Care to Share

This week I have done a lot of collecting and have been so excited since last week about the things I was finding to share. And then the Shipley PLN Lower School Edition came and it had many great links to ideas and posts as well. So, here is the, and below are all the things I hope you find worthwhile.

This first link is to a ready to use Year full of ideas for using HaikuDeck with your students- something for each month of the school year. Haiku is easy to use and last week I sent you the updated features which should make Haiku a go-to presentation tool for all your digital storytelling and public speaking needs

Hola Classroom Pinterest Board. A great find for Spanish teachers. Scroll to video storybooks for Little Red Riding Hood and 5 little Pumpkins plus The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Espanol. Muy bien!

This Pinterest Board of Teaching ideas has some excellent ideas for your classroom. I happen to like the place value BINGO and the place value dice roll game. There are many more fun ideas like the specials clocks that show your students when their special is. This is great for classrooms where students do not know how to tell time, as well as for students who need to know at all times (no pun intended) what is coming next.

This tech toolbox is all about ways to communicate with your parents. You’ll hear about one-way tools like Remind and S’More and so many more. I like Remind because how do you really know your students’ parents are looking at the information. This way, they choose whether they want to receive text messages or email alerts.

Lend me your literacy has a page with pictures of the day to inspire your writers. Each day a new inspiration that you can project during writing time for your class to help prompt those who need a story to tell.

Following along on the visual prompts is this: Many classrooms spend some time during the year writing poetry. This idea is about writing visual poetry. Using a visual prompt, you can have the students write a Diamante poem, or any other form that you are learning. The difference is that the picture will prompt the poetry. Though this post specifically uses an app, there is no reason why your students could not do this without the app (or without technology altogether- if you felt like going that route).

Constitution Day is coming and PBS Learning Media has all you need (and trust me, it’s a lot).

This next one is AMAZING and I found it thanks to someone I follow on Twitter (@ictmagic)! Edpuzzle lets you make interactive, graded videos for your class. You can use videos you find on youtube, vimeo, Khan, Learn Zillion— crop ONLY the segment of video that you need, then add your own voice and questions. I think this is going to be one you will use again and again.

So this next thing is pretty cool. Imagine having the ability to record your lessons or capture a presentation without a videographer. Now go to swivl— a robotic mobile accessory that will change how you deliver your message. Take a look at all the different ways you can use swivl. Once you create your video, you can then use edpuzzle to interact with your targeted viewers to see what they are thinking. “Now that’s incredible!” (nod to the late 80s tv show here).

Some of you might remember that we have little bits in our science classroom that our 4th and 5th graders used last year. This year our 5th grade is going to have innovation time built into their classtime to use little bits (and other bits of things they bring in from home to reuse) to make some of their wildest creations. Little bits has introduced the Bitlab to see other people’s creations, submit your own creation, and vote on the one(s) that you think should get made into a real product. If nothing else, this is a great site to share with your students as they get ready to embark on genius hour, makerspace time, or if they are going to be learning about and creating their own invention. An innovative place to see what others are making.

Our Prek, K, and 1 classrooms will begin using ipads at the start of October. This article from a kindergarten teacher in Montana is about how her students use the ipads to enhance their learning throughout the day.

Do you find yourself doing a lot of talking in your classroom? Well perhaps you might enjoy these 8 ways to get your students to talk more (and you talk less!).

I’ve decided to end this weekly share with this statement: homework should be optional and left to the choice of the student and the student’s family. I’m not promoting here, just providing a provocative topic to capture your attention. I imagine there will be many different thoughts and reactions to this post. 🙂

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