The SAMR Model which was introduced by Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. shows how teachers can integrate technology on 4 varying levels. It is worth a little time looking at this model and how a lesson or activity can be adapted to one or more of the levels to transform learning.
SAMR Model Explained from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Enhancing Technology Integration Blog Post
Padagogy Wheel for Using iPads Combined with SAMR
SAMR Resources and Guide by Kathy Schrock
I thought that this was pretty interesting. The actual picture is found here.
Turtle Diary describes itself as a “learning playground.” Teachers through 5th grade will find tons of interactive games, worksheets and so much more! Many of these would work great with your interactive whiteboard. You can search by grade level or topic, which include such areas as:
- English Language arts
Be sure to checkout: http://www.turtlediary.com/
Illuminations is a site developed by the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), so you know that it is standards based. What you may not realize is how many wonderful, interactive resources are available! There are Apps for both Apple and Google as well as tons that are made for the desktop or tablet. In this month’s Bright Ideas newsletter they highlight four great resources:
- Pre-K – Grade 2 Interactive: Coin Box
Learn how to count, collect, exchange, and make change for coins – mobile ready.
- Grades 3–5 Interactive: Cube Nets
Determine which nets will form cubes in the fastest time possible – mobile ready.
- Grades 6–8 Interactive: Adjustable Spinner
Explore how theoretical and experimental probabilities compare with this adjustable spinner – mobile ready.
- Grades 9–12 Interactive: Conic Section Explorer
Manipulate a double-napped cone to discover various conic sections.
be sure to check out the Illuminations website: http://illuminations.nctm.org/
As we’ve all begun to use more and more Google tools with our students, don’t overlook Google Forms. This article gives 80+ suggestions of ways to use them – I really like #74: Using the time stamp feature as a type of “buzzer” to see who answered a question first.
80+ Google Forms for the Classroom
Don’t miss all the other Google Apps for Education ideas found in the blog sidebar :)
BYU’s Career and Academic Success Center had some very good test taking strategies. They have some General Guidelines with additional strategies for the different type of questions such as multiple choice, matching, true/false, essay, and fill in the blank.
Test Taking Strategies
Whether students are preparing for their spring testing, writing research papers, or just working to improve their typing speed, share these keyboarding sites with them and let them practice:
Free Typing Game
Typing Games on FuntoType
Typing Lessons on typing.com
Learning Games for Kids
Typing Chrome Apps – available in the shelbyed.org section of the Chrome Web Store
Typing Test – KeyHero
With ACT Aspire Testing quickly approaching for our 3rd through 8th grade students, now is the time for teachers to get them ready with some online resources:
Testing Information and Support on the ACT Aspire web site
Exemplar Logins for English, Math, Reading, and Science let students and teachers access practice sets
Training Modules with video tutorials and more - Login to the Training Management System
Chromebook Quick Guide for computer-based testing and all other manuals are on AVOCET
Use this site to find images or video in the public domain for you or your students to use.