1. This is a great resource to teach your students how to use Google Sheets. Set up a cell treasure hunt. Students need to locate the different cell references from the start point and change the cell colour to find the hidden treasure. Copy the spreadsheet from this link.
2. This is a resource shared by Gail Moore. Check out Math Mashup! Click on the image to the left for a copy of that mashup or click this link for even more!
3. March is National Women's History Month! Here is a Hyperdoc that was shared with me on a Facebook page I follow. This one is the Math and Science Edition. Click the image to Make, Take, Bake, Eliminate on your own copy!!
4. Reminder from quite a while back. Check out Sumdog for adaptive learning activities. This would make a wonderful anchor activity.
5. Monday Night Movie - Love Eddie B!
1. Kicking off March with this digital Breakout. Let's plan something for your little peeps! In the meantime, click here to see if you can breakout. (BTW, feel free to let your students try this too.)
2. Google Classroom Tip: Did you know that many PDFs can be opened in Google Docs when stored in Drive? Formatting may be altered, but it is still a valuable conversion option in some circumstances. You could then scan some of your old resources into pdf format and open them in Google Drive. Make any corrections or alterations you need to update the resource and then post to Classroom.
3. Did you know that you can adjust the resolution of a chromebook with a keyboard short cut? Just click and hold the "ctrl & shift" and tap the "-" until it doesn't change any more, then tap "+" once. This should take you to 100% resolution. So quick and easy! Thanks to Sarah Kiefer for the tip.
4. Digital Choice Board-Many of you are beginning to delve into using Google Classroom more and more. Like the real classroom, there are always students who will finish early. I stumbled across this digital choice board. This one is for 2nd grade but the idea could be tweaked for any grade level. To get your copy of this, click on the image. When the document opens, go to FILE->MAKE A COPY.
5. Monday at the Movies: Here are two really cool videos shared with me from Wendy Gordon. Thanks, Wendy!
This week is a little different. I am going to share 5 videos that explain Leap Year to students.
1. Folks, this was shared with us last week by Joe Goldman, Supervisor of Technology. Clever has backup codes in case a student's log in is not working. In a nutshell, it's a way teachers can get their students into Clever when there is a problem such as the student forgot their Google password. Why would we need this? It could come in handy during a time crunch situation where the teacher can't wait on help from others like IT. Check out the short article below.
2. This resource is specifically designed for younger students who are asked to drag the box cars on to the track to create a pattern. To download your own copy, just click the image. I created this using Google slides. If you would like to create your own games, just let me know. I can show you how!
I was recently on a Facebook site for STEAM teachers where these books were being promoted. If you are looking for ways to incorporate literacy into your math instruction, check these out!
4. This resource will be a game changer! This educator has created a spreadsheet (with directions) that will help you sort your students into various groups for reading, math, or group project using data. Please let me know if you want to play around with this and need assistance.
5. Monday Movie: Just because I can. LOL!!
1. In honor of Black History Month, I feel it is important to recognize all the contributions to science, technology, engineering, art, and math by African-Americans. Here is a list from A-Z of Black Inventors! Thanks to these amazing individuals for all that they have given us!
2. There is a really awe-inspiring picture book entitled, Through My Eyes. This is an autobiography of Rosa Parks. This would be a perfect read aloud for grades 2-5. Students in grades 4 & 5 may be able to read it for themselves. If you can get your hands on a copy of this book, pair it up with this hyperdoc! To get your own copy of this document, just click on the image.
3. This resource, created and shared by Charles Preston, may provide some outstanding resources beyond what you have previously used. The resources cover a wide range of history and people that may or may not be familiar to you. This is a community contributed to work, so you will also see resources contributed by addition people. Charles Preston is a motivational speaker who shared this resource out through Twitter. Click on the image to access his folder.
4. Recently, Derek Adam was looking for a YouTube Downloader and I sent him my page with lots of links on it - including a link to a website to download a video from YouTube. The original request went to all of Central Elementary and during that conversation, Emily Hawk, a kindergarten teacher also suggested a resource. Here is another amazing tool called ViewPure! It filters the ads from a YouTube video.
5. Monday's Movie - I NEED SOME SNOW!!
A year ago the ITRTs went to a conference and received a rocketbook to take notes in. I didn't play with it much at the time. If fact, I gave my notebook away. Recently, however, on a Google site I follow I was reading a comment by a kindergarten teacher who was lamenting the fact that her students were not allowed to use G-Suit apps. She had tried out Rocketbook in her classroom with her students. She bought a couple of notebooks and cut the pages out so that she could give each of her students a couple of pages each to use.
With Rocketbook you download an app to your phone and then you can draw on a special notebook with a Frixion pen. You write in the notebook and then scan it with the Rocketbook app. The app sends a copy of the page straight to one of 7 places. You decide where to send your page. Check out the video below on how Rocketbook works.
There are several reusable notebooks out there and I have read the reviews of all of them. Rocketbook seems to be the best reviewed.
One of the pluses of Rocketbook is that they give you free paper to use. The free paper of course is not reusable like the notebooks are. Of course, I think it would still be better than buying a notebook and tearing out the pages as did our kindergarten teacher above. That could get expensive!
I am looking forward to using my Rocketbook app and resources even more. Look for more resources coming soon!
1. I love STEAM education and am excited to share the idea for older grade teachers trying to teach prime numbers. Frugal Fun is a blog that I often follow. This week focuses on math. Check this out even if you are looking for ideas for younger students. She is amazing!
2. Tech You Can Do is another blog that I have shared about before. Check out her latest entry showcasing a Valentine's Day choice board. Use this as it is or ask for for help in creating your own!
