PrepFactory: Engaging SAT/ACT Test Prep for Free!

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WHO: Teachers with SAT/ACT Prep Courses, Guidance Counselors, students, and parents looking for a way to make SAT/ACT Test Prep more enjoyable.

HOW: Simply sign up for an account, take the 10 second tour, and get started!

WHEN: This is a great option for SAT/ACT Test Prep courses, enrichment classes, free time, and study halls.

I visited http://www.prepfactory.com/, took the tour and immediately tried out the Word Play game.  The system will match you up with another person for a head-to-head matchup of test vocabulary.  The website also has videos and practice questions that change the scene from the regular pen and paper style practice.

Purpose Games: Engage Students With Digital Review Games

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WHO: Teachers looking to create and incorporate digital review games into their classrooms.

HOW: Teachers create an account on http://www.purposegames.com/, create games (Image Quiz – Dots, Image Quiz – Shapes, Matching Game, Multiple Choice Game), and direct students to play.  Games can be made public and shared with the online community, and there is also the option to have a tournament among your students.  Interactivity helps to engage students and repetition helps with facts memorization.

WHEN: This is a great option for additional repetition and as a review game before assessments.  The teacher could also have students create their own games as a way of demonstrating mastery of content.

Tutorial Video: Plickers – Tech Integration Formative Assessment Tool for the Low Tech Classroom

WHO: Teachers with limited access to technology in their classroom, but do have a smartphone.

HOW: Teachers create an account on plickers.com, print off plickers cards, create a class (add students), create questions and go!  The teacher will then open the Plickers App on their cell phone, select a class and question, then scan the room with their smart phone camera.  The app collects the data and automatically records it on the phone and computer.

WHEN: This tool is great for a quick poll or formative assessment.  Even if you have a classroom with 1:1 technology access, the students will enjoy this option as a change of pace.

Tutorial: Kahoot! Formative Assessment in a Game-Based Form

WHO: Teachers looking to engage their students in interactive formative assessments.

HOW: Teachers go to www.getkahoot.com, create an account, create an assessment, then start the game! The teachers then directs students to go to www.kahoot.it, enter in the game pin, and start playing.

WHEN: This tool is great at the end of a lesson to draw closure to the students and allow the teacher a quick snapshot to see which students understood the material, and who needs to revisit the lesson.

Kahoot! is an awesome tool to engage students in formative assessment.

 

MathTV – Videos for Flipping, Differentiation, or Extended Learning

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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.

This website is put together by XYZ Textbooks.

Website: http://www.mathtv.com/

6 Options To Make Sure Screen Time Is Learning Time This Summer

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1. Check with your school’s administration:

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.

Visit http://www.curriculet.com/blog/summer-reading/ for more details.

3. DIY.org Summer camps:

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.

Visit https://diy.org/camps for more details.

4. Memrise courses:

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.

Visit https://www.memrise.com/ for more information.

5. IXL – Math and Language Arts

IXL offers family memberships at $9.95/month to help with Math and Language Arts skills practice.

Visit: https://www.ixl.com/ for more information.

6. Prodigy Math

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.

Visit https://prodigygame.com/ for more information

Illuminations: Excellent Online Resources for Teaching PK-12 Math

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Who: Teachers looking to integrate web-based technology into their mathematics classroom.

How: No account needed, visit the Illuminations website and look around!  This site is loaded with resources including: games, lesson plans, activities, brain teasers, and interactives.  All resources are aligned through NCTM PK-12 Math Standards and Common Core K-12 Math Standards.

When: Resources on this site are useful at any point in the lesson.  Teachers can use a brain teaser for a bell-ringer,  the lesson plans to help with the content, and even games/interactives for homework.

Websitehttp://illuminations.nctm.org/Default.aspx

Arcade Game Generator – ClassTools.net

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Who:  Teachers who are looking to make assessments interactive and engaging for students.

How: This is another wonderful tool from ClassTools.net.  Teachers simply add in their questions.  Then students choose from 5 game types to play.  These games are better suited for word bank style questions.

In Manic Miner students are given a question at the bottom of the screen.  Possible answers are bouncing around the screen. The goal for students is simple.  Avoid obstacles, hit correct answers, collect a key, and jump into a toilet.

In Wordshoot the question is displayed at the bottom of the screen.  Students must shoot the correct answers with a limited amount of ammunition.  Answers will move around on the screen, becoming more difficult as the student progresses.  Each level becomes increasingly difficult.

In Cannonball, a question is given at the bottom of the screen.  The answers are on separate platforms.  Students must move a cannon into position.  Then change the angle, hold down space to build up velocity, then fire.

In Matching Pairs, students have a tabletop with upside-down cards.  In Memory game style students must find the question and answer cards that match.

In Flash Cards, the students are displayed two cards and a “give up” button.  As if they were using flash cards, students answer before looking.

When: These activities are fantastic for a multitude of classroom options.  Teachers could use the games while they take attendance.  If there is time at the end of the period, teachers could use it to review.  Teachers can embed the game on their class webpage or LMS for students to play at any time.

The tools over at ClassTools.net are outstanding.  During your planning period, it is worth your time to check out all the site has to offer.  There is certainly something for every classroom!

Direct Link: http://www.classtools.net/_mobileQuiz/index.php


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Pac-Man – Transform your test questions into an arcade game!

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Who: Teachers looking to make their assessments interactive and engage their students.  Also great for students to demonstrate their knowledge by creating a game.

How:  Teachers take multiple choice style questions and type them into the interface.  ClassTools.net then creates the Pac-Man game with your questions.  To begin playing, students must correctly answer a question.  Each time they lose a player, they must answer a series of questions correctly.  Students are unable to start their next turn without answering correctly.  The game ends when a student answers incorrectly, then their name is recorded and posted to the High Scores to compete with their classmates.

When: This tool is great for a bell ringer, review activity, or for student use on their own.   ClassTools.net provides a unique link and embed code for teachers to share.  Post the game to your class website, blog, or in your schools LMS.

Activities like these are fantastic tools to replace classic worksheets.  Students have engaged in the game and want to answer more questions to play more.  This is a great form of positive reinforcement with correct answers.  This also pushes students towards repetition of facts.

Direct link here: http://www.classtools.net/pac/

Here is an example of one using history questions:

Prodigy Math Game – Engaging Math Activity

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Who: Teachers looking to engage students in Common Core Math curriculum.

How: Prodigy Math works on any web connected device.  Teachers create an account for themselves, then create students accounts.  Teachers then can create assignments by selected the Common Core standard they are covering.  Students log in and create their character, learn how to play, and start playing.  Students battle with other characters and can only attack when they answer correctly.  Prodigy gathers data from the answers to report back to the teacher.  Student achievement and target areas of growth are displayed for teachers.

When:  Prodigy math is perfect for enrichment, station work, or even as homework.  As long as there is a web connected device, students can play the game.

The interface to Prodigy is user-friendly. Teachers can be up and running with their first assignment in ten minutes or less.  While the game is free, students will be informed that they will level up quicker with a premium account.

According to Prodigy:

“for every minute a child uses Prodigy at school, the average student will spend an additional 1.5 minutes at home, voluntarily! That’s 150% more practice, without using up any extra time at school.”

Create your classroom account today at: http://www.prodigygame.com