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:

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: