Here is another awesome resource for your toolkit...Thinglink and Google Drive! I am a fan of both tools and was excited to learn that I could use them together. Thinglink allows users to create interactive images (see my post here). Now you can take Thinglink even further and integrate Google Drive! In the example shown above, I have created a Thinglink project about animals cells. I created my image using Google Drawings. Students can access the Thinglink via a link. At the bottom of the Thinglink I have incorporated the following using Google Drive:
I could easily direct the students to the Thinglink and they will have everything in one place to complete their learning task. How cool is that?! You can find more information on the Thinglink blog about Thinglink & Google Docs integration from Susan Oxnevad. Her example is AWESOME!
Don't miss the Hour of Code in December 2015! This global movement introduces students to computer science and the basics of code. EVERY organizer will receive a gift card and participating classrooms and schools will be eligible for other prizes, such as laptops and Sphero robots. Click HERE for more information and to register!
Classcraft is a game-based classroom management tool. Students choose avatars and work toward earning points for real-world rewards (i.e. no homework or asking a question on an exam). Students can also lose points and pay the consequences. Students work in teams. therefore, allowing accountability among students and also increasing collaboration. Classcraft comes with preset rewards/events and some are modifiable. This tool offers both FREE and paid accounts. Get your class involved with Classcfraft today!
Douglass teachers participated in the Technology Playdate Fall 2015 this week. Teachers were excited about learning new tools to use in the classroom. Congratulations to Ms. Tatum, a math teacher, for winning the NapPac! Check out our session below! #techplay2015
Today the I hosted another Technology Playdate Fall 2015 session at B.E.S.T. Academy (lower) teachers. Teachers spent their planning periods learning about assessment tools, presentation makers, and augmented reality. Congratulations to Ms. Bell, a 6th grade ELA teacher, for winning the NapPac! Take a peek below at our session. #techplaydate2015
PowToon is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos and presentations. Ditch Powerpoint and engage your students with PowToons. This tool is easy to use and you can export your presentations to YouTube. Not only can you use PowToons for your presentations, but students can also use it. For a limited time, PowToons is offering FREE classroom accounts for a year! Click HERE to create an account today! Hurry...this is the last week to get your FREE classroom account!!
Today the teachers at Sutton had the opportunity to come and learn about several tools to enhance their classroom instruction using technology at the Technology Playdate Fall 2015. Congratulations to Ms. Ross and Mrs. Bland for winning the NapPacs! Take a peek below! #techplay2015
We use email constantly in today's world. I send several attachments throughout the week within my emails. Due the constraints of my work email, I sometimes receive errors stating that my attachment is "too big". No biggie...I just use WeTransfer! WeTransfer is a cloud-based file transfer system that sends files up to 2BG for FREE. Yes, FREE!! Simply add the file, enter recipient's email address, your email address, and a short message (optional) then your file is ready to go. The recipient will receive an email notification requesting him/her to download the file. The link is good for seven days then it will be deleted. So whenever you need to send a large file, don't forget about WeTransfer.
Infographics are a visual representation of data, knowledge, or information. Often more powerful than words or imagery alone, infographics utilize visual elements of design and words to convey a message. However, visual representation of information can be more than just the manner in which we are able to record what has been discovered by other means. They have the potential to become the process by which we can discern new meaning and discover new knowledge. The observer becomes enlighten, having learned from the visual feast and is motivated to seek out more knowledge in this medium (Ross, 2009).
Infographics are easy and fun to create. Teachers can give students an essential question and student create infographics to respond to the essential question. When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. Infographics can be used as an assessment or a way to deliver information to students.
Find out more information on infographics:
Kathy Schrock - Inforgraphics as a Creative Assessment
Infographic Designs: Overview, Examples, & Best Practices
How to Turn a Research Project into Infographics
How Real Kids Create Real Infographics
The teachers at B.E.S.T. Academy (upper) campus enjoyed themselves at the Technology Playdate Fall 2015. Congratulations to Mr. Ponder for winning the drawing for a NapPac. Take a look below at our session! #techplay2015
About this Blog
Welcome to the Teacher's Lounge! This blog will highlight the use of technology at my schools, as well as tips and tricks to use in the classroom.