Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Google Tips - quick, easy tips for using Google Apps

Google has released Google Tips, quick, easy tips for using Google Apps.

It is setup in a card format, using simple, easy to understand. You can see them all, mobile, home, office, or by product.

Click on the card to get more info. Most have some kind of video to show you how to do it, or very simple instructions.

Here is a card found for Google+

Below is the card once you click it:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Kahoot! ~ Great Learning Starts by Asking Questions

 Kahoot! is a great new game-based response system that is FREE, works on all devices AND allows students to create as well! You can use Kahoot! with learners of any age and using any subject matter. Here are three ways to get started with Kahoot! in your classroom:

1. Quizzes: - Create your own quiz, have a student create one or find a public quiz! To start a quiz,  decide on a title and then drag and drop your content and add your questions. Your content can feature pictures or videos which makes it great for all grade levels. You can search public quizzes by topic, grade level, and audience (ex: school).

2. Discussions:  Create discussion questions is easy. Decide on a title and then ask your probing question. You can also have your students pose questions to launch a discussion using their devices.

3. Surveys: Take a real-time poll of your students wants/needs? For example: what type of devices do we have in our classrooms from BYOT? This can also be used for an exit ticket to determine how a lesson went or gauge the students knowledge on a topic or an entrance ticket to review previous lessons.
If you find a public quiz, discussion or survey you can also ‘favorite’ it by clicking on the heart.

by JamieBrooker

This Quickcast shows how to play a game of Kahoot! in a room full of people with different devices:

  • Once you've created you Kahoot or have chosen a public one to play, press the purple play button
  • Choose your advanced settings and launch the Kahoot on the screen at the front of the room
  • On their personal devices, players can then join by going to in their web browser, and entering the pin displayed on the screen at the front of the room
  • They then enter their nickname, seeing it displayed at the front
  • They then use their device to answer each question, with the aim to get as many points as possible and get to the top of the leader-board
  • The quiz master can then download the results of the quiz, seeing what each person in the room answered for each question, and how quickly.
Other Resources:

Friday, December 6, 2013 - Free Digital Assessment Tool is a website designed to help students learn and teachers teach. The Answer Pad is basically an application that lets students send digital answers to the teacher. creates an interactive dialogue between teachers and students in the classroom. This is done by making a variety of response types, drawings, canvases, and templates available to students on any device with an internet connection.

Choose from 8 different question types.
Number Wheel
Fill in
Pie Shade-In
Rectangle Shade-In
Coordinate Grid
MC 5 Answer Choices

Students answer questions and annotate images on their internet accessible device (laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, etc) and then send their responses to the teacher for immediate feedback.

On top of that, The Answer Pad offers test creation tools with feedback and analysis.  It's great application that is similar to the "clicker" student response systems.

This online/app resource allows you as a teacher to engage your students so that learning is easier, more effective, and fun! You can connect with your students digitally using their website on any internet accessible device or use a free downloadable app for students with access to iPads.  You can also use an iPad to capture all the data from existing paper tests, and score it, too.

Teachers register for FREE at Students either log in at to use the browser version or download the TAPit Free iPad app.

When you first register and sign in to The Answer Pad, you'll  see a step-by-step guide on how to get started.  AnswerPad provides plenty of help menus, guides, and even an extensive video library to help you with anything you might have trouble with.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Create your online classroom, for free with Eliademy

I recently read an interesting post about creating free online classrooms with ease on iLearn Technology blog.  To learn more about this interesting resource - especially for classrooms going paperless and classes using Chromebooks:

Eliademy: Democratizing education with technology

Beautiful course in 3 steps

Instantly create and edit online courses, forums and quizzes, share documents and embed any multimedia content straight into your course. With our state of the art visual editor your course will look like an expensive study book with just a few clicks.
Learn more at:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard System - Portable Interactivity!

In early October, I entered the IPEVO Wishpool for an IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System.  I was thrilled when IPEVO let me know via email that they had granted me my wish and that they were sending me one of their new IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard Systems!  It arrived late last week and we have had fun testing it out!  If you have a computer and projector, this system can transform almost any hard surface into an interactive whiteboard.  This neat piece of equipment only costs $149 or $0 if your wish was granted!

The IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System turns any screen or blank wall into an interactive whiteboard.

The equipments is surprisingly small.  It included a sensor cam, interactive pen, and software to run the system.  There also is an extension wand that can be added to the pen and a tripod mount that you can use for the cam if you wish.

