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 ClassroomAll core content teachers can use this interactive worksheet to help students understand their text book and other informational reading. Creating a study guide such as this will help students stay focused on the reading. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students and discuss the information presented. Have students complete the questionnaire as part of any reading assignment. Share a link to this site on your class web page or blog for students and parents to use as an at-home resource. Use student responses to create a poster with an online poster creator, such as Fotojet, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard. Use as a starting point for a unit on planets, the universe, or conservation. Be sure to include a link on your class website for students to explore at home. Introduce this site when you assign individual or group projects about environmental or global issues. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings for their projects using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse this tool to create Flipped Lessons, moving some material like knowledge activities, as a pre-class activity. Office Mix is a valuable tool when you will be out of the classroom. Your plans are ready to go! Absent students can easily follow the content from the day. Differentiate for your classroom by creating a Mix that can be used for students to review as needed. Students who need it can review while others can focus on the material that they need. Use this tool wherever a PowerPoint with more detailed explanations are needed. Club advisors can use this tool to show 'how to' information for extracurriculars or field trips. Use this tool to show how to complete forms correctly, saving time and frustration! Students can create a Mix to share information researched for any class presentation at the end of a unit such as Black History Month, the Civil War, etc.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomTake the 180 Days Challenge as part of your professional development activities. Use individual scenarios as a prompt for discussions within your school or grade level. Be sure to share this site with other teachers and administrators as part of your ongoing teaching discussions. Use videos found on the 180 Days Challenge to discuss how your school handles different classroom situations.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomDeekit is an excellent tool to use for impromptu peer tutoring sessions or hosting online brainstorming sessions. Students can also use it on 1:1 or BYOD devices during class to collaborate on diagrams, brainstorms, or mind maps. This tool is perfect for snow days and school breaks. Use as a place to collect webquest links and information. Solicit input, discussions, or viewpoints from students. Use as a new format for book reports. Use for students to illustrate their personal definitions for vocabulary words. Need an open space for debates or viewpoints? Post assignments, reminders, or study skills. Do you use student scribes or reporters? Use this tool for them to record information from the class that you can share via a link on your class web page to review class explanations when completing homework, for absent students, and more.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse this app when out in the field with your students for any reason and for any subject. Encourage observation by students in identifying birds that are located in your community. Follow the identification of the bird by creating related art, music, poetry, or stories. In Biology, identify how the bird fits into the food chain. Identify the plant species that each bird uses for food or shelter. In Math, map the sightings of birds, looking at density of various species.
Grades3 to 9
In the ClassroomAdd this site to your collection of resources when studying endangered animals, Australia, or conservation. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, showing locations where pandas live.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site presents the topic of pollination in many ways making this concept easier for students to understand. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and then break students into small groups to explore independently. Consider using this site before starting a unit on pollination or plants. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomConnect students globally with challenges that people face around the world. Begin by building your knowledge with the activities and resources provided. Continue by choosing different areas to explore as a class, in small groups, or individually. These activities can become a focal point of problem-based learning scenarios. Consider viewing Google Lit Trips, reviewed here, and challenge students to create a "sustainable earth" trip. Document areas on the globe with videos, images, and text that you and students find. Add a link to Pinterest, reviewed here, to have an ongoing brainstorming session of all possible solutions. Use parts of the site to begin a Global Connections Club either in class or after school. Students can share a Google doc or wiki to foster group collaboration. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Focus on problem solving by sharing parts of Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future. Teach debate through the different sides of the issues presented. During current events, engage students in saving our most valuable resource, our Earth. Use as a nonfiction passage for close reading. Have students take information research further, and present to others in a different format. Begin a blog for each student to share reflections. Create a newspaper using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here. Use at a community night to promote awareness of the need for sustainability in your community.
Grades1 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse Think Before You Link at the beginning of the school year to review the most important lessons you can give to students, safety and good digital citizenship! In this manner, you can refer back to these lessons when needed. The beginning of the year Acceptable Use policies students sign, will be more meaningful and relevant. Be sure to give to parents to help educate them on ethics and safety. Feature at a "Tech it Out Night" for a timely reminder. Give students similar topics on healthy digital citizenship and digital safety and let them design their own multimedia presentation using Slideshow, reviewed here.
Grades2 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse Q-Files as an informational reading source for a variety of subjects. In science and social studies use as a way to provide background information for inquiry-based projects. Have students use resources for multimedia projects such as Slidestory, reviewed here, Prezi reviewed here, or Flipboard, reviewed here, to share their findings. Pair these articles with literature to provide a better background information base, such as information on ancient China or Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Add as a bookmark to student computers and on your class website.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomAllow students to a variety of different types of coding. Use this site to learn Python. Once students have used several different coding sites, discuss what they learned from the process. Brainstorm and discuss the following: What is the use of learning coding? What are the similarities and differences of the various coding platforms? Use an online interactive Two or Three-Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, and here, for the comparisons of the coding programs.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomSet up Circles for all of your different classroom and professional needs. Use this tool to find and sign up classroom volunteers, plan supplies for parties and events, and send parent/teacher conference reminders. Share with your school's parent/teacher organization as an excellent communication and scheduling tool. Keep research groups and literature circles organized. Create a circle for each group, send the code, via email. When sending the code to join use the manager section of the page to make them managers of the group. Students can then post files, images, schedule dates for you and the other group members. Students will not be able to see or add to other groups you have formed.
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