Post #9 Featured Five
W elcome to blog post #9. The purpose of this blog is to highlight apps and/or websites that can be used to enhance teaching and/or student learning. Everything on this site is free for educational use.
This post features TES Teaching Resources (website for downloading and sharing lesson plans, study guides, and worksheets in Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.), Anti-bullying and Digital Literacy Resources (websites with resources and ideas for discussing anti-bullying, cyberbullying, and digital literacy.), Seesaw: The Learning Journal (App for iOS, Android, Chromebook, and on the web for students to create digital portfolios), Maps Mania (Blog for showcasing interactive maps and tools used to create them), American Panorama (Website that has developed interactive maps about United States history, migration of enslaved people, and more) and Other Maps
For each entry, I will answer the following questions:
- What is the app or website?
- Who is/are the primary users?
- How can it be used in the lesson? Or, how could it be used as professional development?
Sometimes, I will also include a tutorial to show you how to use the app or website. This may be a YouTube video, a pdf handout, or a screencast that I have created. I want this blog to be as user-friendly as possible. I know teachers do not have a lot of time to learn new technologies so I want to streamline that process.
Finally, I encourage feedback. Please let me know if and how you use the featured apps or sites. It is only through continued conversation that we can try to keep up with the ever-changing world of education. Also, if you have any websites or apps that you would like for me to investigate, find, or create tutorials please let me know.
1 TES Teaching Resources (website)
What: Website for sharing and downloading lesson plans, study guides, worksheets, and more. The resources are categorized by Common Core, ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages. They come from teachers in the US, UK, and other countries. There is a mixture of free resources and some that cost up to $10. (Always look at the bottom of a web page for Top Free Lessons). Teachers can create their own lessons and share/sell them on this site.
Who: K-12 teachers in most subject matters.
How: This site could be used to find materials and/or lessons to supplement what you currently use. It would be a great resource when creating new unit or lesson plans.
2 Anti-bullying and Digital Literacy Resources (Websites)
What: Websites to assist teachers with resources and ideas for lessons about anti-bullying (including cyber-bullying) and digital literacy. There are videos and teacher training materials included.
a. The Stopbullying.gov website is broken down into the following sections:
What is Bullying? This page provides a definition, ideas for role playing with kids, and other related topics like teen dating and hazing.
Cyberbullying contains a definition, ideas for prevention, and how to report incidents.
Who is At Risk? has links that discuss risk factors, warning signs, effects, and considerations for specific groups.
Prevent Bullying covers how to talk about bullying, prevention at school, working in the community, and training materials for educators and administrators. This page contains a tool for assessing the prevalence of bullying in a school.
Respond to Bullying gives information on how to stop the bullying on the spot, find out what happened, support the kids involved, and how to be more than a bystander.
Get Help Now explains scenarios and suggested actions to help victim(s)
Another section entitled What You Can Do discusses what can be done by:
b. TES Bullying Prevention Month web page Discussion materials and resources for PreK-12 students.
c. Digital ID (I Do) 21st Century Citizenship wiki contains links to other pages about cyber-bullying, digital integrity, honoring copyright, digital citizenship, and online privacy.
Who: Teachers and administrators for PreK-12 students will find materials to teach/help their students. Most resources are free but some may cost up to $10.00. The stopbullying.gov site also discusses information for college students.
How: The information can be used to create units or lessons about bullying and digital literacy. Some of the resources can be utilized for parent meetings.
3 Seesaw: The Learning Journal (App for iOs, Android, Chromebook and web page). Named best app of 2015 by Graphite Common Sense Media, American Association of School Librarians, and Richard Byrne’s Free Tech for Teachers.
What: Student-driven digital portfolio creator. Students can upload photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links, and PDF’s. They can also import directly from over 100 apps (e.g. Shadow Puppet, PicCollage, Storybook Creator, iMovie….) Teachers can browse students’ work individually or by class. There is a class blog feature. All posts are moderated. The class blog can be connected to other class blogs.
Who: Ages 5 and older in any subject area. Students can sign in by QR code, email address, or Google account.
a. Ideas for possible use:
- Used as a portfolio of student work for evaluation
- Show parents examples of student’s work at Parent Teacher Conferences
- Invite parents to see updated student progress
- Collaboration through blogs
- Getting started tips
- Tutorial videos
- Activities for different grade levels (Common Core aligned)
c. YouTube tutorials (16 tutorials to help with all aspects of creating and using Seesaw, the class blog, and the website.)
4 Maps Mania (blog)
What: Blog for showcasing interactive maps and tools used to create them. Examples of mashups:
American Panorama Example of interactive maps featured on the Maps Mania blog. This site contains maps about the following topics:
- Forced Migration of Enslaved People (1810-1860): Tracks planter migrations and slave trade. There are 1st person accounts of life as a slave.
- The Overland Trails (1840-1860): Follows settlers who traveled the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails through their diary entries.
- Foreign-Born Population (1850-2010): Tracks immigrants from 30 countries with the possibility of sorting by counties in the U.S.
- Canals (1820-1860):This map shows and describes the canals and how they were used.
American Panorama interactive maps currently being developed:
- Great Depression
- Urban Renewal in Postwar America
- Presidential Voting
Who: Maps can be used to help students of various ages. Probably more for upper elementary through high school.
How: 100 Things to Do With Google Map Mashups (Note: Some of the links are no longer available)
5 More Maps and Webcams
Virtual Tours: Blog of maps for Famous Destinations, Famous Journeys, Places to Explore, and much more.
Earth Cam Live Webcams: Live webcams from around the world.
Who: These resources can be used for all age groups.
- Virtual field trips
- Visuals for reports
- Observations to compare cultures, architecture, fashion, and more