(Below) Items delivered in this box:
The stylus has an extension (bonus) and a button to click that advances slides in presentations.  All of these items easily fit inside my computer bag for portability.

It only took a few minutes to install the software and connect the sensor to my laptop.  The software has a program that you use to calibrate the surface to the pen.  IPEVO provided an installation CD, but it may also be downloaded from their website - especially useful for teachers with MacBook Airs without optical drives.  It took me about 20 minutes of trial and error to figure out the best position to put the sensor cam in order for it properly fill the surface of the screen in the computer lab.  This lab has a high mounted projector so after further reading and investigation I found out that using a tripod to mount the device was the best option for that room.  Once that was done, it took four clicks with the pen to calibrate, and I was amazed with the capabilities!  The pen can be used as a mouse.  The disk also contains software tools that allow you easily write on a white background page or whatever is projected on the board.  I am now able to provide staff development from the front of the lab instead of the back of the lab far away from the screen and the staff!  I loved how I did not have to pause training while I ran to the back of the lab to switch screens or click links!

Quickly sets up in any classroom or lab

Device and be placed on a table (above).  I prefer this method or using a tripod to maintain portability between schools and classrooms.

Device can be mounted to overhead projector (as seen below)

I am so grateful to IPEVO for supplying useful tools such as the IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System to teachers - and students!  I have been excited to be able to test out this affordable piece of equipment since not all of the classrooms/labs I work with have interactive whiteboards.  It has allowed me to provide interactive instruction to teachers.  I love how it can also be used along with other applications such as Promethean flipcharts.

Teachers, be sure to check out the IPEVO Wishpool page!  Every month they give away their products to deserving teachers who make a wish sharing how they would use the product in their classroom. Thanks again to IPEVO for making amazing products and supporting educators!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

MobyMax ~ Completely Integrated K-8 Math & ELA Curriculum

MobyMax, formerly MobyMath, is a web-based computer program that provides students with targeted, differentiated instruction that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

To get started, students complete a pre-assessment and are then leveled according to their individual needs. Through the pre-assessment, MobyMax determines the gaps or holes in the student's learning and provides lessons and independent practice surrounding that specific skill.

Currently, MobyMax offers the following programs:

  • Reading
  • Language
  • Math
  • Math Facts
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing

Getting started with MobyMax is FREE.... yes, FREE! With a free account, you have access to the program and student accounts. The free account is a great way to see if what MobyMax offers is a good fit for you and your students. The Pro account provides extra features and data analysis reports for student progress.

MobyMax provides the ability to assign lessons. For instance, if your class is currently working on addition and subtraction within 1000 (3.NBT.2) you can go into MobyMax and assign specific lessons based on those standards... it's just ONE more exposure to the material.

How can you use MobyMax in my classroom?

  • Morning Work
  • Center Time
  • Math Supplementation
  • Homework*

*In addition to using MobyMax in the classroom, it may be used as homework practice.  For students that don't have access to the internet at home - you can print off worksheets from within the program that align with their program and are still "MobyMax" assignments.... no one is singled out and no one misses out!

Have you used MobyMax in your classroom?
Leave it in the comments!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

What do you know about Google Chrome - Google Apps?

Check out this post and learn effective tips that can help you in and out of the classroom.  Learn new skills with some time saving tips and tricks:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Building Better Instructional Videos

6 YouTube lessons for building better instructional videos is one of this week's top stories featured on Education Dive. This story provides great information for learning more about how to create better instructional videos for your students.  Instructional videos may be used for introductions and/or review of classroom objectives.  You can include your instructional videos easily on your classroom site or blog for easy student access.

Find out more...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Send Anywhere - sharing made easy!

Send Anywhere
Share your photo, video, contacts, apps or any files, any folders easily and quickly- without Bluetooth connection. You can send files between your phone and other Android/iPhone/iPad or computer via website. No user account. Just enter one-time key to receive files.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Into the Book ~ Strategies for Learning

Into the Book is a free online multimedia resource designed to improve students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum.  This is a great site with lots of visually interesting activities that focuses on eight learning strategies:

  • Using prior knowledge
  • Making connections
  • Questioning
  • Visualizing
  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Evaluating
  • Synthesizing

Into the Book includes:

  • student website featuring interactive reading comprehension activities
  • teacher website featuring music, video clips, classroom design ideas, posters, teacher guides, lesson plans and lots more

The nine Into the Book student episodes feature an extraordinary classroom where a group of ordinary students use powerful learning strategies to enter the world of the story. Programs show student viewers how to use these strategies when reading fiction, nonfiction, or everyday text. They'll also model real-life applications of the strategies. For more information, video clips, and a teacher guide to using the video programs, click on "Student Video" under each strategy.


