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?
1. Recently, I was asked if I knew of any new math game sites. You need to try Arcademic Skill Builders. On this site students create an online name, which, BTW, gives you a perfect opportunity to teach internet safety skills. Once they have their name they can begin the game. They will find themselves competing with other students also playing the game. This is the driving motivator! The students love the competition!
2. Mission US is a FABULOUS interactive game from PBS that supports US history instruction. Your students love selecting a time period and taking on the role of someone in that period.
3. February is Black History Month so why not allow your students to experience the rich culture of African Americans? Not sure where to start? Google's Cultural Institute is highlighting Black History this month. Check it out here!
4. There is a brand new library of Hyperdocs that has just been created by "The Hyperdoc Girls". What is a hyperdoc? A hyperdoc is a digital document, usually created with one of the Google Apps, which has links for students to follow to find out information or to a site or another document where the student will create a presentation to showcase what they have learned. Think webquest but easier to create. This link is to one that highlights Black History. If you would be interested in creating your own hyperdoc, please check with your ITRT.
5. Friday At The Movies- The Dangers of a Single Story
This is a little long but beautiful.
1. Imagine an online museum-oriented portal for learning on every subject you can imagine, from STEM-based activities to language and economics and more. That’s the Exploratorium! This is one of my all time favs!
2. eGFI is a quirky interactive website that will draw you in after the very first click. Great for site for a center, this is a great place for students to explore many STEAM based careers and one that you will want to bookmark since it is science project time!
3. Here is a template you can use to allow students to create their own jigsaw puzzles. Please see me if you want to use this. It is pretty simple once you know how. Then it will be a project you return to time and time again. To download the template, click on the image and once it opens, go to File->Make A Copy.
4. This next resource is a folder containing the documents that will allow you or your students to create a board game. The directions are in the folder. To use the resources, you will need to click on the image on the left to open the folder. Then open each file individually. You will need to then File-> Make A Copy. Please let your ITRT know if you need help.
5. Friday at the Movies - This is a "homework assignment." Watch the video below, then go to http://montagueworkshop.com/because. You are to download the template, fill it out, and then post it on your social media sites. I love this idea!
1. We are Teachers has 3 fantastic virtual field trips! Check out this site and let your students explore Africa, China, or the Coral Reefs!
2. For some really class-oriented games try play2train.com. Practice math and become sharp using these brand new activities for all ages 8 and up. Your students will love these mental workouts!
3. I am in love with this site! Are you looking for ways to incorporate more STEM into your science? Check out this library of FREE lesson plans. Engineering Adventures is a FREE curriculum created especially for kids in grades 3–5.
4. The resource this week is a Scrabble Game done in Google Slides. I love Scrabble! Click on the image to start downloading the resource. Then go to File->Make a Copy to have a copy that you can upload to Google Classroom.
5. Friday At The Movies - Algo-Rithm
1. Classroomscreen is a link that was shared last week by Gail Moore. This is an amazing website that gives you a multitude of tools in one place. Do you need a clock? In one of my buildings, I don't have a clock. It's nice to have one that I can drag up when I need one. How about a timer? Or a stoplight? This site is full of tools for every teacher's needs.
2. February is Black History Month and we have our own local hero, Leland Melvin. This amazing site was shared by MHES Title I teacher, Melanie Tinsley!
4. Here is a resource I have created in Google Draw. This can be used in reading or history. Or you could use it to highlight a famous mathematician or scientist. To be able to use it, first click on the image. Then go to File -Make A Copy.
4. Here is another resource I created for math. Research demonstrates that having students create their own math word problems better helps them to solve math problems. Give students this template and allow them to create a word problem Ask them to delay providing the answer to the problem. Then do a gallery walk around the room allowing all students to solve each other's word problems that were created. At the end of the period, have the authors of each problem go back and type in the answer. Then let students check their work done on the gallery walk. To use the template, click on the image and then go to File -> Make A Copy.
5. Friday at the Movies - You Can Learn Anything
I love this very short video!
1. Calling all Elementary Teachers to join the brand new Google+ Plus Community. Do you like Pinterest? Well, think of this as Pinterest just for Amherst Teachers. Right now it seem that only Gail and myself are posting but we are asking you to join and share documents as well. We will come to your classroom and help you get started or you can click this link. If you haven't already joined Google+, you will have to join first and then add the ACPS Community to your account. Please let us know if you have questions.
2. Here is a resource I created. I love logic puzzles! Can your students solve the snowflake math problems? This resource and more can be found on our Google+ Community. I post new resources there daily! To download this resource, click on the image and then go to File->Make A Copy.
3. This resource specifies history but could actually be used in reading or science as well. Have your students design a the cover for a video game! Students love this. This idea is one I got from a worksheet someone gave me when I was a classroom teacher. It originally wanted students to design the cover of a movie. I scanned it and turned it into a Google Draw document.
4. Did you see anything new in your Google Drive last week? Last week Google released Team Drive. Google"s Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device.
Unlike files in My Drive, files in Team Drive belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done.
I have not explored Team Drive much but it seems like a wonderful concept. I am thinking it will work much like our Share Folders on the Seven Dwarf Servers.
5. Friday at the Movies - Africa by Toto on the Floppotron
Last week the ITRTs received an email from Jean Weller who is "our boss at the state level." She often keeps us updated with articles on new technology, sends resources, and links to the Superintendent Memos which will affect us as ITRTs. Last week she also included this video just for fun. The music you hear is all created by the sounds of old technology. I love it!
Bonus: Did you try the coding challenge last week? Here is the solution. Can you solve this week's challenge? To open the challenge, click on the image and then go to File -> Make A Copy.
1. Gail and I have access to hundreds of Breakouts. The digital versions would be a great anchor activity. Try posting this one and see if your students can work together to stop the bug take-over! The links can also be posted in a Google Classroom and would make a great lab activity for students while you are working with others in a small group. If you don't think you can fit a hands on Breakout into your schedule, ask us about a digital version!
2. Here is a Google tip for you! Check out Google's Remote for Slides. You can get it from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, this extension allows you to control your Google Slide Show from your phone or tablet.! This is another way to cut the tether between you and the computer and allow you to walk around and interact with your students during a whole group lesson.
3. ReadWorks is an amazing site that allows you to find articles based on subject, Lexile, and/or grade level. There is the option to print these articles or you can create a class and assign these articles to students. Students can use their Google account to sign in. The best thing about this site is that it is FREE!!
4. This week's resource came from Gail Moore. She did a variety of choice boards for a Differentiation Workshop at one of Summer Tech Academies a few years back. This one is adding and subtracting fractions. Please let me know if you would like help on creating your own choice board or if you would like to see more examples. You can click the link above or click on the image to open the resource. Once you open it you will need to go to File->Make a Copy in order to edit this document.
5. Friday at the Movies - I thought that you may need some inspiration. We have had so much time off and getting back into the swing of things may be hard. Just remember, you are needed!!! You are important!
Each week from now until the end of school, I plan to share one coding challenge. These are best for 2-5 grades. This first is the easiest. Let me know if you have any questions. To access the challenge, click on the image above and then go to File -> Make a Copy. Once you have made your own copy, you can post it to a Google Classroom for your students to access.
_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.
ACPS' 1st computers
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