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Engaging Social Studies Lessons with Drawp

16 Jan
Drawp Apollo Project draft-2 I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Drawp for School and this includes how easily it can be incorporated across the subject areas.  Social studies teachers love using Drawp as a way to inspire students to create multimedia bundles.  Not only do Drawp creations help students build an understanding of particular subjects and concepts, it’s a great opportunity for having them show what they know.
Drawp Apollo 11 ProjectHere are a few ways to use Drawp in the social studies classroom:
  • Teachers can ask students to explain a historical event with a collage of photos, drawings, voice recordings and text using Drawp
  • Students can draw a portrait of a historical figure and attach a voice recording of a quote by the person
  • Kids can collaborate on projects about history using Drawp and teachers can see the flow of work between the group
  • Students can draw timelines and include photos, drawings, labels and voice recordings
Learn more about Drawp by visiting their website or gather extra ideas for social studies lessons by checking out this post!

H&R Block Budget Challenge

7 Jan

X_bxD0DgnmCU-IZdOiPfTKsKS-otyy5CjrLIXxYUfocFinancial Literacy is essential for students working to become college and career ready.  This important real world skill can be strengthened with the online resources developed by H&R Block.  Their Budget Challenge provides a fantastic opportunity for students to learn and play for prizes including scholarships and grants. Students will encounter personal budgeting situations and asked to find the solution to problems in a real world context.  Teens will practice decision making skills as they make their way through an online simulation.

KGbfOxJJ_MrxG4ccCXIKhcihMcRJT1hkK_ZffktOtGgTeachers will love the benefit that this program has for students as well as the lessons that have been developed to support their work in the classroom.  Aligned to the national standards, H&R Block Budget Challenge is the perfect way to help students master financial literacy skills and prepare for the real world!

Learn more about this opportunity by visiting their website!

Elements 4D for Augmented Reality Chemistry

30 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 9.42.04 PM screen480x480Elements 4D by DAQRI is a fantastic app for students exploring the Periodic Table of Elements.  Using augmented reality technology, users can scan a trigger and see one of 36 elements come to life on their screen.  It’s a unique way to get children excited about science and learn important chemistry facts at the same time.

Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download this app for free and follow this link to download the AR triggers!

Drawing in the Science & STEM Classroom

19 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.32.21 AMDrawp for School is a great tool for managing workflow in a one-to-one classroom and can be used across the content areas.  With this app students complete tasks designed by the teacher.  This can include drawing a picture or labeling a diagram.  Drawp is as flexible as paper – it can be used with any subject.

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.32.07 AMIn the science and STEM classrooms students can complete a variety of tasks that demonstrate their understanding.  This could include snapping a picture of a plant in a school garden and labeling each part or creating a model of s cell and naming each part.  Students can represent data with graphs and charts and show how well they have grasped a concept.  Drawp for School lets teachers create engaging and innovative tasks for their students that are tailored to specific tasks in any subject.

Visit Drawp for School’s website to learn more!

Blasts from StudySync for Sharing Student Opinion

5 Dec

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StudySync’s Blast feature offers a real-world, read-write connection for students, giving them the opportunity to share their opinions on a variety of topics. You’ll be able to help students answer the question, What’s happening in the world today? and learn about what your students think about those current events.

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 10.33.05 AMBlasts are one of the many resources offered within StudySync’s award-winning core ELA curriculum.  Designed for grades 6-12, they include short reading and writing assignments based on timely, high-interest topics.  Students respond in short answer format, participating in thoughtful discussion with other students across the globe.  Not only are Blasts engaging, they are a great way to build critical thinking, writing, and research skills!

Watch the video or sign up for a free trial to learn more!

10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

17 Nov

10I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below!

  1. News-O-Matic
  2. Scholastic News
  3. Newsela
  4. Smithsonian Tween Tribune
  5. The Wilson Center
  6. NBC Nightly News
  7. TED
  8. Watchup
  9. NPR
  10. USA Today

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!

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