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/

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.

Winter Around The World – Collaboration Project For All Ages!

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WHO: Teachers interested in having their class participate in creating an ebook about winter.  Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller) is looking for classes to collaborate on creating an ebook full of stories, songs, poems, and illustrations about winter.

HOW: To participate, add your class to the list here, to add your classes creation, visit the Google Slides Presentation.  This project is for teachers, students, and schools all around the world and of all ages. Shannon has also included resources to help inspire your students to create stories, songs, poems, and illustrations. You can find more information and resources at https://tackk.com/sd4byj

WHEN: Deadline to have your class materials included in the Google Slides Presentation is December 7, 2015.  The story will be ready on December 12, 2015.

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.

Class Charts: Seating Plans And Classroom Management

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital classroom management along with a great tool for creating seating charts.

HOW: Teachers create an account, set up their classes, and get started.  Teachers can manually create seating charts, or allow Class Charts to randomize.  After putting in the students and setting up the seating chart, the teacher selects to “start class”.  While the class is in sessoin, the teacher has many options.  They can rearrange the seating chart,  toggle the view (hide points by names if screen is being projected), and select positive/negative feedback for behaviors.  Class Charts also helps to track attendence, as well as analytics for classroom behavior.  Individualized reports are great for Parent-Teacher conferences.

WHEN: This tool is great for classroom management.

Here is a view of the reporting tool:

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What’s Due: Keeping Students And Parents Connected With Due Dates

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WHO: Teachers who would like an easy way to keep parents and students informed on due dates.

HOW: Teachers visit http://whatsdueapp.com/, create an account, and classes.  Each class is given a unique code to allow students to sign up.  Students/Parents download the What’s Due App from the App Store or Google Play, and view what assignments are coming due.  Users also receive push notifications the day before something is due as a reminder.

The teacher interface is really simple.  After creating a course, the teacher selects “Add Assignment” and enters in the details. Here is what it looks like:

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WHEN:  What’s Due is great to use at the end of each class, during planning periods, or at the end of each school day.

 

Sign up an account at: admin.whatsdueapp.com/referral/1203

Photos For Class: Creative Commons Licensed Pictures With Attributes On Image

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WHO: Teachers looking for a way to help students find pictures with proper attributes and appropriate for class.

HOW:  Visit http://photosforclass.com/, type in what you are looking for in the search box, and download the picture of your choosing.  The picture will download with attributes at the bottom.  Pictures come from Flickr with a G-rating and Creative Commons licensing.

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WHEN: This is great for any projects your students may do.  It can be very difficult to find proper pictures in class, but Photos for Class is there to help.

WEO: Digital Assignments With A Social Media Feel!

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital activities in the classroom.

HOW: Sign up for an account on https://www.weo.io/, create a class, add students (or they can add themselves via class code). Teachers can either create activities/assessments on their own, or search what other teachers have created.  Lessons that are Common Core aligned are easy to search for.  When creating activities, teachers can add a variety of items:

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To find activities made by other teachers, just simply click on the search icon in the corner, and type in the topic you are covering.  Teachers can create boards, “pin” activities to save for later, or assign to a class.

WHEN: Teachers could use WEO as a Bell Ringer/Exit Ticket, Formative/Summative Assessment, or for an entire lesson.  Teachers can be up and running with their first activity in a matter of minutes.

Quick introduction from WEO: