February 19, 2014

Here’s a snapshot of the resources we talked about this afternoon. Great things happen when ideas are shared!

(Click on the actual resource and you will be linked to the website to login or search further)

Khan Academy


Screenshot of “Visualizing Equivalent Fractions”

  • How do you use it? Heather, Melanie, and Todd shared about using Khan with their math curriculum. Provides an enormous amount of videos and tools for teachers.



  • How do you use it? Heather, Merrie, Ashley, and Melanie shared with us about using LearnZillion to supplement their math curriculum as well. While there are more CCSS Math resources available, you can access ELA videos and content as well.



  • How do you use it? Dropbox is a great place to store documents at home or at school. Instead of emailing yourself 10 times at night (as I often do), you can add items (documents, videos, PDF, etc.) into your dropbox and access it at school. You can also share these items with other Dropbox users. Have a file to large to send through email? (I see hands up in the air…) Share it through Dropbox!

Google Accounts: Google Drive (Google Docs), YouTube Channel

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Notice “Booger Soda”?

  • How do you use it? By creating a gmail account (e.g. furnell5thgrade@gmail.com), you can access all of Google’s “Apps”. This includes Google Drive (Docs), YouTube, Google + (Hangouts), etc. In my classroom, we utilize the Google Drive (Docs) option for our word processing needs. Instead of having my students type their projects in Microsoft Word, they use Google Drive. Each student knows the login information and can simply log into our Google account from ANY computer (home or school) and easily access their documents or presentations.


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  • How do you use it? Ashley shared with us different resources and teaching activities/lessons she’s purchased or downloaded (for free!) from TpT. After creating a login, you can access tremendous amounts of resources in all content areas. Prior to purchasing, you have the opportunity to preview the document before taking the plunge and making a purchase. Erin pointed out that TpT sends weekly emails with 10 free resources for the week!


  • How do you use it? GoNoodle is an interactive website (requiring a login) for classrooms full of break breaks for students K-5. Breaks range from breathing/calming exercises to the javelin throw and competing in the 100-meter dash – all before lunch!


  • How do you use it? You may be using BrainPop’s educational videos in several areas of your classroom already and Melanie suggested a way to make it even better – click CC for closed captioning. Now, students can read the words while the listen to Tim and Moby.

Shameless Twitter Plug

  • How do you use it? Hard to pinpoint the one way Twitter can be used. For me, it’s a combination of personal, social, and professional collaboration 24/7. Really, it’s the best and cheapest (cough, free!, cough) route for professional development. There’s a spot for everyone on Twitter: teachers, admin, music, coaches, Donald Trump… everyone!
  • After the meeting I shared my feelings of inspiration via Twitter and received great feedback. See?

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Look! Even Dr. Depee’, Dr. Nelson, and Mrs. Sallee are tweeting away….

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Other tools mentioned and tabled for next time…

  • Prezi
  • Haiku Deck
  • Weebly
  • Zoho
  • Mystery Skype

Come to share! Come to learn!



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