Friday, May 25, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 5/25/18

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

Class Pulse – “ClassPulse allows instructors to collect student feedback throughout the semester, while it is still relevant and actionable. Instructors should not have to wait until course evaluations to understand what worked and what didn't. ClassPulse helps them make adjustments while they still can.” (L:T; SA:A)

TinyTap – “100.000 educational games made by teachers.” (L:G; SA:A)

Typetastic – “Are you ready to set your students into a thrilling typing adventure? Look no further, since TypeTastic will get their typing going with a series of fun and engaging games. Based on our unique pedagogical approach, these games have been created in real classrooms together with teachers. You'll be as amazed as we are; just after a couple of hours practice, children find the right keys much quicker and are well on their way to effortless typing. The best part is that they really enjoy it, and look forward practicing more. So why wait – come and join us on this amazing typing adventure!” (L:G; SA:A)

Draw and Tell – free iPad app; “Draw and Tell is an award-winning creative tool for children of all ages that encourages imagination, story telling and open-ended play. Use the tool to draw, color, decorate with stickers, create animations and record stories. AGES: 3-9.” (L:E; SA:A)

TinSnips – “When I started teaching students on the autism spectrum instructional materials were scarce, so I made my own. Things are better now, but busy teachers always need supplemental ideas. Products for sale support this site, but most activities and worksheets are free. I hope you can find things that will suit student needs. Like we tell our students, "It's good to share!".” (L:T; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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