A Look at the SAMR Model

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

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How confident are you with technology?

4 stagesI thought that this was pretty interesting. The actual picture is found here.


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Turtle Diary

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:

  • Math
  • English Language arts
  • Phonics
  • Science
  • Biographies
  • Sports

Be sure to checkout: http://www.turtlediary.com/


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History Resources

Internet4Classrooms has hundreds of resources devoted to history!

This month, they have compiled a page devoted to this topic and have subdivided into the following:

  • African-American History
  • American History
  • Jewish History
  • World & Ancient History
  • World War II

Check it out: https://www.internet4classrooms.com/social_history.htm?sl=newsletter_february_2015

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Math resources for all ages!

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/

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80+ Google Forms for the Classroom

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  :)

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Test Taking Strategies

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

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Best Sites and Apps for Keyboarding

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:

Web-based Links

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 Club

Type Scout

Typing Test – KeyHero

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ACT Aspire Resources Online

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

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Public Domain

Use this site to find images or video in the public domain for you or your students to use.

Public Domain

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