1. This will be my last Five on Friday blog on the year. Next week is Spring Break. The week following Spring Break I will be attending a conference on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Then we only have two more weeks after that in April. Last year I waited until the end of April but this year I am giving myself permission to do so earlier. Gail and I will still be sharing resources through the Google+ Community. If you have not joined yer, please do so! If you have joined, feel free to share resources and links yourself to the community. If you have been meaning to join the community but forgot how, just click here.
2. I just discovered Knoword! This is a free site that you can log in with your Google credentials and create your own packs using your own vocabulary words. Can you solve my pack on the engineering design process? You can connect your Google Classroom account to Knoword and assign packs to students as course work. Pretty cool, right?
3. This Google slide task was shared by ITRT, Obe Hosteller. This is an excellent addition to your geometry unit or you could have students create a robot and then write descriptive paragraphs about their bot. To use this template, click on the image on the left. When it open, it will ask you to make a copy.
4. This is a site that Gail shared in the Google+ Community that I felt would be helpful to everyone as they are reviewing and preparing for the test season.
5. Friday at the Movies- One of my favorite groups. Absolutely no instruments. Every sound is done by a member of the group. That's engineering!
1. I was commenting last week that I am turning to Facebook more and more for my own professional development. When I was at the Google Summit with the ITRTs, one of the presenters told us about a Facebook group where folks make and share hyperdoc resources. Here is a resource I found on that page. Dozens of hyperdocs for every grade and subject area all organized in a LiveBinder. Way cool! Let me know if you need help in making these your own. What is a hyperdoc? A hyperdoc is an instructional means of organizing the assignments for your unit of study so that your students can work through them. Check it out.
2. Check out WatchKnowLearn. This is a directory of over 50,000 free educational video links that are organized by subject matter. Not only do you have access to videos in their collection but you can also upload your own videos on a subject matter.
3. Here is a SUPER tip I learned about Google Classroom! Have you ever noticed the 3 dots in the top right corner of your posted Google assignment in Classroom?
If you click on those three dots you will see an option to copy link. This will copy the link for that post only!! Why would you ever need to do this? You could post the link on your website for homework and when the students log in, they will be taken to that post directly. Or you could post the link to that post in your ABOUT section so that students would have resources from that post easily accessible. How about using Google Forms for an assessment and then posting the link to an assignment they can work on after the assessment is completed. You could email parents the link so that they could help the student complete a missing assignment. Maybe you could link it on a hyperdoc.
4. We have all heard about how next year we will be expected to pair reading: fiction and non-fiction. Here is a great Chrome extension that removes clutter and ads from a web page so that you can post it into your Google Classroom for students to access.
5. Friday At the Movies - Sketchnoting - Have you heard about these? Research says that by combining doodles with information, our minds remember the information much easier. Learn even more here.
1. Here is a tip I picked up at the Google Summit this weekend. Have you ever had a Google document that you wanted displayed full screen for students?
2. I absolutely LOVE Flipgrid and if I were a classroom teacher with a set of Chromebooks, this is a site that I would be using all the time! With Flipgrid, the teacher creates an assignment or "grid" and students respond to a prompt. Try it! Here is a grid that I would love you to respond to. Why did you decide to become an educator? The free account allows you to create one grid. For $65 a year, you can create unlimited grids. I am seriously thinking about upgrading. Why not combine with a couple of teachers in your grade level and split the cost of the account? Even at $65 it isn't a bad deal.
3. Here is a resource I got from the Summit. This is a great project idea! Have the students create a "playlist" for learning. In this project, the student researches a topic and then creates a hyperdoc to teach classmates about their topic. I love this idea!!! I would be willing to work with you to do this in your classroom. Click the image and then go to File-Make A Copy to have an editable version you can post in your Google Classroom. This takes flipping a classroom to a whole new level. Make your students the teachers!
4. I sent this file out last weekend but wanted to post this here as well. This file is full of templates you can use to create TEI questions using Google Slides. To get to the templates, click the image and then File->Make A Copy.
5. Friday at the Movies - Seagulls (Stop it Now)
This was shared with us at the conference. Just wanted to make you smile!
1. This is a very cool game that teaches logic and problem solving. This would be best played by students in grades 3-5. Students are to move numbered tiles around the board to double them until they create a tile with 2048. I have not yet been able to make this tile myself. I can get lost in this game!
2. Trap the leprechaun is another logic game that the older students really love. You have to be careful though as this site has ads. Don't let it scare you though, it is a good opportunity to teach and internet safety lesson!
3. Here is a Google Doc I have created for you. Students can create a Help Wanted poster for a character in a book. To use the document, click on the image and then File->Make A Copy.
4. Here is another document you can use. Google Slides includes the same drawing tools as does Google Draw. Have the students create snapshots of various scenes in their book. To use, click on the image and then File->Make A Copy.
Friday at the Movies- I wonder, how many of us are truly extroverted introverts?
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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I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler