Monday, November 13, 2017

An online classroom preloaded with videos, worksheets and activities

If it hasn't been totally obvious so far, I love using technology in my classroom.  I especially love sites and programs that allow my students to work independently as I can customize learning more and students can work at their own pace.  I recently learned about and think that it fits the bill of how I want my classroom to run.  I can engage my students with videos, quizzes, worksheets, and activities all online!

There are also videos and instruction for you as the teacher.  You can learn more about incorporating technology in the classroom or brush up on content material (great if you are teaching something new!).  Plus you are able to find worksheets and classroom activities that you can use offline.   Take a look at the video below to get an overview of what can do for you as a teacher.

Be an Effective Teacher |'s Teacher Plan 

 I suggest checking it out if you are curious about what it's like. is also offering my readers 20% their first month if you join via this link.  If you aren't ready to join, try out the free trial to get a sense of what it's like.

Do you think this is something that would be helpful to you? 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Top 5 posts of August

Happy Beginning of the School Year!  I hope your year is starting off well.  If you are looking for some tech tips, check out the top 5 posts of August.  If there is a tech tip that you need for your classroom leave me a comment and I will be happy to write a post about it.

  1. Augmented Reality in the Science Classroom
  2. A new way to make slide shows - PhotoPeach
  3. Digital Exit Tickets
  4. Spotlight to search your Mac
  5. how to use GradeCam

Monday, August 21, 2017

A new way to make slide shows - PhotoPeach

I recently found out about PhotoPeach so I figured I would test it out and wanted to share my experience with you.  PhotoPeach allows you to take images and turn them into a slide show.  You can also include captions and quizzes in your slideshows as well.

The basic steps include uploading your images, rearranging them in the order you want, adding a title, setting a speed, adding optionally adding descriptions and music.
Descriptions are captions for each of the slides. You can go in and edit these afterwards to change what they say or choose to have the caption centered or at the bottom of the image.

Captions can be quizzes - a little sound appears when there is a question associated with an image.  The viewer have several seconds to answer the question and then they are presented with the right answer.  As the teacher you don't see a record of the students answers, but it can be a nice review.  I especially like the idea of having students come up with these questions and making these slide shows on their own and then sharing them out with the class.

Once you are done you can share  it on Facebook, MySpace (do people still use this?), Wwitter, via e-mail or grab the embed code to put on your website or learning management system.  You can set your slide shows to be unlisted, public or by invitation only.  There is another option to download, but that is a paid option.  Other paid options include using more than 30 pictures in your slide show, set transitions between photos,

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Top 5 Posts of July

July has passed by and I am loving my summer.  I hope your is going as well as mine.  Of course I can never stop thinking about school even though I'm "on break."  If you are like me you'll want to check out some of the these posts that were popular last month.

  1. Quizlet's all-digital unconference
  2. Flubaroo - automatically grade online assignments
  3. Creating a easy Works Cited Page
  4. How to generate student reports in eSchool Data
  5. Regents Chemistry - worksheets, labs and notes

Monday, July 31, 2017

Quizlet's all-digital unconference

Quizlet is a tool that I love to use in my classroom.  I love that I can use it as an in-class activity and students can use it on their own to review.  There is so much that Quizlet can do that it would take a number of blog posts to go through it all.  Luckily for us, Quizlet is holding a free online unconference.  It will be going on over two days - August 9th and 10th and you can join in on any or all of the sessions.  If you can't make the sessions live, all of them will be up on Quizlet's YouTube channel in the future (no date has been listed yet).

Day 1 sessions include:

  • Engaging all students with Quizlet
  • Personal and Interpersonal Learning with Quizlet Live
  • Fun variations on Quizlet LIfe
  • Creating Interactive Study Material with Quizlet
  • Organizing and Sharing with Quizless Classes
  • Quizlet Hacks for Teachers
  • How students use Quizlet
  • New Quizlet Feature Sneak Peak

Day 2 sessions include:

  • Benefits of Quizlet Teacher
  • Time-Saving Hacks for Teachers
  • Quizlet and Google Classroom
  • Leading PD with Quizlet
  • Creating ways to use Quizlet
  • New Quizlet Feature Sneak Peak

Monday, July 24, 2017

Books for students with visual impairments and physical disabilities

Bookshare is a website that provides students with a visual impairment or physical disability access to a large library of reading materials. There are over 500,000 books available. These books can be listened to or read directly from the browser. Audio versions of the books can be accompanied by printed words that are highlighted as they are spoken or with digital braille. Students and schools can qualify to have access to these books for free.

This video gives an overview of the website and what it can offer.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Finding fellow Teachers to follow on Twitter

I use a variety of social media, but mostly all for different purposes.  For me, I use Twitter to follow what is happening with education, edtech, science and local news.  I am always looking for new people to follow.  Classtools created a page called Teachers on Twitter as a way to connect follow educators on twitter.

The list is automated and updates itself automatically.  It searches for specific hashtags and uses what it finds to add people to a specific list based on what is written in the person's profile.  The image below shows you what hashtags are connected with each teacher group.  If you have any suggestions of other hashtags you can tweet @RusselTarr to make a suggestion.

This post also appeared on my science blog Savvy Secondary Science