TeachingHistory.org – Lesson Plans and Materials for K-12 Classrooms

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WHO: Social Studies teachers looking for digital resources, lesson plans and more!

HOW: Visit http://teachinghistory.org/, click on your choice of “Teaching Materials”, “History Content”, or “Best Practices”.  You can also browse the site based off of grade level (Elementary, Middle, or High School).  The teaching materials section features lesson plans, teaching guides, and instructional strategies and resources for ELL. History Content has website reviews, quizzes, National Resources, and “Beyond the textbook”.  In the best practices area, teachers can find examples of historical thinking, teaching in action, teaching with textbooks, and using primary sources.

Teachers can also search for a topic and find a wide variety of digital materials to use in their class.

WHEN: Teaching History is great for lesson planning and also for students to do research for projects in class.

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.

NotebookCast – Simple, Collaborative, Cross-Platform Online Whiteboard

WHO: Teachers that would like students to work together on brainstorming and/or creation using whiteboard space online.

HOW: Create an account on https://www.notebookcast.com, create a whiteboard, and share with collaborators using a unique code for each board.  Simple tools available such as shapes, lines, text, image insert, board capture, erase, etc.  NotebookCast is designed to also be used on tablets along with full size computers.  When creating a board, the owner sets the dimensions, which include portrait and landscape mode on iPads.

WHEN: NotebookCast is great for brainstorming projects, students creating lessons, or allowing students to demonstrate mastery of content.

Quick Start Video Tutorial: Quizizz – Engaging Digital Formative Assessment

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Original post regarding Quizizz was created on February 3, 2016.  View it here.

WHO: Teachers that are looking to move away from worksheets and paper based exit tickets.

HOW: Sign up for an account on Quizizz and get started!

WHEN: Quizizz is great for formative assessment, engaging closure to lessons, or even as homework.

Here is a tutorial video to get started with Quizizz in your classroom:

Quizizz: Engaging, Entertaining, And Competitive Formative Assessment

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WHO: Teachers in 1:1 or BYOD classrooms that are looking for formative assessment that captures students attention.

HOW: Teachers sign up for an account at http://www.quizizz.com/, choose a public quiz, or create their own, and begin!  When creating a quiz, teachers can search the public bank for quizzes and copy individual questions over to their own.  The quizzes can also have media embedded to base questions on. Each question can have up to four potential answers.  After a teacher starts a quiz, they direct their students to open a browser and go to http://quizizz.com/join/.  The students will then enter the teachers quiz code, enter their name (they will be given an avatar), and wait for the quiz to begin.  Once all of the students have entered the room, the teacher begins the quiz.  Students are able to see both question and answer on their screen instead of looking back and forth between device and projector.  Each correct answer gives the student points, and quicker answers net higher point values. After answering a question, the screen displays a humorous meme to let them know if they were correct.   At the end of the quiz, the students are given their rank for that particular assessment.  Teachers are given a graph with student scores and an option to download the results in a spreadsheet.

WHEN: Quizizz is a great formative assessment tool.  It could be used at the beginning or end of a class, or as a weekly checkup.  Teachers could also have students create their own quizzes as a way of demonstrating mastery of content.

Chronas: Interactive Timeline For World History And More!

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WHO: Teachers looking for an interactive digital resource to help with studying timelines, geography, and more.

HOW: Visit www.chronas.org, click on “Enter History”, and get started.  Users can scroll through the years using the timeline, zoom in/out on specific regions, or choose from many different options to populate the map.  Chronas is linked to useful Wikipedia pages to help give direction for research.

WHEN: Chronas is great for a self-study tool, a teacher led lesson, group work, and more.

 

Here is an tutorial video for first time users posted by Dietmar Aumann

Trading Card Creator From ReadWriteThink

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WHO: Teachers looking for a way to engage students in learning more about historical or fictional figures, characters, and places.

HOW: ReadWriteThink  provides lesson plans and materials for creating the trading cards.  Teachers direct their students to the interactive.  Students will then upload an image and fill in the information to create the card.

WHEN: Trading Card Creator is a great tool to allow students to demonstrate mastery of content.

Shomi Links – Quick, Easy, In-Text, Scannable Links

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WHO: Teachers looking to add links into documents to supplemental material, forms, and more.  Shomi Links are in-line text so they do not take up as much space as a QR Code.

HOW: Sign up for an account at https://shomi.link/, create a link, and copy the text link or download the .png image file of the link.  You will need to install the font on your computer in order to copy and paste the text link.  Next, have students and parents download the Shomi Link App on their mobile device.  After opening the app on the device, point the camera (and zoom if needed) at the Shomi Link to be directed to where the teacher has selected.

WHEN: Shomi Links are great for teachers to add in supplemental materials into assignments or paperwork sent home.

Here is a Shomi Link for Teacher’s Tech Toolbox: TTBShomiLink

Here is a Youtube Video describing Shomi:

Wizer.me – Interactive Digital Worksheets

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WHO: Teachers looking to take their worksheets to the next level.

HOW: Teachers create an account at wizer.me, create an assignment, and assign to their class.  Options to assign include Google Classroom or direct link.  Students will need accounts as well.  Each assignment is given a unique pin number and teachers also have the option to share the assignment globally.  After completing an assignment, students can receive immediate feedback if the teacher has set it up.  Otherwise, Wizer.me will grade some items for the teacher automatically, then when the teacher finishes the assessment, they have the option to send student feedback.

There are many different question types and tasks:

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WHEN: Teachers can use wizer.me as an opening/closing class activity, or as homework.  When creating an account, the system does not ask if the user is a student or a teacher, so the students are able to create these digital worksheets as well.  This is great for students to show mastery of content.

Triventy: Interactive Quizzes For Classroom Or Events

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WHO: Teachers looking to engage students with classroom content in an interactive and engaging atmosphere.

HOW: Create an account at http://www.triventy.com/, create a quiz, and play with students.  While making a quiz, the teacher can add a quiz image as well as individual question images.  Teachers also have options for how long each question is given (5-60 seconds), making the quiz public, posting top 3 players during game, and sharing via social media after quiz completion. When making questions, teachers can invite others to create the quiz with them (great for student collaboration), and enter hints and “Did you know…” facts. Teachers can also make a question a “survey question” for in class polling.

WHEN: Triventy is a good option to end class for the day or week.  Students will be engaged during the quiz and enjoy competing against their classmates.

 

The downside to Triventy is that it does not collect quiz results for the teacher to use later.  This could be a great formative assessment tool if this feature were added.  It is not the perfect tool for class, but it is a fun change of pace.