1. Do you like organization as much as I do? Many of you have received new windows machines. (I am still waiting on mine. ) Here is a website with a link to a slide show that allows you to create a customizable wallpaper for your desktop. Please let me know if you have issues with this and I will be more than happy to come help because I think this is awesome!
2. Have you ever noticed the paint roller in a Google Doc or Google Slide and wondered what it was about? It is a formatting tool.
3. Here are a couple of Google activities for you to try. The first one can be used in a spelling/writing/vocabulary lesson. I did this one Drag the letters to the slide to build a word. The second is one I found online. It's called Under the Cloud. There is a number in the box in the top left corner. Take that number and subtract the items outside of the cloud. Students create an equation in the space on the right. You can move the cloud if you wish and add the answer. Click on the image to get your copies.
4. Can you and your students complete this Breakout? If now, feel free to reach out for the answers. LOL!!
5. Friday at the Movies - A Thank You to Teachers from Power School. This is just a feel good vid.
1. Are you looking for ways to prepare your students for the mid year benchmarks? Check out the game called Fling the Teacher! It is part of a free service created by an educator named Russel Tarr. In Fling the Teacher, you type in 15 multiple choice questions, upload your face and then embed the game on your website or send the link to students in Classroom. They get one chance to "fling you into a hole" for every correct answer they give. The kiddos will love this and this isn't the only game he offers. Check it out!
2. NEWS, NEWS, NEWS!!! One of the complaints I often hear about Google Slides versus PowerPoint is that we can't insert audio into our slide decks. Well, by the end of November, you will be able to! I heard about this a short time back but I didn't want to release any news about it until I knew for sure. Sure enough! I have it in my personal account as a option but not in my school account yet. However, according to this Google is planning to release it to everyone by the end of November so keep a watch on your account!
3. I have recently stumbled across a really cool book entitled Balloons Over Broadway which gives the history of the Macy 's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then I found this cool hyperdoc. This would be the perfect STEAM integration for your reading classroom! It even has a suggested STEAM task in the hyperdoc. If you don't like that idea, please reach out to your ITRT and we will bring in the robots and your students can design a float for the parade. How much fund would this be for the holidays? To get your copy of the hyperdoc, please click the image.
4. Do you need a STEAM idea for math, science, reading or social studies, or whatever subject you teacher? Brittany Washburn is a tech integrating educator with a blog post on robots in the classroom. Don't have any robots? Your ITRT does! Call one of us and we can schedule a time to meet with you to plan a really cool lesson tailored to meet the needs of your students!
5. Friday at the Movies - I'm dreaming of a a white snowday. . . .
1. You have to check out Kiddle! Kiddle is a visual search engine for children. All content from Kiddle encyclopedia articles (including the article images and facts) can be freely used under Attribution-ShareAlike license, unless stated. Kid friendly, teacher approved! One way to use Kiddle is to post your word of the week next to the computer with the search engine pulled up and let the students look up the word on Kiddle!.
2. Ever wish you knew where to go on Chrome to ask a quick Googley question? Type and hold ctrl + alt + ? at the same time to open Google support.
3. Here is a word sort I did a couple of years ago. It was a remake from an old Inspiration document. You can use either Google Slides or Google Drawing to create fabulous word sorts. Click on the image to get your own cope of this document and feel free to tweak it to fit your classroom needs!
4. Here is a Crack the Code Breakout I created last year. Can your students (or you) use the binary alphabet to solve the Thanksgiving riddles? Perfect for grades 3-5!..
5. Friday at the Movies - With winter right around the corner (bringing with it tons of snow - I hope), you may want to get together with some of your colleagues virtually. Check out this video for how to do so.
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