Technology Thursday Answer Garden Site and App



             I am joining Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday with an awesome new site. I am currently at training as a Core Coach for Tennessee and one of my fellow coaches has shared an amazing new site with me. Answer Garden is a brain storming site/app.

             Creating a AnswerGarden is simple. It walks you through each step and it takes two minutes to set it up. My favorite feature is that you can decided whether to allow answers to be posted or if they need to be approved first.

 It is a lot like a Wordle, but multiple individuals can answer at one time to add to it and create your Answergarden. The answer can either be 20 or 40 characters. 

        I am looking forward to using this site during the next school year and I would love to hear how you plan on using it in your classroom. Be sure to head over to Teaching Trio to find more tips and ideas.

Looking for Free Nonfiction Articles?



       

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  I was introduced to a new free educational website. Smithsonian Tween Tribune  is a K-12 site with news articles. The reasons I love this site are:

  • You can change the Lexile level of articles. 
  • You can assign quizzes based on the articles.
  •  You can search for articles by Lexile level.
  • Lexile levels range from 500-1600.
  • Students can be added to your class to allow the students to comment on articles. (Great for having a class discussion, which can be only seen by your class or made public by the teacher) 
  • They have certificates for students success on quizzes,
  •  The articles are chosen by professional journalists.
  • They have articles in Spanish.  

Now that you know why I love this site check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Tech Thursday Twitter Chats



      I love anything tech related, so I am joining Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday. One of my favorite parts of Twitter is the daily chats for educators. They have chats almost hourly and they all have a specific topic or group. 
You can find a daily schedule of chats to join here. I usually join in on the TN chat and the ELA chat. To join in on the twitter chats I use Tweet Chat
Tweet Chat is easy to use and free. Find the hash tag of the chat you would like to be apart of and click go. 
      Once your at your chat, you’ll be able to see all the tweets with the same hash tag. You will also be able to retweet and tweet from this page. I’ve found many new ideas to use in my classroom from chats.
              Head over to Teaching Trio to find out about other awesome tech ideas and sites. If would like to follow me on Twitter click here
           

Show & Tell Linky: Literacy Design Collaborative



    

      I am joining Rubby Slippers for her weekly Show and Tell linky. I’ve had a lot of great opportunities to grow as an educator this summer. Today, I started my journey as a curator for the TN Gates Curator project. A great resource I was introduced to today was Literacy Design Collaborative. The site has modules, tasks, courses, and mini-tasks and they are all free. These lessons are created by teachers for teachers. 


The site is user friendly. You must sign up for an account, but it is free. You can search  based on grade level, activity duration, discipline, skill, and type. There is something here for ELA, Science, and Social Studies teachers. If you haven’t checked it out….you are missing out. 

E-Reading Worksheets




             A fellow reading teacher shared a  resource with me on Friday. The site is E-Reading Worksheets. The site describes itself as ” Are you looking for online reading activities? How about interactive practice activities targeting specific reading skills? At ereadingworksheets.com you can complete e-reading worksheets: online reading skill quizzes about such subjects as identifying figurative language, recognizing patterns of organization or text structure, comprehending texts, determining the author’s purpose, and more. ” I have been looking around the site over the weekend and have found practice worksheets that can easily be turned into centers and group work. Let me know what you find useful on the site. 



Tech Day Training Information and Handout

     Today I had a wonderful day helping other teachers with information that other teachers helped me with. During the in-service I had a couple teachers shared some amazing resources and I have also included those on my update handout. If you have any online tools or websites that you believe should be added to my list please let me know and I will add them. I now can officially start my Fall Break! Yay! Click here to download my handout on over 90 web tools for teachers that are FREE!

Amazing Free Common Core Site

           I’m still alive or at least I think I am. I know I have not posted since school has started, but it has been a crazy five weeks. I received information about this amazing website and had to share this with all the teachers out there. Learn Zillion is a site for grades 3rd-8th, both ELA and Math with free Common Core resources. This site has videos, slide shows, and lesson commentaries. The videos can be assigned to students or you can use them to help you better understand the standards. I hope you find the site very helpful. Let me know if you have any great Common Core sites. I would like to add them to my resource page.

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