The preschool teacher inside of me that has never really gone away says it is better to give children a blank piece of paper and some crayons and let them color their own picture rather than give them a color book.
That being said, one of the things I remember about visiting my grandma is that she would sit and color with me. I loved coloring beside her! I guess color pages may have their place-they must! Someone has started printing adult color books (no, not X-rated, just very more detailed).
There is a app called Quiver App that brings back the fun of coloring a color sheet and then expands that fun even more! All you do is print the color sheet out from Quivervision.com, color it and then use the Quiver App to interact with the image virtually. Kids will love it! It may be a great thing to pay with on these upcoming snow days. It will work on any platform, iOS or android. And there is an Educator Version with more educational content!
Oh man! Does it ever feel good to be posting again. I seldom have time anymore. Anyway, I wanted to share this resource with you that I created. It is a Google Slide assignment on evaluating websites. When it opens, you will need to click on FILE and then MAKE A COPY to add this to your drive.
Today for the first time this year I have had time to just explore and create. I attended a Google Summit today held in Saudi Arabia by using the translate tools included with Google. (Some of the sessions were in English.) And I never even left Amherst!!!!
Here are two exit cards I tweaked from one of the presentations. Both of the exit cards are in the same slide show. After you make a copy for yourself, if you want to use this more than once I suggest that you make a copy of the presentation each time your use it. You can also delete a slide or copy and add more slides as you set up your presentation. On each slide you will change the question to one of your own. Then send the slide out to all students so that everyone is editing the same slide. I have created a short video on how to configure this to share with your entire class.
When the students open the slide show, they will click and drag a "black dot" onto their answer choice.
Link to Exit Card
I haven't gotten to post much this year. I was hoping that things would settle down after we got all the students started with their GAFE. The issue is that we still haven't gotten all the students in. This is partly due to the schedule I work in each building and partly because we are still getting new students in. I suppose it will settle down soon.
In one of my schools I am still in the process of decorating the room. There is not a lot of things out there for the computer lab so I am having to make my own decorations. One of the displays I want up are the 8 thinking maps. We adopted Thinking Maps as a tool last year. Anyway, like all teachers, I want my displays to be cute and functional. So I just created these thinking maps using the Minecraft theme. I put them heren to share.
Symbaloo is a web based tool that my colleague, Gail Moore and I stumbled across several years ago at a VSTE conference. It is a bookmarking tool that uses visual tiles instead of text links to save sites. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Portaportal (and still use it) but for education, Symbaloo has so many possibilities as well. Below is a tutorial that I created to show you how to create your own Symbaloo.
Here is a cheat sheet you can print out to help you.
Here is another really cool tool that I have discovered. Dotvoting.org is a free polling tool that you can use to take the temperature of the class to determine understanding. You could create a TEI question or an exit card. The great thing is that once the poll is complete you can open the results in Wordle to quickly see a visual representation of the result. Check out my tutorial below.
Mikhaila says that she wants adults to know that digital life is not her whole life, it’s a very small part of it. She acknowledges that teens do tend to look at their phones more often than they should but that adults who didn’t have this much technology when they were teens themselves believe current young peoples spend their entire lives online. She insists that is not the reality. Read more about what teens are saying about their online lives in this article composed by the NEA.
It is the first day back after Thanksgiving Break and I am sitting in the computer lab at Monelison. My goal today was to make myself available in case someone wanted help with some of the new tools that have recently been showcased. It has been a slow morning with only a couple of "customers". Since my lesson plans are all up to date, I have used the time to comb through Twitter looking for new resources and ideas. Boy! Did I find one that I like! It is a lesson plan from Edgalaxy on Christmas Customs. This lesson allows students to gain awareness of various Christmas traditions around the world.Students are then asked to reflect on their own traditions and customs.I plan to do this in the computer lab. I am not sure yet if I will set this up through Edmodo or have students blog but either way, it sho Click here to download the complete lesson plan
The Library Media Specialst in one of my schools sent out a link to this AMAZING site with lots of FREE tools. The site is called Super Teacher Tools. You can find several different games that you could make and place a link to on your site or download as a flash file and import into a smart notebook document. My favorite is the QR Code generator. They also have a free ebook maker as well as a very basic learning management system. This site has it all!
_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