Happy Friday and (yay!) it's also PAYDAY! I don't know about you but August has felt long!
1. Read Write Think is an old site but from time to time it's nice to pull these old sites out, dust them off and put them out for use. This site is is one of my favorites! It can be utilized on a desktop or they have apps like Alphabet Organizer, Trading Cards, and Timeline which will work on tablets as well.
2. STEM/ STEAM Bins
Would you like to give your students something that will engage their critical thinking and creativity during those times when you need an anchor activity or even during those inside recess days? You may want to start putting together some STEM/STEAM Bins. I have some I can show you in each of my schools. STEM Bins are plastic school boxes filled with an engineering manipulative of your choice, such as Legos, pattern blocks, base ten blocks, unifix cubes, toothpicks and playdough, or popsicle sticks with velcro on the ends. On of the students' favorite challenges is the red dixie cup challenge. I found the cutest little red cups at Food Lion! Ok, I know they are supposed to be disposable shot glasses but the kids don't know that. One student saw them and ask me how I shrunk the cups. LOL!! The idea behind STEAM Bins is that the students take a box along with a picture you give them. You can have several pictures on a plastic key ring. Make the pictures simple. Hint: Look through old teaching materials and grab some of those CVC or alphabet pictures to use. The students have to use the materials in the box to build the picture.
3. Hyperdoc ideas for the Daily 5
Here is a resource for teachers to use with Daily 5 and Chromebooks. This was shared with me by a fellow ITRT. It has some great ideas for taking your daily 5 into the Tech Zone. Click the image to open the hyperdoc.
4. Last year Google for Education introduced, “Tuesday Tips,” a weekly spotlight on Google for Education tools. Google is sharing tips to help educations with all of your favorite Google Tools. These tips are released every Tuesday, and they come in the form of a published Google Slide Deck. They have released tips for Google Expeditions, Google Forms, and Google Classroom. To check it out, click on the image.
5. Friday at the Movies - In honor of Payday
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