June 9

Websites worth sharing: Virtual Buzzer

Here’s another tool to add to your “review games” toolkit. A virtual buzzer.

Playing a virtual or in person game? Give every kid a way to buzz in. To host, go to www.ccg.buzz/host and enter a title for your game and click begin. Students visit www.ccg.buzz . Provide your students with the game code, let them join, and start your game (Powerpoint, Google Slides, oral questions, flashcards, whatever) . You turn the buzzer off and start it again with each new question. Instead of watching to see who put their hand in the air first, you’ll see it on your screen!

June 1

Websites Worth Sharing: Review Activities

As you work to engage your students in review activities, in addition to Kahoot, Quizziz, Blooket and your favorite game based tools, don’t forget about the old standard, Jeopardy. Jeopardy Labs allows you to create your own online jeopardy board or just borrow one in their system.

https://jeopardylabs.com/

If your review activities include vocabulary terms, Quizlet Live is a fun game that encourages collaboration. You can build your own flashcard set or use one already in their system. Here is a video on how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q64qTBfK0iE

If you want a game to get your students out of their seats, I saw this idea in a recent article and thought it sounded like fun:

Around the Room: Prepare a problem set or other review activity, and using a Word or Google doc, type the 1st problem or question at the bottom of page 1. Type the answer to the 1st problem on the top of page 2. Next, type the 2nd problem at the bottom of page 2, and the 2nd answer on the top of page 3. Continue until the last answer is typed on the top of page 1. Print out the pages and hang them around your classroom, says Maynard, but not in order. “Students can start anywhere and solve the problem on the bottom half, then find the answer on another sheet of paper,” she says. Students should end up “back where they started.”

May 4

Websites Worth Sharing: 5 for Teacher Appreciation Week

In appreciation for all you do for Kelso kids, here are some tech tools that you might find useful.

https://classroomscreen.com/ – Many of you are already fans, but if you haven’t used it recently, check out some of the upgrades. Make this your home screen or bookmark it so you have it handy.

https://ed.ted.com/ – Student and teacher friendly TED videos. Click on the “Discover” link on the main toolbar. There are collections organized by theme and lesson plans attached to the vidoes. Take a minute to check them out, and I think you’ll enjoy what you find.

https://www.teachingbooks.net/ – Do you use certain books with your students? If you search the book name at this site, you might find some resources you could use including “meet the author” recordings and lesson resources. There is a paid version, but there are still a lot of resources available for free.

https://museumsfordigitallearning.org/ – Museums are a great teaching tool, but the logistics of getting a class of students to a museum can be very challenging. This site provides resources for lessons and activities that are based off of actual museum collections.

https://spinnerwheel.com/  This site provides a customizable spinner tool. If you login with your Google account, you can save your spinners. Here is a video that explains some of the option: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHm0wCbsd5E

April 20

Website Worth Sharing: Google Experiments

Google encourages experimentation with their staff and other contributors. I found this collection called “Creatability” which incorporates music with visual arts and movement. I think the kids might have fun with some of these: https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/creatability

The Arts and Culture Experiments also look interesting: https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/arts-culture

Digital Wellbeing experiments would be good for older students: https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/digitalwellbeing

For the older students, it could be interesting to have them explore one of these and share with the class.

March 8

Website Worth Sharing: Girls4Tech

Even though this site is directed at getting girls into STEM, the lessons would be good for all of your students when you focus on careers in tech and cybersecurity. There are downloadable lessons on this page: https://girls4tech.discoveryed.com/classroom-resources The All Things Digital PPT has teacher directions in the notes section of the PPT and would make a fun introduction to your classes.

The bottom of the page has 5 different activities on various tech topics. This would be fun to do as a jigsaw activity- having small groups complete the activities, and then present about their activity to the rest of the class (maybe in a poster or Google Slideshow) or they could also be great lessons for subs (they are just worksheets so no tech required) or days you aren’t in the lab for some reason. The activities look engaging and cover some interesting topics.

This page covers various careers: https://girls4tech.discoveryed.com/career-profiles while women are featured, this would be good information for all students.

March 2

Website Worth Sharing: Custom Wordle

Are you a Wordle fan? Even if you’re not, you might want to check out the custom Wordle site that allows you to make your own puzzles at https://mywordle.strivemath.com/

Just enter a word and it will make a custom Wordle for you and provide a puzzle that you can project or share as a link in Google Classroom. You can display it for your class as an opener or lunch activity and have kids solve it on your SMARTboard or Interactive projector- or if you don’t have one of those, they can call out their guesses, and you can enter them on your laptop.

