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..