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January23

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

» Vocal Recall

An iOS and Android app that allows teachers to provide audio feedback to their students via QR codes—and students can even reply. This tool can also be used for many applications outside of  the classroom (i.e. note taking, personal memos, greeting card messages and musical ideas).

» Loom

A Chrome extension that can be used to capture videos of a user’s computer screen, webcam or both. The screencast is automatically copied to the clipboard and ready to share and/or download for offline use. Why? Because video is a faster communication tool than typing!

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

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Teaching & Learning Resources to Remember the Life of MLK

January14

martin luther king jr collage“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

This quote epitomizes why I have always admired Martin Luther King, Jr. As a pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, he not only advocated for the equal treatment of our fellow man, but he also supported the fair and humane treatment of animals—a personal passion of mine as a rescuer, adopter, foster and sponsor of shelter and puppy mill dogs.

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor this great man. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, near King’s birthday (January 15). Depending on your school calendar, you may have or had the day off.

But when students return next week, don’t miss the opportunity to share some MLK information with them so they can learn about the life and legacy of this true American hero. There are tons of teaching and learning resources available online, but out of all of them, I highly recommend the video “My Friend Martin”, especially if you teach middle school students. It’s a cool mix of animation and actual black and white video footage that is extremely effective and captivating—one that can be used as a springboard to discuss Dr. King and his accomplishments. The use of kid “lingo” and voice overs from famous actors such as Whoopie Goldberg and LaVar Burton as well encouraging messages about  how one person can make a difference and standing up for what is right even when it’s difficult makes this video a perfect choice for the classroom!

Even though I’ve seen the video dozens of times, it’s still my all-time favorite MLK educational resource. Check it out below!

For additional educational resources Martin Luther King, Jr., be sure to access Larry Ferlazzo’s Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King, Jr. page.

Classroom Connection:

Use the Our Friend, Martin video and other resources mentioned to teach students about the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

December22

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Oh, no! Santa’s running behind schedule and needs your assistance! Can you help him arrange all of the delicious candies that were made at the North Pole?

Find out by playing Santalicious, a holiday version of Candy Crush, the match-three puzzle game that is played by millions of people all over the world!

Click here to get your Christmas candy on and to access 11 additional festive activities located within The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas.

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 #11

December21

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Give your brain a workout with another cool activity from the Math Playground—a holiday logic puzzle known as A Blocky Christmas.

Here’s how it works: Players must use the keyboard arrows to move the puzzle pieces into place. Hint: The star piece can push and pull all other pieces. Enjoy 16 challenging levels of play!

Click here to access A Blocky Christmas and ten additional holiday activities that are located within The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas Thinglink interactive holiday resource.

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 #10

December20

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Who doesn’t need a cool Christmas greeting to share with family and friends? Well, you can get your Hallmark on (OK, sorta) by checking out the Online Christmas Card Maker.

Yep, you can personalize a digital card, download your holiday masterpiece and then send it to all of your favorite peeps!

Click Tech Treasure #10, the next digital resource found within The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas, to get busy!

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 #9

December18

thinglink santa hat2 transBet you think decorating a Christmas tree is easy stuff… But that’s because you probably never played the Christmas Tree Light Up game! Put your logic—and patience—to the test in this super cool holiday game in which your job is to connect all of the wires and bulbs to the electrical source. It looks kind of easy, but think again!

Check out The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas interactive image shown below to discover the this super cool puzzle!

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 #8

December16

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Christmas is still a few days away, but it’s never too early to start keeping an eye on Jolly Old St. Nick. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will continue its annual tradition of tracking Santa as he makes his Christmas Eve trek around the world to bring gifts to all of the good girls and boys!

The festive site includes games, festive music, facts about NORAD and their mission, Santa’s sleigh, his route and reindeer. It will provide children with an exact GPS location of Santa’s position.

Don’t miss the NORAD Santa Tracker, an adventure that is hiding behind Tech Treasure #8!

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 #7

December15

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Wanna have your students join Santa’s Secret Service? If so, be sure to check out The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas interactive image shown below to discover the Tech Treasure #7: Adventure Elf.

Help Oliver the Elf navigate through the city of Kringleville to reclaim Santa’s stolen loot… Hurry, before it’s too late!

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 #6

December14

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You might find it hard to believe, but the North Pole just sent out an alert stating that children are having a hard time believing in Santa this year. Kids these days!

So, in order to keep the true spirit of Christmas alive—faith, hope and believing—it’s your job as a star photographer to snap Santa’s picture as often as you can in order to prove he’s for real.

Click Tech Treasure #6 below to play the Santa Paparazzi game, the next digital resource found within The Twelve Digital Days of Christmas.

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 #5

December12

thinglink santa hat2 transLooking for a Christmas classic gone digital? Then be sure to check out the “How the Grinch stole Christmas” app, an interactive experience that brings the Dr. Seuss holiday favorite to life via animations and fun activities. It’s the perfect ELA addition for elementary (or even some middle school) classrooms!

Just hover over the interactive image shown below to download Tech Treasure #5!

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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