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Online Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

27 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.48.38 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.52.36 PMI’ve shared some of my favorite online resources for informational text and current events and here is another website to check out.  Smithsonian Tween Tribune has a collection of articles perfect for elementary and middle school students.  You can easily access sports stories, national news, and more on their site.  With a free login teachers can find Lexile levels for each articles in addition to lesson plans and quiz questions for students.

Learn more by visiting their website!

 

Create and Share Activities with ChallengeU

1 Oct

ExploreChallengeU is an online educational platform that allows teachers to create and share learning activities. Teachers can make content available to students anywhere at anytime, and ChallengeU is compatible on all devices and completely free.Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.33.56 AM

Teachers can upload different file types and student questions all in the same activity. Students can then hand in assignments in the form or videos, audio, pictures and a handful of other file types. They can even comment on the work of their peers and develop online learning communities. Teachers can track students progress and instantly let students  see comments, corrections and feedback on assignments.

Learn more about ChallengeU by visiting their website or watching this video

Shadow Puppet is iOS 8 Compatible!

25 Sep
iphone-image-search-edu-700pxShadow Puppet is one of my favorite digital storytelling apps and they have big news related to the launch of iOS 8.  Their iPad app, Shadow Puppet Edu is now compatible with iOS 8, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus.  They’ve added a few new iOS 8 specific features like the ability to save to iCloud Drive and photo browsing that mirrors the Photos app.
maps-ipad-recording-700pxShadow Puppet EDU has lots of educational features that you’ll want to check out.  The Map Search option lets kids search for and clip images from maps and satellite images to use in their videos.   Users can also add images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Library, Wikimedia Commons, and OpenClipart without leaving the app.  This easy image search makes video creation simple for students of all ages – there is even automatic image citation that happens at the end of each video.
Learn more by visiting Shadow Puppet EDU’s website, or download the free app and check out the 30+ activity ideas for all subject areas!

Pre-order Announcement! New iBook on QR Codes and the Classroom

14 Sep

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I’m so excited to announce that my new iBook “Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond” is now available for pre-order!

This iBook was made to view on iPads and has tons of ideas for using QR codes to design engaging lessons that reach all learners in your classroom.  It has plenty of tips and includes over an hour of video tutorials.

Pre-order today before it goes on sale September 22nd!

Syllabuy: Teacher Marketplace for Buying & Selling Lessons

11 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 2.23.05 PMIf you are selling your lesson plans online already or are thinking about getting started you’ll want to check out Syllabuy.  Now is a great time to set up a shop on Syllabuy since sellers will pay no transaction fees and earn 100% commission on shop sales until 2015.  Features for sellers include: a simple product management system, the ability to put products on sale and create coupon codes, real-time feedback on product performance, and monthly payments via PayPal. 

class tech tipsSyllabuy is a program from FundingFactory, the nation’s largest e-waste recycling fundraiser.  Although Syllabuy is still in BETA, they already have thousands of lessons, activities, worksheets and other resources in all subjects available, most of them free or very low-cost. Many of the lessons are CCSS aligned and it’s free to create an account on Syllabuy – you only pay when purchasing a resource.

You can take a look at some of the lessons on Syllabuy (like mine!), upload your own to sell, or simply explore the site to learn more!

 

 

Create Engaging Video Lessons with Zaption

4 Sep
BannerZaption is a fantastic web app that gives teachers the power to create their own video lessons using a variety of multimedia.  Combining still images, YouTube clips, and more, teachers can design the perfect video to share with their students.  They can also add interactive elements like quizzes and drawings. With Zaption content comes alive for students giving them the opportunity to benefit from hand-picked multimedia to help them learn about a particular topic.
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Gallery ScreenshotBefore diving in to create your own, you can check out what’s available on Zaption’s website.  They have a Gallery full of ready-to-use content created by teachers from around the country, and content partners like Facing History and Ourselves.  Most of their current content is focused on U.S. History and Government, but they are working to expand to other subjects in the coming months.  Zaption is easy to use and lets you access analytics that show user views and engagement.
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Zaption is completely free for Basic users, $79/yr for Pro users, and offers volume pricing for Campus licenses.  Visit their website to watch a video and learn more!

Shmoop: Learning Guides, Test Prep, and more!

2 Sep
Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 2.53.37 PMShmoop is an online resource for students and teachers offering a wide range of content.  Their mission is to make learning accessible, relatable and fun so that students are engaged as they interact with course material.  Shmoop provides users access to free learning guides and study tools written by teachers and experts in their fields.  They have content that is designed for elementary, middle, high school, and college students.  This includes courses on “Breaking Bad as Literature” and “Bruce Springsteen’s America.”Career Research and Decision Making
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Course content from Shmoop has been used in schools across the country.  You’ll find a whole section of their site dedicated to teachers where you can dive into Common Core and Digital Literacy resources.  Whether you share this content with your students or recommend it to parents looking to support their students at home, your kids will benefit from the variety of study tools available.
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Visit Shmoop’s website to learn more!
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