Recently I've been looking for new keyboarding practice websites, and I luckily stumbled upon TypingClub.com. This site is GREAT, and it's FREE! You will need to create an account in order to save your progress. There is also a School Edition that comes with a dashboard to manage students, classes, and lessons. The free School Edition caps you at 3 classes, 2 instructors, and it only retains your data for 30 days; however, you can add unlimited students to those classes. Click here to read the details: Free vs Paid. The School Edition also gives you your own URL where students will go to sign in. Enjoy!
Thanks to the great group from the Elementary Tech Teachers Ning, here are some tools to help you manage noise in the classroom. The first is the Calmness Counter (pictured). Make sure you read the instructions carefully! The next one is Bouncy Balls. The balls react by using your mouse or from your microphone. There is also a free app called Too Noisy for you iDevice. Have fun!
It's great to be back! School is in full swing, and it's time to buckle down and start sharing some more goodies! Up first is Wordtamer. Wordtamer is a really neat circus-themed writing website. Explore the funfair and choose elements such character, plot, and setting, and then begin writing your story!
The Greens is a great website about about sustainability and green living. There are videos and interactive games (Light it Right is pictured), as well as wallpapers and printables. You can also download their theme song. This site is great for Earth Day! Check it out!
Energy Hog is a game where you can learn about saving energy in your home by identifying the "energy hog". You can also play a few games as you go along, such as caulking windows! Enjoy!
Happy Monday! Earth Day is April 22, so I'll be posting Earth Day resources over the new few weeks! The first is from Sheppard Software (which is a fabulous site). There are word games, puzzles, painting, and more. Check it out!
I love this game! It's quite challenging (even the first level!). The purpose is to break objects and fill holes in order for the beetles to roll away the dung balls. Make sure you read the instructions for each level! Have fun, and I hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Monday! Of course you know it's April Fool's Day, but don't worry- I'm not pulling any pranks this year!
Storyboard That is an awesome website that lets students create digital stories using a variety of characters, backgrounds, and text bubbles. This site would be great for illustrating a story together on the SMART Board. You can do this for free; however, you may also want to check out Storyboard That for Educators as it gives you more features like private storyboards and unlimited usage (14-day free trial and $25.95/year after that). Check out the free Lesson Plans as well. Here's one for A Walk in the Desert (2nd grade Reading Street story). Thanks to the many folks sharing this resource on Twitter today!