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Wow, it's the last W.O.W. this year! Let's pair up with Ditch That Textbook and Google Tools to rock the end of the year. Matt Miller agrees that the end of a school year is unique:   State tests are behind us. Many students are working on big projects or papers. It can be a great time of reflection on how far students have come. It’s review time. He's compiled 10 ways Google tools can help you wrap up the year in awesomeness. http://ditchthattextbook.com/2018/04/18/10-ways-google-tools-can-make-the-end-of-the-year-rock/ Happy Googling and Happy Summer!
Posted by moagueros  On May 16, 2018 at 1:47 PM 33 Comments
  
Wow, the school year is winding down! If you're a Google Classroom user, you may be wondering what happens to your classes when the school year is over. No worries-- the lovely ladies from Edison Public School District have developed a handy guide to help you close out your Google Classrooms. From unenrolling students to archiving classes, and saving posts to reuse later, this brief guide will help with a smooth and organized end of year as well as a transition to next year's set up. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9FPgWu3se0UTkN1YTZoc2NoT28/view Happy Classrooms!
Posted by moagueros  On May 10, 2018 at 9:15 AM 35 Comments
  
Wow, it's Harry Potter Day! (The anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.) This week's Website of the Week can help you Bring the Magic of Harry Potter Right to your Classroom. Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the British Library to create an online version of a Harry Potter exhibit which includes the series’ original illustrations, a history of witchcraft and wizardry, fantastical beasts, and much more. You can view over 190 items and 10 exhibits right on the Google Arts & Culture site. Step aboard the Hogwarts Express here. Happy Wizarding!
Posted by moagueros  On May 02, 2018 at 10:35 AM 28 Comments
  
Wow, it's almost the Global Day of Design! May the 4th be with you! If you and your students participated in the Worldwide Day of Play (or even if you didn't!) and enjoyed the creative expressions and problem-solving opportunities that came about during that event, you'll love the Global Day of Design-- a chance for students to tinker and build things. From the authors of LAUNCH: The Global Day of Design is one-day event that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. Our goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design into an every day practice with our students. In the past two years over 100,000 students from 950 schools (and four continents) have participated. We are hoping to grow even more this year! For more information, or to sign up, or to download a free toolkit, visit http://globaldayofdesign.com/ On a totally unrelated note, today is also World Penguin Day. Hear from Ecologist Michelle LaRue here: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/q-and-a/2018/04/on-world-penguin-day-an-expert-discusses-antarcticas-best-dressed-species And, just for fun, here's a link to the Penguin Cam from KC Zoo: https://www.kansascityzoo.org/animal-cams/penguin-cam/ Happy Tinkering (just not with penguins)!
Posted by moagueros  On Apr 25, 2018 at 6:53 PM 23 Comments
  
Wow, Roses are red, Violets are blue, it's National Poetry Month, and we've got resources for you! If you are looking for some fun projects for National Poetry Month, the fabulous Eric Curts pulled together a collection of activities using Google tools including Drag and Drop "Magnetic" Poetry, Random Writing Prompts for Poems, Black Out Poetry with Google Docs, Poetry Templates, and more. You can access all of the directions and templates at: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2018/04/googley-poetry.html Happy National Poetry Month!
Posted by moagueros  On Apr 18, 2018 at 9:55 AM 22 Comments
  
Wow, the weather is finally starting to feel like Spring (for now!), so time to start thinking of your garden-- Answer Garden, that is. Do you sometimes find it difficult to have every student participate in discussions? Do brainstorming sessions sometimes fall flat or get off topic? The Answer Garden can help you and your students cultivate high quality responses to a prompt you set. Use it for an anticipatory set, pre/post assessment, discussions, polls, surveys, feedback, or just about anything. A nice feature is the "growing word." If there are several responses with the same words or phrases, the image of all of the responses shows that word a bit larger than the rest (similar to Wordle). Answer gardeners do not need to create an account or use a login or password unless they wish to edit their garden later. Superduper new is Moderator Mode: a mode that redirects each answer to the AntiGarden (the shady side of your AnswerGarden, see an example). Via the admin panel you can approve only those answers you find appropriate. You do need a password for this option, which you should add when you create your AnswerGarden.   http://answergarden.ch/about-AnswerGarden/ Happy Gardening!
Posted by moagueros  On Apr 12, 2018 at 9:50 AM 10 Comments
  
Wow, it's testing time already! If you and your students need a brain break from all of the test prep, head on over to the Zoopz site for a little guilt-free fun. Play is an important part of learning, and the games at Zoopz are designed to be both fun and educational; several challenges require recollection and application of problem-solving skills such as sequencing and analysis, and all require strategy, planning and goal setting. http://www.zoopz.com/ Happy Zoopzing!
Posted by moagueros  On Apr 05, 2018 at 1:21 PM 33 Comments
  
Wow, it's Opening Day! The Royals have been kicking up their heels for 50 years-- if you'd like to kick it up a notch with virtual assignments complete with progress monitoring and custom feedback, this week's site is for you. Classkick is an online portal and mobile device app that allows you to personalize your lessons and monitor student work in real time to "kickstart student learning." The Classkick community is supportive with a comprehensive help center, ready-made lessons, resource handouts, and, of course, sticker templates. https://www.classkick.com/teachers/ Happy Kicking and Go Royals!
Posted by moagueros  On Mar 29, 2018 at 10:13 AM 38 Comments
  
Wow, what a Genius! Stephen Hawking has passed, but his legacy certainly lives on. Last year, PBS aired a special series called GENIUS. Commissioned by PBS with National Geographic as its international broadcast partner, the series was presented and narrated by Hawking. In each episode, a different group of ordinary people were challenged to think like the greatest scientific minds in history in order to solve some of humanity’s most enduring questions. The GPB Media blog has lesson ideas to go with each episode as well as lesson plans to learn more about Hawking's life and achievements. http://www.gpb.org/blogs/education-matters/2016/05/16/classroom-resources-support-premiere-of-genius-by-stephen-hawking Even if you do not have the DVD, here are several previews and resources to promote thinking and discussions: https://goo.gl/UwmuPw Happy Pi Day, and RIP Stephen Hawking!
Posted by moagueros  On Mar 14, 2018 at 2:55 PM 13 Comments
  
Wow, it's almost March! Time for March Madness with Math! There are several math practice sites and programs available, but some do not include diagnostics, some do not offer leveled assessments, some do not provide activities for differentiation, and some are extremely pricy. Prodigy includes a diagnostic test to place students in an appropriate level, teacher reports, and embedded assessments. Students move through levels in a game-like atmosphere and advance only when skills have been mastered. If more practice is required, students receive additional activities to help them "level up." And, Prodigy is free. Teachers do need to set up an account, but that's free, too, and there is an option to sign in with Google also. A UCM student says the game is so engaging, her students even ask to play it during recess! https://www.prodigygame.com/ Happy (almost) March!
Posted by moagueros  On Feb 28, 2018 at 6:06 PM 26 Comments
  
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