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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas 2016: Tech Treasure #3

December8

thinglink santa hat2 transIt’s the third day of digital treasures, and with that comes a new activity to add to the holiday goodness. Check out the Holiday Logic Game, one that tests logic and speed as you try to pop all of the Christmas decorations at once!

Just hover over The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas Thinglink interactive image shown below to begin solving the puzzles!

The full screen version of this interactive image can be accessed here.

Classroom Connection:

Use the resources embedded within the interactive image to have some fun celebrating the best holiday of the year!

In case you might be interested in checking out my 12 Digital Days of Christmas collections from previous years, here you go:

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas I

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas II

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas III

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas IV

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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas 2016: Tech Treasure #2

December7

geeky girl santa1Another day, another fun Christmas-themed resource awaits you behind Tech Treasure #9. This time it’s one of the most visited sites from last year’s holiday tech adventure. Check out Sugar, Sugar: The Christmas Special—a fun activity that is sure to make you think! The object of the game is to draw lines with your mouse to direct the sugar into your mug(s). See how many attempts you need to solve each level!

Just hover over the interactive image shown below to play the Sugar, Sugar: The Christmas Special.

The full screen version of this interactive image can be accessed here.

Classroom Connection:

Use the resources embedded within the interactive image to have some fun celebrating the best holiday of the year!

In case you might be interested in checking out my 12 Digital Days of Christmas collections from previous years, here you go:

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas I

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas II

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas III

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas IV

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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas 2016: Tech Treasure #1

December6

thinglink santa hat2 transGet ready to “Tech the Halls” with my 5th annual 12 Digital Days of Christmas, a collection of digital treasures featuring Thinglink and a dozen fun and festive resources that are sure to spread some holiday cheer in your classroom.

So, starting today and continuing for eleven additional days, this Geeky Girl will share one Christmas activity that can be shared with your students.

The 2016 adventure begins by hovering over the interactive image below to reveal Tech Treasure #1: The North Pole, a comprehensive holiday site that has it all for educators, students and parents—dozens of games, activities, stories, crafts and more—all related to Santa’s visit on December 25.

I’ve actually shared this resource in past Christmas playlists—twice actually, but this award-winning gem includes more than enough activities to keep students busy until the holiday break. So, if you’ve somehow missed it along the way, be sure to check it out this time around!

The NorthPole.com promotes a traditional look at Santa’s Secret Village, but with high-tech, creative features to keep students entertained—all for free. For example, check out the Elf Clubhouse for online games and activities including checkers with Santa, Trim the Tree, crossword puzzles, word searches, concentration, and mazes.

But free games are only the beginning of the fun your students can have at the NorthPole.com. Play Winter flash games, watch cool Christmas movies and cartoons at the North Pole Arcade, chat with some of Santa’s helpers and/or read stories about your favorite elf.

All of this and more awaits you and your students at the NorthPole.com! So, push the papers and pencils aside for a few minutes and celebrate one of the most exciting and magical times of the year by accessing this site. Just hover over The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas Thinglink interactive image shown below to get started on your holiday journey!

The full screen version of this interactive image can be accessed here.

Classroom Connection:

Use the resources embedded within the interactive image to have some fun celebrating the best holiday of the year!

In case you might be interested in checking out my 12 Digital Days of Christmas collections from previous years, here you go:

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas I

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas II

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas III

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas IV

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Get Festive with Christmas Magnetic Poetry

December5

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If you’re ready to get your festive on, then I’ve got the perfect edtech activity for you and your students—Christmas Magnetic Poetry, a Google Slides activity containing nearly 100 words that can be manipulated into a holiday themed poem, story, etc. Check it out below!

As with my Thanksgiving Magnetic Poetry creation, the word boxes are actually images and cannot be edited; however, they can be deleted. Plus, additional words can be generated by creating a new text box and filling it with a white background.

Check out the sneak peek of this super cool Christmas activity shown below!

Christmas Magnetic Poetry

Click here to download your very own copy of the template and save it to your Google Drive.

Classroom Connection:

The Christmas Magnetic Poetry template can be used in a variety of ways as either an independent or collaborative writing activity. Utilize the “magnets” included and/or add your own text boxes to extend the activity—although I think part of the fun/challenge is to just use the words provided.

Happy, happy birthday, Mom! Love you! ♥

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

December4

diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Two really useful apps that can be utilized to incorporate technology into your classroom! Check ’em out below!

» Recap

A free student video response and reflection app that allows teachers to gather video feedback from students. Great for formative assessment and personalized learning! Compatible with iOS and Android devices.

» Slack

A web tool and app that brings all communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for teams and groups. Compatible with iOS, Android and Microsoft devices.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs Infographic

November30

multimedia-icons_reducedYeah, we know all about Bloom’s Taxonomy, but if you’re a technology integrator this one’s especially for you because it’s more than just the framework we’ve all been using for years. What makes this infographic a grand slam is that it provides educators with power verbs to assist us with incorporating digital resources (web tools, apps, etc.) into each stage of the taxonomy.

Check it out right here, right now…

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Need a poster of this nifty infographic? Well, the Global Digital Citizen Foundation has you covered. They offer two different versions of the visual for downloading and printing. One is a quick print 11″X17″ PDF file for colourful handouts. The other is a poster-size 18″X30″ file for professional printing and then placement on an office or classroom wall. Choose the one that’s best for you, or snag both as they are freebies!

