Grades2 to 5
The entire interactive is embeddable by copying/pasting the "code" into your class web page or wiki. The site has a full screen option and requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
In the ClassroomUse this site as a lesson plan for your class. Use the Revision Bite to introduce the new subtraction concepts to your class. Have students work with a partner (or independently) to complete the waterslide interactive. And then have students work independently on the review quiz. Share this link on your class website.
Grades3 to 7
In addition to the practice activity, there is also an online quiz (multiple choice) and a Revision Bite which offers detailed information about patterns and sequence (useful for introducing new material or review.
The entire interactive is embeddable by copying/pasting the "code" into your class web page or wiki. Many of the activities at this site require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
In the ClassroomShare this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Revision Bite as an anticipatory set for a lesson about number patterns. Then use the activities and online quiz as enhancements to your lesson (or even AS the lesson). The site is ready to go, easy to follow, educational, and simple for both teachers and students to use. Why not have students work in groups and create their own interactive number activities using PowerPoint (plus graphics),creating a blog, or even creating their own educational videos demonstrating interesting patterns and sharing them on TeacherTube (explained here).
Provide this link in your class newsletter and on your class website so students can practice math and number patterns at home.
Grades2 to 7
In the ClassroomUse this site as a lesson plan for your class. Use the Revision Bite to introduce any new mental math concepts to your class. Share the "Bites" with your student on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to explore and complete the interactives available at this site. (Don't forget headsets!) And then have students work independently on the review quiz. Share this link on your class website or simply embed it there as you assign this activity. You can switch to another embeddable BItesize option for the next unit!
Grades4 to 6
tag(s): decimals (133)
In the ClassroomShare this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Revision Bite as an anticipatory set for a lesson about decimals. Then use the activities and online quiz as enhancements to your lesson (or even AS the lesson). The site is ready to go, easy to follow, educational, and simple for both teachers and students to use. Why not have students work in groups and create their own interactive decimal activities using PowerPoint (plus graphics), or even create their own videos demonstrating decimals on YouTube or TeacherTube (explained here).
Provide this link on your class website so students can practice decimals at home or simply embed it on the page as you assign this activity. You can switch to another embeddable BItesize activity for the next unit!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomSince each site has its own directions, our review team will not explain the how-to's of each here. Some require access to install a plug-in on your blog, such as wordpress. Many school blogging sites do not provide this access. Others permit embedding an image simple by copy/pasting code into your blog or wiki. Two are actually extensions you add to Firefox or Internet Explorer and may require tech department authorization or installation on school computers.
If you do allow students to join a site, be sure to adhere to school policies. As always, we recommend previewing the content available on each site before recommending it to your students. These images sites are NOT education-only, so some image content may not be classroom-appropriate. Have a policy and consequences in place before turning your students loose.
Art teachers or writing teachers can use the abstract images from the GumGum option as writing prompts or to launch discussion on design principles. If your students have individual blogs, allow them to personalize the "look" using these legal images. Be sure to model thinking aloud about why you are using a legal image source. Use news images or videos from Vixant Newsroom as prompts for current events discussions on your blog or wiki, or assign students to select a news story and write an in-depth analysis of it to accompany the image/video. English or social studies teachers teaching persuasive writing can assign students to use their multimedia skills as they present arguments both verbally and visually on a class "issues" wiki. Younger students can help select images to include on a whole-class wiki or blog then add their own writing about them. A teacher can embed a sequence of photos and ask student to tell the story that explains it. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page for your tech-savvy teens to use as they generate projects with LEGAL images. Of course you will require them to document their sources.
Grades4 to 12
This site includes advertising.
tag(s): tutorials (47)
In the ClassroomUsers will need to know how to use whatever computer software, website, or skill they are demonstrating. Following basic directions and managing browser windows or tabs are a must, as well as the managing settings of the computer being used. The site demonstrates how to troubleshoot problems on both PC's and Mac's.
