Monday, November 24, 2014

From My Amazing Colleagues

Here are some of the great sites and tools being used by the amazing educators that I work with:

Thinglink and Kahoot are two sites being integrated by a large number of our teachers. What makes these sites popular? Thinglink is all about making an image interactive with hotspots; something that is easy to use in any academic area. And Kahoot is just plain fun. Reviewing content in a game-based platform is so appealing to teachers and students.

Google Classroom has taken our high school by storm. This past week when I was helping a teacher to get his students onto Google Classroom, I asked the students in 5 different classes if any of them were not already using Classroom and not one hand went in the air. Teachers and students love the simplicity and interface of this LMS.

Keegan is having his students create videos using WeVideo and Screencastify. Did you know that you can use the Webcam option on the extension Screencastify to record a video and then edit that video in WeVideo?  Make sure to check the box to show the preview window for Screencastify.

Catherine had her students create children's books in Spanish using the site Story Jumper.  Even though this site is geared towards younger students, the high school students found this tool to be just the right fit for their needs. Catherine knew to have the students keep the tech simple, in order to focus on the larger task at hand, writing stories coherently in Spanish.

John's ELL students used Animoto to create a personal dictionary video.  One of the useful features of Animoto is the option to include a caption with an image. The students wrote sentences using the words in their video to show meaning.

I shared a presentation with our teachers on QR Codes. These scannable codes are an easy way to provide students with new information in a more interactive way. 

One of my favorite new audio tools is Audioboom. Students can record up to 10 minutes with a free account and then there is the option to create a QR code with an image to play back the audio recording.

Our World Language teachers were impressed with QR Voice when we discovered that we could have text read to us in many different dialects. The other amazing feature of QR Voice is that the text can also spoken in any of the featured languages.

A special thank you to all of the educators out there who are making an effort to use technology on a daily basis with their students. Your efforts to give students a rich technological education are appreciated!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chat with Deb: Game Based Learning- A Few Ideas

"Games empower students to get the critical feedback that they need to learn and be engaged." Sasha Barab

Are you looking for some simple ways to incorporate games into your students' learning? Watch this Chat with Deb to learn about three great sites to do just that!

Links from this Chat with Deb:
Thank you to Intel's Teacher's Engage for sponsoring this episode of Chat with Deb.  

Click here to view other Chat with Deb videos.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Two new Google Form Add-Ons

There are two really nice add-ons for Google Forms. 

Use this to create math equations or graphs in Google Docs or Google Forms.

Form Limiter
Use this to limit the time period that your form is accepting responses or limit the number of responses that are allowed.

I highly recommend giving either of these two add-ons a try!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Chat with Deb

Try Interact - create a visual quiz that will engage, assist and bring meaning to your studying. This is not your typical quiz maker.

This site has several great features such as:

  • Quiz content that allows for visuals and explanations
  • Quiz design that allows for choosing colors, fonts and photos
  • Get feedback and results, embed on your site and provide a link to other resources.

Watch this Chat with Deb to see how Try Interact works:

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Really Cool Presentation!

Last night my co-worker and I presented to our local Parent Association. We focused on how our teachers are using Chromebooks with our students. 

Check out our presentation by clicking here.

As you can see, our teachers have jumped right in with using new technologies with their students and I have so much appreciation for their willingness to make a difference in the education of their students. 

I created the presentation using a site called emaze. I want to thank my friend, Naomi Harm, for sharing emaze with me. This really is an amazing presentation tool.  I highly recommend giving emaze a try with your students.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Booktrack Classroom

Booktrack is amazing and free! It allows you to take a piece of writing and add sound. When a person reads your writing, they will be also listening to music or sound effects that you have added.

Watch this video explanation:

There are also hundreds of stories just waiting to be read with music.
Choose to import your own writing or use one of the free books available. Book track is very easy to use. There are free video tutorials to watch and learn how.

I highly recommend giving Booktrack a try!