1. A couple of years ago Google released Cardboard. Gail and I have been trying to get this in Amherst County ever since without success. The problem is that although the cardboard viewers are not expensive, we need devices to run the programs and we can't find the cell phones to put into the devices. However, there is a website that you can use to give your students a similar experience. 360 Degree Cities has a TON of stock 360 panoramic scenes free for you to use. I know that second grade is beginning to discuss habitats. Why not plan a virtual field trip to the ocean, the tundra, or the rainforest? What fun would your students have then! Is there a battlefield you would like you students to visit? How about a trip to the White House? No matter where you want to go, this site may have a way for you to "get there."
2. The new Google Sites is so easy to use! Have you ever thought about having the students create a webpage on a topic instead of a report or a poster? Students would absolutely love to publish something that the entire world could read. Just incorporate the internet safety lesson about keeping real names off of the site and you are good to go. If you need help, I would love to come in and collaborate on a lesson.
3. Speaking of posters, another interesting project would be to have students create an infographic. An infographic is a visual representation of information. This would help your student to summarize and stick to the main idea. Words are limited. Ideas must be conveyed with images. And although there are many online tools that you could use to create an infographic, why not use one that your students are already familiar with, Google Draw! Here is a site that has 8 templates for creating an infographic.
4. As I was preparing to put together a resource for this blog this week an ITRT from another county emailed me this link. I have visited Eric Curts site before but had totally forgotten about it! I am giving you the main page link to his Google resources. From there you can choose which G-Suite app you want to work in. You are going to LOVE this site!
5. Friday At The Movies- How is a powerful word! In 2017, how was the number one question starter in Google.
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