Tech It Out!

A Smorgasbord of Technology Treats

Build with Chrome - Virtual Legos

Looking for a fun way to incorporate building with virtual Legos in your lessons? Bet you didn't know that Google offers an application called Build with Chrome.

As a result of students using this tool, they will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills while using their imagination and creativity to produce a structure, town, or city. Analytical skills will be integrated, and collaboration is an option.

Tech out this video showing what first graders created with this fun and exciting tool! And look what third through fifth graders built.

You will be Flipping over this One

GrammarFlip is a self-paced and interactive online resource aimed at helping students of all abilities learn, practice, and master English grammar concepts. It's free! Sign up and start learning. Register as a teacher or register as a student.

Tech it out and learn how it works at this link.

Who Knew Doodling is Educationally Worthy? Sketchnotes - It's Visual!

Sketchnotes are purposeful doodling while listening to something interesting whether it be a teacher's lecture, video, or a classmate's presentation. They are as much a method of note taking as they are a form of creative expression. They are visual notes where lines, symbols, icons, frames, bullets, and other visual elements are used to organize the note taking process.

Although drawing skills are incorporated to visually synthesize the notes, Sketchnotes do not require advanced artistic abilities! The skills needed to create effective Sketchnotes include planning, listening, processing, summarizing, and creative thinking -- all skills students need to be developing!

So if it sparks an interest, tech out more information about sketchnotes and integrate them into your instruction and your students' learning - consider using Google Drawing to make yours and your students' sketchnotes interactive! Way cool!

Read this excellent article explaining the benefits of using doodling and sketchnotes in the classroom.

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