Educational Tools

With the premium features, you and your students have access to assessment tools and the transcript of any audio file. This is a great resource to model listening and comprehension skills for kids. For EL students, they have access to the transcript and the audio text simultaneously. Spelling. Speech patterns. Sentence structure. Words in context. Not just for EL students, this is a great resource for all students!

Prodigy

This FREE learning tool for kids is only Math-based. I recommend that you sign into your account using Google. Secondly, I encourage you to sync your classroom with Google Classroom if your kids are already in Google Classroom. This will save you and your students some valuable time.

My strategy (for a class) is to add this link to Google Classroom. I direct the children to the student link (below) in the class feed. This way they are already signed into Google once they get to that point. Then, I have them click on the Sign In With Google button once they are at the Prodigy homepage. No username or password needed.

Options: You can let your kids do their own thing and learn Math at their pace. Or, you can push out assignments and assessments. Either one works just fine.

Teacher link: https://www.prodigygame.com/

Student Link: https://www.prodigygame.com/Play/

Freckle Education - Math

They changed their name from Front Row. This classroom tool is fantastic for a variety of reasons. It is fantastic for phonics, reading, ELA standards, math, writing, and comprehension. My students were motivated to earn more and more coins. The children were able to receive above-grade-level content. And, struggling learners were able to get specific content support. I recommend this tool.

Freckle Education - ELA

Highlighting. Reading strategies. Comprehension strategies. Phonics. If some of your struggling students need additional support, this is a tool that will help them with some of those struggling skills.

Here is an online tutorial that helps you understand how to create assignments using this online assessment tool.

This tool uses your cell phone and a computer. You generate questions prior to instruction. The children have pre-printed cards. These pre-printed cards are designed so the children can respond to the multiple-choice questions you designed. The responses are captured in real time using your cell phone. You have instant, data-oriented feedback that is child-specific. You may use this data for re-teaching, small groups, or calendar pacing. It helps you see how much more instruction is needed on a very specific topic.

This short video will introduce you to the online quiz tool by the name of Kahoot! You are able to download student answers when you are done. This lets you determine if you would like to readjust your lesson plans, reteach a lesson, or pull students for individualized instruction. Kids love this tool and so do teachers!


Kahoot! Challenge. To easily share in Classroom, check out this VIDEO TUTORIAL.

Kahoot Assessment Data

So, what do I do when I'm done giving a Kahoot!? Why is this a good tool? This tutorial will help you understand how to download reports. After you download the report, what do you do with it? The data can help you shape future lessons, it can shape your instructional calendar. It can shape what your small group instruction and after-school intervention looks like. It can also shape/re-define/confirm data that you use in an SST. You can certainly do this by paper. But, sometimes this method is much faster. The report has been printed for you! And, the assessment has been graded! All in one click.

But, I only have 2 computers in my room. No problem! Borrow computers from your neighbor teacher. Or, quiz in groups.

This is a quick tutorial that introduces your students to an online quiz assessment tool (much like Kahoot!). At the close of any assessment, you can print out question-specific, and student-specific data. Use that data for a variety of reasons (see ideas above in the Kahoot! summary.)

Have you ever thought about using green screen technology in your classroom? Children all over the world are designing videos using green screen technology. Some children as young as first grade are showing off their expert video skills with this easy-to-use program. Do you feel intimated by this idea? No worries. Check out this website to learn more: LINK HERE.

AppStore - LINK HERE

EdPuzzle. Are you curious about flipping your classroom? Would you like to get the children on more tech with less papers? This is a great tool to do that. It is a fantastic tool for checking student understanding while using an audio/video file. You can provide highly structured lesson plans to ensure that children are a)using content from the video in their answers, b)responding with complex sentences, and c) answering all parts of the question. The website link can be found HERE.

EdPuzzle Reports

So, now that you've looked at EdPuzzle, what does it look like to analyze those reports? This one-minute video will show you how to do just that. The website link can be found HERE.

Edulastic - link in Clever

Nearly all of your out-of-the-gate questions will be answered here.

Why use Edulastic? This is a spectacular assessment or assignment tool. You get instantaneous, right-in-your-dashboard data live as the children are moving through this tool. You can see who knows it and who does not. This lets you serve your students in a students-first type fashion. Who has what needs? Now you know.

I hope this tool revolutionizes the way you gather data and assess student achievement.

Edulastic -- PD

Edulastic Training Slides

Here is my slide deck from training i hosted. Feel free to use this as a learning tool if you wish.

There are three videos in this series. The other links are here:

  • Video #2 - Presenting a Pear Deck
  • Video #3 - Viewing Student Answers in Pear Deck

Not just one video. The whole channel. Check out these fantastic videos that show you how to use architectural software. Mission project? Narrative about a house? Construct a castle? Egyptian Pyramids? Study anything and use digital design. LINK HERE.

WordArt

Do you want your students to make a Word Cloud? Here is one free site that can make that happen for you. This is a small tutorial that showcases how to make a Word Cloud.

Digital Signature

You might be a coach, the Spelling Bee Coordinator, or one of our amazing office staff. If you are in charge of printing out certificates, maybe you don't want to sign all 700+ documents. Don't! Use your finger or your stylus. Create a jpg file or a png file. Use that image file and place your signature (or your principal's signature) on all 700+ files. Watch this video to find out how to do that.

How can you possibly hear every student? How can you give each child the time to formulate a well-constructed response with detail and clarity? Do you practice this? Well, here is a tool that can maximize how you shape #StudentVoice. If you are not familiar with this tool, i encourage you to try it.

Please remember to MODERATE every topic you publish.

Flipgrid PD

Flipgrid - slide

This is the slide deck I use when i host training sessions on Flipgrid. use this to get started and navigate the how-to's of this great learning space.

Flipgrid eBook vol3.pdf

Educator's Guide to Flipgrid

This fantastic PDF is another resource that may be helpful to you.