunity.

Each week my co-facilitator, Kathy Davis, and I have been leading the session.  So far this year we have covered a lot of great topics including:  Using Surveys, Polls and Backchannels; Making Flipped Videos Using Jing or Educreations; Using iMovie to Make a Book Trailer or Video; Using and Creating QR codes; Troubleshooting, Tips, and Tricks.

This past week we decided to do a RAP Smackdown (Kathy's great idea).  In a Smackdown each person in our group was asked to share a site or tool that they use in their classroom.

Here are the sites / tools that were shared:

#1 -Flocabulary - Hip Hop videos that bring vocabulary to the classroom through videos.

#2 -Frank Gregorio's You Tube Channel of Science Videos.

#3 -Music Notes for free sheet music.

#4 -Class Dojo is an app for classroom behavior management.

#5 - Livebinders has great resources for teachers.

#6 - K-5 Math Teaching Resources

#7 - Share My Lesson is a great place to share and find lessons.

#8 - Estimation 180 a great site for teaching number sense.

#9 - Kyle Sackett's You Tube Channel of Inspirational Videos

#10 - Sum Dog is an online math contest.

#11 - Spelling City for spelling and vocabulary practice.

#12 - Koo Koo Kangaroo is a series of You Tube videos that provide brain breaks.

#13 - Toon Doo is a comic strip maker that can be used to make social skills comics.

#14 - Lose It is a site for tracking food and exercise  for healthy living.

#15 - Cool Tools for Schools is a wiki that has links to tons and tons of Web 2.0 tools.

#16 - Instagrok for researching a topic in a unique way.

#17 - Sketchup for creating 3 dimensional models and designs.

#18 - Search "Chat" in Labs for Gmail.  This lab add-on will move your chat to the right side of your Gmail so that your folders will be displayed on the left side of the screen.

#19 - Prezi for creating zooming presentations.

#20 - 33 Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have - with links to sites that support those skills.

This just shows us how impressive our integration of technology is in the Ripon School District.  I loved our Smackdown and look forward to learning more from the talented teachers in our district.

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