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!
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