Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 







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Friday, June 20, 2014

What Would You Do? Journal Writing

What Would You Do? is an American television news magazine and hidden camera show

 broadcast on ABC since 2008 as part of the Primetime series. The series is hosted by news

 correspondent John QuiƱones.

I love this show!
                 
Using hidden cameras, What Would You Do? establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business.

A Kid's Guide to Tricky and Sticky Situations. Flat bike tires, forgotten homework, obscene phone calls—more than 70 situations kids could encounter when they are on their own.
I like to use this book to teach life long lessons and to practice daily writing skills. It gives great advice on what should be done in confusing, ambiguous, dangerous, or unexpected situations at home, school, or out on your own. 
I was inspired to create my own What Would You Do? Pack. A blank template is included in the pack so students can create their own scenarios to use with partner writing etc. 





Click HERE to purchase $1.00 Pack
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Technology to Stop the Summer Brain Drain

Recently, a parent asked me how she could use technology to help her children do something educational while they are traveling this summer.  So I put together a list of:15 Ways Kids can Use Technology to Help Prevent Summer Slide Here is the list.  Check out my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources - for specific website and iPad app suggestions and ideas to help parents implement these activities.

1.  Read Online Books

2.  Play Math & Logic Games

3.  Watch Educational Videos

4.  Blog About Places They Visit

5.  Create Stories

6.  Find Answers to their Own Questions

7.  Practice Math Facts

8.  Watch “How to” Videos to Learn a New Skill

9.  Create a Detailed Map of Places Visited

10.  Create a Time Lapse Video of Your Summer with One Picture a Day

11.  Create Your Own “High Tech/ Low Tech” Game

12.  Geocaching

13.  Be a Critique

14. Download an Instrument App and Create Your Own Songs

15. Math and Science Simulations

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Magic School Bus 2016

I am so excited!
The New York Times reports that Netflix is ordering a reboot of The Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus 360°, the new series will be a reboot of the popular ’90s children’s cartoon from Scholastic Media that originally from 1994 until 1997. 
With 26 half-hour episodes available for worldwide streaming sometime in 2016, the new series will use CGI animation. Other new features will include an updated Ms. Frizzle, an updated bus and modern scientific tools, such as robots.


                         CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!!!
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Train Your Brain Vocabulary App and Accountability Sheets

Train Your Brain Vocab Building app helps students boost their vocabulary by applying various study techniques. 
There is a Lite Version or a Paid Version ($4.99) of this AWESOME App @ iTunes or Google Play for Education!
I plan to use the Lite version with my advanced 2nd graders. 
This app would be great for grades 2-12!





Description
Train Your Brain Vocab Building app helps students boost their vocabulary by applying various study techniques. This interactive app is designed in a quiz format and covers following topics: 

1. Alphabetical Order 
2. Anagram Pairs 
3. Antonym Pairs 
4. Antonyms 
5. Combi-Words 
6. Spelling Errors 
7. Synonym Sets 
8. Synonyms 
9. Word Out 

The app has over 350 questions that cover over 5000 words. 

DETAILED TEST RESULTS 

On the completion of each test the user is given a summary of questions answered correctly, incorrectly and skipped along with the time taken on each question. Every question can be reviewed and all questions have an explanation of the answer. 

PROGRESS METER 

An interactive pie chart displays current progress for each topic. You can touch the different color slices of the pie and choose if you wish to answer only incorrectly answered questions, unattempted or correctly answered questions. This feature is very useful to achieve 100% score in each topic. 

MOCK TEST 
After you have practiced all types of questions, you can take a Mock Test with 50 questions. The Mock Test has questions selected randomly from each topic. Scores for the mock tests taken in the past are displayed in a bar chart. This is a great way to track how you are progressing in mock tests. There is no limit on how many mock tests you can take.


Make your students accountable while using this app so you can view performance and growth!
FREE ACCOUNTABILITY SHEETS HERE


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 




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Monday, June 9, 2014

7 Characteristics of a Digital Competent Teacher...Are you a DCT?

As I was checking my feeds today on Hoot Suite I noticed this great tweet about Digitally Competent Teachers. I really enjoyed the info graphic and thought it provided valuable information. Therefore, I had to share with my readers = )

It is important to note that these are characteristics and not skills. 

I want to thank Daily Genius for this great info graphic.

Here is a summary of these 7 characteristics:
  • You can integrate digital skills into everyday life
  • You have a balanced attitude
  • You are open to using and trying new stuff
  • You are a digital communicator
  • You know how to do a digital assessment
  • You understand and respect privacy
  • You are a digital citizen
Are you a digital competent teacher? I would love to know your feedback.








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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 




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