Monday, November 23, 2015

Experience Websites Differently

DocentEDU - Add Meaning and Purpose to any Website 

Insert a Quiz question, YouTube Video, Discussion Question etc.

DocentEDU is a marvelous tool for enhancing any website to become more interactive and meaningful.  Teachers can gather important assessment data when the students view DocentEDU content on a website.

Watch this Chat with Deb and view DocentEDU in action.




If you decide to use DocentEDU, let me know how it goes. I look forward to hearing from you.

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

Real Time Assessments with Go Formative - Chat with Deb

Formative is one of my favorite tools I've ever shared for assessing students. The feature that makes Formative stand above others is the ability to award points and give feedback in real time. There is also the ability to view students while they are being assessed.

Another amazing feature is the ability to add questions and content onto any file such as a word file, pdf, or image. This is a game changer! 


Watch this Chat with Deb video and see all the of features of Formative.



If you decide to use Formative, let me know how it goes. I look forward to hearing from you.

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

Help, I need to Cram!

Cram is a Flashcard Creation Site with Some Terrific Features!

Do your students a favor and introduce them to this site.


Students appreciate using applications that help them study for tests, quizzes and to help them memorize.  And they are especially interested when the application includes a gaming feature!!

Cram is a site that was shared with me by one of my colleagues (Thank you Catherine Wood!) who has been using Cram in her Spanish classes.

Cram is appealing, simple and can be used on a browser or as an app.

Here are some great features:
  • Browse Cram for premade and ready to use flashcard sets. 

 It is obvious that Cram is quite popular and well used!


  • Create a flashcard set from scratch or import a set from a file or from Google Docs

  • Use shortcuts to practice the flashcards, with the ability for hints and text to speech.

  • Use the Memorize tab to keep track of your progress. Keep practicing the facts you need to work on.



  • Use the Test tab to test yourself with a matching exercise.

  • Use the Games tab to pay two challenging games with the content you are studying.  These games are really great! They make the learning entertaining and are similar to modern games that are played today on social media.

I highly recommend using Cram with your students. They will appreciate the different ways to study the flashcards and also the games that will make the learning more fun.




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Twist Things Up

Student Created Podcasts Using Twisted Wave Integrated with Google Classroom

Video Series - #6 Google Classroom Tech Integration




This video demonstrates how to use Google Classroom to assign and grade a podcast (or audio recording) using Twisted Wave.  Students can add copyright free music and their own audio. Students can also edit the recording and add effects to the audio.



Twisted Wave can be found at Twistedwave.com

Click here for the YouTube Creator

Click here for Sounzabound

I hope you found this video helpful for technology integration in your classroom.

Let me know if you decide to give Classtools a try.

Click here if you would like to be awesome and discover more  tools to integrate with Google Classroom.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Create a Connect Fours Quiz and Integrate with Google Classroom

Challenge Students with a Connect Fours Quiz Integrated with Google Classroom

Video Series - #5 Google Classroom Tech Integration


This video demonstrates how to use Google Classroom to assign and grade a unique quiz using Classtools.net Teachers can create a Connect Fours Quiz and ask students to take a screen capture of their results. Students can also use the Connect Fours Activity to demonstrate their own learning in a more critical way.


Classtools can be found at Classtools.net

Click here for the unique Connect Fours Quiz Maker

I hope you found this video helpful for technology integration in your classroom.

Let me know if you decide to give Classtools a try.

Click here if you would like to be awesome and discover more  tools to integrate with Google Classroom.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Be Creative with A Remarkable Scrolling Movie Text Tool Integrated with Google Classroom

Scrolling Movie Text Star Wars Style

Video Series - #4 Google Classroom Tech Integration


This video demonstrates how to use Google Classroom to assign and grade a student interactive at Classtools.net for creating a Star Wars themed scrolling text. There are options to add text, images, hyperlinks and of course, the Star Wars theme music will play while your text is scrolling.


Classtools can be found at Classtools.net

Click here for the scrolling movie text student interactive

I hope you found this video helpful for technology integration in your classroom.

Let me know if you decide to give Classtools a try.

Click here if you would like to be awesome and discover more  tools to integrate with Google Classroom.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Using Read Write Think Venn Diagrams Integrated with Google Classroom

Video Series - #3 Google Classroom Tech Integration



This video demonstrates how to use Google Classroom to assign and grade a student interactive in Read Write Think for creating a venn diagram.  There are options to add labels, resize the circles, add terms, add descriptions, save as a draft and save as a PDF for turning in the assignment.


Read Write Think can be found at readwritethink.org

Click here for the venn diagram student interactive

I hope you found this video helpful for technology integration in your classroom.

Let me know if you decide to give Read Write Think a try.

Click here if you would like to be awesome and discover more  tools to integrate with Google Classroom.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Brainstorm any Topic Using Coggle Integrated with Google Classroom

Video Series - #2 Google Classroom Tech Integration


This video demonstrates how to use Google Classroom to assign and grade Coggle for creating concept maps. Coggle allows for collaboration with others. There are options to include images and hyperlinks.


Coggle can be found at coggle.it

I hope you found this video helpful for technology integration in your classroom.

Let me know if you decide to give Coggle a try.

Click here if you would like to be awesome and discover more  tools to integrate with Google Classroom.

Make Your Next Lesson a 3D Gallery Exhibit Integrated with Google Classroom

Video Series - #1 Google Classroom Tech Integration


This video demonstrates how to use Google Classroom to assign and grade a 3D Virtual Museum Exhibit.  The 3D Gallery can include images and videos as well as titles and descriptions with hyperlink capabilities.  Students can share their 3D Galleries with a link. 


3D Gallery can be found at the site Classtools.net by Russel Tarr

I hope you found this video helpful for technology integration in your classroom.

Let me know if you decide to give the 3D Gallery tool a try.

Click here if you would like to be awesome and discover more  tools to integrate with Google Classroom.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Interactive Stories with Twine

What is Twine?

Perhaps you have had fun playing with "choose your own adventure" type stories, games or surveys. Social media has been buzzing with such surveys like this one: Which Disney Character Would Play You In The Movie of Your Life?


Recently I came across Twine (twinery.orgfor creating your own interactive stories, surveys or games. Creating a story is a simple as generating a flow chart such as this one:


What makes Twine so great is that you only need to type text into a box and then put brackets around the word or words that you wish to have the next part of your story linked to.  Any words in brackets will automatically generate a new box on the flowchart.

Watch this short video demo to see how a Twine is created:



Click here to experience the Twine I created called, "What Kind of Teacher are You?"  I took the information to create my Twine from this site. FYI, I'm not responsible for the type of teacher my Twine survey chooses for you.

There's More: Twine teaches coding

That's not all.  Twine can be used to introduce writing code to your students.  There are other codes, besides the brackets for linking, that can be used when creating a Twine. You can find tutorials by clicking here. Twine uses CSS coding, which is used for basic web design. 

I love the possibilities that Twine has for students whether it is in literacy, science, math, history or any class. Students can create many different types of activities using the Twine and learn about the concept of flowcharts and coding. Sharing a Twine is a simple as sharing the URL.  I highly recommend giving Twine a try.