SketchUp will entertain and teach your students about urban design, historic landmarks, and 3D objects. Teachers can use this exciting tool to demonstrate geometry concepts (e.g., 3D), show examples of styles of architecture, or have students design their dream home, like Mrs. Foellmer did with her junior high students in Computer Education. You can even have your students build models for Google Earth and share them with their peers! These tools will undoubtedly help some students [read more…]
Be prepared to lose hours of your life to doodling once you click over to Draw a Stickman. How could you use this in the classroom? To teach and reinforce vocabulary for ELL students, to assess the following of written directions for children with disabilities, to inspire a reluctant writer, to teach young students how to use a mouse, to practice the drawing of [read more…]
Today’s pick works well for any age and has great potential for differentiation. Storybird is a unique website bringing artists and writers together. Artists submit collections of their art and authors can use it to create storybooks for themselves or to share with others.
My own children love to create stories using clip art but the images are mismatched and often detract from the story rather than enhance it. You won’t have this problem with Storybird. In fact, you will find that you end up with a product that looks ready for publication!
Small children will love creating stories on the site; the images are varied and include monsters, animals, and fairy tale characters. Storybird is also a great [read more…]
If you don’t Prezi, you might want to check out this fun web-based presentation tool for teachers and their students. Prezi serves the same function as PowerPoint but it uses a single “canvas” instead of slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are are placed on this canvas and then grouped together in frames. The canvas lets users create presentations that are less linear and more visually interesting than traditional [read more…]
I found another new blog with great ideas for the differentiated classroom. iTeach 1:1 is filled with great tech-related resources including this post on using QR codes in the classroom. What makes this post unique is that the teacher is provides ideas for both using them in the classroom and for teaching students how to integrate the codes into their work products. So learners are not just [read more…]
This last week of October, I am still featuring differentiated products that can be used by both teachers and students. I have been searching for a comprehensive post on PowerPoint alternatives for the last few weeks and I finally found one at The Whiteboard Blog. This is not only a recent post but one [read more…]