Posts

Weebly

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.33.32 AM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-05%20at%2012.33.32%20AM.png

URL: https://education.weebly.com

Details: 

Weebly allows you to create a website and blog for your classroom. Each student can have an account and it’s completely free! You can communicate with parents and accept homework assignments online. The site is easy to use and customize to your liking. It can is yours to do whatever you want with it.

Educational Uses:

This website is designed to keep your class organized and informed. It is a central location to allow communication between you and the parents of your students. They can keep up to date on everything just by clicking around

Content standard/ Assessment tool:

There really is no content standard that can be used here. There is not student work involved so there wouldn’t be an assessment tool either. But you could post about the goals for the week/month and what the standards are that you are working on in the class right now to keep the parents informed. Then if the students are posting their homework online, you could post the assessment tools online and even rubrics if you wanted.

Value:

This is a valuable tool to have because it is a quick easy way to create a central location for your students and parents to be able to communicate and keep up to date.

Resource:

Weebly. (2014) accessed on March 5, 2014 at https://education.weebly.com

ABCya

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.01.41 AM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-05%20at%2012.01.41%20AM.png

URL:  http://www.abcya.com

Details:

 

This is a website that offers free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All the activities were created or approved by certified schoolteachers. The games are all free and modeled from lessons as an interactive way for children to learn.

Educational Uses:

There are a lot of great resources on this site for practicing a wide variety of skills. You select the grade level you want to be practicing in and it comes up with the categories of all the games. There are games for letters, numbers, holidays, and more. The student, or teacher can choose the best game for practice. There are so many different types of games to practice in different ways.

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.22.59 AM

 

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-05%20at%2012.22.59%20AM.png

Content Standard:

When you choose a game it gives the recommended grade level and lists all the common core standards the game is encountering.

Assessment Tool: 

Unless you could log in and keep track of all the games the students were playing and how well they did, there is not much assessment in the site as a whole. There was one game I found that practiced math facts and at the end gave your score, and you could print the results. I don’t know how many games have that option but that is a great quick assessment technique.

Value:

I believe it is of great value. The students are engaged in meaningful play and exploration. The games are all aligned with standards, and there is immediate feedback for the students.

Resource:

ABCya. (2012) Accessed on March 5, 2014 at http://www.abcya.com

Discovery Education

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.34.23 PM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2011.34.23%20PM.png

URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/

Details:

This site has a great deal of digital media content that is engaging and brings the world to the classroom when you can’ t always go out into the world. It is a website that can create exciting experiences for the kids in order to facilitate their learning experience. All the content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to a custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction. You can search for resources by content and by ideas.

Educational Uses:

This site can be used for just about anything. Teachers can use it to look up lessons, ideas, and activities. Parents can get on and look for help with homework, as well as students. There are activities for students to interact in for practice and fun learning experiences.

Content Standard:

This site can be used with any content standard. You can look up content standards and lessons to align with them.

Assessment Tool:

The lessons on the site include assessments.

Value:

This is a valuable resource for teachers because it can be used in such a variety of ways. It is a reputable website which is backed by many educators.

Resource:
DiscoveryEducation (2014). Accessed online on March 4, 2014 at http://www.discoveryeducation.com

Into The Book

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 10.50.35 PM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2010.50.35%20PM.png

URL: http://reading.ecb.org

Details: 

Into the book is an interactive website for students to use to practice reading skills. It is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. They focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. They use online quizzes and other strategies for connection to lessons.

Educational Uses

For teaching the students how to summarize you click on the summarizing link to take them to stories for them to practice. The guide will demonstrate how to do a summary by first picking out the main idea, then the supporting details. Then it has the students work to summarize a story on their own. There are interactive parts of the story to help them focus on key ideas and what they need to pay attention to when reading stories. 

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.03.49 PM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2011.03.49%20PM.png

Content Standard:

RI.2.2 Identify the main topic of a multi paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

Assessment:

Different assessments can be used based on different learning goals. There are 8 different topics/ areas of concentration that can be assessed based on how well the students do the activities.

Value:

I think the website has great value added especially by means of electronics in the classroom. It is a great resource to use if the students have access to IPads or computers. They can also use it for fun practice at home if you do not have access to computers in the classroom. It developed great skills in a fun way.

 

Reference:

Into the book accessed online on March 4, 2014 at http://reading.ecb.org/

 

 

Promethean Planet

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.30.10 PM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2011.30.10%20PM.png

URL:http://www.prometheanplanet.com

Details:
The membership is free. 
This website allows teachers from all over the world to communicate and share ideas and lessons. You can create your own free profile with your interests in mind, such as grade level, subjects, and what news you would like to hear about. There are Blogs and Forums which allow for communication to other educators safely. They news and events shows events Promethean wants you to know about, all of which are educational or pertain to the website. There is a huge list of resources all sorted out you can search in any way you want. 

