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1. These are two types of exit cards that I often use in class. To use, first make a copy of the original and change the content to match your need. Then share the new document in classroom so that students can edit the document.
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2. Here is another resource. This one is geared toward 2nd grade but could be adapted for any grade. This is an addition/subtraction sort..
3. This is a fascinating study about parents and screen time. According to this study, parents spend more than nine hours (9:22) a day with screen media, the vast majority of that (7:43) being spent with personal screen media (TVs, video gaming, social networking etc.). Only 90 minutes a day, on average, was spent in front of a screen for work purposes. And remember, parents are the role models for their children! Check out the study here.
4. Most of you probably already know about this site but I just wanted to remind you that Scholastic has some amazing resources for teachers!
5. Friday at the Movies-This is one of my favorites!
1. This week's resource: Capture the moment. This came from an old worksheet that I had. I scanned the worksheet first which created a pdf. Then I took a screenshot of the pdf which turned it into an image file. I inserted the image onto a Google Draw document and added my own directions. This could be used in a math lesson as well. On the viewfinder students could write out a story problem and on the lens they could illustrate the strategy. Please let me know if you would like help creating your own assignments.
2. G-Suite Dashboard: On Thursday I had a moment of panic when I tried to open my Google Drive and nothing was showing up. I immediately emailed our Tech Department. However, if I had checked the G-Suite Dashboard, I would have seen that Drive was down. If you are ever wondering why a Google App isn't working, you can check here to see if it is Google's fault.
3. Carmen Sitton from MHES stumbled upon this website from Alice Keeler which has a TON of templates you can use in your Google assignments. I love to browse this site. It is one of my favorites.
4. One of the blogs I follow is by a man named Richard Byrne. Check out his post about the math games in Kahoot. Kahoot is one of my all time favorite sites to use. It's great for an informal assessment.
5. Friday at the Movies-Try not to laugh
2. More and more of you are entering into the world of Google Apps with your students. This is wonderful! I plan on sharing resources each Friday that you can use with your students. This week I have a subtraction Hyperdoc. A hyperdoc is a packaged lesson that has links to resources outside the doc. This one is done in Google Slides. It is linked to two YouTube videos which will explain the concept of subtraction. This hyperdoc is geared for 2nd to 3rd grades. I can make one for your grade as well or I can sit with you as you create your own hyperdoc. Click on the image to access this hyperdoc.
3. Memes are a great way to have students concisely explain a concept. Here is a Google Drawing Template, along with directions for use that you can provide students with as a means to explain a vocab word, a math problem, or a concept from science or history. Enjoy! This simple template came from Alice Keeler.
4. I just recently stumbled across Pixton. Pixton is a great site that allows students to create comics. Joining as an educator allows you to create a comic assignment for students!
5. Friday at the Movies - Just something to make you smile.
PS: Funny little vids like this are great story starters!
I hope everyone had a GREAT summer and a FANTASTIC first week back with students. Last year I lamented the fact that I am not a good blogger but I did enjoy my Five on Friday posts. Here is my first one of the 2017-2018 school year.
2. Speaking of Google, did you know that they have developed their own curriculum now? I haven't yet checked it out but I intend to do so soon! It's called Be Internet Awesome!
3. Recently I was asked if I would share a resource I created. This is a glyph you can do in draw using Lego characters. I am a huge fan of the Lego avatar site but lately it has been acting "glitchy" so I decided to do something myself. Hope you enjoy this resource.
Lego Glyph Draw Document
4. Recently I stumbled across this cool tip for docking two opened windows on a Chromebook. It was shared with me by a friend, Wanda Terral, on her Facebook page. I am posting the tip and linking it to her blog which has a number of other tips and tricks.
5. And now for my first Friday at the Movies for this year! - It's not really a movie but more of a sing-a-long. I may use this as my "theme song" for the year!
Last night I was browsing through my Facebook feed and every other post seemed to be about Betsy Devos and her refusal to protect children that are being discriminated against. My heart broke as I would first read a post supporting her stance because it is a sin to be gay. The next post would denounce her by stating that Christians should not allow children to be bullied and that her comments excluded any child facing bullying on any issue including special needs.
