Kelsi's Corner

Education Programs Specialist @ RIU#6

March - Tech Tip

Here is a great resource that helps evaluate and select technology tools for the classroom. Too often, we read about a new resource or hear about one from a colleague, jot it down, and either 1) Forget about it or 2) Use up a lot of time downloading it and playing around to find out it's not a quality resource or relevant for our particular students. Often times our toolbox is overflowing and what we really need is to narrow it down.

Meet Graphite - a resource that will give back some TIME! Graphite is a free service from Common Sense Media. They make it a whole lot easier to find the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for the classroom. Visit Graphite and start searching. Filter the resources by subject, grade, skill level, or by Common Core standard. Get unbiased learning ratings and reviews by leading educational specialists and ratings for teachers by teachers, check out Top-Pick lists, and learn how teachers are using educational technologies in their classrooms.

Teachers, Meet Graphite
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But what about those family members looking for their own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews?... Common Sense Media has YOU covered, too! Check reviews and age ratings on movies, games, television shows, books, apps, websites, and music. Don't know which movie to check out this weekend in theaters? Interested in finding out what apps to download for a three year old? Want to see if the content of a television show is appropriate for a tween whom you care about? The list goes on and on.

Use this website to gain access to free family guides, including holiday (or birthday) gift guides and check out the parent concern section to find out how to talk to children about screen time, privacy and Internet safety, cyber bullying, among other topics.

Make Common Sense Media your one stop shop for everything media for you and your family.

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Kelsi Wilcox Boyles

I am an Education Programs Specialist at RIU#6. I work on ELA projects, STEAM initiatives, and Instructional Tech coaching.

Ask Me About: Google Apps for Education, iPad Apps to Transform the Classroom, Digital Learning Tools for Formative Assessment (Kahoot!, Nearpod, Plickers), Discovery Education, Text-Dependent Analysis, Non-Fiction Reading Strategies, STEAM Competitions, PAECT membership