SAS Writing Reviser: Proof Reading Tool for Writing Assignments

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WHO: Teachers and students looking for tools to help with proof reading.

HOW: Create a document in Google Docs, Select Add-ons, Get Add-ons, search for “writing reviser”.  You will need to create a free account with SAS Curriculum Pathways.  There are many other tools available at this website as well.  There are many writing tools built in to this add-on.  Be sure to check out the video from SAS Curriculum Pathways below.

WHEN: This tool is very beneficial for anyone who needs help with writing.  It is listed for grades 6-12, but it would be great for college students as well.

 

Zoom In: 18 US History Lessons With Primary Sources

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WHO: Teachers looking for primary and secondary sources to use in social studies courses.  Zoom In offers 18 lessons ranging from The Revolution to Contemporary America.

HOW: Teachers create an account and a class.  Teachers find the topic they are covering in class, then check out the Teacher’s Guide and Resources.  If the teacher likes what they see, they simply click “Assign lesson”.  The teacher is able to monitor students’ progress and offer feedback through the online system.

WHEN: Zoom In is great for in-class lessons or supplemental material for students that would like to learn more through primary/secondary sources.

 

 

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Thing In A Pot: Resources for Catholic/Christian Religion Classes

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WHO: Religion teachers in Catholic/Christian classes looking for classroom materials.

HOW: Simply visit http://www.thinginapot.com/, browse around, and find something you like!  In the Videos section, you will find a few categories including: Stories, Events, Contemplations, and Family Memories. This resource is relatively new, so consider it a work in progress.  Some of the videos have teacher resources including Group Discussion Questions, .PDFs, extra readings, etc..

WHEN: These resources are great for in-class lessons, individual work, or supplemental material.

VexTab Music Notation: Write Music Notation in Google Docs

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WHO: Teachers looking to write sheet music in Google Apps for Education

HOW: Open a new Google Doc, click Add-ons, Click Get Add-ons, search for VexTab, and add it to your account.  Using the add-on will allow you to write the music, then click on insert.  This will then insert the music into your document as an image.

WHEN: This tool is beneficial for music classrooms, teachers, and students.

For more information on how to write the notation with this, click here.

Grammar Flip: Self-paced Grammar Instruction

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WHO: Teachers looking for flipped classroom, grammar practice, and/or extended lessons on grammar.

HOW: Teachers can register for an account and create a class, or students can create an account on their own.  Lessons include videos which allow students to pause and repeat unclear items, as well as exercises to practice what they have learned.  There is also a reporting feature which allows teachers to quickly see how students are progressing.

WHEN: Grammar Flip would be a great option for the Flipped Classroom.  It could also be used for supplemental material for those students that need more assistance or for students that would benefit from working ahead.

Fantasy Geopolitics: Fantasy Sports and Global Current Events Come Together!

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WHO: Teachers looking to engage students in global current events.

HOW: Teachers act as league administrators.  Students study countries before draft day, then take turns picking countries.  Each day a score is given for each time a country is mentioned in the news.  Just like a fantasy sports team, students can trade countries, or pick up unused countries.  The teacher sets the number of days that the competition will run.

WHEN: This would be a great group project for a world history class, government class, current event class, etc..  Some student respond very well to competition, as this may be what it takes to get some students interested in the global world.

Fantasy Geopolitics is free for 1 Administrator and 0-5 players. For pricing information beyond that, click here.

Below is a great introduction video to better explain how Fantasy Geopolitics functions:

 

Zeal: Common Core Aligned Exit Tickets For K-8 Math and ELA

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WHO: Teachers in K-8 Math and ELA Classes looking for an engaging exit ticket for their classroom.

HOW: Getting started is quick and easy.  Visit https://www.zeal.com/, type in your e-mail address and create a password.  Next the teacher creates a class, and instructs students to enter a class code (specific for each individual class), and begin! Zeal has 15,000 pre-made exit tickets aligned to Common Core standards to help address what you have taught during a lesson.  The teacher just finds the grade levels and Common Core Standard, and selects to either start Exit Ticket or Edit/Review Exit Ticket.  In a nod to many other tools out there, Zeal also allows the teacher to see student responses in real-time. Zeal also does all of the grading for the teacher. Students receive points for correct answers, which can be redeemed to upgrade their avatar.

WHEN: Zeal is used for Exit-Tickets at the end of class.

In the short time I played around with Zeal, I felt as if the style of questioning was great practice for standardized testing, along with data collection teachers need to enhance lessons.

Here is an example of the student view:

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Here is an example of the teacher view:

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Zeal also offers a Common Core Math Tutoring service.  More information on that can be viewed here.

Pocket Points: Students Earn Rewards For Locking Their Phones During Class

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WHO: Schools/Teachers looking to reward students for not using their phones in class.  While many schools do not allow students to have their cell phones on them in the classroom, many teachers now have to spend valuable class-time policing technology policies.  This app helps out both the teacher and the student.

HOW: Student downloads the app to their cell phone, opens the app, and locks their phone during class.  I am reminded of using this out our local movie theatre, in which a locked phone through the duration of the feature film will unlock concession stand coupons.

WHEN: At the start of the school day or at the start of each class.  Teachers remind their students to lock their phones and no longer worry about it.  As the day progresses, the students earn points.  These points in return can be redeemed for offers from local businesses and chains.

Here is a list of some of the featured chains:

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All Can Code – Run Marco: Engaging Activity Teaches Coding To Anyone

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WHO: Teachers, parents, and students interested in learning the basics of coding.

HOW: Simply go to https://www.allcancode.com/, click on Play Demo, and get started! It is also available on iOS, Android, Chrome Web Store, and Kindle Fire.  All Can Code is also working on a comprehensive system that will allow schools to create their own levels, publish to students, and assess performance.

WHEN: This is great for technology classes looking to teach students the basics of coding.  It will help students develop the skill set to solve problems logically, as well as teaching algorithms, loops, etc.

When I started to play the game myself, I found that before I knew it, I was playing level 10, counting steps, and fully engaged on how to solve the task at hand.  Head on over to https://www.allcancode.com/ and give it a try yourself!