Digital Literacy: Padlet Tutorial and Global

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Technology is changing the way our students learn, read, and obtain information. We need to create a curriculum that nurtures this way of learning.

 
We need to help our students to learn how to close read both digital and print as well as close read video and imagery.
 
We need to teach students how to connect and collaborate on a global scale to create effective multi-media pieces that reflect the world in which we live.
 
Padlet is a great, free (with paid subscription) tool to enhance collaboration and communication by creating a digital wall of ideas to reflect about a particular topic.
 
For example, I have used Padlet with my 4th grade students and have connected with classrooms around the world to create a collaborative project. 
 
How do you connect with classrooms around the world? 
 
Sites such as ePals, Edmodo, Google+ are just some ways to connect! Or you can contact me personally- I am always up for a collaborative project!
 
Not familiar with Padlet. Help yourself to my tutorial here: Padlet Tutorial.

Certified BrainPOP Educator of March 2017

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Can I tell you how excited I am? It is such a great honor that I have been selected the Certified BrainPOP Educator of the month for March 2017!

If you have been following me on Twitter or this blog, then you probably already know how passionate I am about using BrainPOP! I love the many features, like Make-a-Map, Quizzes, the ability to assign movies, and so on that it provides. I am now in love with BrainPOP’s new feature, Make-a-Movie. {I will be demonstrating that feature for you shortly, as well as provide you with a lesson plan}

For my complete interview, hop on over to BrainPOP here.

Happy teaching!

Locate Google Keep within Google Docs and GSuite- Awesome!

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If you are an avid lover of Google Keep like myself, then you are really going to appreciate the fact that Google has embedded this note-taking app into their GSuite products! You can access Keep right from the “Tools Menu” of your Google Doc….

and easily embed your Google Keep notes and images.
Keep is now also available as part of the GSuite products and can now be found in the Google Apps menu.
This feature would be great to use with your students- especially if they are on a field-trip and they are using handheld devices to take notes and images about what they have learned using the Keep app. Later, they can document their adventure in a Google Doc!
Install the Google Keep extension and use as part of a students research project to bookmark various Websites and have them easily refer to Websites as they are typing their report!
What else could you use this tool for in the classroom?

 

Free Student Google Login Cards

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Hello! Just a really quick and simple post that I wanted to share. I created the above Google Login Cards for the students at my school from Google Slides. Grab a copy for yourself and edit the information to fit your class needs!
Grab your copy here!

 

Toontastic is Fantastic! Free Storyboard Included.

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If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a huge fan of project-based learning; and anyway you can incorporate an easy-to-use app that is applicable across the board- I. Am. In!

Toontastic from Google is one of those tools! And best part of it all it is free! Use this 3D story-based app to have you or your students draw, animate and narrate their way to the top of the class. Equipped with an idea lab to help your students begin the journey or have them create a 3 or 5 part guided story or 5 part science report. Did I mention this was free?

I love how the creators at Google prompt their users throughout the story but explaining the different elements in a fun and exciting way.

Personally, my children have been glued to my cell phone creating stories on how much I need to go on vacation… I was even able to download it to keep for a future reference!

Anyway, any great story always should start with good planning. The last thing you want (or need) is having your students come up to the Toontastic bat without an idea of where to begin. I created these storyboard printable for my class, and of course I would love to share them with you all.

Happy creating- and please feel free to share!

Download the free Toontastic Storyboard here.

Sample:

I can see myself using this to discuss netiquette, Internet Safety, or creating an introduction to the Computer Lab for my students.

Check out more digital storytelling apps here.

Math Resources From Around the Web

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Math. I have to be the first one to admit that it is not my strong suit. I only could wish that they had math applications like the ones listed below for me as I was growing up. Who knows- maybe I could of been a mathematician? Who am I kidding? My right side of my brain is a little bit more dominant.

Anyway- here are some tried and true math games that you can bring into your classroom (or home). Most are free with paid versions.

Splash Math– Is a great game based math site for students in grades K-5. With fun, interactive customizable math games, what kid wouldn’t want to practice their math facts to improve their score? They also have apps available for free and to purchase in iTunes.

Prodigy– I was first introduced to Prodigy at a NYSCATE conference back in 2015. I was handed a flier and spoke to the representative for a matter of 15 minutes. I went back to my hotel that night, logged in and played math (yes, me) for about an hour. I was hooked. Prodigy is great for students K-8 and is a completely free (with paid subscriptions) game based learning system. Have your students battle each other as they go head to head in the same world to answer math facts that are on his/her level. Love. This.

BrainPOP’s Slice Fractions– You want to talk about a fun way to teach children about fractions and logic? Then you must try BrainPOP’s Slice Fractions! Yet another math game that I could spend hours playing. I truly believe that BrainPOP got this one right- although, don’t get me wrong, they have a pretty extensive list of excellent math games that you can check out here as well.

Math Playground- This site was my go-to site when I used to help out as an enrichment teacher. Since 2002, Math Playgrounds has been a promising place on the Web to find free, educational math games to help your students enhance or sharpen their math skills!

 

PBS Math–  Math mixed with the PBS characters that we all love. Who doesn’t love that? Whether your students learn to “Dress up Time” or measure all the “silly things” with Curious George- this Website is sure to be a hit!

What’s your favorite math place to go to on the Web?

Bloom Into EdTech Alert: Google Releases Insert Video from Drive for Google Slides

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Omigoodness- no way! The moment that I have been waiting for: you can now insert videos from your Google Drive into Google Slides!!!

Why is this so exciting? 

For starters, say your students spent hours creating a “how to video” or they created a video just in general, and they do not have the ability to have a YouTube Channel, this is a great way to embed their videos into Google Slides!

For educators or trainers like myself this is also a great way to share information with your faculty and staff. I often create videos that specifically pertain to my fellow educators at my school. Inserting videos from Google Drive into Google Slides would be a fabulous way for me to create a library of my “in-house” videos for an easy one-stop location.

How would you use this new feature?

 

Valentine’s Day Kid’s Coding Ideas

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Roses are red,

Violets are blue.
Here are some coding sites
just for you.

Wow. Sorry. I couldn’t help it.

It’s that time of year again. Where we fall head over heels in love. Why not this year- fall in love with coding?

Here are some ideas to get you and your students started!

From Tynker:

On Cloud Nine

Create a Valentine’s Card

From Google’s Made w/ Code:

Fall in Love with Code

From Thinkful:

Code a Valentine’s Day eCard

Animoto Tutorial

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Animoto is a great tool to use as an educator. At my school we use it religiously every month to showcase what we have been up to at our school to our families.

Animoto can be just as powerful in your classroom as well.

Students can use the tool to produce digital stories, explanation videos or powerful presentations.

You can use it as a way for your students to create a gift for their families around special occasions such as Christmas, Mother’s Day or graduation.

I have created a tutorial that I use with my professional developments. Please feel free to use it for yourself by clicking here.

 

Don’t forget to check out my Website, Bloom Into EdTech where I organize all my tutorials in one neat place!


How do you use Animoto in your classroom?

Canva Tutorial

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I really want to take a moment {a non-endorsed, free speaking moment} and say how much in love I am with Canva.

I seriously use it for everything.

From making advertisements, newsletters and brochures for my school (both as an educator and with the students) – to using it with my blog and Web design.

Honestly, if you are new to Canva, it definitely warrants a look and see.

Below is a tutorial that I have written for an upcoming professional development. Please feel free to grab a copy for your self!

Link to GDoc.

Preview of Tutorial: