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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas 2017: Tech Treasure #4

December10

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What do you get when you combine the basics of electricity and circuitry with some copper tape, LEDs and a coin cell battery?

A super cool light-up Christmas card,of course!

Just click on the Geeky Girl’s Treasure #4 to learn more about how you and your students can create your very own customized STEM or makerspace project.

Are you ready to get your holiday greeting card on?

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

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas V

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ♥ ~The Grinch #somuchmore

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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas 2017: Tech Treasure #3

December9

thinglink santa hat2 transWhat’s behind Tech Treasure #8? How about one of the most visited sites from my holiday tech adventures. Brought to you by the makers of the Math Playground, 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

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas V

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ♥ ~The Grinch #somuchmore

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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas 2017: Tech Treasure #2

December5

geeky girl santa1Another day, another fun Christmas-themed resource awaits you behind Tech Treasure #2. Making its first appearance in one of my December lineups is a Breakout EDU activity—a holiday-themed game, of course! If you haven’t yet jumped on the breakout bandwagon, then there’s no time like the “present” (Get it? ha!)

Besides being a ton of fun, these challenging activities reinforce a myriad of important skills including problem solving, creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration and teamwork. Quite frankly, students love, love these games, both the physical and digital versions (although maybe not quite as much me!) But enough of that for now… It’s time to get busy with one super cool winter breakout!

It’s nearly the end of the year… You look forward to presents and cheer. With holidays anon… You find they’re all gone! Why would they all disappear?

Just hover over the interactive image shown below to play Holiday Hideaway and solve the mystery!

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

A note from the authors, Aubrey and Moriah Yeh : This breakout, which is geared more for the middle and high school levels,  focuses on listening clues and reading for information. It even has a bit of coding thrown in there.

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

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas V

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ♥ ~The Grinch #somuchmore

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Why We Should All Learn Coding

December4

Need some additional rationale for exposing your students to computer programming during the official Hour of Code—and beyond? Then be sure to check out The Why We Should All Learn Coding Infographic generated by OnlineCollege.org.

In case you aren’t sure, code is the stuff that makes most of the technology we use every day work. You obviously don’t really need to know how to reprogram your computer to operate it, but understanding how it works will help you imagine how programs can change to better serve you. So, if you’re among those of us who’ve always thought programming was impossibly hard or reserved for the tech-minded, that’s no longer accurate. There are plenty of free web resources and apps that individuals of all ages can utilize to become more savvy in this area.

That said, consider expanding your knowledge base—and that of your students—by becoming more familiar with code. As the interest of learning programming languages continues to rise, there’s never been a better (or more supportive) time to get ahead of the curve.

Why We Should All Learn Coding Infographic

Classroom Connection:

The info contained within the graphic makes a compelling case as to why students should learn a programming language. One of them could be the next software engineer that tech giants such as Google and Facebook hire for $1M—seriously!

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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas 2017: Tech Treasure #1

December3

thinglink santa hat2 transGet ready to “Tech the Halls” with my 6th 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 before the holiday break begins, this Geeky Girl will share one Christmas activity that can be utilized with your students.

The 2017 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—three times actually, so to maintain tradition, I’m highlighting this award-winning site again as it includes more than enough activities to keep students busy until the holiday break. That said, if you’ve somehow missed this gem 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

» The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas V

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ♥ ~The Grinch #somuchmore

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

November21

What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some super cool resources for the connected classroom!

» Watchkin

Watch YouTube videos without distractions in a student-friendly environment.

» Metaverse

A platform for creating augmented reality lessons, quizzes, games and more! Create experiences on the web and interact with them via the iOS or Android app.

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

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Tech Up Your Classroom: Thanksgiving Style

November13

Whether 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 (and recently 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! Incredibly Fun Thanksgiving Science Activities & Experiments for Kids: A collection of STEM-related Thanksgiving activities that are simple, yet fun. Pick up all the materials you need when you do your Thanksgiving dinner shopping!

» New! The Case of the Pilfered Pie, a Thanksgiving-themed digital breakout game created by Mrs. Yeh.

» New! November & Thanksgiving STEM Challenges: Build a Mayflower ship, dinner table, and turkey hideout! Check out this Pinterest board filled with November and Thanksgiving STEM challenges for elementary students.

» New! Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Events: A collection of five holiday challenges that follow the path of Pilgrims settling in America.

» New! TeachHUB.com: Fed up with building pilgrim hats out of paper bags? Then try one of these less predictable, equally educational Thanksgiving activities for kids of any age.

» New! Thanksgiving Classroom Activities: 25+ Thanksgiving classroom activities ideas on Pinterest.

» 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.

» 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.

» 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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The TED-Ed Interactive Periodic Table of Elements

November12

So, I’m sure you’ve seen one of these charts hanging out in a science classroom before—especially when you were a chemistry student…

periodic table of elements

The next question is… Have you ever seen an interactive version of the periodic table? If not, then put this resource on your must-see list because this edtech gem, created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-Ed platform, contains a video lesson about every single element on the periodic table. Yeah, it’s all that!

Check out a sample video lesson on Hydrogen below.

Besides the video lessons, teachers also have access to additional information that accompanies each element, which includes multiple choice, open-ended and discussion questions as well as other online resources. And as an added bonus, each original video can be customized to suit individual classroom needs. Check out the full lesson page on Hydrogen here!

Classroom Connection:

Use the interactive TED-Ed periodic table resource as an engaging and informative way for students to learn facts about the chemical elements and their properties.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

November5

What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some super cool resources for the English/Language Art classroom—and there’s one for the GIF gurus too!

» Write About This

Kick-start all sorts of writing activities with this platform that provides students with a variety of visual prompts. Students can also upload their own customized photos prompts to share with others. Available on the web, App Store or Google Play.

» Part-of-Speech Tagger

Enter a sentence into the generator and see the part of speech for each word. This nifty tool is based on the Stanford University Part-of-Speech-Tagger.

» Motion Stills

An iOS and Android app from Google Research that transforms live photos and videos into GIFs that loop forever or edit them together to create epic movies.

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

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Connect Classroom Curriculum to Veterans Day

November4

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. (Elmer Davis)

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring the men and women who have served in our military forces. Maybe you’re planning to focus on this event for one class period, or maybe you’re going to incorporate a special project in honor of our American heroes… Either way, utilize the resources located within the recently updated interactive image shown below to connect classroom curriculum to the day set aside to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Be sure to hover over the image to reveal a variety of “hotspots” containing Veterans Day lesson plans and activities.

Click here to access a full-screen version of this image.

Classroom Connection:

Use the resources and materials listed above to teach students about the importance of honoring the men and women who have served and/or continue to serve in our nation’s armed forces.

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