Click "create" to start. As the screencast is being created, files will need to be written temporarily to the desktop. A security screen will pop up that asks to run the application. You will be asked to "trust" or "not trust" the security certificate. Depending upon your school's Acceptable Use Policy and computer security settings, you may not be able to complete these steps. Choose the screen size when played and whether audio will be needed (audio can be tested here as well, which is recommended: settings may need to be adjusted for different microphones.) Open a new tab or browser window and enter the web address of the site (or software) that will be the subject of your screencast. Drag the black frame by clicking the line and dragging it in order to choose what will be recorded during the screencast. The microphone icon has a green bar that shows recording levels. A green arrow showing instead of a green bar denotes that sound is not being captured. The red button is used to start recording while the black "X" stops the recording. Once you stop recording, click on your screencast tab or browser window and preview your recording. You can then either upload or discard your screencast. At this point you can create an account easily. Save your screencast to a channel of your own. Use the embed code to place your screencast into a blog, wiki, or other site. You can also use a widget code to embed the screencast player into a website. Screencasts can then be made from your other site and will save directly to your screencast channel. Screencasts can be set to different levels of privacy and comments can be turned on or off.
Teachers who must request certificate approval by tech staff may want to try this tool at home and create some sample projects to convince administration of its educational value. Unless checked to turn off comments, this site will allow comments on your work. Many districts prohibit such interaction and steps should be taken to prohibit commenting from others. When using the widget, the tool does not attribute work to specific students. You may wish to have the students identify their work while creating the screencast. Screencasts will only be able to be viewed when using an embed code in a site, wiki, or blog. By marking the screencast "searchable," it can be available to the public. Recently created screencasts do not appear on the home page of screencast-o-matic. Students are able to self-register, but you may want to keep a record of logins and passwords for students who forget.
Make how-to demos for instructions on using and navigating your class home page, class wiki or blog, or other applications you wish the students to use in creation of classroom content. By narrating how you want students to navigate through a certain site or section, you can eliminate confusion, provide an opportunity for students to use the information as a refresher for the future, and maintain a record for absent students. Software demonstrations add an increased flexibility with helping students who need it while allowing students to begin and work at their own pace. Added audio is a great asset for many students including learning support and those who might need to access the material in smaller "chunks." Use this site for students to give "tours" of their own wiki or blog page. The presentation of their web-based projects and resources can be more engaging. Use screencasts to critique or show the validity of websites, identify a resource site they believe is most valuable, or explain how to navigate an online game. Challenge your gifted students to create a screencast as a final project rather than a more traditional project. Social studies teachers could assign students to critique a political candidate's web page using a screencast. Reading/language arts teachers could have student teams analyze a web site to show biased language, etc. For a powerful writing experience, have students "think aloud" their writing choices as the record a screencast of a revision or writing session. You will probably need to model this process, but writing will NEVER be the same! Math teachers using software such as Geometer's Sketchpad could have students create their own narrated demonstrations of geometry concepts as review (and to save as future learning aids). Teachers at any level can create screencasts to demonstrate a computer skill or assignment, such as for a center in your classroom or in a computer lab. Students can replay the "tutorial" on their own from your class web page and follow the directions.
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Includes Interaction w general public/ public galleries with unmoderated content
Includes social features, such as "friends," comments, ratings by others
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Products can be embedded
Products can be shared by URL
Requires download/installation of software
Grades1 to 12
tag(s): measurement (159)
In the ClassroomSimply choose the ruler you wish to use, print it, copy it, paste it to cardboard, and laminate it! Be sure to follow the technical tip about "shrink to fit"! Use the printable rulers if your budget does not provide funding for them or if you want to go green and save resources. Place them on student desks, in centers, or in take-home folders. Choose the large print rulers for children with certain IEP requirements and for the primary grades. Allow students to color their rulers to help them remember units by color.
