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Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!

24 Apr

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“Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!”

This course can be taken at your own pace and includes 20+ videos that can be played, paused, and watched over and over!

  • In this course, you will learn how to make QR codes, design activities for differentiated instruction, and hear tips for how to use QR codes to energize your lessons.
  • Actionable ideas for you to implement in your classroom – learn today, do tomorrow!
  • Includes a sample lesson plan and model activity sheets.

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Talking QR Codes!

23 Apr
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Try scanning this QR code :)

QR codes are such a fantastic resource for students – especially those who need a little extra support.  QR voice is a free web tool that truly makes your QR codes start talking!

You can type a sentence into the text box on their website (100 characters or less) and  QR voice will generate a QR code for you that turns your short message into an audio file.  As soon as the QR code is scanned the message will be spoken aloud for students to hear.  You can include this QR code on any activity sheet to give an instruction or reminder, provide the definition of a new word, or offer a helpful hint to struggling students.  It’s a simple tool that can go a long way!

Here are three other posts on using QR codes in the classroom:

Check out my Udemy course: Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!

AirPlay in the iPad Classroom

21 Apr

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I love my Apple TV and even brought it into my classroom to try out last year.  My goal was to use the mirroring feature to project my iPad screen without being tethered to the projector.  A great alternative to using an Apple  TV is Reflector which can be downloaded to your laptop.  It’s super easy to use and perfect for an iPad classroom!

When your computer is hooked up to a projector and your iPad is on the same wireless network you can simply mirror your iPad screen using the same AirPlay technology on an Apple TV.  A very cool feature is the ability to mirror more than one iPad screen.  You can show multiple iPad screens of student work, or in a collaborative team teaching classroom, both teachers can show off their iPad screen to the class at the same time.  The download for Relfector isn’t free – like most of my tips – but I definitely think it’s worth it!

Check out my online course for teaching with one iPad!

Giveaway – Sphero & iPad!

16 Apr

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Last week I shared the new educational tools available for teachers using a Sphero in their classroom.  This smart toy lets kids explore STEM concepts like programming as they interact with a rolling robot ball.  If you don’t have a Sphero in your classroom and want to try one with your students, check out this special offer.

In April, Orbotix is giving away an iPad and a Sphero to four lucky classrooms! Entering the contest is simple. Teachers just need to take a photo of their classroom and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag #SPRKscholarship. Then encourage friends, faculty and family to vote on your photo by visiting the contest’s website and clicking on the picture you submitted.

The contest ends April 30th so make sure to snap, tag, and share your photos soon!

Free Writing Guides from Academic Help

15 Apr

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If you’re looking for an English Language Arts resource for your middle school and high school students, Academic Help has tons of guides to help young writers.  Their website provides free writing guides and samples of different types of papers.  This includes examples of critical essays, narrative essay, application letters, and even tips for creative writing.  The resources on Academic Help are totally free and work for a range of age levels.

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Academic Help can come in handy for students looking for answers to their questions related to writing.  There is a section of their site dedicated to general writing tips and do’s and don’ts for each type of writing assignment.  Teachers can use the samples on this site as mentor pieces for a writing unit or direct struggling students to Academic Help for extra examples.  Explore their website to see everything that Academic Help has to offer.

10 Tech Tools to Boost Vocabulary

11 Apr

There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words.  With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines.  Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!

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  1. Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
  2. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
  3. Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
  4. Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
  5. Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
  6. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
  7. Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
  8. Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
  9. Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
  10. MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)

Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)

Check out these two app lists:

Happy Numbers for K-2 Math

10 Apr

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Teachers working with elementary school students will want to check out Happy Numbers to support Common Core Math instruction.  Happy Numbers has interactive activities directly aligned to the K – 2 standards.  Children will move objects across their screen as they learn to count,  bundle groups of tens, practice addition, and more.  The activities address the math concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards and give students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a traditional math lesson.

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Happy Numbers lets teachers set up their own account with logins for each students.  There are lots of math activities to choose from and teachers can pick which ones their students have access to.  Happy Numbers makes it easy to find activities that align to your curriculum and keeps track of student progress.  Happy Numbers can be accessed from any device with a web browser!