Who: Math teachers or tutors looking to help students understand math concepts. The courses listed are: Basic Mathematics,
Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, High School and Homeschool.
How: Teachers or students simply visit mathtv.com. There, they will be given a list of topics (or textbooks). Then a list of problems will be listed in the middle. Each problem has multiple videos from a variety of instructors. Each instructor has their own style of teaching how to solve the problem. This allows teachers and students to identify which style works best for them.
When: Teachers could use this tool for the flipped classroom model or offer it as a tool for extended learning. Some of the videos allow the student to “read it” which shows notes. They may also allow students to “explore it” which links to Wolfram Alpha to break down the question further.
This tool would be great for a 1:1 classroom to allow students the opportunity to see different approaches to problems. The one downside is that the teacher is unable to embed the videos into their website.
WHO: Teachers and parents looking to keep students active in the learning process over the summer months.
HOW: Direct students to go to http://www.ck12.org/summer and accept the challenge. Students will be directed to pick the subjects they want to study, practice everyday (anytime, anywhere), and keep track of progress throughout the summer.
WHEN: It has been said that students who do not read or practice skills during the summer are set back two months each year. This is known as the “summer slide”. Over the course of the elementary years, students could be set back by an entire year! There are many opportunities to help students keep active in the learning process, and this is a fantastic one.
While it may be difficult during the summer, I would highly recommend that teachers/schools communicate with parents and look at options such as this for getting students engaged in education.
**On a side note, if your school is looking for new textbooks, be sure to check out ck12.org. This website offers “flexbooks” that are aligned to state standards and Common Core Standards. You can pick and choose sections form multiple books to create your own, and the best part is the books are free!
Who: Teachers looking for a safe, private, and easy way to share pictures from the classroom with parents.
How: Teachers can download the app to their smartphone or log into their account via web browser. Teachers set up an account, create albums, then send invitations via e-mail address or cell phone number. Parents create accounts and choose which album they would like to view. The pictures are delivered with a social media feel.
When: This is a great tool for sharing and collaborating with parents at all grade levels.
Who: Teachers looking for an interactive and engaging avenue for class time worksheets. This could also be used for interactive formative assessments.
How: Teachers create an account at https://www.edueto.com/, then create an assignment, and finish with creating a class to assign the assessment to. When creating an assignment, teachers have a large variety to choose from including:
Quiz (Multiple Choice questions)
Gap Filling (Fill in the blank with one-option gap, multiple-choice gap, and open-ended gap)
Matching (Match corresponding items)
Writing (Essays, analysis, and discussion)
Sorting (Sorting items into groups)
Equations (Mathematical equations solved with multiple choice or True/False)
PicTag (Picture tagging)
Sequence (Sorting items into sequences)
Creating the assignments is simple with the easy to use interface. The option to assign the activity is given immediately after creation as well. Teachers also have options to add pictures and video to their assignments. Teachers identify correct answers while making the assignment to allow the system to automatically grade when turned in. Teachers also have the ability to set a due date when assigning to their classes. As students complete assignments, teachers are able to see data by student or the class as a whole. Each question broken down for teachers to identify content that may need revisited.
There is also a growing repository of of public assignments created by other teachers. Teachers have the option to share their new assignment they have made in this public library.
Teachers need to create classes. Students need to create accounts as well as enroll themselves with an enrollment code that is automatically generated when a class is created. No e-mail address is required for students.
The student interface is simple as well. When a student logs in, they see their classes they are enrolled in. After the student clicks on a course, they then see the assignments for that class. After the students completes an assignment, they are able to see their score, as well as a break down of each question.
When:Edueto could be used as a bell-ringer, exit ticket, in-class assignment, or quiz. It is easier to create than a worksheet as the teacher just writes questions/answers, no need to format like you would in a word processing program.
This tool is easy to use and I would recommend it for any 1:1 classroom, or any teacher that uses an LMS.
See if there are any summer enrichment programs hosted by the school or any they may recommend.
2. Curriculet’s Summer Reading Challenge:
USA TODAY and Curriculet have announced their 2015 National Summer Reading Challenge! Curriculet and USA Today are challenging every student across the country to read at least 20 minutes every day over the summer. Students who don’t read over the summer can lose 2 months of school progress. This phenomenon is known as the summer slide.
DIY.org offers 4 week long courses to students on a variety of topics that stimulate creativity and ingenuity. First camp is only $10, after that the regular price is $39. In order to participate a device with iOS 8.1 or later and a DIY Membership is required.
Memrise functions on the Freemium model. A premium account will give users a coach to help motive and guide, but the free account still allows users to complete courses. There are many different options and many foreign languages that can be studied.
Prodigy Math Game boasts that students who play for 1 minute at school in turn play 1.5 minutes at home. Parents can set up home accounts for their student in grades 1-8. Students will be engaged in the Prodigy Game while reinforcing math skills targeted at Common Core Standards. Students can play for free and parents can access reports to see their child’s progress. Premium version allows students to upgrade quicker, unlock more items, and a few other options.
Who: Teachers looking for an interactive and engaging avenue for classroom management.
How: Teachers create classes and student accounts. Students can create their own avatars and earn points. Teachers can use their computer or a smartphone to address student behavior in the classroom. Students will recognize the positive point and negative point sounds over time. Students will strive for positive behavior to gain points and badges.
When: Teachers can use Class Dojo throughout the entire day. The addition of the app allows teachers to address behaviors while escorting their class through the hallway, or outside at recess. Class Dojo takes the classic behavior scale on the wall and digitizes it. Teachers can also use the program for parent communication. Another option many teachers do is reward the class when they reach a certain point total.
Class Dojo is a great tool for teachers at all grade levels. While the avatars may seem geared towards younger ages, older students will enjoy the “game-like” atmosphere this adds to the classroom.
Announcing the 2015 National Summer Reading Challenge from USA TODAY and Curriculet! We’re challenging every student across the country to read at least 20 minutes every day over the summer. Students who don’t read over the summer can lose 2 months of school progress. This phenomenon is known as the summer slide.
USA TODAY and Curriculet have partnered to provide a free, turnkey summer reading program that motivates students to read while giving teachers, administrators, and parents a way to encourage and monitor student reading. The 2015 National Summer Reading Challenge is not your typical summer reading program. It’s engaging and fun for all students; and it beautifully enhances your existing program with engaging access to informational texts.
Who: Teachers who are looking for a way to turn Google Forms into merged documents. This documents can also be automatically sent via e-mail.
How: Create a form with questions (including an e-mail address if it is going to be sent out).
The questions will become the header row in the spreadsheet. The user will use these headers as the merge rows on their merged document, so the user needs to think ahead. It is best to create the template that will be used first, so that you know what fields need to be added to your form.
After creating the form and template, open the Google Sheet with the responses.
Click on Add-ons, search for autoCrat, and install it. You will need to grant permission. After this, click on Add-ons again, hover over autoCrat then click launch.
You will need to create a new merge job. This is where is can get confusing the first time using this Add-On. When you start a new merge, you will first need to select a template, this should be the Google Doc you created.
The next step is to map the tags. This is where you will need to make sure that the tags from the header row match up with the merge fields you created on your template.
After this, you will then need to set up the merge settings. This is where you can have an e-mail drafted to be sent to your audience. You also select your naming convention here as well. You can use the header row tags to merge information into the e-mail itself, as well as, select to have a Google Doc or .pdf sent to the recipient.
In the advanced settings section you can have autoCrat automatically run each time a new form is submitted. When you are finished here, click save and you are ready to merge!
For those visual learners like myself, here is a great video by Amy Mayer taking you step-by-step through running autoCrat.
When: autoCrat is fantastic for creating certificates; either for your class or for professional development. It is also very useful for creating invoices for summer programs or anything else your audience may need to pay for. autoCrat can be a great addition for online registration forms.