Stacked: Learning With Styrofoam Cups - WeAreTeachers. Here are some clever ways to use Styrofoam cups to teach math, English language arts, social studies and science!
MATH 1. M, M, M, R: Learn about mean, median, mode and range through a stacking competition—no nesting cups allowed! Teams of two race to stack as many cups as they can in one minute. When time is up, kids count how many cups they stacked. Write down their numbers on the board from lowest to highest score. 2. 3. 4. 5.
LANGUAGE/WRITING 1. 2. Using Google Docs to Facilitate A Writing Workshop. What is Google Docs ?
Google Docs ( now part of Google Drive ) is a free word document service provided by Google. The doc looks similar to the Microsoft Word interface, but it has several exciting other features. Teacher's Guide to Using Shared Google Docs with Students. Sharing is caring and one of the powerful features of Google Docs is sharing.As we have seen in 8 Things Every Teacher should be Able to Do with Google Docs , users can easily share documents, presentations, tables, graphs, and spreadsheets by simply changing the visibility options in the sharing settings of Google Docs.
But what if you want to aggregate all your docs in one document and share it with others ( probably your student) ? Practical Google Docs Tips for Teachers. 50 Google Docs Tips Every Teacher should Know about. 8 Things Every Teachers should Be Able to Do with Google Docs. Today I am sharing with you a little guide I have created specifically for readers of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
Each time I write about Google Docs I get several emails from people asking about how to apply a certain tip. I know Google Docs keeps improving and adding more features to it but the basic features it started with are still the same. Just give it some time and play around its features and you will learn a great deal of new things from. Use the the guide below to help you better master Google Docs. 7 Wonderful Google Docs Tutorials for Teachers.
Google Drive has all the features that make it a very powerful productivity suite for teachers.
Besides being able to create documents, slides, drawings and spreadsheets , users can also upload their own PDFs and files and sync them with their Google Drive accounts across different devices. Another good thing about Google Drive which I mentioned yesterday in " File Sharing Tools I recommend for Teachers" is that it is web based and can also work offline. This is probably what distinguished this service from other powerful tools like Dropbox and Evernote. 6 Tips Teachers Should Be Able to Do on Google Docs. Following the Google Docs guides I have been posting here, I received several other tips to add to these guides.
I know it is impossible for me to cover all the details of these web services but some of these tips are really important and should not pass incognito. As I told you before, this blog is a fruit of a collaborative work between me and you and I do learn a lot from you as you do from me. Interactive Tour on Google Drive for Teachers. Awesome Visual on How to Use Google Drive with Students. Teacher's Ultimate Guide to Google Drive. Today while I was browsing through my feeds I came across an attention-grabbing title of a supposedly good read.
I followed the link and was directed to a page where to download A Google Drive Guide for free which I did. After downloading the guide and reading it through I discovered it was a complete rubbish, full of errors, poorly written, and badly illustrated. I went back to the article that promoted it and was shocked at how its author blatantly embellished it to push people to download it. I know I took the bait and did download it but this is part of my daily work as educational blogger, I have to try things before I recommend them to my fellow teachers here. However, what really ached me is the fact that the guy who was promoting that rubbish guide claims to be an educator, this is where the shoe really pinches.
Having said that, I am sharing with you instead one of the best guides that you can ever find on Good Drive. A New Excellent Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students. Excellent Google Drive Resources for Teachers. 38 Ideas to Use Google Drive in Class. August 11, 2014 This is the third post in a series of posts aimed at helping teachers and educators make the best out of Google Drive in classrooms.
A Great Project Based Learning Rubric Every Teacher should Have. Terrific Rubric to Help You Create Rubrics for Your Class. May 27, 2014 Rubrics serve a wide variety of purposes most important of which is to guide the instructional process in class towards a set of predefined goals.
Although most of teachers subsume the function of rubrics in solely assessing and evaluating students learning, I like to think of rubrics as guiding frameworks, a sort of road map that demonstrates the aims and objectives we want to achieve behind a certain task and features the set of requirements to be met for this task to be finished successfully. In this broad sense, you can create rubrics for assessing students learning, for creating lesson plans, for using classroom time, for reading materials, for writing assignments and any other pedagogical activity that needs some organizing structure.
In her popular graphic " Rubrics, Why Use Them? Why Embrace Them ? " Mia featured some important reasons why teachers should consider integrating rubrics in their teaching. Wonderful Guide to The Use of Rubrics in Education. May , 2014 Rubrics are important elements in your teaching toolkit and there are a variety of ways you can use them to improve your teaching.
Mia from Anethicalisland has this wonderful infographic that outlines some of the reasons to use rubrics, what they improve and how to use them in your class. What are rubrics ? Rubrics are scoring charts. They display what is expected of the learner for the assignment. Rubrics are used to assess the learner on several points. 2 Useful Tools to Create Rubrics for Your Class. 1- RubiStar RubiStar is probably the most popular tool for rubric making. It allows users to easily create rubrics based on pre-made templates. Registered users can edit and save their rubrics. RubiStar is also free . 2- iRubric This is another wonderful rubric making platform where users get to :Build a rubric in minutes using Rubric Studio.
