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Screencast Tools to Demonstrate Student Learning
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! One way for students to demonstrate what they are learning is through screencasts. In a screencast, students video record their digital screen (tablet or computer) and that shows them completing a task. While students are completing the task they are also explaining the learning with an […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:44:06 +0000

Comic Creation Tools to Engage Learners
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Students of all ages enjoy learning with comics and creating comics. When students create comics they use props, scenery, dialogue, text, and characters to visualize and contextualize vocabulary and knowledge. The free comic creation tools below are easy to use and allow learners to choose from […]
Publ.Date : Sun, 15 Dec 2019 11:46:23 +0000

Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes! Bell-Ringers, Warm Ups, and Prompts!
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! As soon as students enter the classroom they can be engaged in learning. At my school we call these “to dos.” I have often heard these called bell ringers, warm ups, starters, and entrance tickets. The idea is to have a short 5 minute or less […]
Publ.Date : Sun, 08 Dec 2019 11:51:36 +0000

Tis? the Season to be Jolly! 25 Days of STEM Goodies
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Happy holidays! To thank you for your sharing, friendship and support over the years I will be sharing free tips, learning resources, web tools and apps for 25 days in my Digital December STEM Advent Calendar. Just click on the calendar below and a post will […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 02 Dec 2019 03:49:50 +0000

Tools to Inspire Collaborative Discussions
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:45:58 +0000

12 Ideas and Resources to Inspire Students to Show Kindness
“There?s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams This Wednesday, November 13th, is World Kindness Day! The resources below will help your students understand what kindness means and why showing kindness is important to making the world a better place. The […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:27:10 +0000

Infographic Tools and Templates to Visualize Data
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! When students design an infographic they visualize data and present their research in a dynamic way. They can use icons, charts, shapes, stylized fonts, borders, photos, and more to make data more engaging and understandable. Students can also tell a story with numbers. They are sharing […]
Publ.Date : Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:45:07 +0000

Lifelong Learning with Social Bookmarking Tools and Apps
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! One way to inspire students to be lifelong learners is to teach them how to collect, categorize, curate, and tag resources with a social bookmarking tool or app. I have listed some of my favorites for students and teachers below. Social bookmarking makes research fun, engaging, […]
Publ.Date : Sat, 07 Dec 2019 11:26:24 +0000

Express Learning with Animated Character Videos!
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! A fun way and safe way for students to share their knowledge is through animated character videos. The web tools below will get your students started with creating these videos. Students will be able to choose characters and in some cases create them. They will also […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:25:29 +0000

10+ Plugged and Unplugged Coding Activities for Hour of Code!
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! December 9 to 15th is the annual Hour of Code event. Coding is such an important skill that enables students to learn writing and math along with any other subject matter. Coding also inspires students to invent and innovate. Students also learn how to write and […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 02 Dec 2019 11:21:07 +0000

Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below […]
Publ.Date : Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:45:35 +0000

Tools, Apps, and Resources to Create and Send Meaningful Greetings
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Tis’ the season for students to express gratitude and care for others by creating and sending greetings. Students can craft messages for their peers, family members, teachers, and school staff. Students can also participate in digital greeting exchanges with students in other cities or countries. Another […]
Publ.Date : Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:00:07 +0000

7 Recommended Hands-On STEM Learning Products
“Learning is not a spectator sport.” – Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann (1996) On this blog I’ve shared thousands of web tools, apps, and resources that are free or offer a freemium option for teachers. However, I’ve been asked by several educators what recommendations I have for STEM labs, makerspaces, and technology classes. […]
Publ.Date : Thu, 31 Oct 2019 02:53:51 +0000

Where to Find Incredible Student Templates for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drawings!
“Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo If you have ever used Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, and Forms, then you know how easy it is to collaborate and share work with peers and students. Thousands of educators just like me create several student templates as part of their lesson plans, […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 14 Oct 2019 04:05:36 +0000

Timeline Tools to Document and Analyze the Past
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Students can create digital timelines to analyze the past and help teach others. Timelines help students display their research in a dynamic way with photos, clickable links, video, and audio. Creating a digital timeline is engaging and also inspires students to teach others. The timelines students […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:44:22 +0000

Student Goal-Setting with Digital Vision Boards
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! A new year is around the corner, which is a great time to encourage students to create a vision board where they visualize their personal, academic and professional goals. Vision boards are collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals to inspire an individual to pursue their […]
Publ.Date : Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:24:23 +0000

Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators. Part of connecting and spreading the word of new posts, online conferences I’ve organized, online courses, Twitter chats, and other news is creating visuals […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:43:45 +0000

Tips and Tools to Support Students in Publishing Their Own Digital Storybooks
Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! I still remember the storybooks I created when I was younger. They were made by stapling or gluing construction paper over notebook paper and illustrating the pages with crayons and marker. Students still enjoy creating physical storybooks, but now their stories can be preserved digitally forever […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 04 Dec 2019 08:15:06 +0000

How to Quickly Email Parents in Multiple Languages
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela Each week I communicate with the parents of my 200+ students in multiple languages and this has made such a profound impact on […]
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:31:06 +0000

STEAM Up Learning with 50 Fabulous Resources!
“? all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people?s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world.” – Deborah Meier I had an amazing time sharing with Texas teachers at the TCCA Conference! Below are the slides and resources for […]
Publ.Date : Mon, 28 Oct 2019 04:35:37 +0000