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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
WHO: Teachers looking for an engaging means of classroom management that also features parent communication.
HOW: Teachers create an account at https://class123.ac/, add a class, start a class, and then identify positive/negative behaviors. There are many different screens including seating chart, class board, announcements, and more. Classes work together to be awarded Golden Eggs, in which teachers can use to have class parties, extra recess, and other rewards. After ending a class for the day, the teacher is able to see analytics for the class.
WHEN: This tool is great to use all day long in class.
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.
“Boundless has thousands of PowerPoints, quizzes, readings, and textbooks you can use to make your teaching more effective. Browse any of our more than 20 subjects to find the resources best suited for you.”
WHO: Teachers looking to replace their textbooks, teachers with 1:1 classrooms, and teachers looking to do more online with their students. Teachers that are looking for resources such as pre-made quizzes, PowerPoint templates, and readings will find this site useful.
HOW: Teachers sign up for an account on Boundless.com, set up a class, invite students, and assign quizzes/readings, etc..
WHEN:Boundless.com is a great tool for lesson planning, formative assessment, supplemental material, and additional material to help push students who need more.
The teachers I have shared this resource with have put it to use immediately. There are so many different content areas, that you are sure to find something to use in your school.
WHO: Teachers looks for additional resources in their classrooms.
HOW: This service could not be any easier! Teachers can get resources without signing up for an account. Simply open your web browser, go to https://www.oercommons.org, type your topic into the search bar, choose subject/grade level/standards (optional), and have resources, lesson plans, activities and more instantly! Accounts are free, so I highly recommend signing up for one.
WHEN: This website is a phenomenal resource while planning your upcoming lessons. In addition to your textbook (if you use one), you will find a wide variety of digital resources here.
OER Commons has put together an astonishing network of links to so many different topics. I have shared this website with a few of the teachers I work with, and they immediately bookmarked it to use in their classroom. The dropdown menu for grade level includes everything from preschool to adult education.
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.
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.
Who: Teachers and students looking to extend learning and supplement classroom content.
How:Memrise uses the freemium model. Teachers and students can sign up for a free account in which they can log in and take courses. The courses also feature “mems”. These are visual clues created by users to help remember answers. There are many different courses available, including basic languages, GRE vocabulary, and SAT/ACT vocabulary. The premium version ($9/month or $59/year at the time of this post) gives the user data to help with focus, best times, and difficult words.
When: This would work great as supplemental material for classroom assignments. Memrise would also function well as a booster for students in need of extra help. Memrise would also be great for extended lessons for students who would like to work ahead. This would also work really well for students and parents that are looking to continue learning throughout summer break-time.
About Memrise:Memrise was created around three principles: Science, Fun, and Community. The founders of the website are experts in “Brain Science”. The program engages the user with quizzes that make them feel like you are playing a game.
After trying out the course in German (a language I studied years ago in high school), I found myself engaged and wanting to do more. At this point I decided to try a course I knew nothing about, the Korean Alphabet. In less than 5 minutes, I found myself engulfed in learning a new language, even if it were simply the alphabet.
This program is great as schools are heading into summer break and would be something to recommend to your students.