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.31.50 PM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2011.31.50%20PM.png

Educational Uses:

There are many ways to use this site for educational purposes. This is a large list of resources for teachers to use to help with any ideas they might have and want to expand on. 

Content Standard:
This website can be used for any content standard. You can search for ideas solely based on which content standard you want to use. 

Assessments:
Along with content standards, it gives examples of what you should be assessing in your lessons. You should have the target in mind when you are looking for lesson ideas. 

This website is very helpful to teachers. It provides a lot of great opportunity for a collection of ideas and communication with a wide variety of educators. Sometimes it takes getting another perspective to really understand what you are trying to say. So having the support and communication will be a positive use for this tool.

Resource: Promethean. (2014). retrieved from: prometheanplanet.com

PadLet

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.24.36 PM


file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2011.24.36%20PM.png

URL: http://padlet.com

Description:

This tool is basically a wall the teacher can create on the internet where anyone who has the URL to get to his or her wall, can post on it.

Educational Uses:

For Example: In the class I am in now, my cooperating teacher created a wall and for an activity he puts up the URL for the students to be able to access. Each student gets their own IPad provided by the school that I am in. He posts 6 questions about a story we have been reading in class. Each student then has access to answer the question and post it on the wall for everyone else to see. So it shows up on his big wall, where he has access to move things and to edit things, and everyone else that is on the site and automatically see what everyone has posted. The kids type their name, then their response to the question. So we can monitor their activity immediately and get immediate feedback. Once we have given the students time to think and and answer the questions, we then come back together for a group discussion about the questions.

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.27.19 PM

file:///Users/allenkurella/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2011.27.19%20PM.png

Content Standard:

Common Core: RL 2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Assessment:

The assessment use for this tool is immediate. You can monitor progress of students by seeing their answers immediately. You will know who is understanding and who still needs to discuss more to understand better. It is great for informal assessment and progress monitoring.

Value/Merit:

This tool is great free range for activities. The immediate assessment and discussion possibilities are great. The tool itself is free so I think it is a good value.
A couple negatives I feel about the wall is the students do need to be a acquainted with electronics and understand basic use. They should be self sufficient enough to type consistently and use the internet in a responsible manner. Then even with the second grade students some of them were frustrated with the program not working the way they wanted it too immediately. And then when they posted an answer you had no way of knowing where on the  screen someone else’s was going to show up, so they would be covered. But that was why Ben and I were monitoring and can make changes/adjustments as needed to move things around so they all can be seen.

Resource:

Padlet accessed online February 28, 2014.  padlet.com

Teachit

teach it

URL:  http://www.teachit.co.uk

Teachit is a library of educational resources contributed from teachers around the world. Resources can include worksheets, power points, whiteboard resources, and interactive games and activities. Also, you can create your own Teachit to select, store, and share your favorite resources.

Details/Educational Uses:

To use various parts of the website you need to become a member, which seems like it would pay for itself with all the resources available. If you get the free membership you have access to the paper based resources, in PDF format. Also you get the newsletters and teachit timer for free.

If you get the teachit plus membership for $4.99/month you have access to all that plus fully adaptable versions of printable resources, my teachit for selecting, storing and organizing your favorite resources, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive whiteboard resources.

The last membership is teach it works for $9.99/month and you get everything listed above plus the ability to select from Theachit’s own interactive resources, activities and games. These include hundreds of classroom-ready interactives, make and save your own interactives, playing adaptable, addictive word games, and exploring and experimenting with language and grammar. You can also have full access to the specialist resource collections for A level English language including video and audio. My teachit lets you store and organize your resources and your saved interactives and share them with your department. And you can even allocate resources to students groups and have them access it directly.

What really caught my eye about this website was the ideas of resources that teachers can have access to. On the website under “Whizzy Things” there are many activities listed right there for basic ideas on being able to create your own manipulatives.

For instance

Sequencing can be used to practice putting a story in the correct order.

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.22.45 PM

Content Standard: English Language Arts Standard Literacy.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

I would work with the students to come up with a list of key details in a story and then put them in the sequencing interactive and have the students work to put them in the correct order of events.

Assessment:

I would be able to assess my students based on their comprehension on the story and whether or not they can put the key details in the correct order of the story.

 

There are so many resources available to teachers on this website that it would be a valuable investment.

Resources

Archer, S. (2014). Sequencing. www.teachit.co.uk/2571