Common Core - Tech Integration

August 26th & 27th

Mission For Today

•To validate your content and pedagogical skills
•To design around content and integrate technology . . . when appropriate
•To try something different
Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes

Common Core - Highly Recommended Site to Branch Out
...including links to Scholastic, Read-Write-Think, Interactive Sites

Learn Zillion

Video lessons and assessments.

Each lesson highlights a Common Core Standard

Common Core - App on Web
This link takes you directly to the specific standards. It interfaces the same way as the app. Download the app :)

Checklist of Standards

A "kid-friendly" version will be coming to you in the future . . .

Let's Get This Started . . September Days and Visual Prompts

Dot Day! September 15, 2013 (Celebrated on September 13th)

Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!

FREE colorful 8 1/2 x 11 inspirational posters

The Dot book is read on a You Tube video. Kids LOVE The Dot.

September 17, 2013
FREE Download for Constitution Day

iCivics - More sophisticated games for 6th graders
Interactive resource for Constitution Day

Visual Writing Prompts

Visual Images With Prompts


Your mission is to explore the following sites and create a work of art to symbolize you/your values. You may use your photos, images from the web, or your words.
Bonus points - Upload your creation to your webpage so you have something new to welcome your students.
You can download the creation or take a screenshot of it - Hold down shift command 4.


No log in required. Just upload pictures. Pick a shape or a word and download.

Motivational Posters

Printable motivational posters

More Photo Collages
-Quick and easy collage maker

VERY Popular Photo Editor
-Super easy photo editor with lots of free effects

Visual Poetry

Language is a Virus
Creative use of words


Enter a phrase and images will illustrate each word. This is more of a photo story. Explore this site after you have finished with the other links.

Using Words to Create - Tags

Word Mosaic - Upload words, select a design, and take a screen shot shift command 4.
LOTS of fun things to try :)
Copy and paste words or type in words. The more times you type a word, the larger the word will appear.
This is one of my favorite sites but it requires a plug in, so I'd play with it when you have more time. WORTH checking out!


30 Free Account - Worth the exploration -Great for interactive whiteboards
Graphical concept maps show how ideas connect

Kennedy Center

Symbolic Collage

You last activity included representations of you and your values.

Casey at the Bat

Internet Archive (Recommended Common Core Resource)
Over 10 recordings of Casey at the Bat

Compare any of these readings to James Earl Jones reading it with background music.

Baseball Almanac
Read an online article. Check the readability.
Test the readability of any website by using the above link. Make it a "Most Visited." Drag it to your Bookmark Toolbar.

You Tube
Watch a video of the book

Read, Write, Think
Choral reading - Casey, Umpire, Pitcher, etc.

Trading Cards Activity - App and Online

Google Earth

Google World Wonders:
Bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world

Compare and Contrast

How To

A "how to" website with videos, PDFs, and instructables

Web Page Readability Test and Make a PDF

Print Friendly
Make a print friendly & PDF version of any webpage

Readability - This is the same link under the Casey at Bat unit.
Test the readability of any website by using the above link. Make it a "Most Visited."


Discovery Education
Just an amazing resource filled with videos, images, lessons, "On This Day"

Safely watch videos online - If a You Tube is blocked, it will stay blocked.

A K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with safe video sharing.

A database for documentaries.
Educational programs on TV and online.

Search and view timeslines, or sign up and create your own.

Comic Creators

•Make Belief Comix
Create comic books online & graphic novels
•Comic Master
Create graphic novels.


•Kids Discover - FREE Downloadable Items
AMAZING resource - Occasional free apps - CHECK THIS OUT!

Create visual posters.
You can create a chart with text, images, graphics, and charts. Use this for a response to an article that may have numerical data to help interpret the information.


Here's an example of a Piktochart (a graphic with pictures) based upon an informational passage.

Presentation Tools

Web-based presentation tools

Obviously, this whole presentation was created with Smore.
Create a flyer that depicts a topic and add a description. Compare two images, movies, or research a topic and invite someone to your findings.
Smore Example - Ancient Greek influence in Philadelphia





Art Content Area Resources

Chicago Art
Smart History Khan Academy
Google Art Project
Read, Write, Think Lesson Plans

*You Simply Must . . .
-User name is password is artstor
-Go to Tools and select Download offline presentation tool (OIV)
-Install (This will enable you to view and zoom images.)
-Use the advanced search
-QTVR will give you a 360 look
-Complete pdf and return to me by the end of today.

Writing Resources

Photos and Photo Editing Resources

Additonal Resources

The sites below contain MANY resources/lesson plans about various disciplines. Open and search for your topic.

Links to documents

My Big Campus

Here's a way to organize all of your resources. Brian Allen is a master!

Mr. Picassohead

Just one of many visual drawing/editing tools. Draw and incorporate poetry.


Upload images and record students narratives.


Although this has been around for years, they now have a lesson plan section for all subject areas. Students love it!


Obviously, this whole presentation was created with Smore.
Create a flyer that depicts a topic and add a description. Compare two images, movies, or research a topic and invite someone to your findings.

Museum Box

This is a virtual museum where you can incorporate photos and text. This can be used as a great way to share research on a topic. Kate Liese is the expert on this one.
Museum Box

Anna Hentz

7th Grade Humanities
K - 8 Technology Curriculum Leader