I hope you all had a GREAT week! I spent the better part of the week down and out with an awful sinus infection. My post below, as a result, is lacking a bit, but still FULL of GREAT TECH!!! I saw an awesome article posted by a teacher this week about inspiring students. The article is titled What to do when a student constantly refuses to work. It’s actually taken from a Podcast and is a great read. My favorite excerpt from it is as follows: “Stay focused on inspiring your students. Don’t focus on whether they are actually inspired…let the energy of YOUR classroom be such that students who don’t buy into the lessons are missing out. Remember, you can only control yourself, not anyone else” With that, I give you one of my FAVORITE inspirational videos below.
Google Meet – BETTER than Hangout!
If you want a great way to share your screen with 25, possibly 30, students and have the ability to chat – then Google Meet is for you! Google Meet just came out last year and has a bit more functionality than Hangouts. It’s unclear if Google plans to phase out Hangouts and replace it with Meet. Either way, both Hangouts and Meet are pretty cool! Watch the video below to see Meet and check out a comparison of Hangouts and Meet here!
Science – BioInteractives
From the site:
At BioInteractive, you can find award-winning multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom. Our rich video resources range from a series of short films on evolution, hosted by an award-winning author-scientist, to lectures on the brain given by a Nobel-prize winner—all supplemented by teacher guides and classroom activities. Our team members include scientists, artists, and educational experts.
Dedicated to advancing science education, HHMI provides powerful teaching tools for use in high schools, colleges, and universities across the country, free of charge.
Review Game Creator – No Devices Needed
Are you without devices, but still need an option for review games in class? Check out this great post from Richard Byrne about Blended Play! It’s free online portal where teachers of any subject and grade level can create games to review material
Richard Byrne highlighted the site Class Tools on his blog last week. He says: “ClassTools, developed by a history teacher named Russel Tarr, is one of my favorite places to find educational games, game templates, and graphic organizers.” I explored, and this is a pretty cool site when you’re looking for an interactive activity in a pinch. Check out his video below:
Click the link below to search ClassTools for an interactive game you can use!
Simple History is just that, simple! It is a YouTube Channel comprised of cute, cartoons that give a very brief synopsis of Historical Events. Check out the YouTube channel here!
Happy Friday Vikings!
Erin Fisher 🐟 🐟 🐟