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.
Who: Math teachers or tutors looking to help students understand math concepts. The courses listed are: Basic Mathematics,
Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, High School and Homeschool.
How: Teachers or students simply visit mathtv.com. There, they will be given a list of topics (or textbooks). Then a list of problems will be listed in the middle. Each problem has multiple videos from a variety of instructors. Each instructor has their own style of teaching how to solve the problem. This allows teachers and students to identify which style works best for them.
When: Teachers could use this tool for the flipped classroom model or offer it as a tool for extended learning. Some of the videos allow the student to “read it” which shows notes. They may also allow students to “explore it” which links to Wolfram Alpha to break down the question further.
This tool would be great for a 1:1 classroom to allow students the opportunity to see different approaches to problems. The one downside is that the teacher is unable to embed the videos into their website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who: Teachers looking to integrate web-based technology into their mathematics classroom.
How: No account needed, visit the Illuminations website and look around! This site is loaded with resources including: games, lesson plans, activities, brain teasers, and interactives. All resources are aligned through NCTM PK-12 Math Standards and Common Core K-12 Math Standards.
When: Resources on this site are useful at any point in the lesson. Teachers can use a brain teaser for a bell-ringer, the lesson plans to help with the content, and even games/interactives for homework.
Who: Teachers looking to engage students in Common Core Math curriculum.
How: Prodigy Math works on any web connected device. Teachers create an account for themselves, then create students accounts. Teachers then can create assignments by selected the Common Core standard they are covering. Students log in and create their character, learn how to play, and start playing. Students battle with other characters and can only attack when they answer correctly. Prodigy gathers data from the answers to report back to the teacher. Student achievement and target areas of growth are displayed for teachers.
When: Prodigy math is perfect for enrichment, station work, or even as homework. As long as there is a web connected device, students can play the game.
The interface to Prodigy is user-friendly. Teachers can be up and running with their first assignment in ten minutes or less. While the game is free, students will be informed that they will level up quicker with a premium account.
According to Prodigy:
“for every minute a child uses Prodigy at school, the average student will spend an additional 1.5 minutes at home, voluntarily! That’s 150% more practice, without using up any extra time at school.”