1. Google Maps
This project identifies all the countries where our class comes from. We are also working with the tool which gives mileage from destination to destination.
In class today we looked for each student’s house in their home country. This experience was pretty incredible. We were able to find even the village where several of my students had come from Dagana, Bhutan. Google maps even has a feature that points an individual photo/video to its location on the aerial map.
2. Quizlet Flashcards
Because of the audio and interactive games, this activity redefines (SAMR redefinition) quizzes and is a huge time saver. It takes a lot longer to make flash cards by hand and students don’t get instant feedback as they can with the digital format. The variety of interactive activities can improve retention. I will post students’ feedback soon.
This entry will take longer to write than it did to make flashcards! Last night I was preparing a lesson targeted at a specific skill — reading housing ads — some of the abbreviations are really confusing to ESL students. So I first made a chart in Google Docs with a few variations and practice exercises. Then I thought of reinforcing it with a Quizlet. I discovered that I could take the Google Docs list, add a tab between the abbreviation and corresponding word and copy and paste the entire list into Quizlet. Instant quiz! Huge huge timesaver! The quiz showed up on the student’s iPad (of course) and by the end of the lesson he knew 18 out of 20 abbreviations. Talk about the value of technology!
3. Interactive Sites
Teachers First – the site has a wealth of resources on a wide variety of topics. See Examples below:
Carlisle Indian Industrial School – I would use this resource in the classroom to point students to a site with examples of original historical documents. These records include original student paperwork, stories and many other primary sources. Some have been scanned into pdfs and are available on the site. Others have yet to be scanned but have been catalogued and are at Dickinson University.
Navaho Code Talkers – this site is full of interviews with Native Americans who served as Navaho Code Talkers in World War II. These interviews will provide students with information from the direct experience 0f people who were code talkers as well as personal reflections about their lives as Native Americans.
Teachers First BYOD – my class is a BYOD and this link has many resources that have been reviewed and are device agnostic, free with enough useful features that it is not necessary to upgrade to a paid version.
Timelines: Both Dipity and Timetoast had some excellent feature that i can see using in a variety of ways. The timeline makes historical information very visual. I really like the feature in Timetoast where you can change the timeline format: For an example see the short slideshow below: Timetoast.com Native American Inquiry
I also liked Dipity and will explore it further. Dipity.com Native American Timeline
iCivics – A component of our ESL program is helping students who want to become American citizens. iCivics is a wealth of material including in-depth interactive activities and about the American system of democracy. This is a site I will investigate more thoroughly.