Welcome Back SB Peeps! Hope the summer treated you well and you are ready to kick off the school year integrating some great tech tools in the classroom! Here are a few things to keep in mind . . .
GLOBAL READ ALOUD 2019!
Did you know that 4 million students from more than 86 different countries participate in the Global Read Aloud? The 10th annual project takes place worldwide from September 30th through November 8th and during that time, if you choose to participate, you read aloud one of the GRA 2019 Book Selections to your students and then make connections with students from other classroom(s) somewhere else in the world to exchange ideas and perspectives about the book. Click here to learn all about the project and how you can get your classroom involved.
FLIPGRID has some AWESOME new updates!
Google Classroom Updates
Google has been busy making lots of updates. gClassroom is more efficient than ever in helping you to create a paperless classroom! Scroll down on this page for more details about the latest changes.
Need some ideas to spice up your parent-home communications?
Go to the Digital Tools Library to find lots of great suggestions for creating digital newsletters, websites, and beyond. Look for the list of tools that will help you create something awesome, such as Adobe Spark, Remind, Google Sites, Wakelet, and more.
Skype in the Classroom tools make it so easy to connect with other classrooms and experts around the world. Just create a class Skype account and browse the Skype Lesson galleries to get connected. Here is a few details about the activities offered:
Skype lessons are an amazing opportunity for your students to either get connected with hundreds of global professionals and experts on a variety of topics or collaborate in Skype projects with classrooms from around the globe. Click here to browse the Skype lesson gallery.
The global guessing game that gets kids learning about geography, culture, and the similarities and differences of how children live all over the world. Click here for more information about how to play with your class!
Virtual Field Trips
Take your students for an adventure without leaving the classroom. Visit our experts out in the field all around the world!
Click here to view all current virtual trips.
Guest speakers are experts in their field and offer lessons to classes using their knowledge, e.g., a book author talking to a class about writing. Find hundreds of volunteer guest speakers from around the world on a wide variety of subjects. Click here to search for guest speakers.
Last year, lots of SB classrooms connected with scientists, zoos, authors, museums and other classrooms to create unique learning experiences. Watch the video highlights below!
Click here to contact me to learn more information.
To get the latest updates on Classroom by following Google for Education on Facebook, or Twitter and subscribe to the Google for Education blog. Check out the latest updates here. Plus, Google has a Help Center loaded with Google Classroom tutorials for both teachers and students, for the advanced users and newbies . . . access it here: Google Help Center.
Updates to Gradebook:
Google for Education posts lots of quick tutorial videos about gClassroom on YouTube!
Go here to check them out. Here is a one on creating a quiz . . .
Earth Day 2019 is officially on April 22nd and if you are celebrating this event in your classroom, encourage your students to participate in a district-wide Earth Day Flipgrid Challenge as part of the celebration. Here is the link, flipgrid.com/1d3da4e5. They can participate for HW, choice time, or as an extension to an already planned Earth Day activity.
Note: Participating in this Flipgrid helps students use digital tools to learn ideas and multiple perspectives of learners beyond their classroom, which covers Standard 7 of the ISTE Standards for Students.
Skype in the Classroom, celebrates Earth Day throughout the month of April and is inviting educators from around the world to connect their students globally to make impact locally and learn about conservation, climate change and ecology from experts.
Connect your classroom to a California State Park.
This 30 minute, on demand broadcast, is a MUST SEE for all classrooms and definitely for 5th grade classrooms studying fantasy fiction writing!
Go behind the scenes to learn how stories come alive in this free 30-minute classroom broadcast with Cressida Cowell, the author & illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series. Cressida will inspire students to tap into their boundless imagination and will show how using character development and details in stories make them more believable and fun! You do not need any special equipment to view the broadcast. Just your projector and speakers.
For more information and resources to prepare your class & extension activities, go here.
Register your class for the free Skype in the Classroom broadcast and live chat with Dr. Jane Goodall in early April to inspire students ahead of Earth Day!
Inspire the next generation of conservationists to love and protect our planet in this free broadcast and live chat with the world- renowned primatologist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall.
Dr. Jane Goodall will empower students to care about our planet and take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.
The broadcast will air LIVE on these dates:
and will be followed each time with a live Q&A chat with Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots team.
CLICK HERE to register your class for FREE and learn more details about the broadcast, access teaching resources, including materials to prepare your students, as well as extension activities.
Just learned on Twitter about a collaborative online whiteboard called Bitpaper.io. Create a 'paper' and then share your paper URL with a friend. Sketch and create notes collaboratively, in real-time. Imagine students being able to sync their online whiteboard with a buddy & do step-by-step problem solving together. Some great teamwork and collaborations in the making! Challenge: Have students try collaborating with peers beyond their classroom!
Follow #bitpaper on Twitter for ideas. Lots of educators sharing how they are using it in their classrooms.
Try #appsmashing with Bitpaper, Pear Deck and Google Slides!!
Whaaat!?! Soo cool. Click here to get the scoop on this!
Watch video tutorial below for a quick intro of Bitpaper. Length of video: 1:23.
Go to: explore.org/livecams. These animal cams are AMAZING!! There are tons of different cams to choose from; penguins, eagles, seals, elephants, honey bees, polar bears, sharks, other ocean life, and on and on. Observe animals in their natural environment, while others are observed in aquariums & zoos.
Once you are on the website, look all the way to the top right, and click "ALL LIVE CAMS" to browse through their gallery. Some cams have sound and some have more than one stream, so you can view the animals from different angles. At the bottom of each, they give information about the location of the camera, best viewing times and general information about the animals.
Link to walrus cam
Check out the bats
Dive down under the ocean to explore a tropical reef here
Your students will LOVE these!