When planning lessons, we constantly think of timing. It seems we have so much that students need to be guided through or exposed to and such an overload of material that needs to be shared that we are often scrambling for more time. One of the things teachers do is structure and scaffold our lessons so students learn to manage that too-little-time-struggle as well as learn to manage the time constraints of a busy world.
Recently, one of the administrators at a school where I work suggested that teachers manage time constraints (and help students learn, too) by using an online timer projected in the classroom that helps keep lessons on track. There are lots of timers that can be purchased and multiple apps that can be downloaded for free. However, my suggestion is to just use a simple one that is probably right in front of you and your students all the time – Google it!
URL shortening is a technique in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) can be made shorter and still direct users to the required page. It is especially helpful when posting a URL for people to enter because the web address is so much shorter, requiring less input, and provides for fewer mistakes. This is especially helpful when there are character limitations such as with Twitter. Shortening a URL helps students get logged on to the same page more quickly.
Take something long and unwieldy like this: https://www.lifewire.com/google-url-shortener-1616794
One such URL shortener is Goo.gl (Goo.gl Chrome extension) This shortener provides analytics that will show you how many times the shortened URL has been used. It lets you create a QR code for any web link. Save time, save keystrokes, track interactions, use Goo.gl! Short! Sweet!
Nolensville Elementary teachers have been exploring and using Nearpod. This online resource allows for creation of informational slides, formative assessments, and sharing student work as exemplars. Click on the image at right to access a video overview.
When a teacher creates an activity within the lesson, the options include multiple choice quiz, draw it, open ended questions, poll it, and fill in the blank. Reports with formative feedback are provided. Free accounts are available with limited features. Live lessons feature whole group and small group lessons. Student-paced lessons feature purposeful practice rotations so that students can learn about a topic and answer assessment questions. Students join a lesson by entering the PIN provided by the teacher that Nearpod assigns. Continue reading
Geogebra is a dynamic online graphing tool for students and teachers. WCS students and teachers can access Geogebra through ClassLink by adding the app to their dashboard. With Geogebra you can solve equations, create 2-D and 3-D figures, spreadsheets, probability graphs, and much more. Continue reading
Diigo has a helpful Chrome extension which allows users to bookmark, then add digital highlights and interactive sticky notes to webpages and articles. Annotated items can be shared with other Diigo users and groups.
It allows users to collaborate and share what they are reading and notes users attach. The material can be accessed online, anywhere, using most any device. Both public and private groups can be created which allows for specificity in sharing. Items can also be tagged making it easy to search and find materials relating to a certain topic.
The Diigo Chrome extension is an exceptional tool for the classroom! Reading and research materials can be bookmarked, highlighted, annotated, and notes added. Web resources can be shared with the whole class or used for differentiating with small groups and individuals. Check out this video for an overview of its features.
Seventh grade students in Andrew Hedges’ class explored a giant cell model to advance their understanding of the structure and function of the parts of a cell. Continue reading