Trello lets you and your team keep track of the smallest details quickly and easily. Use it for yourself or share with a group to finish that project on time without all the stress. Quickly see what has been finished, what is left to be done, and what is being worked on at that time.
Math at the Core
PBS Learning has just gotten this collection of 420 videos that focus on critical middle school math concepts. You can search by topic or grade level. Use the links on the left hand side. You can make a free account to use these with your classes.
This time of year student hyperactivity seems to be everywhere! When I ran across this article, I thought I’d share even though it’s not the type of thing we generally post on this blog. Many of the strategies are simply common sense, but look them over and you might find something useful.
Strategies for Managing Hyperactivity
When I saw the name of this article I knew I needed to share it. As we search for new and better ways to use our iPads, it’s good to find out what others think. Check out their list and see if you find something new
55 Best Free iPad Apps
Readability-Score lets you paste in the text. It quickly gives you several readability scores based on different formulas and a readability ease score.
Rubrics for Teachers
Comprehensive list of all kinds of rubrics for assessing class activities from the University of Wisconsin, Stout.
This is a sister site with Rubistar. You can use it to make Web-based quizzes. Then, assign them to your students with a certain time frame. Finally, it grades them and puts together a report for you on how they did, all online.
This is an excellent site for making rubrics to use with your students. You can create a free account and access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection. You can use one of their templates or create your own very quickly.
CCR Content Literacy Tools
This list is full of high-quality tools and Web sites for:
- Virtual Field Trips
- Graphic Organizers
- Digital Timelines
- Common Core Lessons and Activities
Free resource with more than 250,000 videos and games aligned to the Common Core Standards. Parent and teachers can easily search by standard to find resources for their students.
A simple, free way to write together – this site allows teachers to turn any writing assignment into a fun, social classroom experience. Features include authorship tracking, ratings, and real-time suggestions.
Create your own jeopardy-style quiz for instruction or review with eQuizShow. You’ll also find some already made that you can use with your students or they can play on their own in teams or individually.
This is a very visual dictionary, thesaurus. It is very easy to use but complicated to explain. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words (no pun intended). You can see it displays the word, its definition in blue and then synonyms to the right of the word. The further right you go the more specific the word. This gives you students lots of words to choose from to make their writing more specific. You may want to bookmark it or list it on your blog for easy access.
The results when yacht is looked up in Word Sense.
This site from the Stanford Education Group brings history to life in your classroom with lessons and plans for teaching with historical documents. Find 76 documents for U.S. History and 15 for World History along with central questions for your Common Core reading and history instruction.
Reading Like a Historian
You’ve heard about Twitter, but you’re still unsure of just what it is and how to use it. Mobile County have created a nice document that will help you get started.
Twitter for Educators
This site is a great place to start when you need an app for a specific purpose. It starts with “I want my students to…” and then provides links to apps for everything from record and edit videos to collaborate with others.
This post has links and information for keeping your Interwrite Board and Mobi in proper working condition. If you have one of these devices or a set of CPS clickers, then check out these resources to see what you should do to keep them up-to-date.
All Things eInstruction
All of the resources and teaching materials you need to teach Basic Programming are available on this site. Try out Tynker and see how much fun your students have learning to program.
Blended instruction involves a combination of traditional, offline instruction with the use of online coursework, digital assignments, and virtual collaboration. A wealth of digital tools for learning exist in today’s virtual world, but it might only take one effective tool mixed with a topic or lesson to embed technology into a lesson – this creates a blended environment!
Want to know more? Check out these resources and links:
Blog post on Blended Instruction from A. Clark
Blended Learning from Edutopia
Teaching Common Core with Blended Learning - article
Blended Learning from the “Science of Learning” blog
Find free reading passages and question sets for grades K-8 with 70% of them being non-fiction and 30% fiction. They use Lexile levels to help you find what you need, along with being aligned to the Common Core. They have lesson plans and units, too.