Those of you that were able to attend our 4th Summer Tech Academy, I hope that it was a valuable experience and that you were able to take numerous resources back to use in your classroom instruction!
I am sharing the presentations to my workshops.
Please let me know if there is any way I can help with any of the technologies and/or strategies shared in my presentations.
Graphite™ is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Media designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students by providing unbiased, rigorous ratings and practical insights from our active community of teachers.
Create your free account to have the ability to rate, curate, and create. Members rate by sharing reviews called Field Notes. Field Notes are reviews of tools written by teachers and include explanations of how teachers have used them with students. Members curate by collecting and organizing content on Graphite, such as reviews, Field Notes, blog posts, and App Flows onto Boards. And members can create tech-rich lesson plans called App Flows which provide a framework for seamlessly integrating technology into the curriculum.
Gooru is an online study tool that allows you to explore and study over 2,600 standards-aligned and personalized study guides. Study guides cover fifth grade through high school math and science topics, and resources include digital textbooks, animations, instructor videos and more. All resources are vetted and organized by teachers or Gooru's content experts, so you don't have to sort through the mess of subpar educational resources available online yourself. Gooru also makes it easy for you to connect with your worldwide peers to make learning a social experience. Post questions to an active community of students, teachers and experts, or find friends and peers to study with.
Best of all, Gooru adapts to you. Based on the topics you study and your performance on self-assessments, Gooru suggests resources and study guides that will help you master the concepts. You can track your study habits and monitor your performance on any of the topics you study.
Find Standards-Aligned Learning Content
Quickly and easily pinpoint resources vetted by other teachers using Gooru’s search. Browse through collections, complete lessons made by other teachers, or identify individual resources to address specific student needs. Filter search results by grade level, resource type, and Common Core State Standard. Engage your students with millions of K-12 videos, games, digital textbooks, and question items from all your favorite providers, from PhET, Autodesk, Common Sense Media, and more!
Build a Collection: Customize learning materials to fit the needs of each class or student
Pair a short video with a digital textbook or a series of questions to create a Collection on various topics, like slope, cells, or the Silk Road. Create your own collections or save and customize pre-existing collections by organizing resources that you discover in search, uploading your own resources, and adding or authoring questions to check for student understanding.
Manage and share class assignments
Assign collections and quizzes to your students by sharing a simple code. Sign-in isn’t required, and Gooru provides a single-click experience for students to access your collections.
Monitor engagement, comprehension, and progress.
As your students move through a collection, they can indicate how they feel about each resource they’re studying by selecting a response, from "I can explain!" to "I need help." Track student reactions to see which resources are resonating with them and where students need additional help.
Check for understanding by including a variety of question types in your collection for students to test what they’ve learned and identify areas to review. In the Collection Analytics pane, see a summary of your students responses as well as student reactions.
Wikimedia Commons is an online repository of free-use images, sound, and other media files. Content is arranged by topic, location, type, author, license or source.
Interactive Sites for Education -- All of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!
These activities work great with your SMART Board or interactive whiteboard for whole group or small group instruction or use in the computer lab or at home for individual learning.
BiblioNasium is a free, protected social network for children ages 6-12 designed to engage, encourage and excite young people about reading. Packed with tools – and the power of peer and parental support – BiblioNasium functions as your Literacy partner, helping you quickly and easily build and drive an effective, challenging independent reading program. BiblioNasium has partnered with the company responsible for providing The Lexile Framework for Reading.
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MapStory is a free tool for creating mapped displays of data sets. MapStory empowers a global community to organize knowledge about the world spatially and temporally. With MapStory, people of all kinds turn into Storytellers who can create, share, and collaborate on MapStories and ultimately improve our understanding of global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history.
MapStory could be a good tool for students to use to visualize and analyze data.
The idea of having students add multiple data sets to a map to make comparisons between them is phenomenal.
You can search for numerous MapStories in Culture & ideas, Nature & Environment, GeoPolitics, Human Settlement, Science & Industry, Biography, Crisis, and Health to use in your classroom.
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