Friday, July 20, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/20/18

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

K-5 Geosource – “If you are involved in elementary science education in any way, these web pages are for you. We have a rich store of content, activities, services, and links for you to explore.”  (L:E; SA:S)

Typing Club – “TypingClub's lesson plan contains over 600 lessons, guiding students from individual keys through numbers and punctuation, and all the way to a goal of 75 WPM. The carefully designed lessons include instructional videos, educational games, cross-curricular content, and other interactive experiences.” (L:G; SA:A)

Monster Heart Medic – “Monster Heart Medic is an adventure game where you must help diagnose a friendly monster named Ragnar and guide him on his path to a healthier life. Through animations, simulations, achievements, and arcade games, you will learn about cardiovascular conditions and what steps can be taken to keep you and your monster healthy.”  (L:E; SA:S)

NRich – “Free math resources and curriculum mapping documents.” (L:G; SA:M)

Careers – videos on different careers (L:G; SA:C)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Energize and Extend Learning Through Virtual Reality

Here is more notes from the recent Upstate Technology Conference I attended. I can’t wait to try some of these things out!

Energize and Extend Learning Through Virtual Reality

“Are you looking to energize your students and extend learning beyond the confines of your school walls? Come join us to learn how Virtual Reality can transform learning in your classroom! In this session, we will explore Google Expeditions, Google Cardboard and Youtube VR apps, while focusing on a variety of learning strategies that will better ensure authentic engagement and content understanding through Virtual Reality. “

Presenters: Andrea Derrick and Jared Johnson

There were only 2 of us in the room besides the presenters, which I loved!! It was very informal and extremely informational!

I have Google Cardboard glasses but really don’t know what to do now that I have them. I love the thought of augmented reality and virtual reality but once I get past the fascination with them, I’m not really sure how to use them in the classroom.

They demonstrated how to use Google Expeditions in the classroom. I like how you can guide the instruction on the teacher’s iPad with the student’s iPad. We also looked at other apps. They explained how to find activities to go along with topics and then modify them to fit the lesson.

We learned how to create our own tours with Tour creator:

I loved the demonstration of the Merge Cube which can be found at some Walmarts for $1. I haven’t found any near my home but it is going to be a mission for me now and I have GOT to find one!

I also loved the T-shirt that Andrea demonstrated. The t-shirt had a code on it and using an app, it pulled up body organs and labels. It was really cool!  

My Take Away: I saw how to use AR and VR in the classroom as a learning experience and not just a fun toy.  Through our discussions I thought of ways that this could also be used to help special education students. I could see walking a student through a new school and routine which would help students moving to a middle school or high school for the first time. Teachers could also do this for routine procedures when students arrive in the classroom. School orientation showing the entire school could be made for parents and students unable to attend a new student orientation. I could see this being used on a worksite to help special education students practice what they would need to do on the site. These can be reviewed as many times as needed. I can’t wait to give these a try!

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tools, Tools, and More Tools (Webtools, That Is)

Here is another post with my notes from our Upstate Technology Conference. I hope you find these useful.

Tools, Tools, and More Tools (Webtools, That Is)

“I'll share my top 10 favorite webtools. Maybe more if we have time! Some old, some new and some with a twist on how to integrate them into your lessons.”

Presenter: Debbie Jarrett  - need to go to file and publish to the web before the link will work

My Take Away – I loved getting the links to great tools. She had more on her weebly page and I may be using them for my Friday posts of useful information.

Original Photo by Pat Henslehy

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Free Web Tech Tools For Next Level Learning

Last week I attended the Upstate Technology Conference which I think is the best in our state, the whole east coast, and probably the United States! (I’m a little partial, can you tell?) I’m going to share some of my notes over the next few days. I hope you find them helpful!

Free Web Tech Tools For Next Level Learning

“Evaluate various Digital Tools and resources that focus on communication, collaboration, creativity & critical thinking across content areas including Math, Science, Foreign Language & the Arts. - Determine how to appropriately integrate Digital Tools into their own classroom instruction. - Experience various types of Digital Tools for teacher, student and parent use. - Learn effective strategies for implementing Digital Tools into a classroom setting.”

Presenter: Krynica Drake (@APSITKrynica)

Free Powerpoint - Pete’s Powerpoint station

free pictures –
pulp –o- mizer – customized pulp magazine cover
Freckle -; “Freckle empowers teachers to differentiate instruction across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science.”

Prodigy -; ‘free, curriculum-aligned math game for Grades 1 - 8.”

Whooos Reading  - accelerated reader on crack; open-ended up questions.

Merge Cube - $1 at Walmart; augmented reality

My Take Away: I learned about a lot of different tools that would help accommodate individual differences in the classroom. There are many web tools not listed here but are in the presentation. The presentation was excellently done and made me excited about trying some of these new things out!

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Monday, July 16, 2018

Back of the Book Blurb #107 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Brick Wall

Every day he heard the children as they walked past him, but they never noticed him. They were all involved in their little dramas and he found it interesting to hear what their hopes and dreams were.

He missed being a human but ever since that night when something happened, and he could change into inanimate objects, he found that a brick wall was the best thing to be. He could hear what people were saying and no one bothered him.

Yet, when he saw the bullies picking on little Peter, it made him mad. He wished Peter would stand up to the bullies, but Peter just put his head down as if he was ashamed of being alive. Racking his brain, he tried to think of something he could do to help Peter without traumatizing him. Surely there was a way to get Peter to stand up for himself! (150 words)