Another Awesome Technology Integration Rubric for Teachers. Great Back to School Ed Tech Rubrics. August 18, 2014 I love rubrics and I find them particularly helpful in lesson plan designing as well as in assessing students work. I know some teachers and educators think of them as "so yesterday" but we need to view them as roadmaps that can guide you towards achieving your teaching/learning goals. Over the last couple of years, I have shared here a wide myriad of rubrics most of them are Ed Tech related. 4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills. February 20, 2014 Looking for some rubrics to hone in your students presentation skills ? The rubrics below will definitely be of great help. I came across these materials on Discovery Assessment in an article written by Dona Criswell and I really liked them specially that they cover different grades.
However, it should be noted that these rubrics are the property of Bucket Institute of Education, a leading source on project based learning materials and for some reasons the download link Donna provided is not working so I am hoping you will be able to have rough idea of how to create your own rubric based on these samples here. 1- Presentation rubric for grades k-2 click here to see a larger version. 2- Presentation rubric for grades 3-5, click here to see a larger version. A Great Resource of Rubrics to Help You Teach with Technology.
Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class. August 18, 2014 Over this weekend, I spent some time sifting through the piles of posts in this blog looking for materials and posts to help new teachers better integrate technology in education. The result is a list featuring some interesting resources that I highly recommend for any teacher planning to get their feet wet in the Ed Tech world. 27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention. 27 Ways Teachers Can Facilitate Learning in Today's Classrooms. 27 Ways to Check Students Prior Knowledge. A Must See Visual Featuring 27 Ways to Check Your Students Understanding. Checking students comprehension is one of the things we regularly do in our teaching; but are we doing it in an effective (so as not to say right) way ? Students have different learning styles and vary in the way and rate of their understanding.
While some grab it from the first attempt others require much more assistance and in both ways figuring out how much understanding is involved sometimes calls for much more efforts than the teaching itself. Therefore one's teaching arsenal should be diversified and enriched with not only good and working teaching strategies but also effective comprehension check methods. Assessments ( formative, summative,diagnostic..etc ), direct questions, quizzes are some of the common ways to track students understanding but there are also several other ( some are unknown) ways to do it.
Mia from An Ethical Island has put up this wonderful visual that features 27 of these ways. 27 Ways to Draw Out Students Performances. 27 Ways to Assess Students Understanding. 7 Excellent Tools for Assessment in One to One Classroom. May 11, 2014 Today I am sharing with you a set of useful web tools for assessment in the one to one classroom.
A Handy Chart Featuring 8 Ways to Do Formative Assessment. April 5, 2014 As a follow up to the materials I have already posted on formative assessment, I am introducing you today this wonderful chat that I learned about through Bianca. The chart features 8 strategies teachers can use to conduct a formative assessment. End of School Year Tools for Creative Summative Assessment.
May 16, 2014 Looking to flex your creative muscle and build something? Great Video-based Review Activities for End of School Year. May 31, 2014 This is the second post in a series of posts designed to help teachers wrap up the school year with engaging tech infused activities. The purpose is to keep students involved in learning until the last bell has rung. The Best Web Tools and Activities for End of School Year. May 20, 2014 There are a wide variety of activities you can use with your students to wrap up the school year. EducationOnAir. 50 Essential EdTech Tools For 2012. Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.
15 Free Learning Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of. 50 Essential EdTech Tools For 2012. 25 Digital Tools For Better Tutoring. Like other areas of education, tutoring has seen some radical changes in the past decade courtesy of new and increasingly innovative technologies.
Mentimeter. Tools for Learners. Picasion GIF maker - Create GIF animations online - Make an Animated GIF. Top Tools for Learning 2012. 13 Insanely Useful Chrome Extensions. Storyteller: Create A Website With Content From (Virtually) Anywhere. As our content is scattered across sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, the idea of a single, standalone website is starting to feel a bit quaint. On the consumer side, we’re seeing that with products like About.me and Flavors.me, which try to unify your various social identities in one place.
Yes, we believe in the power of technology. We just can't afford it. No way. No how. It's an unfortunate and all-too-common refrain. 10 Great YouTube Tips Every Educator should Know about. YouTube is a fascinating video website. Tools for lexical teachers. 10 Great Free Google Forms Every Teacher Should Be Using. About Google Docs offline - Google Docs Help. Earth Outreach. Lesson Plan Resources ELT. Collaboration Tools. Voicethread Resources. Inspiring a Million! The 30 Goals Challenge.mp4. Bookmarking & Curation Tools. Integrating the Web. Time Saving Tools. Survival Kit for Teaching Kids.