Friday, December 7, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 12/7/18

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

Yo Teach! – great way to have a backchannel for a class. Students can ask questions without interrupting the speaker. The shyest students who are afraid to ask a question publicly will be able to ask their questions without worrying about any negative feedback. (L:G; SA:T)

Netsafe – teaching about internet safety (L:G; SA:A)

Vocabulary – “Ditch the flash cards and stop memorizing definitions. teaches you words by systematically exposing you to a wide array of question types and activities that will help you understand all the meanings and nuances of every word you’re learning.
Even after you’ve achieved mastery, we’ll continue to reinforce what you have learned to make sure that it all stays fresh in your memory.” (L:G; SA:A)

Become a Mystery Skype Master – “Mystery Skype Master Course Objectives -
This course is designed to fully develop your understanding of how educators can use this simple yes/no game to develop skills in students by:
·      Understanding how the 'regular' version of the Mystery Skype game works
·      Learn how you can find other educators to connect with for Mystery Skype
·      Learn how you can assign roles to students to ensure all are engaged
·      Learn how you can play this game in conjunction with Skype in the Classroom Bingo
·      Learn about the other variations of the game that teachers have developed
·      Learn how to use Skype translator to connect with classes speaking another language
·      Learn about all the resources available to support student learning around this activity
·      Learn about points and badges you earn as you virtually journey around the world
·      Learn about awarding certificates based on student achievements” (L:G; SA:A)

Draw and Tell – iPad app; “storytelling for kids” (L:E; SA:LA)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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