Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A free platform for creating Jeopardy-style game boards to use in your classroom

Factile is a free platform for creating Jeopardy-style game boards to use in your classroom. Factile lets you create games and save them in your account to use whenever you need them. When you create your game you can include images in the answer display. One of the new features is a gallery of templates for creating games. You can browse the template gallery and make copies of the ones that you want to use in your classroom. The Jeopardy games in Factile are designed to be played by teams in your classroom. You control the board and award points when students answer correctly. Factile's newest feature provides an option for creating flashcards out of your game questions. To use the flashcard mode just select that option instead of "play" when you load a game.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WriteReader and Sesame Street partner to help kids create multimedia stories

WriteReader, a fantastic multimedia writing platform, has just announced a partnership with Sesame Street. This partnership brings Sesame Street characters into WriteReader's bank of images for students to use in their own stories. Now when students create a story in WriteReader they can choose one or all of twenty Sesame Street characters to place into scenes in their stories. In WriteReader students can craft entire stories featuring Sesame Street characters. For example, students can write a story that is a dialogue between Elmo and Oscar the Grouch. Or you might have a student write a story about Big Bird going on an adventure.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Empower students and engage families with Seesaw

SeeSaw released some great new features at ISTE back in June and they are at it again! SeeSaw is a digital portfolio which provides students with a platform to share their work. Over the last year, there was an increase in the number of teachers using SeeSaw to distribute assignments to students and then collect those assignments from students. To help make this process easier, SeeSaw has launched several new and exciting features.
  • Activities- Teachers can create their own activities or select grade-level specific assignments from the SeeSaw library. Teachers also have the option of sharing their activities to a school-specific library so other teachers in their school can have access to them.
  • Simplify workflow- Differentiate lessons by sharing lessons with the entire class or with just a few students. Students can select from a number of tools to show what they know and all responses will appear on a single page.
  • Save time- It is possible to share activities between classes and reuse activities from one year to the next.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tinycards. Learn with fun, free flashcards.

Tinycards is a free service from Duolingo that provides quick review activities in your web browser or on your iPad. Tinycards are essentially multimedia flashcards with a few quiz questions interspersed between them. The idea being that students will flip through a few digital flashcards then answer a question or two to test their recall of the topic at hand. In the geography section there is a collection of cards about the continents. Students flip a couple of cards that show students the name and relative location of a continent. After a couple of cards are flipped students are then asked a multiple choice question about the location of the continents. Then a few more cards are flipped and students have to answer a fill-in-the-blank question.