Whenever I teach, I learn something new.
Today I facilitated a Smart Board and Common Core workshop for my friends at Munson Elementary in Chardon Ohio. A few of the teachers there introduced me to this wonderful online bookmarking utility that can be customized to save your favorite website links. It’s called Symbaloo.
It’s like Pinterest meets the favorites list in your browser!
On your Symbaloo page, you can easily create graphic buttons called tiles that link to your favorite websites. These tiles can be dragged around to group them visually on the page. Additional tabbed pages called “webmixes” can also be created. It is so much easier (and more fun) than navigating through my browser’s favorites list. The layout appeals to me more than other online bookmarking sites such as Delicious or PortaPortal.
A huge advantage is being able to access your favorite website bookmarks on any computer by visiting your Symbaloo page. An iPhone app is also available, which makes your bookmarks readily available on your iPhone or iPad. I checked it out on my iPad and it works great!
It’s complete free to join and set up an account. The interface is very user friendly and easy to learn. In a few clicks, you’ll be off and running! Honestly, I have been playing on my new Symbaloo page all evening. It’s so much fun and I’m sure that I’ll use it regularly.
Here’s an introductory video to learn more about Symbaloo:
The Super Teacher Tools website offers quick and easy way to create interactive games with your own content for use with your interactive whiteboard.
The games are created with Adobe Flash animation software. If you don’t already have Flash Player installed on your computer, you can download it by clicking here.
Choose one of the games below for links to the Super Teacher Tools website. You can create a game online by adding your own questions and answers. You can play the game online with your class or download it to play it offline. To play offline, you will also need to download the free game players also available on the website.
Your game will be stored on the website so that you can access it later. You can also find and play games made by others. There is an option to keep your game private and you can password-protect the game so that only you can edit the game.
Here are the links to the games!
You’ll find other neat tools on the Super Teacher Tools website such as a random name generator, group maker, and a seating chart generator. What fun!
Every teacher who visits this resource website returns. It’s officially titled “Integrating Technology to the Common Core Standards” and is maintained by the Willoughby-Eastlake School District in Northeast Ohio. It’s one of the very best school websites designed to help teachers use technology for instruction. The site contains many resources connected to common core standards organized by grade level and subject area. But wait, there’s more! Scroll down the home page and you’ll see more resources organized by topics such as “Videos”, “Autism”, and “21st Century Skills.” There is much here for all teachers, whether you teach kindergarten or twelfth grade.
Okay, enough already. Just click the link below to visit and you’ll see for yourself:
Please leave a comment and tell us about something great that you found!
Dropbox is a wonderful FREE and easy way to transfer your files to all of the computers that you use. You also have access to the files on your phone and iPad too! Here’s a video that explains the concept:
Your free account will give you two GB of storage space. Although this probably isn’t enough to back up your entire computer, it’s plenty for your most-commonly used documents. You can also purchase additional storage space or earn as much as 16 GB of space through referrals, writing reviews, etc.
If you already use Dropbox, let us know how you like it in the comment section.
If you wish to sign up for a free account, click on this link to go to Dropbox.
Did you notice a tab on the right side of my blog and home pages? Click on it and you’ll discover a great pull out app that will let you access the common core standards for language arts and math for all grade levels. Pretty handy!
This app is free from the Mastery Connect website. Follow this link to get the for a pull-out tab like the one on this page or to imbed the app on a webpage: http://www.masteryconnect.com/learn-more/core-app.html