Zeal Exit Tickets To Be Discontinued

Received an e-mail from Zeal yesterday with sad news. I won’t post the whole message, but here is the first paragraph.

“We are sad to say that Zeal will be discontinuing our free product, Zeal Exit Tickets, at the end of this school year to focus on Zeal Tutoring. We know that many of you have come to love and depend on Zeal Exit Tickets and we are deeply sorry that we are not able to support this free product past the end of this school year. To continue to access your free account you can log in at et.zeal.com starting today. Starting Thursday, February 4, going to www.zeal.com will direct you to Zeal Tutoring.”

The teachers I have worked directly with loved these Exit Tickets, and students enjoyed using them. If there were a way to keep this product going, I’d love to see someone take it over.

PhET – Interactive Simulations for Math and Science

 

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WHO: Teachers looking for interactive simulations to use in science and math classes.

HOW: While not required, it’s worth the few seconds to register for an account. PhET is free, but there is an option for donations to help support. The teacher can sift through the large variety of topics to find what they are currently covering in class. These simulations could be projected in front of the class to work as a whole, or posted to a classroom website for individual or small group work.

WHEN: PhET would be useful during lectures or as assigned work. These simulations allow for experiments without needing to purchase a wide variety of supplies. The embed option makes it simple for teachers to add to their LMS of choice.

Osmo: Combining Digital And Physical Learning

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WHO: Teachers and parents looking to make sure screen time is educational.

HOW: Osmo is available for purchase online at https://www.playosmo.com/en/order/?cc=us or at select retailers.  The starter kit includes a base, Tangram, and Words for $79 and the Genius kit adds Numbers as well.  You need to create an account for Osmo in order to start using the apps.  There are five apps available in the App Store; Masterpiece, Newton, Numbers, Words, and Tangram.

Masterpiece: Students learn how to draw while working on hand-eye coordination.  Users can make drawings that already exist in the app, or take a picture where they are at.  The app will then convert the picture into lines.

Newton: Students can draw lines on a piece of paper or incorporate items they have around them.  The goal is to make the balls bounce into the goal.

Numbers: Students are given a math problem and soon they discover that with multiple ways to get the correct answer.  Students will then learn that they can be creative to get answers to the questions.

Words: Students can play individually or against a partner.  Pictures are put on the screen with missing letters at the bottom.  Students put the letters in front of the iPad in order to solve the riddle.

Tangram: Students use the shapes provided to solve puzzles in the app.

 

WHEN: Osmo is great for station work.  Students will quickly be fully engaged in using Osmo, they will feel like they are playing a game instead of learning.  Osmo also offers lesson plans for teachers looking to include it in class, view them here: https://www.playosmo.com/en/schools/

Proud Sponsor EdCamp Ohio

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WHO: Teachers looking for a laid back, productive, and free day of professional development.

HOW: Register online at https://sites.google.com/site/edcampohio/registration

WHEN: April 23, 2016 at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (NCOESC) in Tiffin, OH

I am happy to be co-hosting EdCamp Ohio again this year!  Last year we had around 50 educators from a variety of cities in Ohio come join us, and we hope to have many more this year!  If you are tired of the same old professional development workshops you’ve been going to for years, I highly recommend you check out the EdCamp movement.  These (un)conferences feature a list of sessions that is created by the participants the morning of the event.  At the beginning of the day, participants discuss what they would like to know more about or what they are using in their schools that works.  Then as the session moves on, participants sign up on the presentation board on when and where they will speak on a topic.  These events also feature many sponsors, but are free from having vendor areas where you are trying to be sold on a product.

I am looking forward to co-hosting this event again and would enjoy meeting some of my readers if you can make it! Hope to see you there!

Mystery Science – Ready To Go K-5 Science Lessons

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WHO: Teachers looking for engaging activities tied to NGSS for their K-5 Science lessons.

HOW: While they are currently developing lessons for K-5, there are lessons available for classes in grades 2-5.  Teachers head over to http://mysteryscience.com/, sign up for an account (currently free until the end of the school year, annual membership pricing available here), and then select a lesson.  Each lesson starts with a questions and contains three components.  First is a video lesson, followed by a hands on activity, and also includes a list of materials needed for activity preparation.

WHEN: These lessons are great for science curriculum.  Teachers may use them once a week or model their entire course around them.

Financial Football – Engage Students In Finance While They Play Football

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WHO: Teachers looking for a way to engage students while they test financial questions.

HOW: Students go to http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/trainingcamp/ff/play/. They select Single Player or Head to Head then they choose difficulty (age level: 11-14, 14-18, 18+), and game length (5, 10, or 20 minutes). After choosing the teams playing, followed by a coin flip, the game will begin.  The game starts with kickoff to determine where on the field the game will start.  The plays on the field are determined by whether or not that students answer questions correctly.  Students are given the choice over Easy, Medium, or Hard difficulty with each question. If the player on defense answers a more difficult question, the offense will most likely lose yards. If the offense answers correctly, they will gain.  Highest score at the end of the time period wins.

WHEN: Financial Football is a great way to review materials covered in Personal Finance.  There are no options for teachers to select/write questions, capture data, review results.  Students interested in football will be engaged, so this may be an interesting option for a whole-class review game before a test.