Think Different #44

Resources for the Week of Dec. 10, 2017

Have you Registered for iPad iCamp Yet?

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Rhyming Words Activity: Practice matching rhyming words with this nice Christmas themed activity

Rhyming Words Activity for the Have Fun Teaching Blog: Practice matching rhyming words with this nice Christmas themed activity. There are matching cards, matching worksheets, and writing worksheets to complete the activity.

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Download for FREE notes on one side, watch video on the other!

With you can take notes on one side of your screen while watching a video on the other side. Your notes are automatically synchronized with the timestamps in the video. You can share your notes just like you share any other file within Google Drive.

Thanks to Richard Byrne, of Free Technology for Teachers for this great resource.

Quick, Draw! with Google

An interesting feature of Quick, Draw! is the insight players can gain about how the network works. After you complete a game, just select one of the drawings and you’ll see two sets of results. Let’s use my pathetic attempt at a bee as an example (try not to laugh). First, you see what kind of object the computer thought you were going to draw.

Some ideas for classroom application include:

  • Have students summarize one of their illustrations, describing what they just drew through a voluntary share aloud or a Timed RoundRobin.
  • Ask students to screen capture one of their images and write a story about it.
  • Have students listen to the words the computer is guessing to see how many they recognize.
  • For images that weren’t recognized, have students identify and define the images the machine thought they were drawing.
  • During whole-class sharing, allow students to speak about one of their illustrations that couldn’t be guessed and have the entire class share details of how they would have drawn the image.
  • Allow the students to explain some of their illustrations that might have special connections in their lives.
  • Let students make predictions or inferences about their illustrations.

Learn more about this tool fro Diana Benner of the TECA blog.

9 Web Tools for Creating Infographics

From Shelly Terrell of Teacher Reboot Camp: Equipping ourselves because we love our learners!

Web Tools and Apps

  • Piktochart has several templates for creating infographics. Also, access a library of free clipart, fonts, graphics and backgrounds.
  • is an infographic creator with graphs and templates.
  • Venngage is an easy to use infographic maker and graphic design software with drag and drop.
  • is a web tool for creating infographics and interactive visuals.
  • Canva is a web tool and iPad app with infographic templates and lesson plans.
  • Visme allows you to create infographics with cool transitions, animations, and effects.
  • Check out this Google Draw template for creating infographics by John Calvert.
  • Smore is a free web tool to create digital flyers with videos, icons, and images. Some teachers have used this web tool to create infographics.
  • is another web tool with templates and graphics to create infographics.

Check out Shelly's presentation:

This is the 5th year we have offered iPad iCamp Day in the College of Education at Kansas State University. This year, we have a wonderful workshop presenter. I have gotten to know Kelly over the last 6 years and oh my goodness, what a gem. Kelly is full of energy, knowledgeable, organized and spends her time helping teachers integrate technology in her district.

  • Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Where: 1088 Business Building, Kansas State University
  • Cost: $60 (includes lunch) space is limited
  • Registration is Open
  • KSU Education Majors: Earn 6 Professional Points

We'll look at teaching and learning with iPads and be reminded of best instructional practices to engage and enhance student learning. What’s hAPPening in your class? Come and discover how powerful iPad apps can bring collaboration and creativity into your classroom. Find your classroom “ POWER ZONE ” while students connect to content.

EMPOWER, INSPIRE and INTEGRATE technology in a way that can enhance how you teach and how students learn. It is about creating not just consumption. Come and be inspired.

This will be a hands-on workshop you will be doing and creating!

What we want and find most useful are: apps, examples of how they are used in class and time for hands-on creation or practice.

Another very important thing most teachers have trouble with is - How do I get the student’s project off this device? We can explore different avenues to use, especially with a shared iPad.

In the morning, participants will be introduced to an app/idea or lesson. We will explore real-life examples and then there will be time to create a practice together.

  • SAMR – Finding the right tool for the right task. (Mixing paper and technology.)
  • Explain Everything – the regular way to use Explain Everything and creating sorting activities.
  • Power Zone apps (Notability, One Note, Scanner Pro, Good Notes, PDF annotating, Nearpod) Getting away from your doc camera and getting in the zone with students.
  • Tiny Tap
  • Thinglink
  • Adobe apps – Spark Video, Spark Page, Spark Post
  • Padlet, Classkick, Seesaw
  • Quizizz, Kahoot!, Quizlet, Quizlet Diagrams, Quizlet Live
  • Fav people to follow on Twitter and YouTube
  • HP5 Tools
  • SMART Badges – Professional Development

In the afternoon, we will do a mini version of the AppMazing Race and participants will experience the Escape Room created in Kelly's district.

Plenty of active learning and examples you can take back and use immediately, along with lots of collaboration, brain breaks, and more. Get read for active learning and tons of fun!!