Open Ed: Online Resources Aligned to Common Core Standards

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital resources to help supplement and track CCSS in their classrooms.

HOW: Teachers sign up for a free account at https://www.opened.com/, then the teacher will add students to their class.  After creating a class, teachers have the option to use pre-selected resources aligned to that grade and content area.  Teachers then create lesson plans and attach the assignments/resources to the class.  Students take the assignments and OpenED track mastery of standards.  By selecting a students score from the mastery chart, the teacher can see how the student performed on each question, and also has the option to assign additional resources to help.

WHEN: These resources are great for in class lesson builders, homework assignments, flipped classrooms, or supplemental material.

 

Intro Video from Open Ed:

IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera: Great Image Quality & Low Cost Make the P2V an Outstanding Classroom Option!

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DEVICE: IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera

COST: $69.00 (plus tax and shipping if applicable) [Schools may qualify for bulk pricing]

INTERFACE: USB (Mac & Windows Compatible)

POSITIVE:

Cost: A high quality document camera for under $70 is very hard to beat.

Clarity: The Point 2 View (P2V) has a 2.0 megapixel camera, and while that sounds low by today’s standards, this device outputs a great picture! The autofocus feature is very easy to use as well. It works up to a 2″ extreme close-up.

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Footprint:  The P2V takes up little to no space on the teacher’s desk.  The sturdy, weighted, round base is a little over 2″ in diameter.  The arm on the base articulates very easily and allows the teacher to zoom in manually.  It is also worth noting that IPEVO offers a microscope adapter for this product for science classrooms.

Ease-of-use:  The included software is simple and straight forward.  Teachers can be up and running with this device in their classroom in under 10 minutes or less (depending on install time.)  Install the IPEVO software, plug in the USB cable, and start using this great document camera!  The camera is detachable from the base allowing the presenter to get exactly the angle they are looking for.

Multi-use: the P2V can also be used with the leading Internet calling applications.

NEGATIVE:

Construction: It is hard to find something wrong with this device, and at a stretch, one could possibly question how well this document camera will stand the test of time and student interaction.  As long as the teacher takes care of it properly, it will last a significant time.

Connection: This camera is USB only, which means the teacher must use the computer in order for it to function.  Again, this is not a make-or-break feature.  Most teachers will want the document camera connected to their computer anyways, so that they can save pictures for later use or post to their classroom website.

OVERALL:

I would highly recommend this device for anyone looking for a document camera in their classroom.  It is hard to imagine given the pricing of other document cameras, but a school could outfit ten classrooms with these devices for well under $800.

 

If you are interested in bulk purchase options for your school, be sure to contact IPEVO via email or phone (Email: sales-america@ipevo.com TEL: 408-490-3085)

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

Class Dojo: Engaging Positive Classroom Management

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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.

Introduction video from Class Dojo:

IPEVO – IW2 – Wireless Interactive Whiteboard – Cost Effective Solution for Classrooms

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DEVICE: IPEVO IW2 Wireless Interactive Whiteboard System

COST: $169.00 (plus tax and shipping if applicable)

INTERFACE: USB (via included Wireless Receiver)

POSITIVE:

Cost: With a sub-$200 price tag, this interactive whiteboard is a fantastic option for schools on a tight budget.

Footprint:  The IW2 Sensor Cam is placed somewhere near the projector. It is approximately 1.5″ wide, 2″ deep, and 3″ tall.  Included in the package is mounting equipment for any desktop or ceiling mounted placement.  The IW2 Sensor Cam requires power source and has a 3.6m USB cable and power adapter included in the package.

Interaction:  Users can either touch the surface with the tip of the Interactive Pen or use the large green button on the Interactive Pen to use the Interactive Pen while standing away from the board.  Students enjoy this feature as it is something different than other brands of interactive whiteboards on the market.

Installation: Users utilize the IW2 Interactive Pen.  The Interactive Pen and Sensor Cam both communicate with the computer through the included Wireless USB Receiver.  The Wireless Receiver snaps into the base of the Interactive Pen for easy transport and storage. Users need to install the driver file and the Annotator software.  The user then connects the Sensor Cam, Interactive Pen, and Wireless USB Receiver.  Follow the calibration directions in the manual and driver software and the interactive whiteboard is up and running. Visit the IW2 Download Page here to get the necessary files.

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Ease-of-use: After getting the IW2 running, using the device is pretty straightforward.  Users can switch back and forth between desktop mode and drawing mode.  In desktop mode, users can use the Interactive Pen just the same as using a mouse.  In Drawing Mode, users can write/draw/ highlight on anything displayed on the screen.  Users can also put up a shade that dims the entire screen, or dims most while highlighting what the teacher wants students to focus on.

NEGATIVE:

Calibration: The initial calibration can be difficult, as the user needs to click the corners of the screen and makes sure the red dot is displayed.  If you are not lucky enough to get it right on the first try, this could result in a lot of back and forth adjusting.  This is particularly difficult in ceiling mounted situations.

Stylus: At first glance, I felt that the new Interactive Pen was too long.  However, after using it, I found it to be useful in reaching the entire screen when standing to one side.

 

Be sure to visit IPEVO online and check out their entire lineup.

 

IPEVO has released a tutorial video for setting up the IW2 in your classroom.  This is very beneficial for those setting up an IPEVO product for the first time.

Curriculet – Embedding Assessment Into Reading Assignments

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Who: Teachers looking to create interactive lessons with online books.

How: Teachers create an account on Curriculet, search for a book in the library, and assign readings to their classes. After adding a book to their library, the teacher can use “Available Curriculets” which are assessments that have already been created. Teacher have the option to edit those existing assessments, or create their own. To create an assessment in the writing, the teacher just holds down the mouse button to highlight a part of the text. After the text has been highlighted, the choice is given for: “Annotate”, “Add Question”, or “Add Quiz”. Annotate allows teachers to place in thinking points for students. Add question allows teachers to add in either multiple choice or open-ended questions. Quiz allows teachers to make a multiple question section for students to answer a series. These questions also have the option to be tagged to Common Core standards. Once an assessment has been made the teacher can assign it to their classes. Students will need to have an account created as well.

When students view the curriculet, they view a plain text version as like any eBook they may use. Throughout the text, they will see icons on the side where questions, annotations, and quizzes are located for them to take. Students can also hold down and select a difficult word to be given a definition.

When: Great for language arts classrooms! Use it for reading public domain books or the option to purchase/rent books is available. Teachers also have the option of creating curriculets from online news articles or uploaded files of their own. This is a great option for online news sources as the text is displayed in a clean format without advertisements and other distractions.  A short news article could be a great way to start class while the teacher takes attendance and does other necessary administrative tasks.

This tool is easy to use. In a matter of a few minutes, a teacher can have a lesson based off a classic book ready for students to view. The system tracks student progress and also records reading time. While it is nice to read aloud as a class and ask questions during class-time, this allows the teacher to see where each student is at with key parts of the text.

Websitehttps://www.curriculet.com/

Below is an introductory video from Curriculet:

 

*Special thanks to www.wickedgoodtech.net for sharing this tool on their page.  Great resources are there for teachers!  I found out about the page at EdCamp Ohio.  I highly recommend checking out an Ed Camp if there is one in your area!  For more information on Ed Camps, check out http://edcamp.org/

Would You Rather? Writing Prompts for Math Class

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Who: Teachers looking to incorporate writing and critical thinking skills in their math classrooms.

How: This blog posts new writing prompts on a regular basis. Teachers can use a variety of writing techniques with their students to make this usable in many grade levels.

When: Teachers can use these as a major writing assignment, a weekly journal, or even as a thought provoking question of the day.

One of the things I have heard from math teachers over the years is “How do I incorporate writing into my Math classes”. This website creates a great opportunity to incorporate writing in this content area. While working on their math skill sets and critical thinking, students can see math in daily life. Whether you decide to use it for a weekly, quarterly, or daily assignment, Would You Rather Math is a fantastic tool.

Link: https://wyrmath.wordpress.com/

Welcome

Hello and welcome to a new website designed to share technology resources for teachers!  The goal of this place is to be a one-stop-shop for teachers K-12 to find resources to integrate technology into their classroom.  Technology is not just a matter of adding computers and tablets to the classroom, but to add options to make technology engage, enhance, and extend lessons!  Please be sure to check back frequently as this site gets started adding resources on a regular basis.