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Are we feeling a little spookiefish this time of year? I know I am!! My weekends are filled with Pumpkins, harvest festivals, and haunted gatherings! What a fun time for a student, especially our younger ones! Remember how exciting Halloween was as a child?! It’s even more fun now as adults! We can bring this month’s themes into the classroom as well, and I’m sure it will make your students smile! After all, who doesn’t like a brain break with the Bones dance below?! Enjoy some spooky-themed tech below!

Halloween Magnetic Poetry 

This is a great post by Shake-Up Learning that gives you a FREE template for Magnetic Poetry in Google Drawings.  Check out the link below, this would be a great ELA activity!
https://shakeuplearning.com/blog/halloween-magnetic-poetry-with-google-drawings/

Halloween Emoji Writing 

This is a great post by Eric Curts who has a FREE template for you to use or shows you how to use your own. It talks about Rebus stories which are stories that contain pictures and words. For instance, instead of the word apple, you would put a picture within the sentence of an apple. These are common at the younger levels in storybooks. Check out Eric Curts post below, it’s GREAT!

https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2018/10/halloween-rebus.html    (this post also contains his Jack-O-Lantern activity – where students can create their own digital Jack-O-Lantern and write about it!)

See a video of how to do this below:

FREE Halloween Slides Templates by Slides Carnival 

Slides Carnival is a great site that provides hundreds of beautiful Slides templates and images that are free from copyright and safe to use. They even have themed templates including Halloween!  In fact, Eric Curts used one in his famous Jack-o-Lantern Activity! Simply click this link here to see the three Halloween options for Slides Templates. Create your activity using these templates and the kids will smile!

Two Halloween HyperDocs 

Here are two, similar yet different, Halloween HyperDocs. Be sure to review all links prior to pushing out to students to ensure they are appropriate for your age level.

Example 1

Example 2

NO TECHNOLOGY – Let’s use REAL PUMPKINS 

Believe it or not, I love this idea so much more than the techie activities listed above. What I love about this resource, even more, is that it’s using technology to encourage non-technology activities! Together We Are Better! Take a look here at this awesome crowd-sourced Pumpkin spreadsheet of ideas!

Tip of the Week: MAGIC RAINBOW UNICORNS!!! 

Who doesn’t like a little rainbow in their life 🌈?! If you’re familiar with the add-on for Docs, this is the add-on for SLIDES! WOohoo!!! No more copying and pasting!

 

What spooky tech will you be using this month? Something fun I hope, feel free to share! 🎃 🎃 🎃

oFISHally spoookily yours,

Erin Fisher 🐟 🐟 🐟

 

Let’s Get Reel….📽️ 🎣 🎥

WOOOOHOOOO!

The Chromebooks are back at the JRSRHS! What a great week to be a Viking! There was a lot of excitement this week (and a lot of unboxing and configuring too, lol)! What an awesome, crazy time of year!  Speaking of crazy, it’s important we remember to take care of ourselves at this time too. We’re so busy taking care of everyone around us, we often neglect ourselves.  George Couros had a great blog post this week, which you can read here, titled 3 Ideas For Taking Care of Yourself Before the Break. He reminds us: It’s okay to need a break. Learn to say no. Take care of yourself.  So, I hope you’re finding time for you…remember, I’m here to help if you want it.  💻 💻 💻

The POWER of Video 📽️ 

Video is a powerful tool for learning.  Take FlipGrid for instance, it has hit the Twittersphere by storm! Why….because video is powerful!  As a teacher, creating video is so easy, and your students will LOVE it!  Picture having small groups, and rather than students needing to ask you or each other what to do, they can just refer to video inside Google Classroom. You can create videos privately and share them privately – and students love listening to you much more than say Kahn Academy. Video is a great tool for online teaching or a flipped classroom! Videos are also great for parents to refer to as well to help their children with certain skills.  VIDEO does NOT replace the personal interaction or connection of a teacher and student, but can work really well for reinforcement, practice, an introduction of a topic, or when a student may be absent.   Check out the tutorial below about creating video – it’s easy and FUN and best of all – students LOVE IT…because they love you!

