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Wow, it's cold! Did you enjoy the snow day yesterday? Ever wonder who else in the country was having snow days? Smarty Pins makes geography fun with gamified trivia using Google Maps. The game asks location-based questions. Drop a pin on the map as close to the correct answer as possible. The farther away you are, the more miles it deducts from your score. Earn extra credit miles for answering quickly. Topics include Arts & Culture, Science & Geography, Sports & Games and more. Bonus — Want to do more with Google Maps? Check out Jeff Utecht’s posts, “10 ways to use Google Maps in the classroom”. https://smartypins.withgoogle.com/ Happy Mapping!
Posted by moagueros  On Jan 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM
  
Wow, a new year is here! I wonder how many students watched the news over break? This week's W.O.W. provides a way for students to engage in debate about current issues. C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations website provides teacher-generated lessons including handouts, current events, lesson plans and strategies that make it easy to engage students in the issues. Content for the Classroom Deliberations is created by C-SPAN Senior Fellows. Classroom Deliberations Website: http://c-spanclassroomdeliberations.org In addition, the CSPAN Classroom site also provides video clips, current events, this day in history, bell ringers, lesson plans, and you can even subscribe to receive weekly e-newsletters.  https://www.c-span.org/classroom/ Thanks to Russell for the find. Happy New Year!
Posted by moagueros  On Jan 10, 2018 at 12:55 PM
  
Wow, it's almost Christmas! Here's a fun site with Reindeer Games, Holiday Recipes, Traditions, as well as music, videos, and even jokes. http://www.merry-christmas.com/ Happy Christmas and Have a wonderful break!
Posted by moagueros  On Dec 20, 2017 at 3:36 PM
  
Wow, it's almost holiday break! How does 12 Days of Tech-Mas sound? Eric Curts' fabulous website, Control-Alt-Achieve, includes a wealth of tech holiday cheer ranging from Google Drawing tips to Meme Maker sites. http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/12/techmas17.html Want more festive fun? Russell found a cool holiday emoji maker! https://www.madewithcode.com/projects/holidayemoji Happy Holidays!
Posted by moagueros  On Dec 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM
  
But wait, there's more! Wow, more free coding sites and activities: CoSpaces has a Robot Battle - https://cospaces.io/edu/hour-of-code/robot-rattle/index.html and a Pirate Plunder - https://cospaces.io/edu/hour-of-code/pirate-plunder/index.html Google has a global, online contest introducing students to the world of open source development. With a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills they have.Mentors from our participating organizations lend a helping hand as participants learn what it’s like to work on an open source project. Participants get to work on real software and win prizes from t-shirts to a trip to Google HQ! https://codein.withgoogle.com/ The Flipgrid Explorer Series is back with awesome advice from the developers: flipgrid.com/code Happy Coding!
Posted by moagueros  On Dec 06, 2017 at 8:19 AM
  
Wow, it's time for the Hour of Code! Next week, code.org promotes computer science learning for all with several activities. How would you like to learn one of the most popular programming languages in the world by making music? (Christmas Carols, perhaps??) EarSketch is a free web-based program that allows you to do just that! Create your own music from a library of sounds by Young Guru (Jay Z’s audio engineer) and Richard Devine, or record or upload your own sounds. You don't need to know anything about music or coding to get started. https://earsketch.gatech.edu/landing/?utm_content=buffere9658&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#/ Happy Coding!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM
  
Wow, Thanksgiving is next week! Time for some animal fun. Thanks to Russell, here's a very cool 20 questions game to Guess the Animal-- could it be a turkey? Or is it a platypus? You'll have to play to find out! This would be a great way for students to practice their questioning and researching techniques, too. You will need to use the Chrome browser, and if your computer or Android device does not have a built-in microphone, you'll need to use an external mic or headset. https://mysteryanimal.withgoogle.com/ Happy Guessing! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 15, 2017 at 9:57 AM
  
Wow, what better way to get ready for Thanksgiving than to gather and share stories?! This November, the Great Thanksgiving Listen will take place in living rooms and kitchens across the country — your students can add their voice to the Library of Congress and take part in our national effort to collect the stories of a generation by recording an interview with a loved one. Adobe is partnering with StoryCorps to help bring student stories to life with impactful images and other visual storytelling elements. Highlight special moments in the interview with free tools like Spark Post, Spark Page, and Spark Video. And, if you haven't caught #FlipgridFever yet, this would ignite the classroom!! The StoryCorps website also has lesson plans, implementation tips, teacher toolkits, and a help center. https://storycorps.org/participate/the-great-thanksgiving-listen/ Happy Storytelling!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 08, 2017 at 9:28 AM
  
Wow, we made it through Halloween! Do you have lots of pictures of awesome costumes and fun activities? Or would you like to get ready for the holidays early? How about letting students show their creativity in any season by making amazing graphics for projects, documents, presentations, etc.? Photo Funia has a huge collection of fancy text makers and digital image filters as well as calendar, flyer, postcard, signs, billboard, poster, magazine, and newspaper templates. Also, some of the options will allow you to create animated GIF's-- Great for your students to present their "final products" from a PBL activity!  http://photofunia.com/ Happy Fun with Photos!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 01, 2017 at 9:11 AM
  
Wow, I forgot what day it was yesterday! So, you're getting the Website of the Week a day late. If you sometimes forget what day it is, too, especially what celebratory day it is (today is National Pumpkin Day, by the way), this week's site can help you out. What National Day Is It is a database of days reflecting the current popular holidays across social media. According to the site, they use data-mining and natural text analysis to work out which national days have the highest significance online. Each day links to information about how many people considered the day as well as a bit of background of the significance of the day. Note: Because most of the info is gathered from social media, the days listed may not have any historical significance or count as "official" holidays and/or days of recognition. And of course not all of the topics may be appropriate for a school setting, so you may want to search outside of class and only project the relevant ideas. It is neat, though, to see what other people deem popular! https://www.whatnationaldayisit.com/ Happy National Pumpkin Day!
Posted by moagueros  On Oct 26, 2017 at 11:09 AM
  
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