Digital Inspiration For A New Year!

Some new and old favorites!

Under The Heading...Quick & Easy Things To Try!

Extensity - Help Students Manage Their Google Extensions! This Chrome extension allows students to quickly turn their extensions on and off.
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Talk and Comment - Chrome Extension for Quickly Commenting on Student Work!
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Under The Heading...Gamification, Digital Games To Support Student Learning

PHET Interactive Simulations - This website provides free interactive math and science simulations that engage student through an intuitive, game like environment where they learn through exploration and discovery. (An entire section on elementary math & science! https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/by-level/elementary-school)
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FreeRice - FreeRice.com gets students thinking about helping others and ending world hunger while supporting their basic facts like multiplication and vocabulary.
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Geoguessr - I was recently reminded of this fabulous geography game. Geoguessr (App or Online) Students can see the world and guess the location to get points. They can gather clues from the signage, cars, and terrain. I encourage them to open a second tab in Chrome, to do research on languages & location signs that they are seeing. Super easy to introduce and just let students explore. Even host a little class contest for the high score!

Under the Heading...Don't Forget These Great Options For Student Sharing And Creativity!

Glogster - This web and/or app creation tool, http://edu.glogster.com gives students the opportunity to create interactive digital posters. Students can embed video, links, images to share their learning. Check out my sample about snow! http://ohe123.edu.glogster.com/sample-2
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Storybird - Storybird give students the opportunity to create stories by inspiring them with artwork from illustrators from around the world. This easy to use free website makes creative writing engaging for students. Storybird.com
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Google Tour Builder - This web-based storytelling/map building tool which gives students the opportunity to easily create and explore history and places around the world. https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/
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Sketchpad - Sometime students want to illustrate a story or sketch their notes. It is great to have a "go to" drawing program that is easy to use! https://sketch.io/sketchpad/ is a free web based draw program. I really like the fact that it includes the layering feature for students to try.
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