If This, Then That is an absolutely fabulous tool that can make so many things much, much easier in your life. IFTTT.com allows you to create formulas of your own, or choose from one of the thousands already in use. Here are a few examples I personally use: Mute my Android phone when I arrive … Continue reading If This, Then That – Master of Automation
Field trips are a great opportunity to break the classroom routine, while making the connection between classroom and outside world, but sometimes they can be a bit of a hassle rounding students, permission slips, and belongings and herding them through a curated experience. Instead, you can now expose students to the outside world--much farther than … Continue reading Take a field trip — to anywhere! No mess, no stress, no hassle
As teachers, we have witnessed the power of storytelling when it comes to making a lesson or concept stick. It makes ideas and concepts much more tangible and interesting when we can relate real life experiences. So let virtual reality show the way, with the New York Times VR app. “Go underwater or on the … Continue reading Storytelling through VR – the New York Times app
Although I’ve already mentioned and posted about Twitter and its usefulness when connecting with fellow educators, there are oh so many uses for it. Some basics of using Twitter and conversing with others: Use @ to tag a Twitter handle, or person in your post, assuring that they will see your “tweet” Use # to … Continue reading Build your PLN with Twitter
Playing games is never NOT fun. Engage your students on Twitter by interacting with them, and by pushing them to extend the learning beyond the classroom. These can be required, or simply for extra credit: Twitter Book Club - Participants engage in a book club by sharing answers to specific questions, or critiquing main characters, … Continue reading Engage students with Twitter activities
Before you go laughing at the idea that social media can improve students’ writing abilities, hear me out. As mentioned before, small bite sized learning can be valuable--teaching students vocabulary or sharing pithy quotes with them can get them talking. Twitter can also be used when it comes to… Daily word games - Students provide … Continue reading Twitter–improve students’ writing skills?!
As mentioned in the previous post, Twitter is a great tool for moderating class discussion, as well as keeping class “takeaways” organized. It provides a feed for anyone (teacher or student) to refer back to after the learning has taken place, which can serve as feedback for the teacher, and a study guide for students. … Continue reading Get organized–with Twitter!
Using Twitter in class can be a great communication and discussion tool. By giving students a specific hashtag, it is easy to track discussion and responses, and for having a record to look back on later. But Twitter can also be useful outside of the classroom. Twitter as an announcement platform - Twitter can … Continue reading How can Twitter improve communication?
One app that I am a HUGE fan of is Duolingo which is GREAT for teaching students (and adults!) foreign languages. It has tons of great features, but here are just a few: It allows for a “pre-test” to gauge a student’s level, and then “auto-completes” several badges based on knowledge demonstrated Students earn … Continue reading Tech in the Foreign Language Classroom: Duolingo
I recently attended a webinar by the awesome Cool Cat Teacher (blog here), and to be honest, I signed up for the webinar thinking “15 Best Tools for G Suite for Education Users”... let me just see what she has to say. I’m sure I know most of it, but… I’m game” Well, let me … Continue reading Tech in the Language Arts Classroom: Read&Write for Google Chrome