Classroom Connection:

Whether you’re developing lessons, creating rubrics and/or completing any other task requiring planning and assessment strategies, the infographic can be used to guide technology use in the classroom.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

November29

diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Four really cool and useful resources that the math gurus can use to gamify their classrooms! Be sure to add these gems to your edtech toolbox. Check ’em out below!

» Mangahigh.com

Play math, love math with this Flash-based platform containing games, tutorials and quizzes, all aligned with Common Core standards. A great way to expose K-10 students with a wide variety of math fundamentals, from addition and subtraction to beginning algebra concepts.

» Sumdog

A site for kids to practice math skills while playing fun, flash-based games against friends, classmates or students from around the world. Activities are free and individualized according to ability level. Unlock additional games with a premium subscription.

» Shikaku Madness

If you’re a puzzle maniac, you’ll love this fun and challenging logic game. Bust your brain as you try to figure out how to completely cover the game grid using squares and rectangles. Play online and/or on an iOS device!

» 5 Dice

An iOS app which practices the order of operations. Compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Freeze Frame II: The BAMS Mannequin Challenge

November21

freeze-frameAfter watching B-A’s first-ever Mannequin Challenge video, my middle school Tech Club students vowed they would not be outdone by their high school counterparts. And so they put their minds and creativity to work and planned their very own rendition of the super popular trend that has hit the social media scene.

So here you have it… Frozen in time from the set of the Bellwood Buzz, our morning announcements program, here’s the BAMS rendition of the Mannequin Challenge!  Yeah, there are a few blinks and some legs swinging, but it’s still pretty sweet! Check. It. Out!

Props once again to junior Kermit Foor for filming the BAMS freeze and then producing another YouTube sensation! ♥

Classroom Connection:

Sure, generating this video was alot of fun, but there’s always educational value when students have the opportunity to collaborate, plan and create a finished product that is shared with an audience beyond the four walls of the classroom.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

November20

diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out some really useful resources that can be utilized to incorporate technology into your classroom!

» PhotoScan

An iOS and Android app from Google designed to scan printed photos using your device’s camera in order to create a digital version. Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future!

» Mysimpleshow

A site that converts text into an illustrated video. Choose from templates or create your own. Images and audio can also be added. Finished projects can be exported to a computer and/or shared online.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Tech Up Your Classroom: Thanksgiving Style

November17

thinglink-logoWhether you’re looking for some neat themed lesson plans and activities to incorporate into your classroom to celebrate Thanksgiving, or maybe you’re just in search of some tech-based Thanksgiving games to keep your students engaged before the upcoming vacation… Either way, Edutech for Teachers has got you covered!

Hover over the interactive image to find tons of Thanksgiving-themed games and interactive learning activities for students and/or skip past the graphic to find additional/updated materials for teaching and learning about this popular holiday.

Check out the full screen version of this image here.

Additional Teaching & Learning Resources:

» New! Kids Discover Colonial America: A unit that focuses on the founding of major settlements and daily life in Colonial America. It describes everything from the Pilgrims’ landing to the colonies’ later growth and business activities.

» New! Kids Discover Native America: A unit that focuses on the most fascinating details of the history and culture of Native Americans. From their spiritual beliefs, artwork, and legends to harrowing accounts of the unfair policies, diseases, and battles that nearly wiped out Native Americans.

» New! Eight Great Ways to Be Thankful: A printable infographic to get students thinking about what they are grateful for this season… Perfect for all ages!

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Click here for a free download from Kids Discover.

» Multimedia Thanksgiving Turkeys: Learn more from Free Technology for Teachers about how students can create an interactive thankful poster utilizing ThingLink.  

» Scholastic News: A comprehensive site containing various resources for elementary students and teachers to learn about how the pilgrims reached America and celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Sections include The Mayflower, Daily Life, The Feast, Historical Letters, and Videos and Photos.

» Education World: Thanksgiving in the classroom doesn’t have to be limited to those lesson on turkeys. Instead celebrate this special season with some creative ideas via articles, lesson plans, site reviews, books, crafts, clipart and much more—all to help you meet all of your holiday needs. 

» TIME Magazine: An interesting article regarding “The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving”.

» Teachers Love SMART Boards: A list of Thanksgiving-related activities that can be utilized with an interactive whiteboard.

» abcteach: Games, puzzles and coloring pages designed for elementary students.

» The Best Websites To Learn About Thanksgiving: From audio and video to engaging reading activities, Larry Ferlazzo’s comprehensive list of Thanksgiving web sites includes something for everyone!

» The History Channel: Tons of videos related to the origins, history and traditions related to Thanksgiving. A few noteworthy videos include The History of Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Deconstructed.

» National Geographic for Kids: Contains a funny fill-in turkey story/Mad Lib that can be used as for a writing activity.

» Thanksgiving Web Quest: Visit Web sites about the Pilgrims, the Wampanoag and the famous harvest feast and learn new facts along the way!

» 10 Thanksgiving Myths Dispelled: A cool infographic created by Misconception Junction.

» The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving: A web adventure in which students have to answer questions along the way.

» Thanksgiving Trivia: The Huffington Post challenges you to take the ultimate quiz about Turkey Day.

» Thanksgiving Quiz: Another fun holiday quiz created by Funnel Brain.

» How Thanksgiving Works: A variety of Thanksgiving related articles and videos about the History of Thanksgiving as well as related customs, traditions and more from the creators of How Stuff Works.

» What Really Happened? Comparing Stories of the First Thanksgiving: A great feature from the New York Times Learning Network that also contains links to other useful resources.

Classroom Connection:

Use the resources and materials listed above to teach students about the Thanksgiving holiday.

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