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TradingCardMaker.net – Reports and Worksheets made Fun!

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Go beyond a simple book report or worksheet and challenge students to make a trading card with TradingCardMaker! TradingCardMaker (http://tradingcardmaker.net/) can be used to create simple yet highly customizable trading cards. As an added bonus, you can challenge students to create an image in MS Paint and then have them insert it into the card.

Students would be challenged to be concise in their descriptions and detail, which can help you quickly judge if the student understand the assigned material.

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ReadWriteThink – Combining Tech & Paper

February 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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According to Georgia Tech 105 AD is the year most people say paper was invented, but it may have been around as much as 200 years before that! So in honor of paper, lets look at a website that has awesome student interactives just asking to be printed.

ReadWriteThink (http://www.readwritethink.org/) has student interactives that can be used for any subject and grade level. Students could create crossword puzzles, K-W-Ls, story cubes, flip books (my favorite), and more! To give you a jumping off point, please view the link below to a series of projects any student and teacher would love:

http://www.one-tab.com/page/SyFXhZGTTU2aAjES6w74bA

Please note that I used the OneTab Chrome Extension to share these wonderful links with you. Also, be sure to explore the entire ReadWriteThink website; not only do they have these great projects, but also the lesson plans to go with them!

Lucid Chart

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment


A Haiku to Lucid Chart, By Justin Cowen

Organize Words
Organize Thoughts and Pictures
Lucid Chart is Best

Now that I have amazed you with my literary abilities, prepare to be amazed by Lucid Chart (www.lucidchart.com). This website can be used to create simple, yet efficient graphic organizers and brainstorming sessions. It can also integrated with your schools Google Apps, meaning that students can log into the website with their Google Apps accounts. They can also share and collaborate together using Google Drive! Please check out the example below and/or some of the great tutorials on its use.

Example:
https://www.lucidchart.com/documents/view/4811-c648-52f29f8d-81d9-04950a00c4b1

Tutorials:
LucidChart Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtDym9Iasbo 
Creating & Editing a LucidChart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR1KLGtXWX4&list=PLUoebdZqEHTyTsR8FUPyiv12jWzIyBItu
Sharing with LucidChart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sueeV7fg_fM&list=PLUoebdZqEHTyTsR8FUPyiv12jWzIyBItu&feature=c4-overview-vl

Class Dojo

February 5, 2014 Leave a comment

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Did you know that according to Statisticbrain.com the #1 New Years Resolution this year was to lose weight? Did you also know that only 8% of people claim being successful with their resolutions? Well, to help you accomplish your resolutions, I prepped the dojo for you…the Class Dojo that is.

Class Dojo is a awesome free website to record student behavior, participation, group work, and more online. To help you understand the website, I created a short introduction to it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQGPegWh92Q

If you need a personal trainer in the Dojo though, here are some more resources to help explain it:

*Class Dojo – Digital Classroom Management: http://www.edtechroundup.org/6/post/2013/07/class-dojo-digital-classroom-management.html
*What Works in Tech Tools: Spotlight on ClassDojo: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/10/what-works-in-tech-tools-spotlight-on-classdojo/
*Class Dojo: http://emrefirat.edublogs.org/2012/12/18/classdojo/
*And for you Pinterest fans – http://www.pinterest.com/mishkatel/class-dojo/