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Wow, tomorrow is Digital Learning Day! What's Digital Learning, and why is there a day for it, you ask? From the Digital Learning Day site: "Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career." So basically, it's a day for you to share the awesomeness in your classrooms! The site also has lots of videos demonstrating how technology can improve student learning, a more detailed definition of digital learning, highlights from previous events, and practical tips for connected classrooms. There's even a Twitter and Instagram hashtag for you to follow and add your own activities. #DLDay http://www.digitallearningday.org/ And, there's a webinar with panelists from the Alliance for Excellent Education. https://all4ed.org/webinar-event/digital-learning-day-2018-webinar/ Happy Digital Learning!
Posted by moagueros  On Feb 21, 2018 at 10:26 AM 29 Comments
  
Wow, it's Valentine's Day, and it's Black History Month, and American Heart Month, and Dental Health Month, and Digital Learning Day, and President's Day is celebrated, and Chinese New Year is Friday, and the Olympics have started! Whew! Time to Insert Learning. InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. You can even insert YouTube videos and share directly to Google Classroom. If you sign up for the newsletter also, you'll be notified of monthly challenges as well as tips and tricks for using the extension. February Lesson Challenges includes challenges for Black History Month and the Olympics with these sites: https://www.olympic.org/ https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/ Bonus: For more February events, check out this link: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/february.htm https://insertlearning.com/ Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Learning!
Posted by moagueros  On Feb 14, 2018 at 8:58 AM 4 Comments
  
Wow, it's a Day of Play! Why not play with geometry? The Common Sense site has information about a fun and challenging app called Choreo Graph, a free app that allows students to animate images by rotating angles and translating objects. These moves can even be set to music! The app's companion site includes ready-made lessons to make the most of the app's features. You can open a geometry unit with the Create a Dance Move lesson, launching students into tangible (and entertaining) practice with angle measurement, angle rotation, and using coordinate pairs to describe the position and translation of objects. https://www.commonsense.org/education/app/choreo-graph Happy Choreographing!
Posted by moagueros  On Feb 07, 2018 at 8:51 AM 3 Comments
  
Wow, tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day! Lit World's mission is: Strengthening kids and communities through the power of their own stories. Together, authoring a bold new world of equity and opportunity. Their site offers several ways you can celebrate reading and writing and even create your own read aloud moment, complete with stickers, reading crowns, social media graphics, read aloud guides, and Skype an Author lists. #WorldReadAloudDay http://www.litworld.org/wrad/ Happy Reading!
Posted by moagueros  On Jan 31, 2018 at 2:03 PM 6 Comments
  
If you aspire to the accretion of an avant-garde lexicon, you'll relish this allotment of the Website of the Week. Wow, that was a mouthful! Let's reword. If you'd like to increase vocabulary, you'll like this week's W.O.W. Have you ever come across a website or reading passage that was just too jumbled and confusing? How about very useful articles that are just a bit above your students' reading level? Rewordify "intelligently simplifies difficult English" and can aid in comprehension, vocabulary building, and even lesson planning. Enter hard sentences, chapters, or a website url into the yellow box at the top of the page. Click Rewordify text and you'll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding. The reworded words are highlighted, so you can click them to hear and learn the original harder word. There's even a collection of classic literature and public documents that has been reworded to make it easier to read-- don't worry, though, the beautiful original wording is still available. Also from the site: Do you dislike dictionaries because they're confusing and unhelpful? You'll love Rewordify.com's clear, easy-to-understand definitions—they change to match the original word or phrase's part of speech, verb tense, and singular/plural form, so they make sense. Our amazing Rewordifying Engine is what makes it all possible, and no other web site has it. http://rewordify.com/ Happy Wording!
Posted by moagueros  On Jan 24, 2018 at 7:53 PM 26 Comments
  
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 3 Comments
  
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 2 Comments
  
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 2 Comments
  
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 1 Comment
  
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 2 Comments
  
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