Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Digital "Paper" Snowflakes

WEBSITE  Digital Snowflakes

AUDIENCE ↬ students

CONTENT ↬ math, fun

GRADE LEVELS  grades 2 & up

Some websites are just pure fun! This is one of them! As a kid, I loved cutting out paper snowflakes ... you? What if I told you this website allows you to do this digitally??? Yes!!! I made the snowflake in today's image & had a lot of fun doing it!
  
Thanks, Beth Kingsley for sharing this! I can see lots of time spent on this site creating unique snowflakes! (And ... this is a "no mess" activity ... you won't have paper scraps all over your floor!)

HOW CAN TEACHERS USE THIS RESOURCE?
I can see teachers using this in math class for sure! When studying shapes, challenge your students to draw specific shapes - squares, rectangles, triangles. And level it up by giving a certain number of shapes that must be there. And how about challenging them to get their points close enough together to form a circle ... or as close to one they can?

Another option is indoor recess or as a fast finisher activity. 


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Monday, January 16, 2023

KQED Learn

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ ELA, history, current events, digital citizenship

GRADE LEVELS  grades 6 & up

This resource is definitely for older grades, but it is one that contains quite a bit of lesson starters. The discussions on KQED Learn are timely and impactful. Each discussion has a short video to lead the lesson, a lesson plan, and the ability to push it through Google Classroom. The Google Classroom integration is nice, but using these lessons certainly do NOT hinge on using it.

Topics can be filtered by grade level and content area. They state that they add new discussions each week. 

I would suggest being mindful of your community before launching into any of these - to the point I'd recommend having a conversation with your principal first.  


HOW CAN TEACHERS USE THIS RESOURCE?
I can see teachers using this in an ELA class as a verbal discussion starter OR for written purposes. There are many topics that would be of high interest to older students in order to promote higher level thinking.

In a history class, this is a definite win because many of the topics deal with current events AND civic responsibilities. Any of these could be expanded as bigger research projects.



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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Planet Nutshell: NetSafe

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & students & parents

CONTENT ↬ digital citizenship

GRADE LEVELS  K-12+

In my state, we are required to teach "something" to our students regarding digital citizenship. We all agree it's not "enough" ... as our students are faced with new challenges all the time. Whether it's a new app, a new tool, or a new device, we simply can't keep up with the pressures thrown their way.

Planet Nutshell's NetSafe has several lessons for all grades that focus on different areas of digital citizenship - from "What is the internet?" to "Protect your personal information" to "Public WiFi Network safety" and more. With a total of 18 short videos, all geared toward a specific grade level, you can pick and choose ones that best fit what is going on in your classroom at the moment.


HOW CAN TEACHERS USE THIS RESOURCE?
I can see teachers using this to have additional conversations with their students. Students - of all ages - can't hear this message enough. With a total of 18 short videos, all geared toward a specific grade level, you can pick and choose ones that best fit what is going on in your classroom.

Working with your larger school community, using these videos to supplement the digital citizenship that is already happening, share these videos with your parents so they, too, can learn but also have the conversations at home, too. The more our students hear a solid message, the better chance they have at being GOOD digital citizens.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Best Books of 2022 (Common Sense Media)

WEBSITE  Best Books of 2022

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ ELA & history

GRADE LEVELS  grades 3 & up

I LOVE a good list! This is a great example of one of those lists. (And if you look closely, there are several other "Best of 2022" lists to the side.) And additional bonus to this list is that it's several lists in one - you can filter by age group. 

HOW CAN TEACHERS USE THIS RESOURCE?
I can see teachers using this list to generate discussion with students - which books did they read? Which did they like? Are there ones that interest you? Could you pick "the best of the best" and then write about why? I see it as a great discussion starter. 

And if you are adventurous, what if you & your students began a list of all the books you read collectively and rate them to create a "Best of" second semester (or any other time period) for your class? Might be a fun activity!

Thank you Common Sense Media for this great resource!


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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Adobe Creative Challenges

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ all

GRADE LEVELS  grades 3 & up

Did you know Adobe Creative Cloud is provided freely to K-12 teachers AND their students? It is an amazing suite of creative & design tools. And to make it even better ... they do monthly design challenges to help get "creative juices" going. All you need is found on the site linked above and it changes monthly so you & your students are ALWAYS able to find something to fit your interests.

The challenge that caught my eye was their October challenge - Digital Citizen Hero Cards. Don't be afraid to go back and look at previous challenges. Here's just a couple that also caught my eye:


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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Teachflix

WEBSITE  TeachFlix

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ ELA & history

GRADE LEVELS  all grades

Holy mackerel! This is a GOLD MINE!!! It comes from Matt Miller - of Ditch That Textbook fame - and let me tell you ... wow!  If you are familiar with Netflix, this site will feel super easy to navigate because it is built specifically with a similar feel. Videos are divided into age groups and content areas, making searching easy.

No profile needed ... no subscription to renew ... BUT a wealth of videos to be found!

* Caution * just because a video is shared here, please still use your district's protocols and guidelines before showing it with your students. And please don't ever show a video in your class without having previewed it first. 


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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Virtual Field Trips

WEBSITE  Virtual Field Trips

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & students

CONTENT ↬ SS, Science, Geography, Ancient Civilization, Language & Expedition

GRADE LEVELS  grades K-9

The past few years have taught us that we are not alone and that we can make connections around the world. It has also taught us we cannot always physically "go" to places - yet opportunities are readily available for us to virtually go.

This site provides one example of these kinds of adventures - and it packs a bigger punch than just the field trip. Each trip comes with activities that further support the trip and allows for a richer experience. The filtering ability also makes it super easy to discover which trips will support specific content.

*** This is a paid site - I know costs can be a struggle - but the cost for this site is more than reasonable.


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