TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 4, 2015
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GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomBe sure to "follow" this Pinterest board to view new pins as they are added. Use this board as inspiration for creating your own Pinterest board for your Daily 5 links and favorite ideas. Share with colleagues and create a Pinterest board as you collaborate. Create a Pinterest board with links for parents to use at home. The ideas are as endless as your imagination!
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomBookmark this site for use all year while incorporating technology into your Daily 5 components. Post links to downloads for the apps you decide to use so parents can get them on their computers and mobile devices at home for student use. As you get into more and more technology for student use, you may consider suggesting apps to parents that you do not have time for in the classroom. These apps could be for additional at-home practice.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomIncorporating technology for students into the classroom is necessary to meet state standards. Let this blog guide you and make it easier. Although the creator of this site is a 1st grade teacher, many of the technology ideas and tools she mentions are appropriate for older students and other grades as well. This especially pertains to the QR Code and iPad Creating, and Skype/FaceTime sections of this blog. Mentioned are several iPad apps this blogger is currently using with her students. One ingenious idea is to use Skype or FaceTime for your Read to Someone component. Primary teachers may be interested in Literactive, reviewed here, and Teach Your Monster to Read, reviewed here, that she has students use on her Chrome Books. So if you are thinking of, or just beginning to use technology in your class, take a look at this blog for an easy start or as a guide for new ideas to add.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomDevelop Dustbin activities to review any topic and save for use as a classroom center. Have students create review Dustbins as a study tool. Be sure to demonstrate how to make and share Dustbin before having students set up their own. Ideas for categorization activities are unlimited, but can include categorizing types of animals, literary elements in novels, habitats, characteristics of geographic areas, and much more.
Grades4 to 9
In the ClassroomUse this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Although intended for use with community service projects, many lessons can be used in different ways. For example, use the Just Reflect lesson to provide ideas and examples of ways to use reflection at the end of a unit or collaborative project. The Art of Creating a Good Video includes storyboard templates for use with any video project. Many middle and high schools have community service requirements for graduation, share this site with counselors and others working with students for use in providing ideas for completing and documenting this requirement.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomAssess students prior knowledge by creating a Breaking News piece to introduce a new unit. Ask students to fill in an interactive KWL chart from Holt, reviewed here, or discuss in small groups what they know about the topic. Use in presentation slides by downloading the image from your computer. Then upload the image to a slide presentation creator such as Slidestory, reviewed here. Suggest to students that they do the same for their presentations. Use as a timeline of events for lab experiment, a novel study, historical event, and more. You might want to think about using this tool as a storyboard for digital storytelling; printing blank templates would work well for storyboarding.
Grades3 to 9
In the ClassroomUse this site as a perfect addition to Earth Day activities. View together and brainstorm ideas about how you can save water at school and home. Have students brainstorm ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, (quick start- no membership required!). Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos demonstrating ways to conserve water and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Toward the end of this presentation, it is stated that over 1 billion earthlings have no access to clean water. Research countries and communities who do not have access to clean water to see why and also what is being done to help them. Student's findings could be turned into a very clever digital storytelling project using Slidestory, reviewed here. Slidestory allows for narration.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse Free Conference Call to set up virtual parent/teacher conferences with participants located anywhere in the world. This is especially useful when multiple teachers are involved or when parents may not reside in the same location. Share your screen as needed to provide information on assessments and student work.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThe Great Human Odyssey is perfect for use with an interactive whiteboard or projector. View the different sections together to learn more about life in extreme climates. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the nomads. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast student lifestyles with those on this site. Compare the three nomadic lifestyles presented with the Venn Diagram - 3 Circles, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to locate places found on this site and explore areas close by. Students can add text, images, and location stops!
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomTux Math Scrabble makes an excellent addition to any unit on equations. Have students play games with classmates while discussing different game strategies. Create a link on your class web page and have students challenge family members.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site as a review on an interactive whiteboard or projector or at a classroom center. Share a link on your class website and encourage students to use this at home to prepare for upcoming tests.
Grades1 to 10
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In the ClassroomAchieve three goals here: differentiate, help students improve their reading comprehension, and keep students current with what is happening in our nation and the world. When assigning articles, choose to have the class read at one reading level, or choose individuals and set the reading level for them. Set up different articles at different learning stations on the computers in your room. Since Jellybean Scoop is cloud based, even absent students can complete the missed work easily. Teachers of gifted students can use this site to accelerate or enrich reading for students. Teachers of Learning Support students and ESL/ELL students will love this alternate way for their students to meet current events requirements. Teachers with free accounts can have up to 25 students. If you have a larger class, there is a "work around" for this. If you have a Gmail account, you can add subaccounts (see directions to do this here). You could create another Jellybean account with this subaccount, but you would end up with two different accounts on Jellybean Scoop.
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