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A really great way to gather information from a lot of people is a Google form. Here is how to create a pretty simple form that will simplify your data collection:


For teachers who are working with publications or print products, here is a quick lesson on some photo editing basics:

And my full list of photoshop lessons, including the source files necessary to complete the lessons:

Skill Source files
Layers  
Levels Levels photo
Selection tools Selection tools photo
Photo retouching Venice photo, cloud photo
Repairing flaws in skin Face photo
Creating a composite photo Flower photo, fern photo

 


If you ever have a link to send out to your students or a page that they should visit outside of class time, a great option for long URL addresses is to use one of the many URL shortening services available. Here are three options:

Just paste your long link into the window and receive a shorter address that your students can more easily write down and access. I personally prefer Bitly. TinyURL tends to make longer links, and Tiny.cc occasionally uses 0 (zero), which is easily confused with O (capital O). I haven't used the Google one yet, but I think it may be case sensitive, which can be problematic.


Take a look at Quizlet. It is a great resource for making your own flashcards for vocabulary or using flashcards made by other teachers. Quizlet also allows students to play games in order to learn terms. There is a phone application kids can use to learn, as well. It's really remarkable and totally free.


A colleague sent out this great site that may help you do more with multiple response strategies.

In addition to that, I was reminded of this wonderful site that will help kids learn in many subjects (the vocabulary stuff is great!). Success in the "game" will also result in the advertisers on Free Rice to donate 10 grains of rice for each correct answer to help combat world hunger. Check it out- the game will self-adjust to your level.


If you are interested in using Quizstar for writing assignments to minimize the amount of paper you have to carry around or grade, try watching this video:


Adapted from a teacher training session:

The week before semester exams, students are bombarded with packets of photocopied study materials. Many students find the packet-pile both intimidating and nearly insurmountable. In order to avoid your test review becoming just another part of that stack, take a look at some of these alternative ways to help your students review for their exam.

I usually begin review with an online interactive quiz.  Because these quizzes score themselves and generate reports for you, they are a great way to determine which pieces of information need the most review.  I have used a number of services in the past, but my favorite is QuizStar. Click here to build and use online interactive, SELF SCORING quizzes.

After that, I use a game of Jeopardy in class to review some questions.  Quite often, when divided into teams, students learn what they should simply because they want to win.  I have seen many Jeopardy templates in the past, but my favorite one (No, I didn't make it myself) is available for download here: click and save the template.

Finally, my most effective review tool is my most low-tech one.  I firmly believe that vocabulary is the most important factor in a student’s success.  If you understand the words involved, you can make sense of the test question.  I have used vocabulary bingo as a review tool for a long time, and I have tried many methods for making the cards.  The best way I have found is to use a 5X5 bingo card generator.  All you have to do is enter the terms one time, then it shuffles them an infinite number of times, allowing you to print, shuffle, and print again. Go to this site to make your own cards and play vocabulary bingo.


Since we are all to starting to use the Eduphoria scanners for testing materials, I made a video explaining how to create your answer documents so that they are correctly scored by the scanners. I hope this helps:


I have noticed lately that several of my colleagues have needed help in two video-related areas.

Please see if either of these is something that could help you, too:


Because my classroom is a computer lab, I find that a good way to incorporate a strategy that gathers a response from every student is through Poll Everywhere. I made a video for my colleagues to show how I use this resource, and you are welcome to view it here:


When I review my students for their six week tests, I actually make a few copies. It's pretty out of character for me, but they often prefer something tangible to use as a review document. I decided a while ago to use a crossword puzzle.

A great place for a free puzzle with minimal effort is this site that features a free, instant puzzle maker. They do try to get you to pay for the nicely designed ones, but I always take the "free webpage version" offer and use it. Why spend another nickel in your classroom?


SmartBoard resources:

Hardware basics Smart Tools The floating toolbar The welcome center Diagnostic tool
Smart Recorder SmartBoard basics Basic functionality Orienting the board In-Depth instructions