Primary teachers could create short 3 or 4 letter Wordles when teaching about word families. If you teach older students, you could use more complex words or focus on words with certain prefixes or suffixes. You can give them clues to reinforce concepts you are teaching such as “It is plural word” or “it is a compound word”.

You could also use vocabulary words that you are studying or words from a spelling list. It would be a good fit for World Language folks.

Math Teachers: Don’t feel left out by the Wordle craze. This one, while it’s not customizable like the one I sent out earlier today, is definitely for you!

https://nerdlegame.com/

Also Mini Nerdle for shorter sequences: https://mini.nerdlegame.com/ and Pro Nerdle https://create.nerdlegame.com/ (where you can create your own challenge.)

Here is a version developed by Kelso Grad, Eric Lemiere, that lets you have an unlimited amount: http://lemierecs.com/Wurtle%20Game/wurtle.html

Check out this article for more ideas: https://www.eschoolnews.com/2022/06/06/how-teachers-use-wordle-for-next-level-engagement/2/

February 22

Google Docs Cloze Worksheets

If you want to create your own Cloze worksheets for building vocabulary, check out this short video by Flipped Classrooms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoACo03N82g

In a nutshell, he goes over how to use an Add-on called “Cloze-It” to select vocabulary words in a Google Doc paragraph that you type or copy and replace them with blanks. Then add-on generates a word bank that students can then use to fill in the correct word. You  have the option of removing the entire word or leaving the initial consonant as a hint.

I’ve added the Cloze-It add-on to our “approved” list for Google Docs so you shouldn’t have any trouble installing it.

November 30

Website Worth Sharing: Sutori

If you like to have students create their own projects using multimedia, you might want to offer Sutori https://www.sutori.com/ as an option. Sutori products allow you to add text, images, etc. in order to create a visual timeline. This would be great for retelling a story, or presenting historical information. They provide templates or you can start from scratch. I used their Frayer Vocabulary template to create this quick presentation and found it really user friendly:

https://www.sutori.com/en/story/vocab-frayer-model-vocabulary–zjqhS2YpDHkqa6nAub6W95fF

There is an option to collaborate so that students can work together on it. There is a free version and a paid version. The free one doesn’t come with as many tools, but still allows students to create basic timeline stories with text and images. The Sutori for Department option for Departments (6 people) is $500 so might be a nice option for a Foundation Grant (the next time that comes around). With the paid version you can include video and audio files and more.

Here is a quick video that shows you how it works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOd1eVK_4Gk

And a more comprehensive video if you want to dig in deeper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFdp76EvROM

Here are some guides and ideas for specific subjects.

Sutori for English and Language teachers: https://www.sutori.com/en/story/sutori-for-english-and-language-teachers–2FoDykeT8fKTraejyRySTKy9

Sutori for Social Studies Teachers: https://www.sutori.com/en/story/sutori-for-social-studies-teachers–7bmFcNow8Ms67ePV8yMcX6cH

Sutori for Art and Music Teachers (I think this might make a great portfolio option): https://www.sutori.com/en/story/sutori-for-art-music-teachers–6q8s8PVjtMXME4RygfNYMczK

Sutori for STEM https://www.sutori.com/en/story/sutori-for-stem-teachers–RquvzoePZEpenfsokn8Pgitf

 

November 2

Website Worth Sharing: ReadingIQ

 

If you like the idea of sharing online books with your students, you might want to check out ReadingIQ: https://www.readingiq.com/teachers This site provides students access to online books similar to Epic and MyON. This site is targeted to families who pay for the services, but they provide teachers and their students access for free (in hopes that parents join, but that is NOT a requirement.) When you set up your account, the site gives you the option of syncing with Google Classroom. There is one login page for your class (look for the Class Login link on the top right of the page), students just need to click on their name to get started. There are not a lot of fancy tools, just lots of books to choose from including some Disney titles which might be popular. Many of the books have a read aloud feature (look for the speaker icon on the book) and some have AR tests. I found the text to be a bit small on some of the books, but there is a zoom feature- note that you have to zoom back out to turn the page. You can set the book level for your class and there is also the option for students to take an individual placement test. Here is a video that walks you through the setup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuHPwfZEyfE

Students use your login to access the class page, but if you login for them and then set up their account to “remember login” when they do it the first time, they will be able to get in on their own. You can get into the teacher tools by clicking on your name in the login page and entering your password. This will give you access to the classlist and the reports. There aren’t a lot of supports for this site (I couldn’t find many videos or “how to” documents), but it is a nice option for providing access to online books if you need some variety. You can also just access the books on your own and project them to read as a whole class activity. The read aloud books would be a good option for using it this way