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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!
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. I love the Photographic Dictionary! This would be an amazing site to booster that vocabulary.
2. This is a great way to structure a student's day if you are trying to go paperless. This is not mine. It was sent to me by a Twitter-Friend. If you go to file and then make a copy you can alter it to suit your classroom.
3. This teacher's blog is filled with lots of free modeled Google lessons. I absolutely adore the Emoji lessons where the students use Emojis to create rebus stories. She has several of these lessons. I would give my right arm to come in and help you if you wanted to plan something like this! With a bit of tweaking, this could be done as young as kindergarten but could extend all the way up to high school. Plus, we could incorporate internet safety into the lesson as well.
4. Check out A Google A Day. I would use this as an opening the day exercise for students if I were still in the classroom. A Google A Day provides a new puzzle each day. There is only one right answer but there could be several ways to work the problem.
5. Friday at the Movies - I saw this on Facebook last weekend and sent it to a friend of mine. I thought that the rest of you may enjoy it too!
1. I love Fantastic Contraption! This is an online physics puzzle game that is so fun that kids will not know they are working. This would be a perfect center or anchor activity.
2. The Base 10 game would be an amazing teaching tool for place value or use it for review. You just click and drag the hundreds, tens, and ones onto the mat to make the right numbers. Use this in a center or on the smartboard.
3. As an ITRT who is being utilized in the computer lab, I am always on the lookout for game sites for students. I just stumbled on this one called Smarty Games. This is a new site that not only has desktop games but are adding games for play on mobile devices. While I don't think that games should be the end all of a student's time in lab, they do have a place. You can also use this as an indoor recess tool.
4. Those who know me, know that I love Teddy Bears! That is the reason I fell in love with this site called Alpha-Bears. This game is best used with older students-4th through middle school. It would be a good center or lab activity to teach vocabulary building!
5. Friday at the Movies- - Kids love trivia and kids love animals. This video would make a great writing prompt. Have the students choose one of the animals shown and research it. They could do a "day in the life of" story!
1. Here is the link to the folder I forwarded to you on Tuesday that was shared by Clair Morck, reading coach from MHES. These are great resources to use in helping your students practice those TEI questions.
2. Here is the link to Teresa Howell's Blog where she shares some tips for better usage of Google Apps.
_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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