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.

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources for All Classrooms

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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.

Edueto: Making Worksheet Style Questions Interactive Online!

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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.

Website: https://www.edueto.com/

Tutorial from Edueto:

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: