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.

Explore.org: Live WebCams of Wildlife

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WHO: Teachers looking to show live animals they never thought would be possible to show in class.

HOW: Visit explore.org and take a look at the wide variety of live webcams they have to offer.  Each one also contains an “info box”, giving the viewer the best times to view as well as some basic information about the wild life and area the camera is located. There is also a button in the corner to take a picture of the view. These pictures can be shared via social media, or downloaded to your device.

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WHEN: This would be great to have off to the side during a biology class, or as a writing prompt for students.  Have the pupils choose/view a webcam at home and write about what they were able to see.

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:

Eduvee: Personalized Digital Learning Platform

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WHO: Teachers and students looking for individual course material.

HOW: Teachers can create classes online with all of their students enrolled in the same course.  If a student wants help on their own, they can create an account and start coursework.  Eduvee has many different courses built in, with multimedia based lessons, and assessments with confidence meters.

WHEN: Eduvee is a great option for enrichment coursework.  Whether it is letting students explore topics of interest on their own, or having a teacher leading the way with Eduvee to guide. This would also greatly benefit smaller schools that may not have the staffing to provide coursework that is available.

Courses available as of 10/19/15:

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Video from Eduvee:

SAS Curriculum Pathways: Excellent Digital Resources Sorted By Standards

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital resources for their lessons.

HOW: Visit https://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/, create an account, and search for the standard you are looking for.  Resources are sorted by both Common Core Standards as well as State Standards.  Teachers can sort by grade level, content area, and standard type to see what is available.  Resources vary from simple data to use in class to entire courses.

WHEN: With each resource being different, there is a wide variety of times to use with class.  Be sure to look around and see what is available to use with your students.

Class123: Free Classroom Management Tool

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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.

Here is an introduction from Class123:

Introduction: What is Class123? from Class123 on Vimeo.

Brain Rush: Adaptive Games to Engage Students in Content

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WHO: Teachers that are looking for ways to engage students in classroom content.

HOW: Sign up for a free account (you can use your Google account), add students, assign games, and enjoy!

WHEN: These games would be great as a formative assessment tool, interactive classroom activity, homework, or for extra material for students looking to get ahead.

It took less than 1 minute to have me engaged in an activity on the western United States.  The game I played was perfect for recognizing the geography of the western United States.  The game kept track of my mastery, and invited me to step up to the next level when it deemed I was ready.  The library of content is quite extensive:

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Brain Rush is worth your time to check out, many students will find in fun and exciting!

STEM Sheets: Online Resources For STEM Courses

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WHO: Teachers with courses including Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math.

HOW: No need to sign up for an account on this site.  Simply go to http://stemsheets.com/, select which content area you are looking for, and browse around to see what is available.  Resources include Games, Customizable Worksheets, Graph Paper, and more.

WHEN: Teachers can use this site while planning lessons, or offer materials for extended learning.

Glean: Video Lessons for Science and Math

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WHO: Science and Math Teachers, students, tutors, or parents looking for video lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry. Coming soon include Calculus, Physics and Organic Chemistry.

HOW: Sign up for a free account at https://glean.co/ and get started!  Teachers/tutors can assign lessons to classes, students/parents can simply choose a topic.

WHEN: Glean.co is great for flipped classrooms.  Teachers can assign videos for homework and spend the following class period reinforcing the material covered with their students.

Glean has videos from the best teachers, allows for peer to peer help, and adapts to fit the learning style of the user.  Students have the options for self-guided learning as well.  If they get stuck on a topic, alternate video are available to watch for a different approach.

Glean Insights allow teachers to see how students are progressing with lessons, how much time they have spent, and what percentage students have completed as well.  Insights track when students review parts of videos as well.

Boundless: Digital Replacement for Textbooks

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From Boundless:

“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.