Thursday, November 8, 2018

Classroom Mangement Ideas

Routines and movement expectations for group activities and conversation levels help instruction flow efficiently and effectively.  Here are a few ideas that I have used. 

Classroom Screen is a digital tool that has a whiteboard, a timer, a random name generator, and a noise level indicator. The site doesn't save when you close it, but you could keep a tab open during your day and open that tab when needed. 

ClassDojo toolkit has a random group generator that is a quick way to group students for activities. You'll also find a random name generator, classroom music, a noise meter, and a timer. 

Flippity Random Name Picker Add names/numbers to generate random names, numbers groups, teams, and even a tournament bracket. I created this one for a kindergarten class to use in a math center. 

Consider Clock, Speed Dial, or Compass Partners for a quick and easy way to partner students for different activities. Once students have their completed diagram (each slot does not have to be filled in- I used 4 pairings) teacher can announce "Work with your 3:00 partner" or "Meet with your Northwest partner." No one gets left out and students find their partner quickly. If you're interested, let me know and I'll help you get it set up. 

Attention Signals: Would you share your tried and true "attention signals" on this Padlet? Some use "Give Me Five", clapping, or a call out & response method to get students' attention. What works in your classroom? Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Use Command + F to Search on any Site

Did you know...?
You can use "command" + "F" on any site to open a search box for that site. Type in a key word and it is highlighted each time it appears on that site. A great tool to use when searching for specific resources or information. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Instructional Media

Students will be more engaged as they watch instructional media if they have a task. Set a purpose before getting started and provide check-in opportunities during and after the video. 

Teachers can use Edpuzzle to
 embed questions or thinking points throughout a video. You can also use Discovery Education videos within Edpuzzle.

The A-E-I-O-U strategy helps students remain engaged with the media they are viewing.  You can find this and other strategies on the Discovery Education Website.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Warm-up Activities

Get your student engaged in learning from the moment they sit down with some digital warm-up activities.

Check out Wonderopolis.  Every day a new "Wonder of the Day" question is posted. Each is designed to get students thinking and talking.  This would be a great warm-up activity.

Consider a Picture (or quote) of the Day activity.
Click here for an example that you can copy and make your own. There are also picture prompts available at this site. Always preview sites before sharing with students as content on the web changes often. 

Try a current event activity. Students can choose an article or you can assign one and then have them use Seesaw, Flipgrid, or another digital tool to share out their findings.
Check these sites out to determine which might meet your classroom needs, sign-in options and features.
Always preview sites before sharing with students as content on the web changes often. 

Newsela        ~~ Review
Youngzine      ~~ Review

Friday, September 14, 2018


Nearpod is a useful digital tool that allows the teacher to guide students through a lesson on their device. It would be useful for introducing a new topic and/or reviewing content.  Students can demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways and the teacher gets instant feedback. Visit the website to choose free (and paid) lessons or create your own. The Silver Version (free)of Nearpod has some limitations but is still worth a look.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

4 Cs and SAMR

When used effectively, technology can enhance and transform learning.  

  • Choose the task first and then determine if tech will enhance/transform your lesson and empower your students. Provide opportunities that require critical thinking not just guessing and clicking. In this short video, John Spencer explains SAMR - a framework for integrating technology.
  • Allow students to create to demonstrate and share their learning.  They’ll take ownership of the material when they add their own creative flair. Here are a few creation tools to explore.
  • Don’t let tech take away collaboration. Group work helps build communication and collaboration skills that will be helpful in future careers. Have students work together to research, create a video, a digital board, or a slideshow using one or multiple devices per group. Don’t forget about NCWiseOwl for research and Discovery Education Board Builder for creating.