3. The kiddos love Breakouts! And since you love the kiddos, how about giving them some time to learn to love problem solving. Let them attempt to help this little gal find her Valentines before her party starts!
4. Have you ever closed out a tab without knowing the address by accident? In Google Chrome, you can re-open your last closed tab with this simple keyboard shortcut: Control + Shift + T. Holding down all three of these keys together will reopen your last tab!
Monday's Movie - This was shared with me by Elon LMS, Wendy Gordon. She knew this would touch the tinkerer soul in me! Thanks Wendy! Can you imagine the patience and problem solving it took to build this! Amazing!
In one of my buildings we are doing a research project about past presidents of the United States of America. The project is being taken on by third through fifth graders. Third graders are sweet and just handle the idea. "We are going to learn about presidents. Ok. Let's go!" In each of the 4th and 5th grade classrooms this project has been presented to so far, we have started off with discussions about respect for the Office of the President of the United States. This discussion has been driven by the fact that they want to argue about whether or not President Trump is a good president. And some of their comments make me hang my head in shame at the thought of what we as adults are modeling for our children.
I am not going to get into a discussion about what I think of our current president. I was told as a child that opinions, like tailbones, are common. Everyone has one and most of the time it should be sat on. I am sitting on my opinion of our current president.
This is, however, what I told my students. Every person who has taken office, I believe (truly), has done so in order to do a good job. Their intent is to make things better and even if you disagree with the manner in which they carry out their job you can learn something from them that will help you make a decision when the next presidential election rolls around. We need to remember that a person is only elected for 4 years, after those four years we have an opportunity to try again to get our preferred person into office. If it doesn't work out, then the person who is re-elected only has four more years and then that person HAS to leave office. We should never give up on a lifelong family member or a friend just because they feel differently about a temporary political policy or a politician.
So where does that leave us as adults when we disagree with our national/state/local leadership? I think it is absolutely appropriate to share who we want as president or senator or delegate (or any other position). In fact, I believe it is important that we do so. I also feel that we base it off of issues that are important to us and leave it at that when we are conversing with our children. It is absolutely appropriate to say that we are voting for John Smith because he is pro-life. We can also say that we are voting for Jo Smith because he is for intelligent gun control laws. What I strongly object to is when we attack the other party, especially in front of our children, by name calling and stereotyping. I also strongly object to lumping all voters who support the other candidate into that same stereotype. Come on now! Not every member of the Democratic party is a baby killer. Not every member of the Republican party is a racist money lover.
We need to do better than this when we are speaking to our children. They pay attention to our actions much more than our words. If I shared even half of the conversations that came out of this research project, we would all hang our heads in shame.
My blog is moving to a new day with a new name. I will still provide just a short list of suggestions but in order to send out one memo all the ITRTs are posting their bog links to the ITRT site and all blogs will be sent to you on Monday. When thinking about a new name for my blog, (I can't be called Five on Friday anymore, now can I?) I thought about a favorite quote of mine from Arthur C. Clark who said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." This appeals to me since I love fairy tales as well as true stories of our past kings, queens, and courts of old. Hence the name of Magical Mondays. LOL!! I know it's corny!
1. This first site was shared with me by a student. Don't you love when you learn from a child!?! He said that his dad pulled this up and showed him this last week when the entire world was talking about Australia being on fire. Did you know that Australia is almost the same size as the United States? Not sure if I am correct? Use this site to check on me. This is a truly fun site to play on and learn some geography at the same time.
2. This next one is a game changer! I have been researching digital notebooks and came across this add-on for slides called Slip and Slide. I love the name! An add-on is something within a Google app (like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms) that gives you the ability to do something "more". This add-on allows you to slip slides into presentation. So your students have slide decks as their "notebooks" and you want to add a page. Use this amazing add to do so. Please let me know if you need assistance.
3. I hate recommending something that costs money but this site is too good to just let it pass by without sharing with you. It's called Book Widgets and allows you to create activities that can either be embedded on your website or posted in your Google Classroom. The cost is $49 a year but I hate to say; but, I pay that much at Teachers Pay Teachers about every two-three months. You can save your widgets and use them year after year. Take a peek at just fraction of what they allow you to create.
4. Many of you are now working on Google Certification, Level 1, and have asked me about Google Draw. The resource I am sharing today was created by Gail and has been shared before. These are thinking maps that are all done in Google Drawing. To get to this resource, please click here.
5. Monday Movie!
Happy New Year and Welcome back! Is it bad that we have been back for only a week and I am already wishing for snow? In my defense though, I don't care how much or how little we get. I don't care what day of the week it falls on. And I don't care if we get off a day. I just love snow!!! So I am wishing and hoping and praying a lot!
1. The first resource I want to share is an online community called Teachers First. This is a must see and a definite bookmark site! It is an online community that shares lesson ideas and plans as well as online workshops. It is absolutely free! Check it out.
2. You need to checkout Goose Chase! Goose Chase is a service that allows you to work online to build a scavenger hunt or you can download one from their library and tweak it to fit your needs. Once it is built, take your devices , download the app, and start rocking the fun! This would be a great extend activity for your early finishers. Best of all, it free for educators.
3. Here is an amazing Google Sheet document for teaching fractions. I love this! I did not make this; I found it on one of the blogs I follow called Tech You Can Do. I have linked her site here so you can check out other resources she has. (She also has a really nice checkbook register for keeping up with classroom money.) In order to get your own copy of her fraction document, click the image. When it opens, click the blue box in the upper right corner that says, "Use Template."
4. This week I was in a conversation with a teacher who was excited because she discovered that you can color code your folders in Google Drive. Did you know that you can also label them with emojis? Check this site out for directions!
5. Friday at the Movies - Just some Eddie B to make you smile.
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