Tuesday, October 20, 2020

i know it!

WEBSITE  i know it!

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & students

CONTENT ↬ math

GRADE LEVELS  grades K - 5

This website is incredible! If you teach math you have to check it out. Broken down by grade, then separated by strands, it's a great place to allow students to practice their math skills. You can use with or without accounts. 

This is also a great way to intro students to skills as well as support the students as they are learning.

*** One thing to note - there is a free version & a paid version. Paid has obvious pros of data collection. But a free account can really help your students without the built in data collection - or you could find a way track it in a notebook or other digital means (a Google Sheet would be cool!). And this would allow for some good data analysis, too!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

DocStickers

WEBSITE  DocStickers

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ all content

GRADE LEVELS  all grades

This resource is for all of us who have students turning in digital work. (Isn't that pretty much everyone at this point?) The creator is Stephanie Filardo (@i3algebra). Her brilliant idea provides "stickers" that you can put on your student's digital work! How awesome is that?!?!

Stephanie shares an entire Google folder with pre-made stickers; a video to get you started; and a video to help you make your own!

This is a perfect time to further your tech skills AND surprise your students with some awesome stickers!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Need a spinner? Flip a coin? How about a metronome?!

WEBSITE no "website" ... just do a search for "spinner"

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ any/all

GRADE LEVELS  all grades

I read - sometimes to a point where I wonder if I'm addicted? I came across something pretty awesome that I HAVE to share. How often have you wanted something SUPER QUICK - a spinner? Roll die? Metronome? Calculator? Color picker? Flip a coin?

Well, do a quick Google search and I bet you'll find it. And ... it's FREE. And in this digital - hybrid - remote - face-to-face - whatever situation you are in, you AND your students can use these tools.

Music teachers - be sure to check out the metronome.

Math teachers - roll a die (or multiple ones) for probability lessons

Art teachers - how about that color picker? 

Science, ELA, History and other teachers, go ahead & check them all out! I bet once you start using them, you'll see that the possibilities are endless.

All of these are cool ... now here's a warning ... if you show it to your students (which I encourage) please also note there is a tab that also gives quick access to games & toys! See screenshot below. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Merriam-Webster's Word Central

WEBSITE  Merriam-Webster's Word Central

AUDIENCE ↬ students

CONTENT ↬ ELA

GRADE LEVELS  grades 2 & up

Recently, a teacher asked about a good online dictionary for her students. She didn't want to just send them off to "Google" words they were investigating. Considering their age - 3rd graders - I totally agree.

I did a little investigation and came across this little gem! It's not "just" a dictionary ... there are games, a section for educators, a thesaurus, and more. Do yourself a favor and check this out. And then share it with your students and colleagues!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Ditch That Textbook: Remote Learning 101

WEBSITE  Ditch That Textbook: Remote Learning 101

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ any/all

GRADE LEVELS  all grades

These last 3 months or so has really shined a light on the need for teachers to better understand "Remote Learning". For most of us, this period came very swiftly and unexpectedly, and we learned a lot.

Let's not lose this - let's keep moving forward and capitalize on this energy.

To help, today I'm sharing Matt Miller's FREE online course to better help teachers feel comfortable and confident when teaching remotely. Matt is known for his book and site, Ditch that Textbook. Video based and resources included, sign up and continue building your tool belt! 

Hopefully we won't need this in it's entirety again but I'd bet, some of what you learn can go a long way in helping your teaching when we are face-to-face, too!



If you are looking for MORE professional learning, I have a Wakelet with numerous FREE or low-cost opportunities. Take a peek! You just might find a gem ... and get some professional learning, too!

https://wke.lt/w/s/FEGf63

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Intro to Google - Summer Webinar series (FREE!)

WEBSITE  Register Here!

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & others interested in learning more about Google apps

CONTENT ↬ Google - Sheets, Docs, Slides, Forms, Drive, Classroom, Chrome, & More!

GRADE LEVELS  any/all

I make no secret that I love Google. And I use Google all the time ... on my phone, on my computer, on a Chromebook, at school, at home, with students, for personal things, with my own daughters, and so many other applications. I use Google to collaborate, create, connect, and stay organized.

I am lucky enough to have been connected to Dr. Desiree Alexander as my Google Innovator coach when I attended the #NYC19 Innovator Academy in October, 2019. She has her own company and she hosts webinars. She has allowed me to use her platform to create a summer webinar series all about Google apps! And it's all FREE!!!

Join me this summer to learn about many of the Google apps. This is definitely a focused introduction and a get to know the applications, but I promise to tuck in a few things to help you further your knowledge & understanding of the apps. Did I mention ... it's FREE!

Sign up for all of them ... some of them ... or even just one of them. I will do my best to ensure you take something away that you will help you become more comfortable. We will have a chat going where you can ask all the questions you'd like, too! Also, Desiree will share the recordings later - so be sure to check them out on her YouTube Channel

And remember, there is NO cost!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

National Geographic: Learn at Home

WEBSITE #2   National Geographic: Education

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers, parents, students
CONTENT ↬ any/all

GRADE LEVELS  all grades

National Geographic is an amazing resource ... and it's not all strictly Science related content. (Can I say my heart skipped a beat when I saw the map resources they have???) 

I was browsing around their curated collections for the different grade levels and I was impressed with what I found. If you are a math teacher, might I suggest taking a look at the "Interpreting Data" collection? What about an ELA teacher - there is a Storytelling & Photography collection? Science teachers? So many good ones to check out - Infectious Disease, Earth Day, the Age of the Earth? History/SS teachers - yep, good stuff here for you, too - maps & finding out about explorers, might be 2 spots to start. And all of that from the Learn at Home page!

The 2nd link I've included is their Education page. Here you will find a great filtering system (type of activity, grade, and subject) to better guide you in finding something you'd like to use. There's even a decent number of professional learning activities, too!

And here's an even better piece to both of these sites ... you can click and navigate and get lost finding some pretty amazing "stuff". This is a site where being curious and willing to click around will prove beneficial and fun. You are sure to find some real treasures here.