Tech Tools & Apps

Webinars Are a Great "Mini-Conference"

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Nov. 6, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

My commute is usually between thirty to sixty minutes each way every day. I've found this is a great time to get in some professional learning time. I subscribe to several educational podcasts. Each day I select one of the latest podcasts or find a speaker on YouTube. Here are a a couple I highly recommend.

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Digital Book Talks Using Tellagami

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Oct. 9, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

Use the Tellagami app to achieve this learning goal:  I can create a recording of a report on a book or article I have read independently, giving important details and speaking in complete sentences.

 

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How to Make a QR Code

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • June 15, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Making QR Codes is easy! Follow our 5 simple steps with a QR Code Application or website generator!

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Are You Playing Pokemon Go?

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 2, 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Pokemon Go has become a global phenomenon in just a few weeks. I decided to play to learn with the intention of investigating any potential for classroom use. So, I will start with a confession: I'm addicted.

First, I love how the game is making me aware of how I can direct my own learning. I had to seek out the critical knowledge needed to play the game. Quickly, I found and applied the basic rules of the game. At one point, I unexpectedly ran out of Pokeballs and had to figure out how to get more. Of course, I googled it!

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Summer Ideas for Students, Parents, & Educators

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • May 4, 2016, 4:36 p.m.

Maximize summer learning time by capitalizing on curiosity and personal interests. Here are some great ideas for parents and educators to help students grow dendrites during June, July, and August. Enjoy!

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Spring Lesson: The Rigorous Bunny

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 6, 2016, 3:32 p.m.

Using Youtube in the classroom is a powerful tool for student engagement and authentic instruction. I love to use Youtube with adults and students to increase the complexity of thinking in a unique way. Here is an example to use in your classroom this spring!

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Tween Tribune- A Great Online Reading Resource

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Dec. 28, 2015, 3:26 p.m.

Tween Tribune, powered by The Smithsonian Institution, publishes an online collection of news articles for K-12th grade students and teachers.

Articles can be found on four sites:

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Social Media in the Classroom

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • July 22, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

Social media has become a necessity more than a luxury these days. We find out breaking news, friend’s life events, and tons of new information daily. From Facebook to Instagram, social media floods the world. So why not use this to the educator’s advantage?

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Setting Up Virtual Literature Circles

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • April 30, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

Technology is a great motivational tool that can ensure your learners keep reading and learning all summer long. Here are some ways you can create virtual literature circles for your children.

Literature circles are small student-led discussion groups.

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Evernote

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Feb. 12, 2012, 4:29 p.m.

I learned about this one from my son, who is in college. Since then, I use this app on a daily basis! You can use an iPad, Mac or Windows computer, or an iPhone/iPod Touch for this app.

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Word Learning Technology Tools

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Jan. 27, 2012, 4:29 p.m.

Spelling Anagrams
Find the hidden word in the fastest time. Race against time to find the computer's hidden word, and solve the anagram. Anagram selects a word and jumbles up its letters. Players simply have to find the word in the time limit by reordering the letters.

Words With Friends
This is an app for Android, iPhone, and iPad users. Very addicting digital Scrabble. (Just ask Alec Baldwin!)

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Tech Tools for Vocabulary Development

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Jan. 21, 2012, 4:28 p.m.

Developing Talkers
From the Children’s Learning Institute Downloadable lesson plans, children’s literature sticky questions, and much more!

Flockdraw.com
Students draw a picture of the word, label it, and draw a brief description of how it is used.

Word Clouds
Create a word cloud to:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Introduce yourself
  • Spelling words
  • Important words from story
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Facebook Pages Teachers Should Visit

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Jan. 6, 2012, 4:27 p.m.

Free Technology for Teachers
Free Technology for Teachers provides teachers with ideas for using free technology resources in their classrooms.

Storyline Online
Since 1993, SAG Foundation has been committed to inspiring children to read and write. Through our many diverse and innovative programs we continue to champion children’s literacy issues -­‐ and with unique partnerships and collaborations we are able to make our programs a reality. This obviously could not be achieved without the support of thousands of (SAG) actors across the country. More at www.sagfoundation.org.

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Digital Portfolios

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:27 p.m.

Do your students have their own website? (Yet?)

A portfolio of work is a collection of items that shows competencies and growth. It is assembled over time when students select pieces and reflects on them.

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Building Fluency

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Dec. 27, 2011, 4:26 p.m.

Students need models of fluent reading and lots of practice reading with expression, phrasing, accuracy, and adjusting rate to match the purpose for reading.

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Using Technology to Engage Students in Authentic Writing

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:26 p.m.

Personal Narratives

A personal narrative is an expressive literary piece written in first person that centers on a particular event in the author’s life and may contain vivid description as well as personal commentary and observations.

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A Dozen Possibilities for Your Website

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Dec. 10, 2011, 4:25 p.m.

How does your web presence showcase your class’ talents and accomplishments?

In Six Words...Public Relations...Information...Web 2.0 Interactive.

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10 Ways to Use Tumblebooks to Accelerate Literacy Skills

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 15, 2011, 5:24 p.m.

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. www.tumblebooks.com/library

Many public libraries have made the resource available on their website for library members. Schools may purchase a site license for a minimal fee.

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