1. Google forms is one of my favorite GAFE apps. I have recently stumbled across a way to use it to generate lesson plans. Add all the parts you want included in those lesson plans in a Google Form. (Add all of the individual standards as check boxes.) Then view your own form and start filling in information. Use the Autocrat add-on to turn your responses in the Google Form into custom-created documents. You’ll have a document with all of your lesson plan information for each day! These are great for turning in to administration, leaving for substitute teachers or filing away for next year. I have a short and sweet example here. This was my first attempt. I have since tweaked it to look a little more professional but this will give you the idea.
2. SavefromNet is the website I use to download YouTube videos. Check it out and call me if you need help in using it. This is one of my favorite tools! My suggestion is that you download your videos first thing in the morning or in the afternoon after the students leave.
3. Did you know that Google Doc users have a research tool that allows them to look up information without ever leaving their document? Simply open the "tools" menu in Google Docs and select "research." Once that selection is made a Google search box opens in the right margin of the screen. Resources selected from that search pane will be accompanied by a link placed in the footnotes of the document. You can format it in one of three ways: MLA, APA, and Chicago. It is a perfect way to get students in the habit of keeping track of resources.
4. I love Get the Math! Get the Math is a site that provides videos and interactive experiences which shows how math is used in real world situations. Music artists explain how they use math when it comes to things like tempo and rhythm. They talk to a fashion designer about the mathematics of affordably creating clothes for a target price range. Check it out here: http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/
5. Friday at the Movies
I love this video! Perfect story starter or Internet Safety lesson!
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