Friday, July 21, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/21/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we must 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

Digital Declaration of Independence – “This is an experimental edition of the Declaration of Independence that combines a high-resolution scan of the 1823 facsimile with (1) a full-text transcription of the text, (2) an annotated version of John Trumbull's 1819 painting of the signing of the document, and (3) an interactive map that plots the signers' hometowns on a Mapbox base layer.” (L:G; SA:SS )

Toony Tool – “is a free online cartoon maker and comic creator tool: Create and share your own cartoons, comics and memes online for free. Choose a background or upload your own background. Add your own or our characters en choose from our text clouds. You can also add Meme texts or props. Download, print or email the resulting cartoon or save it online and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.” (L:G; SA:A )

Unio – “Combine your existing resources with clever software tools to open up new, interactive learning experiences for your students. See your annotations and comments populate your students’ screens in real time. Let students make their own annotations to revise or create a digital learning journal. Encourage student-centered learning by ‘desyncing’ and letting them set their own pace. Use quizzes and polls to assess student understanding throughout the lesson. Ease your workload with quiz-results that auto populate in real time, giving you instant insight. Display and analyse student performance in a variety of ways, as well as downloading them. Use the class overview to monitor students’ work in real-time, and easily evaluate their progression. Give students quick feedback on specific topics with icon-based reactions and direct messages. Drill down with 1:1 teaching by taking control over students’ screens and give targeted support. (L:T; SA:A )

iMendi – “Imendi is free application that lets you practice flashcards of foreign languages. Pick the language you want to practice and start answering flashcards.” (L:G; SA:FL )

Workbench – A great resource for project based learning ideas! (L:T; SA:A )

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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