Tech Tip Tuesday: Jigsawplanet.com

Create your own puzzles for students to put-together and embed them in canvas!  All you need to do is upload your image and it creates the puzzle for you! Check it out at Jigsawplanet.com

How Can I Use it in the Classroom?

  • Introduce topic
  • Bring attention to an important image, handout, etc…
  • Match vocabulary
  • Sequencing Activities
  • Upload an important handout that you want students to analyze (battles, maps, water cycle, life cycle, periodic table, etc…)
  • Enrichment activities
  • Great way to mix up your teaching to boost engagement.
  • Try out a sample puzzle here.

Wordle in the Classroom

What is Wordle and how can I incorporate it into my classroom?

It is a popular daily word game.  How do you play?  You have 6 tries to guess a 5 letter word.  After each guess, the color of tiles will change to show you how close your guess was to the word.

In Mywordle.me, you can customize the word, the word length, etc… and make it fit your content.  Then you would just share the link with your students to solve.  They could screenshot and upload their results in canvas.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Canvas Tabbed Agenda Page

Do you want a different way to display your agenda for the week in Canvas?  Check out this super clean look to a weekly agenda in Canvas! Watch this video to learn more.  Interested?  Shoot me an email and I will stop in and help you set this up in your canvas courses.

Prodigy WYTOPP Test Prep Option

Did you know that you can set up prodigy w/ WYTOPP practice questions?  Click  here for a step-by-step instruction sheet on how to set that up!

Tech Tip Tuesday (Padlet)

Padlet is a useful, engaging tool to increase student collaboration skills and knowledge creation to promote deep understandings of key concepts.  It allows for flexibility in voice, choice, time and space for students and teachers.  Watch this video to see three different ways to use Padlet in the classroom and how to set up your own Padlet. You get 3 or 4 free padlets in the free version. 

Padlet can be embedded into your canvas pages, assignments, discussions, announcements, etc…  Students do not need to leave Canvas to use padlet.  Click  here for written instructions or watch this video on how to embed items into Canvas.

Grudge Ball

This is a game that your students will love!  It is called Grudge Ball and is better suited for upper elementary to high school.  It is not very techy, but very engaging.  Here is an overview of how the game works.  I used “Explain Everything” as my whiteboard in the tutorial which is also a great tech tool if you need a digital whiteboard in which students can collaborate.  Here is a Grudge Ball template that you can open on your Cleartouch Easinote software ready to go for the game.  

Tech Tip Tuesday- Rewordify.com

Rewordify is a free tool that allows you to take any text and simplify it to different reading levels.  Watch the video to learn how to use Rewordify.  This is a great tool to help differentiate reading and build vocabulary for every student. Click here for a written quick start guide.

Tech Tip Tuesday- Blooket.com

November, 16th, 2021

Gamification in the Classroom: Today’s Featured Game is Blooket.com. What a great way to boost engagement and motivation while reviewing material, formative checks, vocab and fact skills, etc…!  Gamification in the classroom is a refreshing approach for students to have deliberate practice (effect size .79) and feedback (effect size .70). 

 

Tech Tip Tuesday

11/02/21 Edition

Canvas Tips and Tricks:

Does your dashboard have courses in it that you don’t want to see?  You can hide courses so you only see the courses you want to see. 

Click on courses in left side menu bar.  Then click all courses (toward the bottom of your list of courses).  Then you star the ones that you want to see in your dashboard.  Unstar the ones that you want to hide. 

General Computer Skills: Bookmarking

Is your bookmark bar out of control?  Watch this 2 minute video for ideas on how to organize your bookmarks.

Templates/Graphic Organizers/ Websites

It is difficult, sometimes, for students to give each other feedback constructively. Try this Glows and Grows Peer Review/ Peer Edit Template that gives students a guide/focus when peer reviewing another student’s writing.

Instructional Tech Coaching Opportunity

Do you want to learn how to set up differentiation or choice paths for your students in Canvas by using Mastery Paths?  Invite me in and I can show you how to set that up in Canvas.

More Feedback for Greater Learning

Quick tools for formative assessment, teacher clarity and questioning resources, and more professional learning posted!

Formative Assessment Ideas

Are you looking for quick tools for formative assessment? Here are a few ideas!

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Teacher Clarity & Questioning Resources

Are you interested in any of these resources? Fill out this quick request by November 4th and they’ll get ordered for you!

  • The Teacher Clarity Playbook: A hands-on guide to creating learning intentions and success criteria for organized, effective instruction.
  • The Success Criteria Playbook: A hands-on guide to making learning visible and measurable.
  • Questioning Sequences in the Classroom: Ask targeted questions to enhance students reasoning skills and increase rigor in classrooms. Use a four-phase questioning sequence to help students make claims, build sound arguments, and provide evidence to support their points.
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Professional Learning

Looking for credits? New credit opportunities were posted to our Professional Learning page.