Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Google Tone

Last week I learned about a Chrome Extension called Google Tone. This one is a life changer my friends!!

As a tech teacher, I often have limited time with students, and need to get them links and resources quickly. Especially for my younger kiddos, typing in a URL can take several minutes. Enter Google Tone!!
So here's how it works in my tech lab:
1) I installed Google Tone on Chrome on my laptop and on Chrome on all the laptops in my lab. {I made sure there was no one signed into Chrome when I installed on the laptops.}

2) I go to a URL on my computer I want the students to get.

3) Press the Google Tone icon.

4) Students get a popup message that looks like this:

5) Students click on the message and are taken to the website.

BOOM! Done!! 

I just tried it with a class of first graders and it was <<SO fast and easy>>. And when things are easy, its a beautiful feeling :-)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Formative Assessment with Pic Collage? Sure....Why Not?

4th graders went on a scavenger hunt throughout the school taking pictures of different type of resources to depict their understanding of Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources. Below is their final product created with the free app, Pic Collage for Kids.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Setting Up Your Computer Center for the Year

A new school year has begun and it’s time to set up a computer center in your classroom. You will need to have expectations for what students should do at the computer center, some websites ready for the kids and some way of organizing websites so the students know where to go. Here are a few posts I have written on my blog which might help you get started:


Top 10 Math Websites for Elementary Classrooms

Top 10 Math Websites


Top 10 Reading Websites for Elementary Classrooms

Top 10 Reading Websites


Top 10 Writing Websites for Elementary Classrooms

Top 10 Writing Websites


Top 10 Science Websites for Elementary Classrooms

Top 10 Science Websites


Top 10 Social Studies Websites for Elementary Classrooms

Top 10 Social Studies Websites


Websites to Use for Teaching Typing Skills



Websites that Will Help You Organize Websites for Your Students

Organizing websites


Have a wonderful school year!

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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