We have wrongly aligned ourselves with one political party or another until we have forgotten that behind the politics there are hurting people with souls that need help.
Until the Lord returns I would rather be guilty of being taken advantage of rather than be guilty of closing my heart and keeping my resources from those that may need it.
This will be my last Five on Friday for the year. Beginning next week we start SOL testing and I will be babysitting computers. Even though our bandwidth has increased, I will abstain from hunting down and checking out sites.
1. Have you completed your internet safety requirement for the year? If not, it isn't too late yet. Don't forget that the ITRTs have composed a portal that is full of ideas and lesson plans. Feel free to access it here.
2. Are you looking for resources to share with parents to help students maintain their reading over the summer? Check out this game for primary students called Teach Your Monster to Read. In this gameification learning task students create a monster and then teach their monster to read as the two of them travel through a magical world. It fun and totally free!
3. Another idea that would help students over the summer is to make a STEAM box for each one of them. Best of all, it will help you clean up as well. Have your students empty their pencil boxes out. (I remember how those boxes were full of pieces of crayons, small bits of paper, and pencils too tiny to see, let alone use.) Inside each pencil box you can put things in such as left over pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, construction paper, paper clips, yarn, etc. Be sure that they have a glue stick! Tell your students to use the materials to make something over the summer. Tuck an note inside promising to reward the students if they bring their creation back to school the next year to show you. make sure you have a sticker or other small treat to give them when they do. Great way to clean up your room while giving your students something to do other than video games. Plus, it may mean that you get a sweet hug at the beginning of the year from your special little grown up people. Actually, this would work for any age student!
4. Sketch toy is a fun website!. On this page you have the students create a drawing but when they press the save button it gives them a link...if it is a Chromebook they can click "go to the link" ....if it is a regular computer they would have to copy/paste the link into the address bar ....but it allows the students to see the creation of their drawing come to life "like a movie" Way cool! Check out my drawing!
5. Friday at the Movies! Usually I share a video that is designed to make you laugh or one that could be used a a hook or part of a lesson. Today, I just stumbled upon a new device that I would love to play with. This is totally cool! I am putting this on my wish list. What would you do with one of these in your classroom?
I hope you all had a wonderful spring break. I know I did! I did lot's of cleaning which makes me feel very accomplished. Took care of some basic car maintenance. And most importantly, spent lots of time with my family, especially my two amazing grandsons. I feel well rested. What I did not do was send out a Five on Friday last week. I figured you all were doing the same types of things as I was and didn't have time to read it anyway. I do have some cool stuff to share this week though.
1. First, how would you like to use your Google apps to create customized sticky notes? I love sticky notes!!! Well, here is a blog I stumbled upon which explains just how to do that and even gives you the template to use. I hope you find this as amazing as I do! After all, we all have tons of those notes stuck inside out desks, right? Why not create personalized exit cards, etc. There were specific folks in each of my buildings that I immediately thought of when I saw this. Have fun!
2. Chrome has a new extension created just for you math teachers! EquatIO takes the pain out of creating equations, formulas, and math quizzes. With EquatIO, you don’t need to know any of that complicated math code. It understands what you’re typing or handwriting, instantly turning your expressions into clear, accurate on-screen formulas. And it works on Windows, Mac and Chromebook. After 30 days you will be asked to upgrade to a premium version. You can decide at that time if you want to pay more or just continue to use the basic features.
3. Create a Google Slides presentation with images with a click of a button. Gather images in a folder in Google Drive. Open that folder in Drive and run the DriveSlides extension. DriveSlides creates a new presentation and drops each image on its own slide. The slide show can then be opened and edited by adding text or a design to the presentation. I love it!
4. Docs will let you type with your voice. In a Google Doc, go to Tools > Voice typing … and click the microphone. It will dictate what you say. (This also works for typing speaker notes in Google Slides.) What a great way to help students who struggle with handwriting yet have great ideas for stories.
5. Friday at the Movies - We have worked a 4 day week and you know that always feels like an 8 day week so here is something that is non-educational just to make you smile. And if Madea doesn't make you smile, just remember . . .we only have 5 more weeks!
