This is our spring break edition of the weekly/bi-monthly pd shares.
First up is something I learned about through a new Twitter follower and it is pretty cool! It is called Edynco and it is a teaching and learning tool that I think you will like. Think of it as if Prezi and Inspiration had a baby this would be it. It has the look and design of a graphic organizer, but the movement and paths of a Prezi. What it does it it allows you to create learning maps for your students and include text, images, video, audio, links and more right in the design. You create it and set the not-necessarily linear order and then share it with your students so they can use it to enhance their understanding. Great for blended learning, flipped classrooms, or as study guides- this tool will definitely make a difference in your classroom. Check out this learning map on Designing (learning) according to cognitive theory of multimedia learning (and if you read my Wow from about a month ago, the information should sound familiar as I included a video about the same topic).
For iPad teachers, take a look at what this teacher has created for her students during her daily 5 center time— a QR code Reading Box for read alouds. I love that this allows students to work independently and have choice in what they are doing.
This next one is really the motherlode. Richard Byrne, aka Free Tech 4 Teachers has been busily creating tutorials on just about everything and he has just reached number 80. His Practical Ed Tech Tips is a youtube playlist where you can view these tutorials from the comfort of your own choosing, most of which are under 4 minutes. He also has 40 Google tutorials that are well worth your perusal. So, you can’t beat professional development that you can do on your own time in less than the time it takes you to drive to work and less money than that cup of coffee from your favorite coffee place.
PreK-3 teachers, tutors, and parents this one is for you! Sight Words is a site with printable flash cards for you to use. They are divided by grade, by word list type (Dolch, Fry), quarter page, half page, blanks, customizable (you can add your OWN list here)- pretty much everything you need to make, download, and print these for your classroom or home. For my teachers of older students- say upper elementary through high school- you might want to make a free account in Flashcard Stash and share cards with your classes and students. They have lists on just about every topic imaginable including Spanish and French and they include options for seeing the words in a sentence, getting synonyms, and audio. Pretty nice! Other flashcard sites I like and use at home are Quizlet and Studystack. Both are free, Have pre-made lists on many, many topics, allow you to create your own lists, learn your words then play games. Studystack offers more types of games for learning your words, offers option to print, share, embed, but Quizlet allows you to make a classroom account and share words with your students, and offers the ability to embed the stack on your site. To be honest, try them both and see which you like.
Lastly, you know how much I love all things Google and this one is no exception. It combines your love of tabs with art. Really. I learned about this from a post on the FreeTech4Teachers blog and after some additional browsing, I became fascinated. The Google Art Project share beautiful collections and exhibits from all over the world in an effort to bring art to everyone. You can browse the hundreds of collections, or you can create your own gallery by dragging pieces you like together and then sharing the gallery with your students, friends, or whomever. Well Google Art Project has a Chrome extension which when you open a new tab, you will see a new piece of art. The collection is changed everyday, or you can change your settings to see a new one with each new tab you open. Imagine your students (or you) opening a new tab, seeing a piece of art that inspires them to learn more about the artist, the period, the style, or the subject. Now that is incidental learning!