Aug 29, 2014

MsEdTechie, What are your kids using? FREE K-2 Tech Resources To Engage Kids, and Help them Learn!

Just so you know, this season of my life is very busy.  As a mother of 5 boys, I am always looking for engaging and cool ways for my own kids to learn. I decided to dedicate this blog post to sharing some of those great resources I use at home. I have a KG, and two, yes I said 2, 2nd graders. (they are twins), an 8th grader, and.... wait for it.... A Newborn. (yup, I'm crazy) lol  
here are some great tools my Kg & 2nd graders use at home.

Looking for a great technology resources for Pre-K through Kindergarten?


You have probably seen the commercials before for abcmouse.com
ABCMOUSE program is free now to schools. They have great learning activities for students they can complete in the computer lab, or in the classroom on the iPads. This is a  much better comprehensive curriculum program then websites like starfall. Its also great for center activity, or after school program.

There are three ways for students to navigate through the program.
Lesson Builder: Allows you to build lessons for whole class, learning groups, or individual students.

Sequence Learning: Students travel step by step learning and follow the created learning path that covers all major subject areas. Each level builds upon the last. You can select the level each student starts.

Independent Learning- Students are free to explore site on their own. They can select by subject or activity type

Students can earn tickets through the reward system, it motivates students to complete learning activities, while teaching math concepts.

Setup a free account for your classroom, and track students learning.
https://www.abcmouse.com/schools


Online Digital Book
A great tool that you can access free through various public library sites. The stories are animated and read out loud to children. Thousands of books to choose from.
TumbleBooks

Every activity has been designed to teach a critical skill or strategy while providing the repetition and practice required for mastery. Most importantly, each stays true to the ideal that teaching and learning should be clever and fun. None of our games use non-math activities to incent students to play. The hook of every game is the math itself and students spend every second doing math. It is all math, all the time.
http://gregtangmath.com/kakooma

More Great Math Resources
Counting and Cardinality :
Operations & Algebraic Thinking :
Numbers & Operations in Base Ten:
Measurement & Data:

Geometry :
MATH DUEL APPMy kids love a good competition.  This app allows two players at a time to challenge each other two math problems. The person who gets the answer first in the time period wins. Great way to learn addition and subtraction facts.








Check out this symbaloo for Grades K-2




This is a perfect compilation of Interactive Sites for all grade levels, and content areas. There are some great resources specifically designed for K-2 students.


Ideas for active learning 

Rather your kids need time to play, learn, or explore. Hopefully, the tools I listed above will make learning more fun!

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Aug 26, 2014

Awesome Virtual Online Field Trips

Creating an online virtual experience for your students is easy with these great tools...


Source: http://aceonlineschools.com/25-awesome-virtual-learning-experiences-online/

Aug 25, 2014

Start The School Year Off Right... 10 More Easy Tech Tools that every Educator Should have started using Yesterday! Pt. 2

Let's face it! The beginning of the school year is a very exciting time, and it is probably the most busiest time. Finding practical, and simple ways to get things done is essential for a busy educator like yourself. Here are a few simple and amazing tools you should try in your classroom this year. I guarantee that it will engage your students, help you get organized, and also save you some time!


Google Classroom
Classroom is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs.
Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.
Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.



Graphite Common Sense Media welcomes you to Graphite, a platform created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.



Class Dojo - An oldie but goodie! I think this one will always make my list.
ClassDojo Features:

 Positive behavior management made simple by providing instant recognition in class

ClassDojo enables you to easily award and record points, achievements and rewards for behavior and performance in class in real-time, with just one click of your smartphone or laptop. Social and emotional learning finally gets brought to life!
Check out the website, and view the Demo. http://www.classdojo.com/tour  (the app is free to download too)
This would be a great tool to begin using this year, or maybe you want to try it out for few weeks of school on a trial basis. Either way, its worth checking out!



Kahoot
A game-based classroom response system. This website allows you to assess students learning in a fun and engaging way. It is very simple to use. What sets this response system apart is, that students are in competition to see not only who gets the answer right, but who answers first. At the completion of each question, it ranks the participants in order of who clicked the answer the fastest. You can add images, videos, or text as questions. Students can use computers, laptops, and mobile devices such as tablets, and cell phones.

To create a game click here https://getkahoot.com/
To play a game click here https://kahoot.it/#/

No need to register students. They sign in to the game page with the Game pin you provide. It takes minutes to setup!


Remind / Remind 101 is not just REMIND
Remind (formerly remind 101) is a safe, free way for teachers to text messages students and keep in touch with parents. Let parents know important information is coming home, or important events. Pre-schedule texts to go out. Create multiple groups, and your phone number is never given out.


Blubbr

Play and create video trivia games
What a fun and engaging way to assess students knowledge. Using video clips you create, or find online you can find out what students know about specific subjects.


This one makes my list again!
Edmodo

Create a unique learning experience for your students through Edmodo. Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential.  There are great PLN's already in place. Edmodo provides Back to School Webinars to help get you started. There interactive webinars are hosted by Edmodo Techxperts and cover everything from getting started to using Edmodo in schools and districts, and more. Browse teh webinars page, and tune into the one that works best for you!


Bringit- Simple Online Sign up Sheets
A free way to organize people and events. Organize parent teacher conferences, or special school events. Customize a blank sign up sheet template. Share with anyone, no log-in needed. Participants will receive an email reminder, and you can print out your sign up sheets.








Tired of those same Powerpoint or Keynote templates?  No more Death by PowerPoint.Try Emaze, an online presentation software. Emaze is the next generation of online presentations, empowering you to create an amazing impression through design and technology.



 This one still makes my list!
Social Bookmarking at its finest. What a great way to organize web resources. What I love about Symbaloo is that the websites are images, not just word links. This is especially cool for young students who can't read the words, but would recognize a symbol or picture. Overall it's just much cooler! Create and share webmixes with anyone.

Is Youtube blocked in your district? No worries, use keepvid.com and download and keep any video on Youtube.

While showing a movie have students comment or ask questions

During debate or class discussion have students make comments or ask questions









Another one that still makes my list!
Share videos, photos, documents easily. Connect a DropBox account to your iPad and have images, and video automatically synced between devices. Utilize the website, ios APP, or Desktop APP to manage files where-ever you are.


Don't forget these too...



May 28, 2014

Nice Shout out from Tech & Learning Magazine

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