Classroom Technology

Friday Tech Focus
Friday, December 3, 2016

Make Beliefs Comix  http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

One of the ways that students can APPLY their learning is through narrative and illustration.   An interesting and fun way to assess this aspect of Bloom's Taxonomy is to have the students create a comic strip. Make Beliefs Comix is an easy-to-use FREE tool that allows students to create a short comic strip to apply and illustrate their understanding of what they have learned.

Since it's free, there are some annoying ads, but there are SO many resources for teachers that it's worth the annoyance.  For example, there is a page for educators, "25 Ways to Use Make Beliefs Comix in the Classroom" with lots of creative ideas.

There is also the option to write the comics in different languages:  http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Language/.

I can see Foreign Language teachers assigning some interesting and fun assignments with this tool!

OH! Did I say that there are lesson plans on the site?  http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Lesson-Plans/  And writing prompts http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/How-to-Play/Writing-Prompts/  And story ideashttp://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Story-Ideas/

Your students will have fun with this tool and you'll see how they can apply what they've learned in creative and engaging ways.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Two Sites Today!

1.  Get kids up and moving with GoNoodle - for younger students -FREE version is fine

"GoNoodle turns movement into a game and makes it easy to be active, the kid way — silly, energetic, playful, and fun. Just press play on hundreds of custom-created videos and get kids running, jumping, dancing, stretching, and practicing moments of mindfulness."

This is an excellent site for elementary students; they NEED a break during their rigorous academic day and this site provides great activities at the click of a mouse. Take a look at this one focusing on mindfulness and being a team player.

2.  Hear every student's voice with TodaysMeet  -FREE version is fine

There are a number of "backchannel" sites that provide what TodaysMeet offers, but this one is a sure bet for WORKING!  It's simple, requires no login, is flexible and customizable.  All students can be engaging in a conversation at the same time digitally on any device connected to the Internet. Use for exit tickets, class discussions, brainstorming, or answering students' questions while they are engaged in learning activities in small groups.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Election Central

PBS Learning has put together an excellent collection of resources for students on the election process.  Help students understand the major issues being discussed in this election and candidates’ positions on them.  There are lesson plans,videos, interactivities virtual field trips, a debate toolkit and an Electoral Vote decoder. 

The search tool is very helpful for finding materials relevant to your students' ages.  You can search by grade, subject and/or by type of material offered.


Friday, October 21, 2016

This week's spotlight is Adobe Spark, which was used to create the new logo shown above.

Adobe Spark  https://spark.adobe.com/

This free product, from Adobe, lets students and teachers create powerful graphics, visual stories, simple websites and videos - in a snap!  The product is available as an app and as a website. 

This product is very easy to use, and when coupled with good lesson design, allows students to demonstrate understanding through engaging and attractive digital products.