Saturday, September 14, 2013

Become a Rubistar

Need a rubric fast? Rubistar has a ton of rubrics for teachers to use or add to for assessments in all major content areas. They also have rubrics in Health, Pys Ed, and Technology. Teachers can access the pre made rubrics, change the point value, or add details in each category. It's fast and easy to use!  


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Turn Your Basic Powerpoint Into Something Engaging

If you haven't started using Prezi you are missing out on a chance to connect new concepts and engage yours students.This user friendly site allows teachers and students to upload slides from Powerpoint or start from scratch. They have a number of  templates to choose from or you can create your own Prezi. Teachers can search for their content area on the site and use existing Prezi's. This site does a great job of saving every Prezi you create so that you can go back and reuse or recreate old Prezi's.  Prezi has an app for the iPad and is even compatible with Edmodo when uploading it to the site.

Trust me, you want to be using this! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Student News

Fridays are "Student News Day" in my classroom! Carl Azuz, the host of Student News, composes a  variety of national and international news stories for students. Each day a 10 minute clip is available for teachers to stream in the classroom. Carl breaks down difficult concepts like the "fiscal cliff" in terms that students can understand. Student News also does a great job of keeping the kids in the loop about days of observance around the world. The site offers resources for teachers like quizzes and maps for each news report.

What are my students doing while Student News is playing?

"3-2-1" My students are writing down three facts they hear in the clip, 2 locations Carl mentions, and they are creating 1 quiz question about the news report. At the end of the clip students will switch quiz questions with another student, who is then responsible for answering the question correctly.


"Who? What? Where? Why?" My students choose one news story to answer Who? What? Where? Why? during the news report.

Back to School Icebreaker: Who's Who?

Tired of the same old "Tic Tac Toe" icebreaker? Try my "Who's who" icebreaker! Who's Who: The teacher se...