Monday, September 28, 2015

Formative

Use Formative as your go-to tool for capturing students' responses in class or following at-home assignments. Start with the simple tutorial and experiment with the pre-made assignments to consider what might work best for your classroom. Make short multiple-choice questions to use as bell ringers or exit tickets to start or end your lesson. Get creative with the image upload possibilities, having kids take photos of their results in a lab-based class (like something they've built or created) or upload photos of a math problem they've worked out by hand on paper. Use Formative for homework following reading assignments or following a video for your flipped classroom: Use it as a tool to easily capture and save student responses for grading or reference purposes. Students submit responses by answering multiple-choice questions, drawing, or typing, and teachers can send back detailed feedback. The dashboard offers great at-a-glance progress tracking. Great step-by-step instructions for teachers and students make it easy to get started. The developer website features great info and ideas for classroom use.

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Movenote

When writing is no longer enough - Movenote provides the fastest way to speak out.

Add your favorite content from whatever source you want, and record video alongside to it with your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Seamless integration with Google Drive:
- Select any documents you like on Google Drive and open them with Movenote
- Use Movenote straight from Google Drive
- Share the presentation via Gmail™ or Google Drive
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

VideoNotes

VideoNotes is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotes allows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your Google Drive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes and collaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document. Type notes as you watch a YouTube video.  All the notes you type are automatically synchronized with the video. Later, just click on a line in your notes for the video to jump to the relevant part.

A great tool for students to use to take notes, ask questions, and answer questions while watching "flipped" instruction videos. You could assign a video for homework and have your students ask and or answer questions using VideoNotes. Have students share their notes with you so that you can see their questions which in turn can influence how you structure your next lesson plan.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Remind

A free, safe and simple way to instantly text students and parents. Teachers can send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students' and parents' devices. Interactions are safe because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Teachers, students and parents see mobile messages from all their classes in one place. For students and parents, Remind provides an easier way to stay informed outside of the classroom. They can now download the app and opt-in to receive messages faster with push notifications! Use Remind to send free text messages to save time, engage students and involve parents with your class. 

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Kahoot!

Easily design in-class questionnaires and quizzes. A user designs a quiz, survey, or questionnaire to test the knowledge of his or her audience. Audience members can answer questions using a variety of devices. The quizzes and questionnaires, referred to as "Kahoots," are designed to promote a game-like atmosphere in the learning environment. easy to use, compatible with a variety of devices, and intended to promote a fun learning environment. Kahoot! allows teachers to get a better picture of where their students stand while students are engaged in a fun learning experience.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Newsela

A combination of the word “news” and the acronym “ELA” — Newsela helps students develop critical reading skills that are aligned with the Common Core. The online reading program uses relevant news topics (war & peace, science, kids, money, law, health, arts, and sports) and articles to test students in five different reading levels. Quizzes help students work through the material they are reading. Teachers can view students’ activity to help them keep track of progress and areas of weakness. This highly interactive program engages students as they practice their critical reading skills. Additionally, the variety of reading levels available for each article allows students at different skill levels to read the same general content.


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Quizlet


Quizlet allows users to create study tools; quizzes, flashcards, and games — which can then be accessed on computers or mobile devices. It also allows teachers to create study resources and share them with an entire class. Quizlet gives users the ability to custom-design their study experiences. Study tools can be shared among users and accessed through a variety of devices.


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Prezi

Prezi allows you to make cool interactive presentations and collaborate on projects in real time. It can also feed updates of your work to your devices. Prezi has moved away from the traditional notion of slides and gives users new data-presentation methods that are not only visually appealing, but also conducive to audience engagement.  (Users will have to create an account to use the site.)

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Friday, September 11, 2015

One Click Timer

A slick and reliable timer app for Google Chrome.
Simple and easy to use.
Chrome Store (Chrome browser extension)
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

EDpuzzle

Make any video your lesson. Crop a video, explain it with your own voice and embed quizzes at any time!

If you use videos in the classroom, EDpuzzle is a must have. Take any video from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, etc. make it perfect for your classroom and more engaging for your students. Make any video a true lesson by making it to the point, personal and effective, plus get all the data about your students so you know if they truly understand the lesson.

All this can be done in three simple steps:
Step 1:
Crop the video, use only what you need for your lesson. 
Record your voice on top of it to explain it in your own personal way, add clarifications, a warm introduction, you name it.
Add quizzes along the video and check if your students truly understand the lesson.

Step 2:
Assign it to your class/classes and let your students watch the video and answer the quizzes.

Step3:
Get meaningful data and insights about your students while they watch the video lesson or after they have completed it as homework. See at a glance how they are answering the quizzes and where in the video they are struggling to understand the concepts.

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EDpuzzle main features: 


UPDATE: EDpuzzle recently added Google Classroom integration! This will allow you to distribute your Edpuzzle lessons through Google Classroom. Below is a video showing how this works.







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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Share to Classroom

Send all of your students to the same website during class right from Google Classroom. Once the extension is installed, a teacher can simply open a website and “push” it to his or her students, triggering that website to open on the students’ devices as well. (It also works the other way—students can “push” websites to their teachers.)   You can also post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to Classroom later. Both teacher and students need to have the extension installed in order to use this extension.  

IF YOU SEE THE GOOGLE CLASSROOM LOGO IN THE TOP RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR CHROME WINDOW, this has already been installed for you.  Simply click on the logo to use the extension.

Website  |  App Store  (Google Classroom extension)

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Google Keep

Google Keep - Your thoughts, wherever you are 
Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere.
• Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.
• Organize your notes with labels and colors.
• Set and forget. Get reminded about a note at the right time or place.
• Record a voice memo and have it automatically transcribed.
• Grab the text from an image to help you quickly find that note again through search.
• Copy note(s) to a Google Doc so you can continue to expand on your thoughts.
WHEN AND WHERE YOU NEED IT
Need to remember to bring something in to school? Set a location-based reminder to pull up your list before you leave the house in the morning. Need to finish a to-do? Set a time-based reminder to make sure you never miss a thing.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH COLLEAGUES
Share a to-do list with your team or committee on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time. No need for text messages back and forth. Get things done together, faster.
FIND WHAT YOU NEED, FAST
Quickly filter and search for notes by color and other attributes like lists with the label “To-dos”, audio notes with reminders or just see shared notes. Find what you're looking for even faster, and let Keep do the remembering for you.
ALWAYS WITHIN REACH
Keep works on your phone, tablet and computer. Everything you add to Keep syncs across your devices so your important stuff is always with you.
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