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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/

BigHugeLabs – 3 Minute Tech

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

In this weeks 3 Minute Tech, I take a look at BigHugeLabs.com. BigHugLabs offers various project ideas for educators and students. Also, many of these projects can be used for more then one kind of lesson, unit, or even subject! One of the benefits of BigHugeLabs is that they offer a free educator account. Using this account teachers can pre-create student accounts without requiring emails. Another benefit is that teachers have access to the awesome creations their students make!

If you have used BigHugeLabs in the classroom, please share some of your student creations in the comment sections!

To see all the videos in the 3 Minute Tech series, please be sure to visit the 3 Minute Tech Playlist on YouTube.

Google Trek – 3 Minute Tech

April 17, 2012 Leave a comment

I was recently re-introduced to the idea of Google Treks by a fellow educator. Previously for some unknown reason, I thought they were useless. Luckily, I have seen the errors of my way and couldn’t wait to show everyone else in my district the awesomeness of Google Treks! These are really super easy to make and even easier to share. The lesson plan possibilities based off these are endless! To help introduce my fellow teachers about Google Treks, I created a brand new 3 Minute Tech video. If you have yet to try making one of these, go to Dr. Alice Christie’s  Google Trek website for outstanding tutorials and examples.

On a side note, if you are someone getting married this summer, or the parent of one of these lucky newlyweds, think how awesome it would be to share a Google Trek with your wedding guests! You could show family and friends neat places in your town, location of the wedding and/or reception, and so much more! If you create a neat Google Trek, please share the link. I would love to see your creations.

3 Minute Tech

April 17, 2012 Leave a comment

3 minutes will be all I ask of teachers and staff in my school district. I recently started a new tech training titled, “3 Minute Tech.” As the name implies, the training will take no longer then three minutes. These training’s will be brief YouTube videos highlighting useful websites for students, teachers, and staff. You can view the first video in the series here, The End of Picnik. If you enjoy the video or the idea of 3 Minute Tech, I would love to hear your ideas for future topics! Please send me your ideas via this blog or find my contact information on my official homepage, justin.cowenonline.com.