Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FLIP OUT

Flipboard. If you have an iPad and you have’t discovered this awesome, beautifully-designed, ever-so-interesting app yet well then I feel bad for you! I bet you’re embarrassed you’re not flipping. 

What is it? "Flipboard is your personal magazine. Used by millions of people everyday, it’s a single place to keep up on the news, follow topics you care about and share stories, videos and photos that influence you.” - the app store. 

It’s FREE. I have used it in class and I use it (almost) daily in my personal life. I send friends and colleagues articles, send them to my WPS email to remind me of things, and just love everything about it. Really. Like, I’d date Flipboard if it weren’t totally socially weird. 

Uses for education/the classroom: HERE

How to create your own magazine on Fliboard (3min video): HERE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adding voice comments to Google Docs

Happy Fall (click for .gif)

This week’s post may seem very foreign to some of you, but hopefully it will light a little spark and entice you to investigate further. 

ADDING VOICE FEEDBACK TO GOOGLE DOCS:

This  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mffekzqmhoU#t=27) is a 3 min video that shows you how to use Kaizena (www.kaizena.com)  to give spoken feedback to students. It was noted in the blog where I read about this that, though it may not save you any time, for students who need audio support Kaizena could be an excellent way to provide that support to students while giving them feedback on their written work.  Kaizena also allows you to leave text comments, so you don’t have to only record your voice. 


Perhaps you will want to use it to give your overall feedback at the end of reading student work rather than giving spoken feedback throughout the entire document. It’s worth a watch! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

EssayMap

EssayMap by ReadWriteThink provides students with step by step guidance in the construction of an informational essay. Essay Map is particularly good for helping students visualize the steps needed to construct good introductory and conclusion paragraphs. After students have completed all of the steps to their essays, they can print them out or share them via email!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm BACK! Jeopardy ROCKS!


I just read about a free and easy-to-create Jeopardy review game site and gave it a shot.  http://jeopardy.rocks It’s a quick way to make a fun game for any subject and get your class into a review. HERE is a sample game that I made for your enjoyment. (Disclaimer: it’s easy and MAY poke fun at some staff here at WHS, but all in good fun!) I didn’t complete every single category, but feel free to take a moment and try it out!