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.

Zoom In: 18 US History Lessons With Primary Sources

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WHO: Teachers looking for primary and secondary sources to use in social studies courses.  Zoom In offers 18 lessons ranging from The Revolution to Contemporary America.

HOW: Teachers create an account and a class.  Teachers find the topic they are covering in class, then check out the Teacher’s Guide and Resources.  If the teacher likes what they see, they simply click “Assign lesson”.  The teacher is able to monitor students’ progress and offer feedback through the online system.

WHEN: Zoom In is great for in-class lessons or supplemental material for students that would like to learn more through primary/secondary sources.

 

 

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Fantasy Geopolitics: Fantasy Sports and Global Current Events Come Together!

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WHO: Teachers looking to engage students in global current events.

HOW: Teachers act as league administrators.  Students study countries before draft day, then take turns picking countries.  Each day a score is given for each time a country is mentioned in the news.  Just like a fantasy sports team, students can trade countries, or pick up unused countries.  The teacher sets the number of days that the competition will run.

WHEN: This would be a great group project for a world history class, government class, current event class, etc..  Some student respond very well to competition, as this may be what it takes to get some students interested in the global world.

Fantasy Geopolitics is free for 1 Administrator and 0-5 players. For pricing information beyond that, click here.

Below is a great introduction video to better explain how Fantasy Geopolitics functions:

 

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!

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: