I found this little tool while looking up ideas for closure in a lesson. One suggestion is that students log on after school and post a sentence summarizing that day's topic. It. Becomes a collage of sentences which could be used to review for an exam later. Simpler than a forum. This could also be a sourced for flashcards. I've included here a screenshot of what will become our wall for the topic of motion. You can choose the font and the background image. You can even select the privacy settings for who can see and edit the page.
If you are not familiar with Skedula, it can be a real pain in the butt. Thankfully, the internet has many people posting solutions. I found this website with a Prezi presentation called "Skedula" by Jennifer Lewner that I thought was pretty helpful and quick. I will make my own small reference tool here as well:
1. Logging in for the first time:
2. Grouping courses together: Your students might be grouped according to English levels and you will want to Group your classes together if this is the case. If you don't, you might end up with a million groups!
3. Printing out invitations and registration codes for students:
2. Create assignment categories, create an assignment, select classes, input grades, and view assignment statistics.
Check out the description and costs in the Teacher Resources.
One of my students named Yessica found this free app that students can use to overlap two images.
You can choose a background such as places, animals, landscapes or you can upload your own image. Then simply take a new photo or upload a new photo and follow the simple instructions on how to "Cut" and then "Paste" into your background.
I love how tactile this app is. You can use two fingers to rotate your image.
Free, but it has ads.
$1.99 with no adds.
I created the following example in less than 2 minutes.
Microsoft Paint is an easy to use photo editing software and the best part is that it is FREE. You can open images with Paint and edit them. I created the image to the left by uploading two images into two different sessions of Paint and then tracing the lion head from one, copying, and pasting it into the other one.
These were the three tools I used:
Netflix is hands down the best way to show videos in my classroom.
As we watched scenes from the documentary Birdmen to understand more about air pressure and flight, one of my students made the comment, "They show videos on Netflix?" Students often watch Youtube to find videos of amazing feats by athletes or other short snippets and refer to these as videos as opposed to "movies". I loved that we could have the discussion in my classroom that yes, there are other visual media besides "videos" on Youtube and that Netflix has more than just movies. These are documentaries and they have documentaries about EVERYTHING.
I couldn't leave out one of the easiest, free web-creating tools that I have seen on the internet.
So easy to navigate. You have many themes to choose from. You can see the control buttons on the left. Just drag and drop the components that you want. No crazy html code. Making pages and connecting them to pages inside your website or to other websites is so easy. They even have an educator's version where you can create class pages.
If you decide to create a website with Weebly, then ... mayhaps you can refer me? We can EACH get $10. Yes, you heard right. They will pay both YOU AND ME TEN SWEET DOLLARS. <3 kthxbai
Cost: Option of Free version (which is pretty awesome. I use it) or Pro version for $39.95 which allows fancier things though I don't know that you can get any fancier than what we already have here.
Click the following link to get us both TEN SWEET, WONDERFUL DOLLARS: Weebly Link
You can even take photographs with your iPad and import them into the app to write on them:
Numbers is the Apple equivalent to Excel, except much more user friendly. I use it on my iPad.
I use this to keep track of my regents data. I make charts and graphs to not only look a the pass rates, but also look at how many students scored in each increment of tens. know the numbers don't look too good now, but teaching does have that learning curve. Also, you'll notice that the numbers keep improving. We are only as strong as our weakest link.
Cost: $9.99 from the App Store.
Kelly Garcia teaches physics in New York City to Latino students using a humourous and hands-on approach. She manages to circumvent the boredom of test-prep with thoughtful and creative projects.