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* Maker Spaces
* Khan Academy for the Classroom
* Check This Out!
Makerspaces~ A space for creating, learning, problem-solving, and cooperating!
Makerspaces not only provide learning opportunities in science, tech, engineering, art and math, but they serve as a vehicle to encourage problem-solving and cooperation among the participants. The five makerspace stations include: Osmo coding with iPads, origami (Japanese paper folding), Snap Circuits (encourages electrical engineering and design), K'Nex (similar to Legos but uses sticks and other shapes to construct moveable "machines"), and Dash (a robot that uses coding technology via an iPad). It can get a little loud with 20+ students engaged in a robust activity of creating space sounds with slide switches and resistors, but it is well worth the learning and "imagination-stimulation" they receive!
Khan Academy for the Classroom
Khan isn't games. It is actual math practice and has excellent tutorial short videos for students to view if they miss the question. "It provides real time data on each student so I can not only review for myself, but show the student AND his or her parents," Haas states. The program keeps up with the total minutes and assigns a point value to the students' completed work.
While math is the most comprehensive subject available through Khan (Kinder through high school as well as specific subjects such as algebra, trigonometry, calculus, etc.), many other falling under Arts & Humanities, Science & Engineering, Computing, and Economics & Finance are also provided within the site. Teachers now have a powerful tool that students can access at home and as a classroom support system to the day's lesson.
You may have heard of Canva and just didn't quite know what it is or what it does. First of all, it's a web-based program that is an easy and powerful tool to help you create the best looking designs with pictures (yours or theirs) and words. Want to print a card or flyer or newsletter/ web page header or even design a print for a t-shirt? Anything goes with Canva, as professionals and amateurs alike have been turning to this program since 2012 to help them create one-of-a-kind looks for just about anything you can imagine. Check it out... it's free! www.canva.com
Looking for a cool way for your students to use storyboards for the latest lesson while incorporating some technology as well? StoryboardThat is another online software that offers your students a way to express what they are learning while organizing their thoughts through a unique and fun format. With hundreds of combinations of backgrounds, character themes, fonts, shapes, and textable balloons, StoryboardThat delivers one more helpful teacher-tech tool to enhance learning in the classroom. StoryboardThat
Wonderopolis is a website that makes inquiry and research fun again. The format is teacher AND student friendly and can be used to start each morning with the "Wonder of the Day," a question posed that is truly interesting and is reminiscent of the type of curiosity that we intuitively know we should allow students to experience and explore. Click the link for a short video explaining Wonderopolis and then try it for yourself (and your students!). wonderopolis.org/