1. I love the Photographic Dictionary! This would be an amazing site to booster that vocabulary.
2. This is a great way to structure a student's day if you are trying to go paperless. This is not mine. It was sent to me by a Twitter-Friend. If you go to file and then make a copy you can alter it to suit your classroom.
3. This teacher's blog is filled with lots of free modeled Google lessons. I absolutely adore the Emoji lessons where the students use Emojis to create rebus stories. She has several of these lessons. I would give my right arm to come in and help you if you wanted to plan something like this! With a bit of tweaking, this could be done as young as kindergarten but could extend all the way up to high school. Plus, we could incorporate internet safety into the lesson as well.
4. Check out A Google A Day. I would use this as an opening the day exercise for students if I were still in the classroom. A Google A Day provides a new puzzle each day. There is only one right answer but there could be several ways to work the problem.
5. Friday at the Movies - I saw this on Facebook last weekend and sent it to a friend of mine. I thought that the rest of you may enjoy it too!
1. I love Fantastic Contraption! This is an online physics puzzle game that is so fun that kids will not know they are working. This would be a perfect center or anchor activity.
2. The Base 10 game would be an amazing teaching tool for place value or use it for review. You just click and drag the hundreds, tens, and ones onto the mat to make the right numbers. Use this in a center or on the smartboard.
3. As an ITRT who is being utilized in the computer lab, I am always on the lookout for game sites for students. I just stumbled on this one called Smarty Games. This is a new site that not only has desktop games but are adding games for play on mobile devices. While I don't think that games should be the end all of a student's time in lab, they do have a place. You can also use this as an indoor recess tool.
4. Those who know me, know that I love Teddy Bears! That is the reason I fell in love with this site called Alpha-Bears. This game is best used with older students-4th through middle school. It would be a good center or lab activity to teach vocabulary building!
5. Friday at the Movies- - Kids love trivia and kids love animals. This video would make a great writing prompt. Have the students choose one of the animals shown and research it. They could do a "day in the life of" story!
1. Here is the link to the folder I forwarded to you on Tuesday that was shared by Clair Morck, reading coach from MHES. These are great resources to use in helping your students practice those TEI questions.
2. Here is the link to Teresa Howell's Blog where she shares some tips for better usage of Google Apps.
1. This is a great infographic found by Dr. Brendon Albon who asked that we pass it along. Many of these are available on iPads or Chromebooks and I would love to come help you find a way to integrate these into your instruction.
2. One of most favorite sites of teachers these days is Teachers Pay Teachers; however, there is still a great deal of free stuff out there. This site was shared with AES teachers by Erin Calhoun. Thanks, Erin! Check out Super Teacher Wordsheets.
3. This is a great site for teaching fractions patterning, rotations, flips, etc, Interactive Pattern Block practice. I also love the music and the wavy hand that greets you when you access the site!
4. Have you seen the Chrome Music Lab? Phenomenal site! Chrome Music Lab is a collection of experiments that lets you explore how music works. It is a collaboration between musicians and coders. Students will love this site!
5. Friday at the Movies - This one is for all you fur-mommies and fur-daddies! This is from a Youtube channel that was started by a high school student a few years back. Wouldn't it be funny to send out a challenge to our students to bring in a 60 second video relating to a certain theme?
1. Gail sent me this great article called 10 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Quizzes. She asked me to include it on my blog this week. Some of these tools would be good resources are you are reviewing for upcoming test times.
2. Gail is also responsible for getting me hooked on a blog that she she posted this week to the Technology Cohort Classroom. I loved this so much that I thought I would share. She cautioned everyone to start at the bottom and read up so I will pass that caution on to you. The series is called "Who was the greatest teacher at Hogwarts?"
3. Last week I shared that our own Teresa Howell from Monelison Middle had earned her Google Trainer's Certification. This is a HUGE honor for not only her but for Amherst as well. Here is her blog that she writes about about all topics Google and teaching related.
4. Winning Words is a set of free word games designed for IPads. All of the games are played just like the tried and true Memory card game. games are Synonym Match, Homophone Match, Compound Word Match, Singular and Plural Match, Verb Match, and Double Letter Match. You can differentiate the difficulty of the games which make them great center games or anchor games for upper elementary and up.
5. Friday at the Movies - Jackie Robinson
Gail and I use to be huge fans of Voicethread, so much so that our contagious enthusiasm for this site spread all over Amherst. *Sigh* Then, like many things that are useful for education, it started charging an astronomically high fee for teachers to use. I still have the free version but do not use it often. Recently, I went online and pulled off all my videos and posted them to YouTube. Several of the videos I had on Voicthread were done for Black History Month. Here is one of them.
1. Thinkfun has put some of their best games online for free play! Thinkfun is a company that Gail and I purchased some of our board games from that teach computer coding in an unplugged manner. One of my favorite as well as the students is Code Master. Now my students can play online. This would be a great center activity!
2. I just recently learned about Smart Boarding School. This site has tons of interactives and games that would be great on Chromebooks or interactive white boards!
3. I have had several people ask for more math sites. One that I absolutely love is Hooda Math. The fourth and fifth graders love it when I sit down and play the escape game during lab with them!
4. There is a one day Google Summit coming to Radford High School. Gail Moore, Teresa Howell, and I will be on the slate of presenters. If you want more information, check out this flyer.
5. Friday at the Movies - With all the negativity in the recent news, I thought it would be refreshing to just sit back and enjoy something funny.
_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