Presented by Becca Lowi and Amy Woods
A HyperDoc is an innovative way for students to explore and interact with content created or curated by you. It can be any live web document-- a Google Doc, Slide Presentation, Site, Form, or Map-- with hyperlinks that encourage students to think, explore, collaborate, and/or create. Check out Lisa Highfill's site to learn more.
What Is Common Sense Graphite?
Graphite is a free platform from Common Sense Education that saves you time by making it easy to discover the best apps, games, and websites for your classroom. With thousands of reviews of tools such as Edmodo, Kahoot and LightSail, our community of educators take the guesswork out of finding innovative ways to transform your teaching practice.
1. Go to https://www.graphite.org and sign up for your free account (upper right corner).
It’s easy to sign up with your school Google account. Graphite will ask if you want to receive weekly or biweekly news from Common Sense Graphite. I recommend their newsletters (you can unsubscribe at any time).
2. Take some time to browse through what Graphite offers:
3. Choose two apps, sites, or lessons to explore. Spend some time reading the lessons, or trying out the apps and sites. If you need a place to start, Graphite’s recent newsletter recommended the following:
4. To share your findings, complete this Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/1XWXTUw6QY
After you submit the form, you will see a link to the responses. Select that link to see what your colleagues wrote. From the spreadsheet, press Form and Summary of Responses to see the easy-to-read charts and graphs.
Didn't get a chance to attend this month's iLearn workshop in the library? Check out the presentation below.
by Guest-Blogger Amy McMillan
Teachers, do you sometimes need a short video clip to enhance your curriculum? Would you like an expert to help you explain a difficult concept? The following five sites are great places to find professionally-produced, engaging educational videos:
By Amy Woods
Looking to try out a new technology tool in your instructional program? Check out the American Association of School Librarians "Best of" lists for educational websites and apps. Since 2009, AASL has been evaluating both websites and apps for their ability to enhance teaching and learning and foster digital literacy and inquiry skills. You can find links to this year's lists below.