MAGIC Potion EDU Podcast – A Sprinkle and a Dash Can Enhance Your Class!

WHO: Teachers looks for a way to learn on the go or an opportunity to multitask!

HOW: The MAGIC Potion EDU Podcast is a side project of mine.  This podcast will focus on techniques, ideas, and concepts to enhance your classroom and help build a positive culture in your school.  It can be accessed by most popular podcast channels (Anchor.fm, iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, etc..) or by simply visiting the homepage at www.magicpotionedu.com.

WHEN: Podcasts are great for professional development during your planning period, the commute to/from work, or even while grocery shopping!  One of my preferred times is while I am mowing the lawn and doing other chores around the house.

Noisli – Background Noise to Improve Focus and Productivity

WHO: Teachers looking for background noise in the classroom.

HOW: Open a web browser and type https://www.noisli.com/ into the address bar or download the app in the App Store, Google Play, or Chrome Web Store.  There are a wide variety of choices to make a custom background scene for you or your students. Teachers can create an account to save the setup for use again.

WHEN: Whether a teacher is trying to increase their own productivity during a planning period or improve focus with their students while working, Noisli provides an answer with subtle background noise.

NCEA Webinars – Free Professional Development Resource for Educators!

WHO: Educators that are looking for quality professional development webinars at low-costs (better yet, free!). Many of the webinars hosted by NCEA are sponsored by various vendors, allowing educators to access the material at no cost.

HOW: Head over to ncea.org, register for an account, and register for the webinar of your choice.  As this is a Catholic-based entity, some of the webinars will focus specifically on Catholic Schools.

WHEN: Most webinars are hosted in the evening on the east coast.  Educators should be sure to check the time of the specific webinar they are interested in, but they are also available “on-demand” at a later date.

 

Metaverse – Create AR Experiences in the Classroom

WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging activity for students to demonstrate knowledge and/or creativity.

HOW: Create an account at https://gometa.io/ and start creating a new experience.  Here is a video I created to demonstrate Metaverse in action and how to get started creating.

Direct Link to video: https://youtu.be/1Qp3O0atXQ0

WHEN: Metaverse is a great activity to use for team-building or to allow your students to create on their own.

Top 3 Posts of 2016

Here are the Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of 2016 for Teacher’s Tech Toolbox:

3.) Wizer.me – Take your worksheets to the next level. Teachers create assignments with a variety of question types and assign to students online.  Students can also create their own assignments as an option to show mastery of content.

2.) Wheel Decide – Add in student names, subject topics, or assignment types. Then, spin the wheel and see where it lands.  This is a great tool for assigning classroom jobs, small groups, project topics, and more! 

1.) No Red Ink – English and grammar site that students enjoy using! After setting up the class, students are able to log in and choose from a variety of topics of interest in pop-culture. No Red ink then adds these interests to the assigned work, helping to keep students engaged.

Thank you for a great year! I am looking forward to 2017 and sharing more tools for your classroom. 

CoSpaces – Create Your Own Virtual Reality World

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WHO: Teachers looking for a fun and exciting way for students to demonstrate mastery of content, while utilizing the latest trend of Virtual Reality.

HOW: Sign up for a free account at https://cospaces.io, select “Create Project” and get started!  CoSpaces may not be the easiest for the digital immigrants (those who have not grown up with technology), but for students that have spent a good amount of time playing Minecraft, should pick it up and run!

WHEN: CoSpaces could be useful in a variety of classroom projects.  Ideas include virtual book reports (students create a scene and record their voice explaining), capture a moment in time (Dinosaurs, American Revolution, Ancient Egypt, etc..), or creating biomes, or community planning.  CoSpaces could be considered the new-age way of creating shoebox dioramas.

CoSpaces allows students to get hands-on with their learning and demonstrate what they were able to comprehend from the classroom.  The environment allows the user to add pictures, voice, and text, as well as many pre-made figures.  After creating a scene, students can view each others creations on the computer, tablet, or with a Virtual Reality headset.

 

Here is a video from CoSpaces to help you get started:

How to Create in CoSpaces from CoSpaces on Vimeo.

PicLits: Create Images To Spark Writing Creativity

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WHO: Teachers looking for something to help students get their creativity flowing.

HOW: Create an account at http://www.piclits.com/, select an image, choose words, or select freestyle and type your own message in.

WHEN: PicLits are great for writing prompts. Teachers can use these in class to give students a starting point for their writing assignment.  Teachers could also use this as an assessment option where students are directed to create their own.

Here is an example of a PicLit freestyle mode:

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Who Am I? Civil War Mystery

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WHO: Teachers looking for Civil War resources that help bring lessons to life.

HOW: Direct students to http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/resources/whoami/whoami.html

WHEN: Who Am I is a great option to extend a lesson on the Civil War. Through investigating the clues, the students are quickly immersed into the lives of various people of the time period. Students digitally examine a variety of items and learn about life in the mid-1800s.

Who Am I does not take a long time to complete.  This would be an option for small group work or as a side project/lesson extension.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Thank you to all the teachers out there! Please do no think that it goes unnoticed when you spend your own money on supplies, give up weekends for PD, or stay late to plan lessons and grade papers. There are many of you out there across the globe, and you are each special, especially to that classroom full of students you greet each morning.

You are greatly loved and respected.

Easy Notecards: Digital Study Tool

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WHO: Teachers and students looking for digital study tools.

HOW: Visit http://www.easynotecards.com/, search for topics or even the textbook used in class, or start creating your own flashcards.  Once you have a set you would like to study, you can choose from Cards, Quiz, Matching, Bingo, or Print.  This gives students the option that works best for them, and allows the teacher to have a variety to display in front of class.

WHEN: Easy Notecards would be beneficial for whole-class review, individual review, or study tables.