3 for Thursday

January 22, 2015

1. EPIC!

I am in love with this app that was recently shared with me by our District ITS. It includes more than 1000 books, many of which are from well-known authors or major publishers. You can choose books by genre and age, then read online or offline. This subscription service usually costs $4.99 per month, but they are making it available for FREE to educators. Use the link https://www.getepic.com/educators/ and scroll down the page to sign up. Students will need to sign in (on the app) with the email address and password that you use to sign up for the account. It will allow you to create the account with a fake email address. Although the book levels are not included on the app or website, many of these books can be leveled. If you find that this is something you would use with your small reading groups, please let me know and I will create a system wherein we can level them as we go and share with each other. I promise you, this is EPIC!

2. PixTeller

Teachers, this is a nifty little tool for you, NOT students. Pixteller.com is a place to make posters, greeting cards, banners, Facebook covers, memes, etc.... Sign up for an account and start creating! You can start from scratch or choose someone else's creation and edit to your liking. PixTeller is also a photo editing tool and offers tons of fonts and additional features. Finished products can be downloaded and saved to your computer or shared to most social media sites. Best of all, it's completely FREE.

3. Estimation 180

Estimation 180 is a one stop shop for estimation examples. Blogger Andrew Stadel offers 180 estimation photos with an interactive tool for students to make their estimate and explain their reasoning. Use these activities 'as is' or post the pictures into a discussion thread or assignment in itslearning and have students respond.

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About 3 for Thursday

Tech tips and timely topics presented for the teachers of Mashburn Elementary (and anyone they'd like to share with.) At Mashburn Elementary, Our Mission is developing deep levels of Relationships, Engagement, and Rigor.