I can't believe it but this will be my last Five on Friday blog of 2017! Where has this year gone?
1. Last week I posted a Digital Breakout on the 12 Days of Christmas. This week I stumbled upon this slide show that turns the song into a math assignment asking the students to make a budget. Really cool! To get your copy, click on the image at the left and then File->Make a Copy
2. I had a couple of people thank me for the Crack the Thanksgiving Code. Here is a Christmas version. Hope you enjoy!
3. I was asked to create a document that students could work on independently that would allow them to research winter holidays. I decided to share what I have with everyone. To get a copy of this document, click the image and then go to File -> Make a Copy.
4. Here is a Google tip I picked up at VSTE. Many of you have asked me how to make an email group contact. To do so, click on COMPOSE as if you are preparing to write an email. When the draft copy opens, click on the word, TO. Make sure you click on the word itself. A wizard will open and from there you can select your contact for that group, name the list, and save.
5. Friday at the Movies - The Car Duty Grinch
I had a great time doing a Breakout session on Jamestown for the 4th graders at each of my schools. Please contact me if you would like to schedule one for your class!
1. This week the ITRTs went to VSTE where I got tons of ideas! This first resource is a list of some of the amazing web based project sites that I was either reminded of or introduced to.
2. Check out this blog! Be sure to bookmark this page and visit each day to reveal another Google Tool that you can use. http://enewsletter.weebly.com/countdown-calendar.html
3. Wanna have some fun with Google? Try some of these sites.
4. This is a page from one of the presentations I attended this week at VSTE. It has a TON of extensions and apps that you may want to check out. These only work on the Chrome browser.
5. Friday at the Movies - Be more Dog!
1. This resource was actually inspired by MHES third grade teacher, Carmen Sitton who is the "selfie queen!" However, actually kids love selfies too. Use this template in reading to highlight a character in a book. Use it in social studies for students to report on a historical figure. Or you can use it in science to introduce a famous scientist. To use the resource, please click on the image and then from the menu, File->Make A Copy.
2. Many years ago a teacher asked me to create a smartboard lesson which would provide challenges to see how many total gifts were received during the Twelve Days of Christmas. Last year I turned this smartboard challenge into a Digital Breakout. Can your students do the math? You can have your students complete one challenge a day or you can do it all at one time. Last year I sent it out each day but some teachers wanted to do it all at once so this year I am leaving the decision up to you! I hope you enjoy it!
3. This link is shared by Gail. It provides three ways of presenting a YouTube video so that students cannot see the comments. Let me know if you need help with it. I love the idea of NicerTube.
4. This is another resource found by Gail. Each day this folder has a pixel art that students can complete. It has a PDF grid that you can print out and color using crayons, markers, or pencils with younger students but you may wish to have older students open up a Google Sheet and do this digitally. I would love to help with some! Just let me know.
5. Friday at the Movies. - ENJOY!
_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