Interactive Number Line and Hundred Grid by Classworks

Interactive Math Blog Format

Two Awesome Math Resources That You Just Have to Play With!

A colleague of mine recommended these online interactive math tools, both resources are from Classworks.  One is an interactive number line and the other is a hundreds chart / Grid for math, ESL & special Ed teachers.

 The number line is instant full screen, changes the intervals for you and click the purple +-, & = tab and it makes an equation as you click on the tick marks! I know…awesome!

Interactive Number Line

1. Number Line Link

     * Here is the Number Line Informational Video Link that explains how to use the interactive number line.

 The hundreds grid also opens to full screen view and allows you to drop colored tiles on top of the numbers, scrolls down to 1000, uses decimals and negative numbers and even prints your screen. 

Interactive Hundreds Grid

2.   Hundreds Grid

    * Here is the Hundreds Grid Informational Video Link that explains how to use the interactive hundreds grid.

Enjoy!

 

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Digital Citizenship Lesson and Assessment For Kids Using Brain Pop Jr. and Kahoot!

Internet Safety for Kids

Internet safety is a huge concern for parents when talking about integration of technology in our classrooms. As a result, this can cause a great deal of stress to us as teachers if we are not confident in our own understanding of utilizing new technology. In my own experience, I have spoken to many parents that come to me worried about their child’s “Screen Time”, which I plan to write more about soon in an upcoming post because I think this topic is one deserving of greater depth because we will be facing this topic for years to come. It is difficult for some parents to adjust to a new way of learning that differs from their own educational experience. Parents and teachers have a heavy responsibility in preparing our children to live in a world of easy access to an overwhelming amount of resources, some resources are healthy, making life better and convenient and other resources that can literally destroy lives. It is up to us to help them know how to protect themselves with our support and procedures in place.

As a mother myself, I consider this to be a cause worth our best effort, modeling self control and discretion just as we would in crossing the street or talking to strangers.

Using Brain Pop Jr. & Kahoot! for an Awesome Lesson & Formative Assessment Combination:

Brain Pop Jr.

In an effort to greater my Blended Learning repertoire, I have found a great lesson resource in Brain Pop jr. for “Internet Safety & Digital Etiquette and many other common core lessons. This web tool and app aligns perfectly across our curriculum from history to math concepts. I highly recommend the paid version, although the lessons I am suggesting here are free, thankfully. My students love the lessons that they can access and replay at their own pace on their iPads or laptop. After the lesson, students may choose an easy or harder quiz on the content of the lesson as they include their name for data collection.

Angela Watson, a highly acclaimed educational blogger, teacher, learning coach, and author of many teacher devotional books writes for Brain Pop so I have a great deal of confidence in the content as a result.

So, in your plans for introducing technology to your students, I am suggesting this Brain Pop Jr. Lesson and on this link you will also see a tab for a Bullying lesson for free (K-4).

Kahoot!:

To go with this Brain Pop jr. lesson, I found an awesome Kahoot  (Kahoot Video Tutorial) formative assessment that another teacher shared to go with the Brain Pop lesson. Kahoot is a “Gamified” webtool (Not an app yet) that allows teachers to administer a formative assessment in a fun and engaging way but the best part, which is a new feature to Kahoot, the option to see the test data in a spreadsheet format immediately after the “Kahoot” is finished! I know, so awesome! You can also edit an existing “Kahoot” that another teacher has created by finding a relevent Kahoot, hovering over the title, duplicating it so it shows up in the “Created By Me” tab, then you may alter it any way you like.

I hope you enjoy this resource as much as I have! Definately a “Wow Factor” for my kids this week. 🙂

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Open House Preview Using QR Codes – Techie Style!

QR Codes & Open House. (1)

Would you like to impress your parents with your “Ninja Techie Skills”, entertain them and inform them at the same time?  I found a way to do all three. I had a collection of videos in my You Tube Channel from past years that I knew my new parents and students would love to see to get a preview of what it would be like in my room for the upcoming school year. However, I really did not want to use the hour we had scheduled for the kids to complete our “Get to Know You” checklist and get supplies put away.

So, I decided to use QR Codes on a Pictograph in our hallway for parents to scan and view as they came in to our Open House.

I used Canva an awesome, free app and web tool to create informational and entertaining pictographs.

Untitled design

I heard giggles and words of excitement in our hallway as they scanned and viewed the videos. Hopefully, providing some comfort and ease nerves as our first day of school approaches for both the kids and the parents.

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Transfer Your Old Cassette Books on Tape to MP3 Files

From Cassette to MP3

Did you spend a small fortune on children’s books on cassette tapes back in the day? I know I am dating myself, but I guess if you are reading this, you are close to my age as well or maybe inherited old cassettes from an older teacher. 🙂

I had over $2,000 in books on tape collected from my many years of teaching that were just sitting in my basement. It made me sad to see them when I would come across them every now and then, the waste of this resource beckoned a response. I thought I would try to research a way to access these great stories for my students listening station in my classroom. After many hours of searching, I found the answer, a Cassette Tape Converter. Of course Amazon to the rescue! Those of you that know me, know that I am huge Amazon fan. I then waited on the ever notorious sound of the UPS truck entering my neighborhood. This sound usually meant I had been shopping again.

So, you will need:

1. Those old cassette tapes. 🙂

2. Your laptop or computer that you use to access you iTunes account.

3. Your Dropbox account with folders that you wish to transfer the audio files to.

4. Audacity downloaded on your computer.

5. A cassette converter

Here is one like the one I purchased:

Cassette to MP3 Converter at Amazon for under $20

Here are the Step by Step directions for converting cassette tapes to mp3’s. (Hopefully, Audacity has not changed this process since last summer.) You are basically downloading the audio from the tape through the converter, via Audacity. Then using iTunes to store the file and then transfer it to your Dropbox to allow access to students at school.

*I did this over the summer and let the tape record while I did things around the house.

1. Open Audacity and iTunes. Drag the outer frame of each window until you can see both.

2. Rewind & Load tape into Converter

3. Push play on converter 1st- usually long lag at beginning

4. Click red record at the top of the Audacity screen once the audio begins- watch for sound waves to begin.

5. After recording, may need trimmed- click somewhere in the gray band to drop a line, select/ highlight what you want to trim off.

6. After the area turns a darker gray, click the scissors to trim that section off.

7. File-export-save to Music folder on Computer HD- then the inside folder, I named-Audio Books-Type in book title. It will ask again to imbed into file.- click ok

8. Now we need to retrieve it from the computer/folder to upload to iTunes. So open computer file, find that book- click. It should download in the recently added playlist in iTunes.

9. Drag and drop to list.

10. I would wait until you have all files in iTunes before you save to Dropbox. Or practice with one before you try them all?

      You can see my file if you zoom in on the photo above.

11. If downloading more, you will need to click the “X” box, upper left, to close out previous recording.

You may need to practice this process a few times but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty sweet!

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