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I came across this site while I was checking out the GEDB (if you haven’t yet, look at this site!), and it is simply amazing!
Glean’s videos would be great to use as an opening activity, or a Bellringer. Maybe a student is absent and needs to catch up? Perhaps a student is struggling in a specific area…check out a Glean video!
Looking for a word cloud generator on your iPad? Check this out! Copy and paste information from nearly any source into this app, and voila! Well worth the .99!
This wonderful app comes from the genius minds of the creators of Explain Everything. I love Explain Everything, and I love Explain a Website! Simply enter an active website into the address bar, and hit enter. Your website appears! You can draw, highlight, and direct your audience with a “pointer” tool. The only downside to this app is that the creator cannot include a PIP (picture in picture) like is possible on Explain Everything. Still an awesome app, though!
Coding is all the buzz lately. This FREE app (at least it was free at the time of this writing!) teaches you the basics of coding. Check out the Chrome app, too! Think of the classroom applications!!
While you’re browsing the web, do you ever come across an article that looks like it will be really helpful or informative, but you just don’t have time to read it! Then, put it in your Pocket! The Pocket app allows you to add articles to your list to read later! You can add articles through email, Facebook, Twitter (this will be really useful for me, since I ALWAYS find TONS of great articles on Twitter!), Flipboard, or by simply copying a URL. It’s great and FREE! Check it out!
Any American History teachers out there? What an awesome app to download for your class! This app takes you and your students through the tense days that comprised the Cuban Missile Crisis, complete with actual pictures, video, and primary source documents. Check it out!
For many users, Spreadsheets is the most intimidating of the Google Suite, and for good reason. The formulas and the functions and the cell formatting…oh my!
My goal with this tutorial, will be to demystify the not-so-scary world of Google Spreadsheets! Here it goes!
So, why should you use Google Spreadsheets? How can it help in your classroom?
- Create lists with Google Spreadsheets
- Collect Google Form Responses with Google Spreadsheets
- Enter information from your students scores on tests…broken down by learning objective
- Create charts and graphs
- And so much more!
Click here for an example of how I would chart and display responses from a Google Form.
Google Spreadsheets and Forms can be used together to create self-grading quizzes…so if you’d rather use this format than a Learning Management System like Edmodo, then you can!
When my school allowed students to bring their own devices to the classroom…and use those devices for educational purposes, I was ecstatic! All of the neat things I’d wanted to do with technology, but couldn’t because my students couldn’t access technology…I could implement those activities! So exciting!
- Establish clear guidelines
- if students use their devices inappopriately, those devices can still be confiscated and those students are still subject to disciplinary action. Students must know this!
- Provide students with a list of apps that you think are beneficial for their learning
- BE MOBILE! This is so important, it could have easily tied for the number 1 slot
- Encourage students to use their devices for educational purposes. They have access to so much information literally at their fingertips…that’s a good thing!
- just last week during a lecture, a student asked a question about an historical figure. Believe it or not, teachers do not know everything :), so I told the student to Google the person and report back to the class. I don’t have to stop class, and students get valuable information…PERFECT!