Teacher and Blogger Anne Gardner writes about the Literactive website for early readers. If you are a primary teacher or even preschool or kindergarten, be sure to check it out. http://commoncoreconnectionusa.blogspot.com/2013/11/have-you-seen-literactive-wow.html
My second graders love the website www.coolmathgames4kids.com It is loaded with fun math games and logic games. The website has a dark background with bright neon colors. Very appealing to kids. The current favorite game of the boys in my class is “Sticky Ninja Academy”. How can you go wrong with a name like that?
A colleague shared this resource with me. It contains 30 Websites and Apps for Language Arts Classrooms.
Have I mentioned how much I love www.internet4classrooms.com ?! This is a great place to start when looking for games to play on your interactive whiteboard or student computers. Everything is broken down by grade level, skill, or common core standard. Instead of doing a random internet search, start your search on this website.
This is a fabulous article with links to many tools that are recommended by other teachers. I had heard of many of them, but a lot of them are new to me. Check it out!
If your school is adopting Common Core Standards, be sure to check out these great resources!
I love this website. There are different categories for grade levels and subject matter. If you go to the common core section, select your grade and then select the specific standard you are working on. You will then get a list of several internet games and resources that correlate to the standard. What a great time saver!
Another fantastic place to look for Common Core resources is www.pinterest.com Just enter what you are looking for in the search box and you are sure to have several ideas in just a matter of seconds.
www.teacherspayteachers.com is one of my favorite resources. There are things here for everyone from preschool teachers through high school. The items are created by teachers. Many are free and others are offered for a small fee. Save yourself some time and support your fellow teachers by purchasing their products. I have never been disappointed after a visit to this website!
Mastery Connect has a free common core app that is available in the iTunes store ass well as Android Market and Windows Store. Their website, www.masteryconnect.com is dedicated to helping teachers with formative common core assessments as well as tracking individual student mastery of standards.
Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers
The Best Sites for Collaborative Online Studying
Students like to study together. Last week I walked into my local coffee shop and saw two of my former students doing just that, and I couldn’t have been prouder.
Peek down the hallways of your own school, or in the cafeteria or library around final exam time, and you’ll probably see students quizzing one another over the content they anticipate encountering on the test. Thanks to the Web, they don’t have to be in the same room to work together.
Let’s take a look at some platforms that help students connect for online study sessions.
Google+ opened up to teenagers late last year. There are some good tools built into the social platform that students can use for group study. An important element of Google+ that you and your students should get to know is Google+ Circles. These are groups of contacts that you create in your Google+ account. When you share an item in your account, you can specify who can or can’t see what you’ve just posted. Google+ Hangouts allow you to video chat with the people in your Circles. While in a Hangout, you can share your screen, share and collaborate on Google Docs, and use a collaborative whiteboard. While still relatively new—it’s only nine months old—Google+ has the potential to be a great place for students to study.
Think Binder enables students to organize online study groups in which they can share files and links, chat, and collaborate on a whiteboard. Think Binder could be used as a place for all students in a course to share their notes. By sharing notes and other materials, a student who’s absent from class can catch up by viewing the materials created by others that day. Users can create and join multiple Think Binder groups.
Open Study is a collaborative study tool that enables students to create online study groups. At its core, it’s a message board to help those seeking help in answering difficult questions. In addition, Open Study offers students the option to create or join online study groups, subscribe to other users’ updates, and record their notes online. There’s also a “public access” option for students who don’t want to register. Students using this feature can view public study materials but cannot post questions of their own. Students can register for Open Study using an email address or connect to it with their Facebook account.
Study Blue is a free service for creating, studying, and sharing flashcards online and on mobile devices. When students create flashcards in Study Blue, they can view up to 30 related flashcards from the community. For example, if I were to create a flashcard about geometry, I could access 30 other flashcards on the subject. I could then review all related flashcards, including my own. In addition, I could import any or all of those community flashcards to my own set.
Study Hall is a relatively new service for sharing information and studying with friends. The basic idea of the site is to enable teachers and students to upload content to a common place for access via an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, as well as some Android-powered devices. Students can search for, view, and comment on course materials using Study Hall’s mobile apps. When using the iPad app, students can communicate in real time about the content that they’re viewing. The other mobile apps are currently limited to viewing only.
Together we’re smarter, and the same goes for our students, too. These tools can enable our students to connect, share notes, and work through difficult problems together. The next time your students bemoan the difficulty of getting together to study, you’ll have multiple places to send them online
This is a wonderful article posted on the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Website. If we are to stay connected to our students, we must understand and appreciate the digital world they live in.