1. Create digital mad libs with your students! When I was a kid I use to love going to this one restaurant. I don't remember the name of it; but, on a paper place-mat they had a mad lib story. I use to love trying to come up with the funniest story. Here is a site called Wacky Web Tales where your students can create their own mad libs. The page says it is for grades 3 and up but I don't see why younger kids wouldn't enjoy it as well.
2. Want your older kids to create their own digital mad libs? Flippity can take care of that! I have shared Flippity before but it is always growing so it is worth taking another look. Flippity is a set of templates that you use with Google Sheets to create a plethora of various tools such as flashcards, games, etc. One of their templates allows the user to create a digital mad lib. If I taught an English class or grammar I may start off having the students explore the Wacky Web Tales site and then move on to Flippity to create their own. Great way to review those parts of speech!
3. Math by Design is an AMAZING site for older students! Student can choose to create a park or a Wind Jammer Environmental Center. Either option allows the students to use mathematical skills in a real world situation. LOVE this site!
4. Up To Ten is a free suite of about 1000 Montessori-styled online learning games for students up to the age of 10. Most of these however are for younger learners.
5. I usually share a video as my 5th thing but I want to forgo that to share one more site this week. Kiddle is powered by Google safe search but not owned by them. It looks an awful lot like the Google's search interface we’re all familiar with, but includes some cute child-like tweaks. Instead of the plain white background there’s a fun outer space theme with a robot alien near the search bar. The site clears itself every 24 hours and does not require any personal information from your students to operate. I like the fact that it has it's own built in filters!
_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