"Teaching children which thinking strategies are used by proficient readers and helping them use those strategies independently creates the core of teaching reading. If proficient readers routinely use certain thinking strategies, those are the strategies children must be taught. For the kindergarten-through-twelfth-grade reading curriculum to focus primarily on those strategies, we need a new instructional paradigm: Our daily work with children must look dramatically different from the approaches in wide use in our schools today."
—Keene, 1997, pp. 53-54

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Illustrative Mathematics - tasks and tools that support implementation of the CCSS

Illustrative Mathematics (K-12) This website features a clickable version of the Common Core in mathematics and illustrations of specific standards with associated classroom tasks and solutions.

Anyone can access the activities posted on Illustrative Mathematics.

Illustrative Mathematics can be helpful for new teachers who are looking for lesson ideas.  Illustrative Mathematics may also be helpful for experienced teachers exploring ideas for teaching Common Core Standards.  The Common Core State Standards are profoundly different from most state standards documents, but those differences are not always obvious to teachers, curriculum developers, assessment writers, teacher educators, or policy makers.

Illustrative Mathematics Goals:

  • To illustrate standards with impeccably crafted tasks, videos, lesson plans, and curriculum modules.
  • To be the premier source of freely available online mathematics content for teachers, teacher leaders, assessment developers, curriculum writers, and teacher educators.
  • To be a discerning professional community that creates content and deploys expertise in multiple ways.
  • To engage individuals and small groups, with rare and needed expertise, who are currently isolated in pockets across the country.
  • To provide a space for teachers to share across classrooms and help each other grow in teaching our children mathematics.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shareor - The Social Network for Teachers

Share, Collaborate, and Connect within the Teacher Community.

This post is for all of the teachers that are addicted to Pinterest and I know who you are because I probably follow your boards!  This post is also for anyone that possibly has not yet been exposed to all the interesting and educational resources that are shared on Pinterest. (Also read: Five-Minute Film Festival: Pinterest for Teaching and Learning) is yet another social bookmarking tool which I just discovered.  It looks much like Pinterest, but it is just for educators!  You can manage your bookmarks/pins much like your pins and boards on Pinterest.  Shareor offers a little more than pinning by providing "workspaces" in which teachers can collaborate. Learn more about Shareor in the video below:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Practice Telling Time with Online Resources

Students may need extra practice with telling time.  The online resources below provide interactive  practice with telling time.

Bang on Time is a fast-paced FUN game that has students read the time in words and then stop the clock when the hands are in the matching position. As you get better at the game, you can increase the speed of the hands for an additional challenge.

Stop the Clock is similar to the Bang the Clock game but in this game students must drag the five digital times to the correct analog clock then press STOP THE CLOCK to record your time.

Clockwise is a game where you click anywhere on the clock face to move the big hand (the small hand moves automatically) and then press done.

ABCYa's Time Travel game has many different levels and allows you to choose between analog and digital clocks to practice with.

Bedtime Bandits is a fun game that has students match the digital time to the time on a clock. 

Clockworks gives students practice setting the clock to a given time. 

Set the Clock is a game that is played by pressing the arrows on the bottom of the clock to go forward or backwards and match the given time. 

Time Teller is a game where students must drag the hands of the clock to show the correct time.
When you think you have the right time, just press OK.

Clock Rotate has a clock face that has been rotated.  You job is to figure out the time it shows.

Nash's Adventures is a fun game that includes some time telling. 

Time has three different games- Telling the time, AM or PM?, and The 24 Hour Clock. 

Hickory Dickory Dock Clock is a game that has students match the time in words to the correct clock.

What's the Time Mr. Wolf? is a neat time game that is based on the Little Red Riding Hood Story.

Time Tunnel ~ Fly your ship through a tunnel collecting fuel and avoiding depletors. Break the time gates with intervals of half, quarter, five minutes and minutes.

Time Keeper ~ Burt the Bird wants to help you fix your clocks. Pick the clock that shows the correct time. Four different difficulties including half-hour, quarter-hour, five minutes, and minutes.

How to Teach Kids to Tell Time - help for parents

Other resources: