Dotstorming is a website that allows students to collaborate on topics much like a Padlet board, but students also have the ability to vote on topics. This allows the teacher to see what the consensus is in the class.
Edpuzzle is a site that lets users select videos from YouTube to edit and customize for your students. Once you have the video you want for your class, add text and images to the video to for enrichment opportunities and add questions to assess your students' knowledge.
The idea behind the newest component of our gamified professional development is a simple one: Everyone loves compliments.
After completing around 70 observations and popping in to observe countless other classroom lessons last year, I realized that, if I went back to the classroom, I would be a much better teacher now than I was when I was teaching. With this realization, I immediately began thinking of ways to incorporate more teacher-to-teacher observations into our professional development.
Canva is a free image creating website that allows users to easily create great looking graphics. Canva makes it very easy to create images, most elements of the image can be simply dragged and dropped onto your blank slate. Canva also allows you to upload your own images to add to your graphic.
Animoto is a website that allows users to create slideshow videos. Videos are stored in the cloud and can be worked on from any computer with internet access. Also, teachers can get a pro account free for one year!
Smore allows users to create digital flyers that can be easily shared and accessed by anyone interested. The great thing about Smore is that it allows admin/teachers to embed photos and videos right in the flyer to easily share what is going on in the school.
Pokemon Go has been out now for a little less than a week and it has already taken over the world... okay, maybe not, but it has become insanely popular in the few days that it has been available. When developing lessons, I try to consider what's going on in pop-culture, as well as what my particular students are interested in. Once Pokemon Go came out, I immediately started thinking of ways to use it in the classroom (as I'm sure many other teachers did).
One of the most difficult aspects of teaching with Office 365 was the inability to easily assign and collect homework assignments from students. That's why one of the most exciting recent announcements for teachers who use Office 365 is Microsoft Classroom. I used to teach with Google Classroom, but after using Microsoft Classroom for the last week, I'm excited to see that Microsoft has taken the "classroom" model to a whole new level.
Turning a Google Form into a quiz got much easier this week with the addition of quiz options! Now, with a few clicks of a button, your Google Form can be transformed into a self-grading assessment you can share with students as a formative assessment.
Padlet is a virtual wall for users to engage in discussion and share ideas. Padlet works like a digital corkboard that users can add content to (videos, images, texts) from anywhere in the word on any device.