A Few Websites to Checkout!

Here are a few great sites that I haven’t mentioned on my blog, but they are great resources for all teachers and people in education.

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The Teaching Channel is a great tool for videos that show teachers doing lessons.  The lessons are extremely helpful seeing them in real life classrooms, not just hearsay.  I personally love the Common Core lessons and new ideas to engage my students in meaningful, rigorous lessons/activities.  Plus, when you sign-up for updates, you’ll get a email with new videos that relate to you!

edudemic_weblogoEdudemic is another great site that includes many articles and updated daily with articles that show how to add more technology into your 21st Century classroom.  Get lost with this treasure trove of great resources.

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Teachers Pay Teachers has been around for a while now, but I never really looked into it.  This website is pretty AMAZING… I find so many resources created by teachers, and there are many FREE things on here that you can use right away.  There are many great things to buy on here, and you won’t have to re-create the wheel.  Have fun getting lost in resources on here…

Do you have any other sites you visit often?  Leave a comment to share yours!

Gamestar Mechanic

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Gamestar Mechanic is simply a site for students to play, design, and share games.

This site is mainly geared toward 4th – 9th grade, but can be used for younger and older students!  You can register and start your students playing and designing their own games for FREE – or upgrade for $2 a student to full version.  My plan is to use this as an after school club or activity.  I registered and signed up tonight – Then, I started playing the games and was hooked!

The concept of this site is pretty simple – students will learn how to design and create video games.  Designing games builds:

  • Systems Thinking,
  • 21st Century Skills,
  • Creative Problem Solving,
  • Art and Aesthetics,
  • Writing and Storytelling,
  • and creates a motivation for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning.

This is from the “Getting Started with Gamestar Mechanic” PDF –

What Skills are Learned in Gamestar Mechanic?

Systems-Thinking: Students design and analyze dynamic systems, a characteristic activity in both the media and in science today.

Interdisciplinary Thinking: Students solve problems that require them to seek out and synthesize knowledge from different domains.They become intelligent and resourceful as they learn how to find and use information in meaningful ways.

User-Centered Design: Students act as socio-technical engineers, thinking about how people interact with systems and how systems shape both competitive and collaborative social interaction.-

Specialist Language: Students learn to use complex technical linguistic and symbolic elements from a variety of domains, at a variety of different levels, for a variety of different purposes.

Meta-Level Reflection: Students learn to explicate and defend their ideas, describe issues and interactions at a meta-level, create and test hypotheses, and reflect on the impact of their solutions on others.

Check out this very cool and fun way to have students learn the basics of video game design and computer programming – I mean what student doesn’t like or play video games?

Oswego City School District – Interactive Web Games

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This week’s Web Tool is Oswego City School District (New York) Interactive Web Games.  They have a bunch of Math Web Tools and Games to work on basic skills and more.  Here are a list of games/skills on there:

  • Addition and Subtraction of Smaller Numbers
  • Addition and Subtraction of Larger Numbers
  • Degrees of an Angle
  • Telling Time
  • Plotting Cordinates
  • Estimation
  • Number Sense
  • Fractions
  • Even/Odd Numbers
  • Basic Facts Practice
  • Percentages
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Sequence
  • Skip Counting

Another section there is the area to create/design your own games.  You can use the templates for any subject area.  This is great to generate reviews or have your students create their own interactive reviews.

The games were created by Mark Cogan and Primarygames.co.uk or Interactive Resources.

Kerpoof

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This week’s educational web tool is Kerpoof – http://www.kerpoof.com/

Kerpoof Studio is owned and run by The Walt Disney Company.  It has many great features and aspects that are for Pre-K – 12 students and classrooms.  This site has some really fun activities:

  • Make Animated Movies
  • Make Artwork
  • Make Printed Cards
  • Tell a Story
  • Make a Drawing
  • Spelling Games
  • Plus much more…

Another area that is truly beneficial for educators is their resource page – Kerpoof Teacher Resources.  It has lesson plans and ideas to implement this valuable web tool in your classroom.  Once you have signed up for your FREE account, you will then be able to add student accounts.  Then, your students can create and save their work in a sort of digital portfolio.  Once they have their accounts, they can also collaborate with other students in their class or across the globe.  They can give feedback and get feedback on their digital creations.  With CCSS (Common Core State Standards) coming, this web tool could become an essential part of those standards.

Get your class started on here and watch the students get excited to create digital stories and movies.  Have them re-tell a book or story you just read or have them design and develop a how-to video on a math concept.  The possibilities are endless!

 

Manga High – Math Games

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This week’s FREE Web Tool is Manga High – www.mangahigh.com.   This is a Math games site that ranges from K-12 concepts, but I feel about half the games are for 6th-8th Math.  They are fun-filled Flash games that students will love to play.  There are a couple of the them that are multi-player – Kids love to play against other kids from around the world!  My student’s favorite games is PEMDAS Blaster – it makes students practice their basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Another cool portion of Manga High is the teacher’s lessons and the Prodigi section of the website.  Prodigi can be used for math intervention and customized for students who need extra help with certain concepts.  The standards are aligned by state and country – I have my class setup for Common Core US Standards.

Here is a link to Get Started on Manga High and add student accounts – did I mention this is FREE – But, there is a paid version that has some more levels or features to some of the games.

Enjoy watching your kids have a blast reinforcing the much needed math facts mastery skills that they need!

TenMarks Math

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This week’s web tool is TenMarks Math.  This site is FREE and really easy to setup and use.  Once you have signed up and created your class list, then you are ready for your students to start working on assignments.  You can assign students specific skills/standards or you can assign a broad area subject.  This allows you to differentiate your instruction and their learning.  For example, if you have a student that is struggling with number sense and place value. You can assign the place value to the millions “track” for them to follow and accomplish.

My students really enjoy the assignments and find them challenging at times.  When they finish a track or assignment they want to keep going further and further.  Another great thing is the competition aspect, students want to get the most points for the week or most points overall.

Also, there is a game feature with the assignments.  When students finish a certain amount of assignments or tracks, it unlocks a game for them to play.  They want to earn their points and finish their tasks, just so they can play the games.

My class has also used Khan Academy this year.  This is very much like Khan Academy where it asks a question, and it will give them clues.  Then if they still don’t understand, they can watch the video attached to the standard or skill.  But, Khan Academy doesn’t have the gaming function, yet!

I think your students will be just like mine and want to keep earning points and playing games.  The best part is the students are learning and honing their math skills and they don’t even know it!

Jeopardy Labs

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Raise your hand if your students love playing Jeopardy in class?  Well, if you have used a Jeopardy PowerPoint template for review in your classroom, you know students love it!  The best part of the Jeopardy template you have is that it is customizable and you can use it for any subject matter.  In other words, you can “make it your own!”  Another way to find these fun, interactive Jeopardy Powerpoint games is to search online for them.  I just went on Google and typed in “Jeopardy Powerpoint Games,” about 128,000 results showed up, which sure is bunch of sites that have them!  Wouldn’t it be great if there was one source for searching for these Jeopardy games for education?

Well, look no further than Jeopardy Labs .  In the custom search field, just type your subject or topic you want.  I pretty much guarantee you will find whatever you want!  For example, right now my grade level is focusing on the standard about word origins, antonyms, synonyms, prefixes, synonyms, and derivations.  So, I searched for “word origins,” which resulted in over 1,000 different matches.  You will then need to browse through them and find what you are looking for.  Once you find the game you want, click on it and it will bring you to another page.  On this page you have a couple of options – Start, Edit, Download, and Share.  Before you start, select how many teams you will have competing and click start.  Then, the game page opens and you can begin.  Another useful feature is the Download feature, where you can download and save the game to your computer.  It will save as an .html file and can be opened up in any web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) – which means that once it’s saved on your computer, you can  launch it without being connected to the internet.

Please take a look and give Jeopardy Labs a try with your students – I guarantee they will love playing Jeopardy against each other, or whole class with your interactive whiteboard.  You can enjoy being Alex Trebek!

I would love to hear back from you when you use this web tool or if you have a question about it.