Everytime we talk about social media in school, it ends up in a discussion over Facebook and student drama. I've often wondered how we could connect with our students in a positive way to teach them about social media and how to use it appropriately. Many school policies ban certain types of social media contacts with kids (I like my job), so what is our alternative? Edmodo is an educator centered social media website. It's simple to use and your classes can connect with you and their classmates. The best part is the teacher controls who is in the class and can easily monitor everything that is going on. I've even set up Edmodo classes for my after school groups to discuss important topics. If you have never used Edmodo before, check out the video and links below. Best part, its free!
Plickers are an amazing tool for classrooms. They are printable student response cards that can be stapled, glued or taped onto your kids notebooks. The best part, they are free. This gives you a quick and easy way to collect responses from bell ringers, questions or whole class assessments. If you haven't experimented with these yet, check out the video below, I highly recommend Plickers.
Pictures are worth a thousand words. I suspect that pictures taken of learning events boost student learning in the same way. My goal is to make images an essential tool of science exploration in school. In this lesson concept, students will learn how to complete an image mark up (taking an original image and labeling important concepts). The basic principle is that students create unique digital products that demonstrate their learning. In one class period with group access to a computer students create an image that highlights important scientific concepts. As students work to create their examples, you will unlock new learning opportunities. Once this skill is mastered, it can be used for anything, labeling insect parts on a specimen collected form the field, making constellation makes of the night sky, the possibilities are endless. Click on the image below to learn more.
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Fidget spinners, love them or hate em, they are everywhere.
Love this one, simple but effective.
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