Tech Snacks

Byte-Sized Treats to Transform Learning 1.8.19

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Searching for Math & Science Simulations? Try Something New!

Looking for a FREE interactive math and science simulation tool for students? PhET Simulations are a great way to engage students through an “intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.” These simulations can be used with 3rd grade all the way through college students. You can search by content area or grade level to find the perfect simulation to help explain a concept or let students extend their learning. Check it out!


Elementary - Middle - High School

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Help With Math? Try Something New!

True story - My 5th grader told me I don’t understand how to do “her math”. Her math? She might be right about that. Sometimes she asks for help and looking at her textbook is like looking at a different language. I can easily get the answer, but the “getting there” part is a little different.


Enter Pearson’s BouncePages app! This free tool lets students (and their parents) bring topics to life with the simple touch of a button. Pearson is using augmented reality, commonly known as AR, to launch engaging and interactive video animations. Use a mobile device to open the app, hold the embedded camera over a pre-tagged page of the homework, and an animation immediately comes to life. The video will be a review of what was taught in the lesson and helps reinforce the concepts. Many pages also include hands-on practice opportunities for students to try out what they just learned. There are no long URL addresses to remember, and logins are not needed. See it in action below!


"The animations include friendly characters, entertaining scenarios, and effective explanations of the material. They allow students to go at their own pace and feature interactive math tools that let students practice what they just learned. Straightforward and Relevant: The animations and practice opportunities use real-world situations to demonstrate the material in a way that students can easily relate to."


Downloads: Parent PDF IOS Download Android Download

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urkx7yLUw2I
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Writer's Block? Try Something New!

Story Starters gives students ideas for characters, plot, and settings as well as different formats of writing. Visit http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/.


1. Select one of the four themes.

2. Type name and select grade level K-6.

3. Click SPIN lever.

4. Choose format (Notebook, Letter, Newspaper, Postcard).

5. An online box is provided for text and another for drawings.

6. Export in PDF format.

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Canvas Commons Undergoes a Facelift with Preview. Explore Something New!

Annoyed by Canvas' Commons and its refusal to display a preview of resource materials shared by other users? If so, despair no more, because teachers now have the option to Preview before downloading anything -- thus saving time and aggravation. All you need to do now is search Commons, open a promising tool, and then click Preview. No more blind downloading into course shells! For detailed directions, just click here.

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Upcoming Technology PD

Technology - Google for Education Level 1 Series: Chrome, Drive & Docs 1/14/19

Are you new to using Google tools? This session will get you started using Google Drive, Docs and the Chrome browser. We will cover the basics of these foundational tools so you will be prepared to use them in the classroom. This session is open to anyone, but is also part of a series for those seeking Level 1 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


Technology - Google for Education Level 2 Series: Google Earth, Maps & Tour Builder 1/17/19

Come and see the new Google Earth! Virtually explore our world and plan in-class trips with your students. Document agendas and trips with Google MyMaps and Google TourBuilder. We will also investigate the Google Cultural Institute and learn how to integrate these tools into the classroom. This is an advanced session and only those with prior experience using the tools should register. This session is also part of a series for those seeking Level 2 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


Technology - Evaluate Student Assignments with Consistency Through Canvas Rubrics 1/24/19

One benefit of using Canvas Assignments is the Rubric feature. Learn how to build and share scoring guidelines that detail criteria and makes evaluation quick and consistent.


Technology - Google for Education Level 1 Series: Forms and Sheets 1/28/19

Google Forms are great for creating digital formative and summative assessments as well as surveys and questionnaires. Explore question types from short or long answer to multiple choice, rubrics and advanced branch logic and question skip logic. Moving on to Google Sheets, we'll format, organize and filter data and explore data validation. This session is open to anyone, but is also part of a series for those seeking Level 1 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


Technology - Google for Education Level 2 Series: Advanced Docs, Slides, Drawings and Keep 2/7/19

Hands-on activities, lesson integration and more with advanced Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, and Keep. This is an advanced session and only those with prior experience using the tools should register. This session is also part of a series for those seeking Level 2 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


Technology - Google for Education Level 1 Series: Google Slides & Classroom 2/11/19

Learn how to use Slides to engage your students and to allow online collaboration. Use images and media to better convey your content. Utilize Google Classroom to deploy your digital assignments and to link students' classwork. Google Classroom is a blended learning system that allows for teachers to deploy assignments while communicating and collaborating with students inside a paperless environment. We will learn how to create classes, to manage instruction, and to assess your students in the online Google platform. This session is open to anyone, but is also part of a series for those seeking Level 1 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


Technology - Explore Canvas: Assignments, Speedgrader, and Quizzes 2/21/19

Introductory training barely scratches the surface of the many incredible things Canvas can offer for blended learning. With this session, learn how to turn an assignment into a virtual copy machine with either Google Docs/Slides or Word/PowerPoint, use Speedgrader's markup tools to provide student feedback, and set up Quizzes with various options, such as adding images to answers. Bring your content or have it already uploaded to the Cloud so that you can use your own material while you practice.


Technology - Google for Education Level 2 Series: Advanced Forms, Sheets and Add-On's 2/25/19

Ready to dig a little deeper into Forms and Sheets? In this session you will learn how to create more complicated forms and how to use basic functions and pivot tables in Sheets along with conditional formatting to make the data work for you. We'll also look at the power of Add-Ons for both tools. This is an advanced session and only those with prior experience using the tools should register. This session is also part of a series for those seeking Level 2 Google Educator Certification. Those seeking certification should visit this site for more information.


To register and browse for more PD sessions, please visit www.mylearningplan.com.