1. Last week I shared a blog from an educator that showed how to put a digital sticker on a Google Doc. This week I would like to share a site that Gail Moore sent me on Monday. This site allows you to create badges that could be used as stickers for those Google Docs. Way cool! Check out Makebadges.es
2. I have some primary folks asking for an idea to do with students as we are ending our year. I have created this template from a poem that I found in an old Mailbox Magazine. The poem is called Happy To Be Me. Primary students in grades K & 1 do not have access to Google Apps but you can still put them on the apps. How? First, make a copy of this slideshow. Secondly, in your copy, duplicate the slide so that you have one slide per student. Next, on your student computers you will need to log in as yourself and pull up the slideshow. During reading you can open the computer as a center and have the students complete the task. Remember to log out of your account at the end of reading time. I would also take a picture of each student if I were doing this and insert it on to their slide. If you could find a color printer, this would make a cute Mother's Day gift! Here is the link to the slideshow template. Remember, you will need to go to File->Make a Copy.
3. SmartBoarding School is a site with TONS of interactives that were designed to be used on an interactive white board. If I have shared this previously, pls forgive me but it is one of my favorite sites. Please note, it does have a section called Christianity but that does not mean that the rest of the site can't be used.
4. Are your looking for computer based anchor activities? A gentleman on a blog I follow shared his site. It's called Mr. Anker's Tests. It is NOT all tests but rather a collection of flash based games he created for grades K-7. Check it out!
5. Friday at the Movies - this tongue in cheek video is meant to make you smile.
1. PBS has organized all their games on a site they call Interactive Whiteboard Games. These are all the wonderful games that correlate to their kids programming and they do make great whiteboard games!
2. Wish you could put a sticker on a student assignment done through Google Apps instead of a grade sometime? Now you can!!! I almost considered going back to Edmodo as an online Classroom because I missed the student badges. I am glad I didn't! This blog not only shows you how to insert a badge or docsticker onto a student assignment but gives you a link to add a folder of stickers to your drive so you have some to give! Let me know if you need help with this. I can't wait to use these!!!!!
3. Some of you have asked for activities that you could do once the SOL testing is over. I just stumbled upon a site called Toonator which could be done in one setting. Students use this site to animate stick figures or if they want they can get more artistic. I can't wait to try this myself.
4. A great activity for older students would be Gamestar Mechanic. This is an awesome site that provides the basics on video game construction. You know, with a little thought either Toonator or Gamestar Mechanic could be integrated into any content area.
5. This isn't really an integration idea. I just wanted to share my sweet foot that the MHES Special Needs PK Class did as part of their Dr. Seuss door contest! Thanks, PK! Look it has my name in Binary! You know, the end of the year would be a great time to introduce binary. Let me know if you would like integration ideas!
1. Create digital mad libs with your students! When I was a kid I use to love going to this one restaurant. I don't remember the name of it; but, on a paper place-mat they had a mad lib story. I use to love trying to come up with the funniest story. Here is a site called Wacky Web Tales where your students can create their own mad libs. The page says it is for grades 3 and up but I don't see why younger kids wouldn't enjoy it as well.
2. Want your older kids to create their own digital mad libs? Flippity can take care of that! I have shared Flippity before but it is always growing so it is worth taking another look. Flippity is a set of templates that you use with Google Sheets to create a plethora of various tools such as flashcards, games, etc. One of their templates allows the user to create a digital mad lib. If I taught an English class or grammar I may start off having the students explore the Wacky Web Tales site and then move on to Flippity to create their own. Great way to review those parts of speech!
3. Math by Design is an AMAZING site for older students! Student can choose to create a park or a Wind Jammer Environmental Center. Either option allows the students to use mathematical skills in a real world situation. LOVE this site!
4. Up To Ten is a free suite of about 1000 Montessori-styled online learning games for students up to the age of 10. Most of these however are for younger learners.
5. I usually share a video as my 5th thing but I want to forgo that to share one more site this week. Kiddle is powered by Google safe search but not owned by them. It looks an awful lot like the Google's search interface we’re all familiar with, but includes some cute child-like tweaks. Instead of the plain white background there’s a fun outer space theme with a robot alien near the search bar. The site clears itself every 24 hours and does not require any personal information from your students to operate. I like the fact that it has it's own built in filters!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
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