3 for Thursday

May 5, 2016

1. Noisli

Noisli is a white-noise generator, which offers a menu of different sounds you can combine to your tastes, creating a nice background hum that can help you or your students stay focused. You can experiment and use Noisli without an account, but creating one will allow you to set a timer, save your favorite audio mixes and share them via a link or on social media. Try it!!

2. Ditching the Desk(s)

Have you ever thought about switching out your classroom layout? I invite you to read the articles linked below for some out-of-the-box thinking and reflection on creating inviting and collaborative learning spaces:

Although I am not advocating that all of you lose the desks, it is something to think about. If you are interested in pursuing a radical classroom redesign, please come see me...I have lots of ideas about how you could make this happen and will work with you to find what you need.

3. Formative

Formative is a quiz builder along the same vein as Socrative or Kahoot. Teachers create assessments from scratch right in the Formative platform, or upload an existing PDF or Word document and build a quiz from there. Students access the assessments by entering a class code on their own devices. Something different about Formative is that as students take the assessments, the teacher can look at his or her own device and see what each student is writing simultaneously. This short video will give you a LOT more information about using this assessment tool. Formative runs on any internet connected device and is free for use by teachers and students.
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About 3 for Thursday

Tech tips and timely topics presented for the teachers of Mashburn Elementary (and anyone they'd like to share with.) At Mashburn Elementary, Our Mission is developing deep levels of Relationships, Engagement, and Rigor.