While reading the introduction to The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, by George Couros, one thought just keep jumping out at me… Continue Reading →
Developed by The New York Times, the NYT VR app for iOS and Android puts users at the center of stories in an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. From experiencing life through the eyes of a refugee, to climbing the spire of the World Trade Center with a professional mountaineer, or setting foot on the alien world of Pluto, the app brings users to places they couldn’t normally go. Continue Reading →
Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity. Continue Reading →
The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is enhancing Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week (February 12–18, 2017) with an online Kindness Generator that serves as an rally point for activities worldwide this year. Continue Reading →
Facing History and Ourselves invites students aged 13 and older to enter the Making Choices in Today’s World contest and reflect on who or what has influenced how they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities. Continue Reading →
Recognized by President Obama at the White House Science Fair 2016
The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have launched Siemens STEM Day, a website that includes more than 130 elementary and middle school activities, as well as high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. Continue Reading →
NASA @ Home and City is a virtual tour of NASA-related science that is all around us. Students visiting NASA @ Home and City can rotate buildings and take a look inside to discover everyday items, the development of which has been influenced by space exploration. Continue Reading →
#GlobalSpeedChat is a worldwide collaboration platform on which students respond to activity prompts, such as “If the world had a flag of its own, what would it look like?” “How do you greet friends and family in your country or culture?” and “If you could sit on a bench and chat for one hour with anyone, who would that person be?” Continue Reading →
Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation in the contest, students experience what it is like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry. Continue Reading →
Peace First is launching the Peace First Challenge, a call to action for teams of young people across America to create powerful solutions for issues in their schools and local communities. By signing up, teams will gain access to digital tools, mentors, and a chance to participate in $100,000 in funding. Continue Reading →
Sometimes teachers need help finding a resource for a unit of study in their class – it may be journal prompts, project ideas, or an example unit lesson to learn from. Instead of spending money at Teachers Pay Teachers…check out Curriki. This library of resources created by teachers for teachers has lots of searchable and curated resources for teachers. Be sure to evaluate each resource to ensure it meets your TEKS, Learning Target, etc. Continue Reading →
Looking for a great activity to work through Thinking Pathways in your math class? Want to ramp up the critical thinking and reasoning your kids are doing each day? Visit http://www.wouldyourathermath.com/ and get some great “would you rather” math scenarios for your kids to respond to! Continue Reading →
Vans invites high school art students throughout the country to join in the eighth annual Vans Custom Culture art competition aimed at embracing youth creativity and supporting arts education. Teachers can register their students for the 2017 competition at the Vans Custom Culture website. Students will then be provided with four pairs of blank Vans shoes, which they will reimagine to represent four themes of the Vans’ “Off the Wall” lifestyle: action sports, arts, music, and local flavor. Continue Reading →
CheckItOut is a Google Add-on that allows you to create simple checkout forms in Google Forms. Kids can check items out…and then check them back in again when they are done with them! Here’s an example of a form that lets kids check out items from my classroom (for example – a loaner Chromebook). Continue Reading →
Okay…I’m in love with Eric Curts’ blog Control Alt Achieve. He’s got so many great articles and tutorials on there! You’ve GOT to go subscribe! But in the meantime…check out this amazing article he’s posted about giving feedback to students using text, audio, video, and handwritten feedback all on your computer! Continue Reading →
You hear it all the time these days – “Kids are always on their cellphones!” Why not harness that to inspire them to write? Eric Curts at Control Alt Achieve has been super busy creating amazing templates for teachers…and now he’s made an emoji writing prompt generator in a Google Sheet!!! Have you kids click on a tab (2 emojis, 3 emojis, 4 emojis, etc.) and then have them write a story that goes with the emojis! So fun! Continue Reading →
For weeks, I helped the KMS teachers create videos for the first ever KMS Virtual Curriculum Night. Instead of coming up to campus for curriculum night, parents could stay at home and watch videos created by the teachers starring their students. We also live-streamed some fine arts performances! Continue Reading →
Want to start a chess club? Don’t have any boards? Not enough kids on your campus to get it started? That’s okay…using this great tutorial from Eric Curts (on his blog Control Alt Achieve) will get your kids playing checkers and chess online using Google Drawings! Now you can play online…with kids from other campuses! Continue Reading →
Wanna take your kids on a field trip but don’t have the time or money? This Google Sheet by Kara Wilkins from Lowell Public Schools in Lowell, MA., has a wonderful list of over 150 virtual field trips you can take your kids on! Take a look…then take a trip! Click the image to go to the Sheet.
Google Apps for Education (now called G-Suite) has some terrific tools for writing and researching! This fantastic webinar from the Google Education On Air conference by Kasey Bell has some really great ideas for teachers to use when working with students! These ideas can be adapted for all grade levels. Continue Reading →
Google has an add-on called g(Math) that can help math teachers insert math equations, formulas, and graphs into Google Docs and Forms. I’m not a math teacher, so I don’t use this every day, but I have heard some of my math teacher friends mention that they don’t use G-Suite as much because it is difficult to do this or they prefer Math Type in the Office product suite. So…I thought I’d throw together some resources to help you make the most out of g(Math) and maybe make using G-Suite for math a little easier! Continue Reading →
Check out this great advertisement for the KMS Virtual Curriculum Night! Hope we see you online!
Here’s a quick video tutorial that demonstrates how to use the new Individual (or group) assignments in Google Classroom! We’re so excited about what this means for differentiation in the classroom! Ask your Learning Technologies Coach for help or ideas! We’d love to work with you!
Get even MORE help with Google Classroom HERE!
Worked with the American Studies class at CHS to create a Great Depression break out session – part digital, part physical. The kids researched, created presentations, videos, and animations all about the causes of the Great Depression. They worked on poetry and used excerpts from their novel Of Mice and Men to solve clues. They also learned about the art and music of the time period. Continue Reading →
I’m so excited to be working with the teachers and administrators at KMS to put together their first annual Virtual Curriculum Night! Each grade-level department is making a video of the information they would normally share during Curriculum Night…with some fun, student-filled video skits mixed in! Continue Reading →