Showing posts with label ActivExpressions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ActivExpressions. Show all posts

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Starting Our Day with a Pop

Inspired by my students to use BrainPop everyday...I decided to create BrainPop interactive lessons to begin each class day. BrainPop has so many different lessons with videos, activities, quizzes, and games it was easy to create 4 weeks of assignments for my students.

We will begin our week with Moby and Tim as they explain the weekly topic. On Tuesday through Thursday students participate in BrainPop's vocabulary, graphic organizer, and Do It activities. We will end each week using ActivExpressions and BrainPop's quizzes.

I love BrainPop and so do my students! Even though they are in high school, they still find Tim and Moby great teachers!

Weekly BrainPop Schedule

Friday, December 7, 2012

Popping with BrainPOP

One of the best digital lessons I’ve ever done was with the use of BrainPOP and ActivExpressions. BrainPOP and ActivExpressions gave me the opportunity to create lessons that are engaging and interactive.
One day while in class, I came across BrainPOP and watched the video. I clicked on Quizzes and I saw shining lights around ActivExpressions and ActiVotes. Were my eyes deceiving me? Can my students use ActivExpressions to take a BrainPOP quiz? Yes, it was true! What a perfect combination! But, will it work with my high school students?

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

10 Ways to Integrate Technology with One Computer

“Can I integrate technology with only one technology device?” is a question many educators ask. You will be amazed at how much technology you can integrate with one device available in your classroom.
When I started on my integration of technology, I only had my classroom’s desktop and my cell phone. I was in a high school, so most of my students had mobile devices. But what happens in classrooms where students are younger with no mobile devices?

Quick Tips

Below I have listed ways you can integrate technology in both situations:
1. Google Docs / Drive is a great way to integrate technology as a classroom management tool.. Google Docs is a great way to store, assess, and create organizational tools for classroom management.
2. Use the computer as a presentation tool. PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi let you create presentations to use in your classroom to engage students. If you have a single iPad, invest in a mirror image app such as AirDisplay or use a dongle to display the presentation through a projector.
3. Learning Stations or Learning Centers – Create one center that students can use together in order to accomplish particular tasks or assignments. For example, use a single learning station for some project-based learning assignments or group work.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Teacher Tools

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My favorite pair for engaging students in assessments: BrainPop and ActivExpressions!
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Today's (11/14/2012) iStrategy is using Podomatic's Minicast Feature. Students can download a song and pictures to create a picture video. Two steps...Add music and then add photos. Publish and you are done! Who says you can't have fun integrating technology? This sample video is dedicated to my Mentoring Group!

Today's (11/13/2012) App of the day is Worldsalad! This FREE app creates word clouds in a quick, fast, fun way! Help students review vocabulary and combine this with Fotobabble and have them explain their word salad! What a great way to engage students in learning vocabulary, concepts, formulas, and more! So easy, no directions required!


Just found this cute, fun, interactive sight for students to use as a way to explain thier understanding of a topic. It's called Fotobabble! It is a free app or you can use the website. Students upload a picture and create a voice recording for the picture. Check the example I used below:

Check out the Printable Page for the Template for the Fortune Teller!

Free Texting
If you have students like me, a cell phone is attached to their hands like their fingers. I needed to find a way to communicate with my students and parents for reminders, updates, and simple acknowledgements. Last year I used Remind101 and it was great. It is a free tool you create messages online, setup delivery date and time, and that it! This year, I came acorss the site: It's the same concept as Remind 101, but a bit different. Remind 101 does not require you to import contacts, students send a message to an assigned number and that's it. Sendhub, requires you to create a contact list. Both sites allow you to schedule delivery. Check out both and see which one works for you!
Download the free new App:  Remind 101 App!
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Save, share, and discover links across the web. We use bitly in class as an easy way to share online tutorial sites for our students.  Students can access websites easily and fast. It is a great collaboration tool for groups. Check out our class bitly: Our Class bitly

The Instant Classroom
 This is a great

Create a free, customizable, printable seating chart and more with Instant Classroom.

The iPad Pen

Since we have a class set of iPads,  my students and I have love what we can do with the iPad pens. Yes, you can use your fingers, but for graphing and neu.Annonate pdf assignments, the pens are a must have. Amazon and Ebay have them in bulk for very cheap! That reminds me, I have to pay my co-worker!

The Tool Belt

This is a cute garden tool belt I found in the Dollar Bin at Wal-mart. I added a bow for flare and I must say it is a keeper. It is small enough to stay on the side comfortably all day and big enough to keep my pins, small notepad, clips, keys, markers, lotion, etc. Thinking about making some for my kids teachers!