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Online Resource: The Library of Congress

11 Oct

I’ve shared some of my favorite resources for primary source documents and here is another fantastic site to check out.  The Library of Congress has dynamic, multi-touch books that are completely free for teachers.  The Student Discovery Sets cover topics including the Dust Bowl, The Constitution, and The Harlem Renaissance.

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 3.16.47 PMVisit their website to learn more and download these terrific resources today!

15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

10 Oct

15It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re doing a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph
there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents:

  1. Getty Images (photo library)
  2. Changing America (documents)
  3. DocsTeach (website from National Archives)
  4. Flickr (photo library)
  5. Shadow Puppet EDU (searchable photo library)
  6. LIFE Photo Archive (photo library
  7. Today’s Document (app from National Archives)
  8. Quotable Americans (famous quotes)
  9. Underground Railroad (documents)
  10. Met Museum (artifacts)
  11. Abraham Lincoln (documents)
  12. Congressional Moments (videos)
  13. America History Interactive Timeline (app with artifacts)
  14. DocsTeach (app from National Archives)
  15. American History Clips (videos)

Inspire Students to Become Game Creators with Tynker

9 Oct

 

Tynker LogoComputer science skills are essential for students who want to be college and career ready when they finish high school.  Tynker is a new online curriculum that you’ll want to check out!  It uses professional game studio quality content and tools to inspire kids to create projects.  As they learn computer programming they’ll have fun creating projects.  This includes games, quizzes, and animations that can explain a math or science concept.

TYNKER boys collaborating hardware (2)With Tynker kids can enhance their own learning while creating learning experiences that can be shared with others.  Tynker uses a fun and game-like approach that will grab the attention of your students right from the start.  They provides an easy introduction to programming with interactive self-paced courses.  Tynker is perfect for schools that have adopted a PBL (project-based learning) model.

Visit their website to learn more!

 

CodeHS for Computer Science

30 Sep
rwc logoPreparing students for careers of the future is so important!  CodeHS is a comprehensive curriculum to help educators teach coding.  Their mission is to help anyone and everyone learn computer science skills.  CodeHS has tools for teaching and learning computer science in the classroom or at home – including a self-paced online curriculum.
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Karel and ClassroomCodeHS helps teachers with no coding experience teach coding by providing teacher tools and resources, as well as support from their team of computer science experts.  They offer professional development courses including “How to Teach Intro Coding.”  With CodeHS teachers can access centralized resources and save time by easily tracking student data.
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If you’ve thought about starting a coding club at your school or adding computer science to your curriculum you’ll want to check out CodeHS.  Learn more by visiting their website!

Classify It! Animal Exploration

13 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.27.55 PMscreen480x480Classify It! from the American Association for the Advancement of Science has an awesome free app that helps students learn about different animals.  This multi-level app asks children to identify different organisms.  They’ll earn points as they unlock each level and answer questions.

This app is great for station work if you only have a few iPads since it lets multiple users create profiles.  Download Classify It! today – it’s free!

 

iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

10 Sep

Make Paper Jealous iPadI’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight and add notes.

iAnnotate is fantastic PDF viewer that gives users the power to write all over the page, adding notes, highlighting and marking up text as they see fit. Teachers can use iAnnotate for digital grading, including leaving audio feedback.  Students can use it to highlight and search long course readings without having to waste paper.

iA3-Icon-1024Branchfire is giving away 2,000 free copies of iAnnotate (usually $9.99) during the back to school season.  If you’d like to win a free copy send out the following tweet: 

Hey @ClassTechTips I want to #makepaperjealous with iAnnotate! 

Just make sure you’re one of my Twitter followers so I can direct message you the promo code! You must also have an Apple ID for the US App Store. Offer good until codes run out!

Learn more about iAnnotate at makepaperjealous.com

 

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!
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