WHO: Teachers that are looking for an interactive tool to help students study spelling words.
HOW: Teachers visit http://flippity.net/ (a bunch of great tools for teachers!), click on instructions under Flippity Spelling Words, then follow the instructions given on the page. Teachers need to have a G Suite for Education (Formerly known as Google Apps for Education) account as this functions through a Google Sheets spreadsheet. After making a copy of the template and adding it to their Google Drive account, teachers will then be able to add in their own words and create their own categories. In the example, flippity.net uses individual students names to have personalized lists. Another option may be to put in the spelling lists by week, this would allow students to work ahead if they would like. The teacher may also decide to put all of their students as the categories and keep the same words in each group, couple this style with the “e-mail to” row in the spreadsheet, and the teacher can have each individual students results e-mailed directly to them.
When adding in words, it is important to note that you can put in a sentence using quotation marks after the word, this will speak to the student and give an example. This is needed in the case of homonyms. Another important note to your students is that in the practice and quiz section, the words are case-sensitive.
Once the words are in place, the teacher will need to go up to “File” then “Publish to web….” and finally “Publish”. The user will be prompted to note the URL, this will need to be copied to the clipboard. Next, go back to the spreadsheet and look at the bottom of the page, there the user will see some tabs. Click on the “Get the link here” tab, and paste the URL into the highlighted cell. Once this is completed, the teacher can click on the “Click here to go to your Flippity.net spelling words” and see their list live in action. Copy and paste the new link from the address bar, share the link with students, and enjoy!
WHEN: This tool is excellent for teachers that would like students to get some help with their spelling words. This is an easy way to get parents involved as well. Send the link in an e-mail to all of the parents and let them work on it with their students on the computer, tablet, or even on a smart phone!
Here are the step-by-step instructions from Flippity.net:
Want to Make Your Own Spelling Words Manager?
Note: Works with Google Chrome and iOS for iPhone/iPad.
Step 1: Modify the Google Spreadsheet Template
Step 2: Publish Your Spreadsheet
Step 3: Get Your Flippity.net Link
Step 4: Click, Bookmark, and Share
WHO: Teachers looking for math practice that grabs students attention and keeps them engaged.
HOW: Teachers create an account at www.matific.com, create a class, and assign content to students. Content can be lessons (along with teacher guides) and activities. Matific will collect data from the students, and even compiles reports to be sent home to parents. Teachers can search through activities based on standards, curriculum, or book. By default, all activities are open to the class, but the teacher can lock all activities to control what students are working on.
WHEN: Matific is ideal for in class activities, flipped classroom, extended lessons, and more!
Here is an introduction from Matific on how to add activities to classes:
WHO: Teachers, Parents, and Students looking for a way to practice math and english while earning rewards for their work!
HOW: Parents/Students can sign up on their own, or teachers can create classes and invite students to join. Teachers are then able to assign specific topics that are Common Core aligned, and view Leaderboards and Student Progress. As students practice, they are rewarded with badges, points and coins. Along the way, students are also given goals, such as answering a certain amount in a row correct. Students earn points for their math and english practice, and parents reward their students with coins. In order for parents to give coins, they must have a paid subscription. Students can then turn in the points and coins for items such as gift cards.
WHEN: Outwhiz works for in-class practice, enrichment time, additional assistance, or supplemental work.
First and foremost, this activity allows students additional practice of skills in math and english. Outwhiz also hits on the competitive nature of students by using leaderboards, and also keeps students engaged with badges and rewards.
Here is the break down of free/paid subscriptions:
WHO: Teachers looking for flipped classroom, grammar practice, and/or extended lessons on grammar.
HOW: Teachers can register for an account and create a class, or students can create an account on their own. Lessons include videos which allow students to pause and repeat unclear items, as well as exercises to practice what they have learned. There is also a reporting feature which allows teachers to quickly see how students are progressing.
WHEN: Grammar Flip would be a great option for the Flipped Classroom. It could also be used for supplemental material for those students that need more assistance or for students that would benefit from working ahead.