Friday, September 26, 2014

Tip of the Week: Power My Learning: September 26, 2014

PowerMyLearning.org is a free digital learning platform where K-12 students, educators, and parents can search for and use a wide variety of curated online learning activities. You will find thousands of academic games, videos, and interactive simulations that are tagged by individual Common Core Standard, subject, grade, Spanish-language support, and more.  There is even an iPad compatible option!


You can gather interactive resources into playlists for your students to use.  This tool is great for classroom use, especially if you want to differentiate learning.  It is also great for a flipped classroom model. Playlists allow you to sequence activities and assign them to an individual student or group of students based on their unique needs. You will receive feedback and can use that information to assign new activities that are an even better fit.

You can even search for playlists that others have created and edit/use as you wish.  An example:


Here is a nice video tutorial on setting up a Power My Learning Classroom:


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tip of the Week: SPS Resources and Kahoot!: September 18, 2014

Welcome back!  This week's (overly optimistic ?) blog post contains two 'tips':

First, here is a link to a new area where you can find the resources I've created for you over the years.  These links had not been centrally located in the past but now they can be found on the sudburyteachers.org site:



Second, Michael DelGreco, 7th grade math teacher at Curtis, said this about Kahoot: "... it's awesome, engaging, and the students love it!" 

Kahoot is an online tool that let's you post test questions, start a discussion, or take a survey.  Results are seen immediately and the data can be downloaded and looked at later to help inform your instruction.  This simple game-based tool's philosophy is that "Great Learning Starts by Asking Great Questions"

Here is a great video that walks you through the entire process of setting up and creating a Kahoot!


..and here is a link to examples and pedagogy.  I think you'll find some really cool ways to use this tool, in any content area, and at all age levels..

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tip of the Week: GameUp with BrainPop: June 23, 2014


Sudbury has a districtwide subscription to the online video resource called BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.. (directions for accessing BrainPop can be found HERE).  BrainPop consists of a huge library of videos, lessons, quizzes and more to support teaching and learning in all content areas.  These short, 'teachable moment' videos have been a favorite of many teachers for years. 

But did you know BrainPop also includes an entire lineup of curriculum connected games called Game Up?  These free games are aligned to standards and are also great for "introducing “gaming” as a serious tool and has versatile uses in traditional, flipped, or tech driven classrooms."

These games are designed to:
  • Motivate and provide goals
  • Encourage participation
  • Foster creative, interactive problem-solving
  • Strengthen critical and systems thinking
  • Pose adaptive challenges
  • Spark inquiry
  • Require very little prep by busy teachers
Watch this very informative screencast on GameUp!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tip of the Week: QR Codes in the Classroom: May 6th, 2014

QR (Quick Response) Codes

... in the classroom allow you to make teaching and learning more 'clickable'!  Check out the resources below to see how this simple tool can help you have more independent learners, more engaged learners, and differentiate instruction in your classroom!




Several teachers throughout Sudbury are using QR codes in a variety of ways! Check out my site with more resources.. QR Codes in the Classroom!  

And check out this link to a couple of ways to use QR Codes: Download a QR Code Reader on your smartphone or iPad, or laptop! I like QuickMark or I-nigma but there are tons out there!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tip of the Week: Technology Integration Matrix - Amazing Resource! - April 3, 2014

I found a wonderful resource for teachers and administrators that "illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students.  The TIM (Technology Integration Matrix) incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e.. reflective) authentic, and collaborative... The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix as illustrated" HERE.
THE TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION MATRIX:
  • Provides a framework for defining and evaluating technology integration
  • Sets a clear vision for effective teaching with technology
  • Gives teachers and administrators a common language for setting goals
  • Helps target professional development resources effectively
You'll find stages that are in your own comfort zone, yet you'll also see how you can grow and move toward a deeper and richer level of integration.  Videos are linked so that you can actually see projects that correspond to the items on the matrix.  

You'll find a Matrix by Grade Level HERE.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tip of the Week: Blogs in Elementary and Middle School: January 8, 2014


In a prior post I wrote about a wiki/blog tool that many teachers have used in Sudbury called PBWorks. Another great tool is KidBlog. Remember ... the 4 C's of 21st Century Learning as well as the Common Core Digital Writing skills require students to publish and communicate using digital technologies, in all content areas.  Blogs can be used to:
  • create classroom discussions
  • learn digital citizenship
  • practicing writing skills
  • get students to write for multiple purposes
  • reflect on learning
  • formatively assess writing

There are certainly other blog tools out there, including Blogger, Edmodo, Gaggle and more, but I think you'll find KidBlog particularly easy and comprehensive. 

"Our mission is to empower teachers to embrace the benefits of the coming digital revolution in education. As students become creators - not just consumers - of information, we recognize the crucial role of teachers as discussion moderators and content curators in the classroom. With Kidblog, teachers monitor and control all activity within their classroom blogging community." (http://kidblog.org/why-kidblog/)


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tip of the Week: SPS Resources!: October 29, 2013

This post is a reminder to you about some of the amazing web 2.0 resources to which our district subscribes or that teachers are using in their classrooms.  I am linking you back to previous SPS Technology in the Classroom blog posts and/or our 'subscription' page about these tools...

Glogster EDU: Virtual 'posters', or web pages, to deliver content or for students to demonstrate understanding

DEStreaming: Educational videos, video clips, lesson plans, interactives, audio files, images, and so much more.. and HERE

Bitstrips for Schools:  Digital Comics in the Classroom

Espresso Education (PreK-5 only): web based cross curricular environment - videos, lessons, activities, interactives... 

Powtoon: an online comic/presentation tool

PBWorks: wiki/blog for classroom collaboration

Class DoJo: awesome classroom management/behavior tool

Backchanneling in the Classroom: Group chat while a video or lesson is happening

InkleWriter:  Create your own "choose your own ending or branching stories"

Storybird: Create 'art-inspired' stories 

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr: Videos and quizzes on all curriculum topics, done by cartoon characters

Socrative:  Free online quizzing/polling tool

ThingLink:  Create interactive hot spots on any image

Wallwisher/Padlet: create a virtual wall onto which anyone can post ideas, links, videos

Teaching Channel: Videos created BY teachers, FOR teachers on a variety of topics: tips, trick teaching methods..

Maps 101: Interactive database on all things "maps"