GradesK to 8
Be aware there are several advertisements at this website (all appropriate). But considering this site is free (and full of ready to go math activities), the advertisements are worth the minor annoyance.
In the ClassroomThis site has countless possibilities in the classroom. Use the descriptions and activities as an anticipatory set for a new topic in math class. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Set up a learning station for students and differentiate the activities for your lower and higher level math students. Provide this link on your class website for students to use to review at home.
Grades2 to 10
In the ClassroomSave this site in your favorites. Use a logic puzzle as a class opener to "warm up" brains. Display the puzzle on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Print out the logic puzzles for students to complete for additional enrichment. Use this site with your gifted students. Provide a link to this site on your class website for students to use at home. Challenge your students to create some puzzlers of their own and share them on a class wiki.
Grades1 to 4
In the ClassroomUse an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce this activity (or review basic concepts of money). Then allow students to work independently and try out the activity. This one will work well for students practicing during assigned times on a single classroom computer or cluster.
Grades2 to 5
In the ClassroomUse this website (and the activities) to differentiate the material for your class. Allow the more advanced students to try their hand at one of the more challenging programs. Get out an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce the website, then allow students to practice their multiplication on their own on your classroom computer cluster or as part of their time on a single classroom computer.
GradesK to 2
In the ClassroomUse your interactive whiteboard or projector to involve your entire class in the Flash activities. Make one of the activities a center in your single-computer classroom. Print off the worksheets for additional practice at-home.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomUse this website to differentiate subtraction instruction. This website would be a wonderful learning center activity. List this site in your class newsletter or on your class website.
GradesK to 2
In the ClassroomUse this website to differentiate addition instruction. This website would be a wonderful learning center activity on your classroom computer or cluster, with each student assigned the appropriate section for practice.
Grades1 to 2
tag(s): time (144)
In the ClassroomShare this site on an interactive whiteboard during a unit on telling time. Create a learning center and have students practice on their own or with a partner. Share this site on your class website.
Grades3 to 4
In the ClassroomShare this site on an interactive whiteboard during a lesson on three-digit addition, place value, or regrouping. Create a learning center and have students practice on their own or with a partner. Share this site on your class website so students can practice three-digit additions at home.
GradesK to 2
tag(s): addition (251)
In the ClassroomShare this site on an interactive whiteboard. Then create a learning center and have students practice on their own or in cooperative learning groups. Share this site on your class web page, so students can practice basic addition at home.
GradesK to 1
This site does have some advertisements, but they are not distractive. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
In the ClassroomThe site's activities would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector. List this site in your class newsletter and on your class website for students to use for additional practice at home. Most of the activities do not require reading, so use this site as a learning center (don't forget the headsets).
Grades1 to 12
Once registered, you click to create a quiz. Then you are asked to choose between a personality quiz or a scored quiz. This site offers extraordinary details. At the scored quiz, you are able to provide a title, tags, description, and choose the type of questions (multiple choice, essay, or fill in the blank). It is simple to insert images, change font styles, insert links, and even score the online quiz. You can create a pass/fail quiz, a graded quiz (with YOU determining what qualifies as an A, B, etc..). You are also able to set a time limit, issue a certificate of achievement, and fill in the possible total score.
Once students have taken the quiz, immediate feedback is provided (including a scale of all participants, the correct answers, final score, and grade). This is a fantastic tool to use to create online quizzes!
Caution: this site does include some minor advertisements. At the time of this review, all advertisements were appropriate. But it would be wise to advise students NOT to click off of the quiz onto any of the advertisements or links.
This site includes advertising.
tag(s): quiz (84)
In the ClassroomUse this site to create online quizzes. Create a quiz as a review to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students take the quiz independently or in cooperative learning groups. Have students create their own quizzes to use for review or as a final project. Embed your quiz (or provide a link to it) on your class website.
Grades2 to 4
Although some of the activities are not highly interactive, they are well done and could be very useful in the classroom. Some of the pages do have advertisements, but they are not distractive. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.