Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Math Whiteboard

WEBSITE  Math Whiteboard

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & students

CONTENT obvious math focus, but could be utilized in ALL content areas if desired

GRADE LEVELS  all grades

Math Whiteboard is the 1st collaborative whiteboard designed specifically for mathematics teaching and learning. It's FREE for teachers and students!!! No accounts needed!

Just take a peek at their homepage and you will see these 6 big reasons to try it out - today!
  • collaborate
  • graphing calculator
  • write or type math
  • computer algebra system
  • import PDF files
  • runs in your browser

Eric Curts, an Ohio based tech integration specialist even shared a 1 hour webinar he did with Donald Carney, one of the creators of this tool. You can see it and the resources shared here: https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2021/04/webinar-math-whiteboard.html

If you don't teach math - I still think you should try this out ... a free, web-based, collaborative tool - sounds like a winner in so many ways in every classroom!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

I'm a puzzle

WEBSITE  I'm a puzzle

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & students

CONTENT ↬ any/all

GRADE LEVELS  any/all - **Caution** It does have a decent number of ads on its site; some school filters might block it.

I have been looking for this kind of a resource for a SUPER long time and honestly didn't think it existed! I'm pretty pumped! You can use images they already have or you can import your own. There are multiple different kinds of designs for your pieces, as well being able to vary the level of difficulty and type of puzzle. So fun!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Create your own color palette (that looks good!)

WEBSITE  ColorSpace

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & older students

CONTENT art & design

GRADE LEVELS  teachers, all grades; students (5 & up)

I have a deep love of color. Ask just about anyone who knows me. I came across this website and found such value in it. If you've ever wanted to be able to put several colors together - and make it look good - this site is for you!

It's super easy to generate multiple color palettes, too. Just click on the current hex number, choose a new color, and click generate! Be sure to scroll down the page to see the numerous color combinations. Older students can definitely use this to help create visually appealing projects. 

Art teachers rejoice! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Common Lit

WEBSITE  Common Lit

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ ELA specifically, but some content supports all content areas

GRADE LEVELS  grades 3 & up

CommonLit is a FREE collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter the collection by Lexile level, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard. You definitely need to check out the paired texts, too. 

A great place to start is either on the Library (you can use their filtering ability to dig for what you want) OR on their FAQ page (it's packed with quick start guides & how to's). They also have a Spanish library!

I also noticed a mention of a completely FREE curriculum for grades 6-12 in ELA coming this fall! Woot! I'm excited to see what it offers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Cooltext

WEBSITE  CoolText

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & students

CONTENT any/all

GRADE LEVELS  grades 3 & up

I listen to several podcasts and one of my favorites is Shukes & Giff. They share out several tools and cool things each episode. I definitely recommend you add it to your playlist!

On episode 4, Jen Conti (https://twitter.com/Conti_jen) joined and shared an awesome website: www.Cooltext.com ! I love fonts and this website will only increase that love! There is no other way to explain it than it is awesome! Over 100 different font styles; you can customize the color; AND then drag it to your Google Slide (or other product you are working on) and voilá! I made the image for this blog with this website. You can be sure I'll find many more places to use it.

2 warnings ... it can be addictive! Also, you ARE inserting an image, not actual text, once you put it in the Slide or Doc, etc, it's not editable. You would have to go back to the website and change it and reimport it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

educandy

WEBSITE  Educandy

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT any/all

GRADE LEVELS  grades preK - 4

Educandy is a cute little site that allows teachers to create review games and share them with their students. When you refresh the link, a new version appears, allowing for endless practice & fun. I do feel it is geared - visually - toward younger students, I do believe you could use it with older students but you'd have to prep them to know it will look more juvenile.

There are several different games to play and each has a demo you can try out - I had fun checking them out. (I struggled on the one with the French animal crossword puzzle!) I did create a word search with a student for a project of hers and it not only gave her a crossword, but after adding in her words, it created several puzzles based on those words. Excellent!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

ReadingVine

WEBSITE  ReadingVine

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ ELA

GRADE LEVELS  grades K & up

I came across this site and knew I had to share it. First, it's free. Second, you can search in various ways - grade level, skill, genre, Lexile range, and more. And third, an account is possible, but not required. The passages also come with questions & an answer key.

Being able to search by skill and grade level really seem the most helpful.