"Around this time last year I shared a neat Google Spreadsheets script called Flippity. Flippity was originally designed to help you create flashcards through Google Spreadsheets. This morning Steve Fortna informed me that you can now use Flippity to create Jeopardy-style gameboards through Google Spreadsheets. In the video embedded I demonstrate how to use Flippity to create a Jeopardy-style gameboard."
T/H to R. Byrne
"Groupboard is a free online whiteboard and chat app that can be easily embedded into your website. It works on any web browser including iPhone, iPad and Android with no downloads or plugins required."
Has drawing tools. Would be great for tutoring or videoconferencing. Write, draw, type, upload documents.
This might be a very useful tool, especially as you could get students to fill in their own vocabulary or content to be studied. The application creates flashcards that look like index cards (red line at the top, lined content section. Paste your published Google spreadsheet link into the box at the website and it will generate a link to a set of online cards to share. Free.
Now -- Flippity will turn Google Spreadsheets into a Jeopardy-like game. Have students make the game themselves.
"Discover free templates for Google Slides presentations"
Download templates for presentations on Google Slides. GS is becoming more sophisticated. No guarantees on how long this will remain available, but it's free. Templates are categorized by type: "Formal, creative, simple," etc.
"I have taken all the conventional desks out and replaced them with mostly tables and a number of different kinds of chairs; I’ve used garage sales and the generosity of friends to furnish my room this way. My classroom looks like a college apartment. But I also build in transitions every 15 minutes or so that require movement (to get into groups, turn something in, write on a paper-covered wall, etc). I have little to no fidgeting problems or issues with attention loss.”"
This is a whole section of a teacher blog devoted to pictures and descriptions of flexible seating environments.
"In 2007, my co-teacher and I noticed that students felt increasingly like the world was "happening to them," as if they had no ability to affect positive change. This, coupled with the question "When am I going to use this?" led to the inspiration which has become the Fifth-Grade Environmental Project.
"Our goal was to create an educational model in which students' passions are the driving force, empowering them as global citizens. While we have limited time to cover required curriculum, we are committed to finding ways of embedding curriculum in "real-life" applications within the project.
"While the project's topic changes each year, the roots (or required elements) are the same, and the work evolves based on student passions, allowing each individual to find and contribute his or her gift to the whole, and reaffirming our belief that together we are smarter."
Explains how service learning can inspire student passion, critical thinking, and learning to affect change. Describes partnerships with community nonprofits, and products that students can create to inspire others.
"Part of the strength of the TELL Project is its built-in ability for teachers to self-determine how well they currently meet the criteria defined in the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Framework, relative to the growth they would like to make. To assist teachers in this aspect of reflective practice, TELL makes available self-assessment documents that allows an educator to pause and consider their current practice to identify possible areas of professional growth."
The subtitle of this article is that "People don't learn from experiences, they learn from reflecting on their experiences."
Has downloadable worksheet to help you find out if you have a safe and supportive learning environment.
"One of the most important information literacy skills for students is learning how to critically evaluate information found on the Web. This page includes forms for teaching the process, articles for learning about the aspect of literacy, and a list of bogus sites to use to showcase that all things on the Web are not real."
Designing 3-dimensional, hands-on experiences for the classroom. Explains "flipping" in the original sense: students explore first, then hear what it's all about through discussion with other students. Works well with science, but how to translate it into the language classroom?
Each of these links leads to another set of links, so you will have to pick and choose and explore to find what is appropriate for your students.
"By revealing his own numerate inadequacies, this author describes a grading system where students accumulate points over a semester of assignment submissions and re-drafting. He claims it offers students more autonomy in controlling their “earned” grade as well as incentivizes their investments in the revision process. In contrast to the normative percentages approach to grading, this point accrual system not only gives students a less ambivalent form of grading but, also, moves them past surface-level revision and into rhetorical re-structuring."
This article shows how to "gamify" the writing process.
"Students use PeerWise to create and to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers."
Register yourself as teacher and then sign in your students. Instructors easily view student participation. The site has screencasts to show what students do and what instructors think about their work.
"Formative assessment: you've heard about it, you've read the research, and you've probably tried it out in your classroom.
"Whether you're a formative assessment newbie or a veteran, these techniques can help spice up how you check for understanding in the classroom. They range from the classics, like exit slips, to ideas you may have never thought to try.
"This post was inspired by Todd Finley’s big, printable list, "53 Ways To Check For Understanding"."
Interesting ideas for formative assessment that also involve the students in their own assessment.
Good ideas and links to references. Blogs might be a way to connect your students to each other, and it gives them a voice and a venue for writing practice. Includes ideas on netizenship, Internet safety, and how to comment properly.
"HOW TO USE MAKEBELIEFSCOMIX.COM TO TEACH ESOL
"Comic strips provide a perfect vehicle for learning and practicing the English language. Each strip's three or four panels provides a finite, accessible world in which funny, interesting looking characters go about their lives. And students with limited reading or speaking skills are not as overwhelmed in dealing with the size of a comic strip as they may be with a book of many pages."
A good addition to a nice comic strip starter/creator.
This app lets you peek into students' minds as they are in the process of learning a subject. Distribute tests or problems and then see each students' answer real-time. Students can enter text, draw pictures, use math symbols, etc. You score on a slider and they receive instant results. The animation on the sign-up pages gives some examples of each type of student response.
The only problem might be that learning really takes place over a long period of time -- you can "know" some things, but not really understand or learn a subject.