Tools for Creating Timelines in the Elementary Classroom Tools for Creating Timelines in the Elementary Classroom Last week I had a 2nd grade teacher ask me for a recommendation for a digital timeline maker. I couldn't believe I didn't have a blog post I could send her with some of my favorite tools! Here are a few I like to use in the elementary classroom because they are FREE and no login is required. 30 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers Several years ago when I started making webinars, my first one was on creating Graphic Organizers with Google Drawings. This was before I had started the this blog, so I never really shared all of that information in an official blog post. Until now... Graphic organizers are a great tool to share information, explain a concept, or illustrate a relationship using elements including images, shapes, text, colors, and connecting lines. They can be used in education with any age group or subject area.
How to Make a Graphic-Text Mash-up to Promote Blog Content on Facebook I’m in a few Google+ groups focused on SEO, social media, and content marketing. The question of what stock photo service to use and where to get free images has come up a couple times. It got me thinking about the process I use to find, modify, and use images in my day-to-day. As a community manager and a blogger, I have 2 main needs for images: Including them in BCI blog posts to break up text and add visual interestPosting images to social media to share blog and other BCI content
Templates Template Palooza! Here you will find templates either for student or teacher use. Please drop me a message if you have any questions. Also, please share out on Twitter photos or examples of any of these being used by your classes. Top 5 Google Docs Lesson Plans for Middle School Google Docs is one of the most popular applications in middle school computer courses. With it, students can do everything they can in Microsoft Word and then some. Whether it’s collaboration, modification, or cross-platform compatibility, Google Docs is a powerful tool that today’s students need to know how to use. So that leaves one big question. How do you teach it?
Create Interactive Learning with a Choice Board Ready to create interactive learning opportunities for students? Take advantage of choice boards. In this blog entry, we’ll explore a few reasons why they are powerful and provide examples you can adapt. First, let’s answer a simple question. 25 Ways to Use Sticky Notes in the Classroom Sticky notes got their start nearly 40 years ago, when 3M introduced the now-classic yellow Post-it Notes. In the years since, their popularity has skyrocketed, and they’re now available in every shape, size, and color you can imagine. They have endless applications, especially in schools; teachers use sticky notes for math, reading, art, planning, and so much more. Here are 25 clever ways to use sticky notes in the classroom. Bonus Tip: Did you know you can easily print on sticky notes?
Google Tools For Educators These training videos show you some very useful techniques for searching for images in Google. Google image search is one of the essential tech tools for teachers. This series will teach you how to search for specific coloured images, specific sized images and even specific formats of images (for example you can look for clipart or animations.)
Video Meeting: Get Out of Full Screen Regardless of the platform you are using for video meetings GET OUT OF FULL SCREEN MODE! Full screen is awesome if you’re just having conversations, but not so awesome if you say “Go to whiteboard.fi” and visualize a negative number. Now the students have to be on the computer doing something and not in the video conference.