Screencastify:

Your phone:

 

View YouTube Videos  – Clean and Safe 🎞️ 

Once you have videos you enjoy using in the classroom, it’s great to have a way to watch them safely.  Viewpure does just that. Take a look at the GIF below for a brief showing of Viewpure.

 

 Ideas for Video Creation with Students 🎥 

Who doesn’t love to see a video of their own child learning?  Screencastify is a great Chrome extension for students to use on their own Chromebooks to create video. The video will go right into a student’s drive and then he or she can share it with the teacher or embed it on a Google Slide. Imagine doing book reviews with video and hearing a child or young adult describe a great read?! Take all of those videos and embed them on a slide deck to share with the class or parents? What a great project! Read this article here for even more ideas of how we can have students create videos for the classroom!

Creative Alternatives to Movies before Break 🍿 

This is a GREAT article by John Spencer that features some creative activities to use with students before the break. Many of them are upper level, like Genius Hour, History Mystery, or Wonder Weeks. If you’re looking for something to do with students before the break, that will engage, this is a great read.

Holiday Tech (updated) 🎄 🕎 

To make sure we get the latest HOLIDAY activities ….

My favorite Blogger – Eric Curts – put out another post this week on winter activities in general which had a great link for MORE PIXEL ART as well as EMOJI WRITING IN DOCS!  Click here for  his awesome post!

You can also click here for my Google Doc of Holiday Tech that spans PreK-12. I’ve added a few items to it this week, like Rainbow Maker in Docs! (see GIF below)

 

“When children create for the world they make it good. When children create only for their teacher they make it good enough.” – Rushton Hurley @rushtonh

Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the Chromebooks JRSRHS!

oFISHally yours,

Erin Fisher 🐟 🐟 🐟

Pescado Navidad 🐟 🎄

I hope you are all having  a great week!  Shout Out to Kim Parsloe this week, who got me thinking about all sorts of tools to assist students with language translation. Imagine coming to our school, from another country, and not understanding any English – what a challenge for both student and teacher! Technology, luckily, can help!  Check out some tips and tricks below (I also updated my Holiday Tech Doc found at the end of the post):

Translating Tech Tools 

Google Translate has both a website and extension that make it easy to copy and paste language into a platform and have it translated into a variety of languages.

website: https://translate.google.com/

Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-translate/aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb?hl=en

Website Translator  

If you have a website you like to use, that is able to be translated, Google Website Translator is a great tool.  Simply paste the URL into the translator and it will turn the site into the language chosen (if possible). Unfortunately, not all sites can be translated.

http://itools.com/tool/google-translate-web-page-translator

Learn a new language 

DuoLingo is a program that will help students learn a new language!  It’s cute and fun and may assist your English speaking students communication with new friends!

Website: https://www.duolingo.com/

Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duolingo-on-the-web/aiahmijlpehemcpleichkcokhegllfjl?hl=en

Translating Docs into other Languages 

Another reason to work in Docs! Any Google Doc can be translated into a variety of languages.  Take a look at the GIF below. Simply go to Tools and choose Translate Document. It will not be a perfect translation, but it should help!

 

Audio Translator 

The extension Select and Speak will translate any text into another language and read it aloud.  Take a look at the video below. Like Docs, this translation will not be perfect, but it will assist in understanding. Not all languages are available, but there are over 30 to choose from.

Holiday Tech 

To make sure we get the latest HOLIDAY activities ….

My favorite Blogger – Eric Curts – put out the 12 days of Techmas (click here)…Guess what is Day #1….PEAR DECK and the new add-on for Slides. This is AMAZING.  I’m sure the rest of his days will be great too, check out his holiday tech by clicking each day available on the image I linked above.

You can also click here for my Google Doc of Holiday Tech that spans PreK-12. I’ve added a few items to it this week, like Magnetic Poetry!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

oFISHally yours,

Erin Fisher 🐟 🐟 🐟