Tech Nuggets

March 2014

Hope you all had a fabulous spring break and came back refreshed & renewed!

No big news from the Tech Department this month. We did start piloting the Chromebooks at the middle school right before spring break. So far the teachers and students are enjoying working on them!

New Apps for March

The following apps were purchased for the district during the month of March. Some of them have already been added to student devices, but if they are not on the devices your students use feel free to request them via the district app request form at Apps4Learning.
What the heck is a Chromebook? - Learn about Chromebooks

Blogging Platforms: Which do I choose? - This article looks at four different blog platforms that educators could use for their classroom and with students.

FlipQuiz - Quick look and review of the web tool FlipQuiz, a Jeopardy style game board.

Journal Prompts

Freewriting prompts broken into question types - What do you think..., What if..., How...., I wish..., Describe..., Which..., Who...


Write Source - Writing Topics

Topics are grouped by grade level and could be used for freewriting.


180 Journal Writing Prompts: Enough for Every Day of the School Year

Prompts are broken into 4 quarters, but you can use the prompts whenever you would like. Great for the beginning or ending of class.


Enchanted Learning

This site provides educational resources for teachers and students. As you scroll down the page, you will find pages for researching dinosaurs, the rain forest, inventors and more. You will also find printable graphic organizers, maps and more. Many resources are free, but there are some that require a membership to the site of $20 a year.


Google Sites Training

How-tos for getting started with Google sites to create a web page for your classroom, sports team, etc.


Using Google Draw for Virtual Manipulatives

Learn how to create your own virtual manipulatives with Google Draw


If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel

A tediously accurate map of the solar system, but it gives students a new perspective on the distance and size of the solar system. The little quips between planets are fun too.


Provide Your Directions in a Google Doc

Great idea! I think this would save you and all the other students who ask the same questions over and over again.


20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools

Provides ideas for using Google Apps in the classroom.


MakerParent

Nice collection of STEM project ideas for home (or school), sortable by age, complexity, or expense.


Grammar Practice Park

Grammar practice games for grades 3-5 focusing on nouns, verbs, pronouns, sentences and more.


MyPlate Kids' Place

Helps students learn about nutrition through videos, songs, games and more. Resources also available for educators and parents.


Kids.gov

The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for Kids and Teens. Provides videos, games and facts on the government, online safety and more. The teacher tab provides activities and lesson plans for the classroom.


BBC - Ancient Greeks

A kid friendly site on Ancient Greeks including topics like 'Growing up in Greece' and 'Greeks at War.' There is also a teacher resource page with quizzes, activities and more.


FEMA for Kids

Resources, facts, games and kits to help students learn what to do before, during and after a major event. There are also downloadable resources to educators and parents to work with their students on weather preparedness.


Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Students can learn facts about the nation and our government as well as play interactive games like matching the states. Covers grades K-12, just select your range on the home page.