Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blachan Shahi - A Visual Dictionary Site

I am always in search of the latest and greatest tools; however, sometimes it is helpful to revisit the tools that have been around for awhile.

One of my favorite tools is Blachan Shahi - a free visual dictionary.

You can easily use this tool in your classroom by having students enter in a vocabulary term of their choice. They will receive a text definition along with Flickr images.

This is a great way of scaffolding learning for students. They are able to read the text definition of the term, as well as have a visual to solidify its meaning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Leave Notes or Take Notes on Any Webpage with Note Anywhere

Technology is a fantastic tool for students and teachers alike; however, it can be frustrating if you forget specific instructions for navigating a website, remember to take notes, or need a helpful reminder from time to time.

The same holds true for our students. What if there was a way for students to access essential notes or custom instructions on a website? Note Anywhere is a Chrome Extension that will help you do precisely that.

Use Note Anywhere to have your students add a note or notes to a webpage. Individual notes are loaded every time that the student visits a specific webpage.

This is a great tool for students to use to customize their learning experience on their device. For instance, let's say that you want students to take notes on a website. They can use the Note Anywhere extension to add their very own notes to the webpage. At this time, notes cannot be shared across accounts; however, this is an excellent tool for students to take ownership of their learning.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Create a Choose Your Own Adventure in Google Forms!

Providing students with options and autonomy is a proven way to connect students with learning. When students have choices, it increases the likelihood that they will engage in learning. Having participants go to a choice based upon an answer is a great tool in Google Forms, which can leverage the power of choice.

How Can I Have Someone Go to a Choice Based Upon an Answer?

Here is a short video that I created on how to leverage the power of choice in Google Forms!

Monday, March 26, 2018

News for Kids: Taking the Guess-Work Out of Finding Current Events

News coverage has been a hot button issue in our world. Educators are challenged to find credible and non-biased sources to integrate into their classrooms - often with not much success. With an emphasis on integrating non-fiction text into the curriculum, NewsforKids may be a good tool to use.

NewsforKids is a free news site for kids that features a mix of age-appropriate, relevant, and timely articles for kids to enjoy. 

The site is a safe site for students to navigate because the majority of articles are self-contained and do not require external resources to understand the article and its relevant background. It is a great tool for any classroom because it provides students with a variety of articles on World News, US News, Technology, Sports, and a News Bag.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Timeline.ly Video Tutorial

I am so appreciative of feedback. Many of you have been requesting a tutorial on how to use Timeline.ly. Here you go!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Make YouTube Exciting Again with Timeline.ly!

Video is quickly becoming a popular instructional tool in today's technology rich classrooms. Many platforms do not have many interactive features and tools; however, a new tool that I found - called Timeline.ly - provides teachers with a way of creating dynamic learning experiences through the power of video and interaction. Timeline.ly is a free tool to annotate YouTube videos with text, links, and photos.

How does it work? 

First, copy and paste the URL of your into Timelinely

Next, make sure that you create a Timelinely account, so that you can add annotations. You can add annotations containing text, animated GIF's, maps, hyperlinks, and photos. Place as many as you would like in your video.

Finally, when you are finished, publish your annotated video and share the link with students! Students do not need an account to view your videos.

How could I use this?

If you were flipping your classroom, you could add interactive components to capture your student's attentions. For example, why not add a Google Form to collect the observations of students after watching a portion of a clip? Add a link to a website for further investigation or the link to a Google Earth location, for a tour of an area.

There are infinite possibilities with this tool. You just have to think it up, annotate, and make it happen!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Witeboard Makes Collaboration Easy!

I am always on the look for tools that are simplistic and device agnostic, meaning they can be used across multiple devices. Witeboard is a web-based collaboration tool used to draw and brainstorm without the need for an account.

Witeboard - A Simplistic Tool for Collaboration

Simply visit Witeboard's website and begin using the drawing tools (i.e. pen, text box, eraser, and undo tool) to construct a drawing, mind map, etc.

Want to collaborate? Click on the "Share" button in the top-right corner of your screen, then share the URL copied to your clipboard.


I like several things about this tool. First, it is very simplistic to use, which can be used across various grade levels. This is perfect if you are working with younger students. Next, there is no need for a user account, which can be good and bad. It's good because you can use it right away; however, you may have students who like to use the anonymity of no user account to their advantage. Finally, you can use this tool on an iPad, laptop, MacBook, or Chromebook.