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Edu-fun Friday: #Back in the Day


hashtag humorAs Quincy Jones once remarked, “I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”

That said, Edu-fun Friday is a series devoted to adding some humor to the lives of teachers who visit this blog. After all, there’s nothing better than ending the week on a positive note! Plus, do we have the best topics to provide us with some comic relief or what?

I’m also old enough to remember playing tic-tac-toe with all that! xoxox

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Tech It Up Tuesday: Arcademic Skill Builders


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Hey, edtech gurus! It’s Tuesday again and time to focus on another resource that can be utilized to tech out your classroom. This week’s focus is on fun and free educational games for students in Grades 1-6.

In case you’ve never met before, here’s introducing Arcademic Skill Builders—a web site that can be used to boost basic math, language arts, vocabulary and thinking skills via research-based and standards-aligned arcade style games.

The basic games located within the Arcademic Skill Builders resource are free to play without the need to login or create an account. However, a Plus package—which includes data reports, custom game content and video lessons—is also available for purchase.

Of the 60+ activities available for use, the majority of them are multiplayer games, although some are geared toward single players as well. Several of the games are even enabled for play using a Nintendo Wii remote. How ’bout that as an option!

Here’s a screenshot of the interface to pique your interest:

arcademic screenshot

Classroom Connection:

As the tagline suggests Academics + Arcade = Fun. Hence, the name of the site: Arcademics. That said, use this really cool blend of online games and key educational skills to engage, motivate and teach students math and language arts skills.

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15 Things Every Teacher Should Try This Year Infographic


Now that you’ve had a chance to settle back into another year, it might be time for you to take the (unofficial) tech challenge. Yep, just check out the infographic shown below to read about a few really swell ways you and your colleagues can shake things up in your classroom(s) for the remainder of the school year. No matter how big or small your students may be, here are some excellent edtech ideas that can promote 21st Century change in any learning environment.

15 things every teacher should do next year

Thanks to edtech-er Austin Gagnier for creating and sharing this useful visual—one that was found by sketchnote guru Sylvia Duckworth and transformed into this awesome image:


Click here to view a full screen version of this sketchnote.

Classroom Connection:

Regardless of which version of the graphic you choose to read, post, share—use it to inspire change in your classroom, school and/or district! Just remember: The more we expose our students to real-world tools while completing relevant activities, the better we prepare them for life beyond our walls.

You’ve got this!

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for a few really cool tools and mobile apps that can be integrated into all sort of classroom activities!

» Duolingo

A fun, addictive and free way to learn one or more languages—Spanish, French, German, Italian and many others—anytime, anywhere on any desktop, laptop or mobile device.

» iFunFace

An iOS app that allows users to create funny videos of themselves and others by using a static image and a recorded message. Creating a funny video has never been so easy and so much fun!

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

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10 Rules for Your School’s Computer Lab


workstationIt’s just what every computer lab needs—a cool poster (like the one shown below) containing some general guidelines to help students make the most of their time tech-ing it up! Of course, all of these rules may not apply to your specific circumstances, but it’s a pretty good list to kick start your very own checklist of do’s and don’ts for your school’s (or your classroom’s) digital space.


A shout out to B.E. Publishing for creating and sharing this useful visual! Purchase your very own copy here.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest “Cool Tools” and/or web resources that can be integrated into your classroom!

» Meograph

Create four-dimensional interactive stories using maps, videos, audio, images and links.

» ExamTime

Preparing for a test or just learning new concepts? This site has a group of tools to help you, including mindmapping, flashcards, multimedia notes and quiz generators. What a great assessment resource for teachers and students!

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

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Tech It Up Tuesday: Kahrds


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Here it is: Tuesday again—which means it’s time for the next installment of “Tech It Up Tuesday”, a series devoted to sharing an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the classroom setting.

This week’s tech-isode features Kahrds, a free online interactive tool based on creating study sets, or flashcards.

Here’s how it works: After creating an account, users have the option of generating a new set—which includes selecting a category, providing a name for the set, choosing the language and setting the visibility options: Private (access is restricted to the creator), Public (the set is listed in the Community Section) or Limited (only users with the direct link to the set have access).

Once this section is complete, data can be entered into a new set by utilizing one of two methods: Typing each word and definition into the set or by using the “Import Kahrds” feature—which essentially allows the user to copy and paste info from another source.

Besides generating “Flash Kahrds“, this tool also automatically produces a variety of related activities that can be used to study the sets including Hangman, Crossword Puzzle, Pop Quiz, Quick Type and more! Just as an FYI: Most games require a minimum of ten cards to play.

Kahrds will work on any device that can access the Internet—desktop, laptop, tablet, etc. and is available 24/7; however, there is currently no mobile app offered for this tool.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest web tools that can be added to your edtech toolbox for the 2015-16 school year!

» Portfoliogen

Educators, teachers and students can showcase their skills and achievements with this free digital portfolio tool.

» Kahrds

An interactive learning website that allows users to create study sets that are transformed into games, flash cards and tests.

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

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The 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Class Infographic


OK, so here it is… Technology is everywhere. It’s basically twisted and tangled into every part of our lives in some sort of way. It impacts how we work, socialize, shop, play, and most significantly, how we learn. With devices, tools and apps increasing their presence in our lives, it only makes sense for educators to influence the learning process with relevant and real world technologies. Check out the nifty infographic shown below, one that illustrates ten ways in which going digital can create more meaningful classroom experiences for students.

10 reasons to use tech in class

A shout out to Sylvia Duckworth for creating and sharing this very useful visual. Click here to view a full screen version of this sketch note.

Classroom Connection:

Use the infographic as a reminder regarding how technology can be used effectively in the classroom.

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Tech It Up Tuesday: Knoword


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Time for the next tech-isode in my “Tech It Up Tuesday” series in which I will share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting.

This week the focus is on Knoword, an online word game that can help boost vocabulary, spelling, and speed of thought while increasing analytical, observational and typing skills as well.

Knoword is a pretty simple and straightforward web resource to use. Begin by selecting the level of difficulty from the menu at the top of the home page—Novice, Hotshot or Wizard, click the big blue “Let’s Go!” button, and let the fast-paced fun begin!

When users begin a new game, they are given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word and one minute to solve the problem. The object of the game is to fill in the remainder of the word as fast as possible. Points and and additional time is earned based on how accurately and quickly the answers are provided.

Don’t know the word? No problem! Just hit the skip button and a new definition will appear.

The initial screen looks something like this:

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Since I entered the correct answer (Boom!), here’s what happens next:

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At the end of a game, users receive the following data:

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Perfect! Of course, I don’t hear that word very often so I was more than happy to receive these results—even if it was after only one round of play!

Anyway, users do not need to register for an account to play Knoword, but creating one provides users with the option of keeping track of game statistics. Registered users can also earn badges based on their performances.

Classroom Connection:

Whether this site is used independently, in small groups or as a competition in a whole class setting, Knoword is a fun yet challenging game that can be used to reinforce students’ vocabulary, spelling and keyboarding skills. It would also be a great resource for students preparing to take the SATs.

FYI: Based on the difficulty of the words I’ve encountered while experimenting with this resource, I would recommend that Knoword be utilized with middle and high school students.

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