If you know anything about me, you know that I love technology. I am not talking only about my iPhone and Macbook either (because truly my affection for them must be lust, no?). What I am really talking about is technology where it belongs, in my classroom!
So I figured, why not combine two things I love? – technology and over-sharing! Lucky for you, this means a peek into sites that my classroom revolves around. Sites that your classroom should also revolve around!
Web 2.0 – Prepare to Be Amazed!
… soon to follow, sites to help you be a better teacher!
Kidblog is a site that is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with their own individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts, and trust me, you don’t want it any other way!
Tagxedo – Word Clouds with style
Tagxedo turns you or your student’s words into a visually stunning word cloud. I’ve used this for – All About Me Word Clouds, Poetry, Biographies, Book Covers, Vocabulary Review, to name a few.
From thier site: ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children’s educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
Sumdog – Free games that make learning fun!
My kids love using the game based learning site. It is free to use most of the site, and you can select skills for each student by standard! The hard part, is getting them off this site.
Glogster – Online Interactive Poster
From their site: Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. We empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS – online multimedia posters – with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.
Helps kids master basic math facts- and what teacher doesn’t need help with this? Easy to use and set-up; we use it every day in our classroom! It has made a huge difference with math fluency in my students.
LearnZillion is a learning platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Each lesson highlights a Common Core standard, starting with math in grades 3-9.
Students can practice their spelling or vocabulary words on a game based platform. My personal favorite, Word-O-Rama.
Often called, Facebook for the classroom, Edmodo is a highly engaging educational site. Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential. Seriously, why haven’t you signed up your class yet?
Starfall – Learn to Read with Phonics
A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books. Great for your ELL students!
Wonderopolis – Where the wonders of learning never cease.
Welcome to From their site: Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Brought to life by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
Interactive Sites – All of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!
Great for use on the SmartBoard, as they are all interactive games.
Padlet – Virtual Post-it Wall
Love to use this for Reader’s Workshop or any type of whole class collaboration. Each student can add a sticky to the wall…. so many possibilities!
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