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Tiny Tap: This app and website provides interactive presentations and activities for students at all levels in a wide range of topics. Users can search for pre-made material or create their own. Teachers can also create digital classrooms where they can assign activities and track student data. (iOS, Android, Website)

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Skitch: This app allows students to draw over images. Students can use images from their device or search images through the app. It is good for creating digital posters. (iOS, Android, Windows)

 

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Quip: This app and website allows students and teachers to store and collaborate on documents. Documents can either be created in the app or imported from other document sources such as Google Drive. A chat function allows discussion between group members as the document is edited in real time. Files can be accessed offline. (iOS, Android, Website)

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BrainPOP: This app and website provides short, animated videos in all subject areas as well as educational games. Each video comes with comprehension questions students can try to test their knowledge. Separate BrainPOP apps are available for students in grades K-3 and for ESL students. (iOS, Android, Chrome, Website)

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FreshGrade: This application and website is a classroom organization system where teachers and students can create digital portfolios. In addition to uploading assignments to student profiles, teachers can grade assignments, create a digital grade book, and communicate with parents and students. (iOS, Android, Website) Found on: Classroom Tools.

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Handouts: This app allows teachers to upload, share, and grade handouts in a digital format. Handouts are meant to be completed and turned in on electronic devices. (iOS, Android) Found on: Just for Teachers.

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Hopscotch: This app allows students to create and share their own games/programs in a simple way. Great for projects and as an introduction to programming. (iOS) Found on: Classroom Tools.

 

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Talkboard: This app is a digital whiteboard allowing students to create and share with their groups. The app allows students to speak with one another as they work, upload images, and export their boards. Most appropriate for high school students. (iOS) Found on: Classroom Tools.

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Remind: icon175x175 (3)This app and website allows teachers to send messages and reminders to students and parents in a quick, secure way. Messages can be sent to entire classes or to individual students/parents without sharing any contact information. Messages can be received through the app, as a text message, or in email depending on settings. (iOS, Android, Website) Found on: Just for Teachers.

 

icon175x175 (4)Bloomz: This app and website allows teachers to send messages and reminders to students and parents in a quick, secure way. Teachers can input events and set reminders in a calendar as well as organize parent volunteers. Messages and reminders can be sent to entire classes or to individual students/parents without sharing any contact information. Messages can be received through the app, as a text message, or in email depending on settings. (iOS, Android, Website). Found on: Just for Teachers.

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Post-It Plus: This app allows teachers to to create digital copies of their notes and organize them on a digital board. Users can share their board with others and collaborate. (iOS) Found on: Just for Teachers and Classroom Tools.

 

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Nearpod: This app and website allows teachers to create interactive presentations for their students. Teachers can choose pre-made lessons or create their own. When shared, students can access the presentation and participate on their devices while the teacher goes through it. (iOS, Android, Windows, Website). Found on: Classroom Tools.

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Mindmindomo-androidomo: This free application and website allows students to create outlines and mind maps. Students can work alone or collaboratively with peers and can access tools without needing an internet connection. These tools are more sophisticated than other mind mapping p
rograms and is best for upper middle school and high school students. (iOS, Android, Website, Desktop). Posted on: Classroom Tools.

Quizletquizlet-squarelogo-1451551102475: This application and website allows students and teachers to create and study digital flashcards. Students and instructors can create their own sets from scratch or look up sets made by other users. There is a variety of study options including games allowing students to review material in different ways. Instructors can create digital classrooms and share their cards with their students. (iOS, Android, Website). Posted on: Classroom Tools.

icon175x175 (2)Classroom: This app allows instructors to connect with and manage student iPads during use. Teachers can share material, monitor students’ screen activity, assign iPads,  organize groups, and lock students in or out of apps among other functions. (iOS). Posted on: Just for Teachers.

 

Seesaw: Tseesaw-app-iconhis application and website allows students and teachers to create, share, and manage digital portfolios of classwork. Student work can be shared with the class in the classroom ‘blog’ space and teachers have the option to allow parents to view their student’s work. (iOS, Android, Kindle, Chromebook, Website). Posted on: Classroom Tools.

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The following resources have been added to the resource pages:

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Halftone 2: This app allows students to create comics and is great for class projects. (iOS): This application can be found on Classroom Tools

 

Shadowmatic:icono-shadowmatic-144x144 A game in which students move around random objects in front of a simulated flashlight in order to find the shadow shape that object can make. This game is free and is good for a classroom warm up or as a fun activity when talking about light. (iOS): This application can be found on Elementary Science and Middle School Science

 

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: This app allows students to gather and organize digital texts and media for their classes in one location using any internet capable device. Instructors are also able to upload and share these digital resources for their course. It also allows for offline use of these texts. This free app is most effective for use in high school and higher education with some potential for middle school use (iOS, Android, Website). This application/website can be found on Classroom Tools

Quivericon175x175: This app allows students to bring drawings to life on their iPad. A number of coloring sheets are available to print through the app with some being education focused. Most educational pages are science and social studies related and all pages are appropriate for elementary and middle school students. This app is free with the option to purchase different coloring sheet collections. (iOS, Android, Kindle). This application can be found on Classroom Tools, Elementary Science, Elementary Social Studies, Middle School Science, Middle School Social Studies.

Have you used any of these resources in your classroom? Share your experience in the comments below!

 

 

Site Update Complete

Aside from a few tweaks, the site update is complete! We now have a new look and the resources pages have been reorganized. Some of the resources are still in the process of being added to the pages and new resources are on their way. Thank you for your patience and enjoy the new updates!

We’re Back!

Hello World! After a long hiatus and a little bit of soul searching, From Under the Teacher’s Desk is back with plans to be better than ever! There will be a number of changes that will ensure our continued success which I have listed below. Thank you for your continued support and it’s great to be back!

New Look:

As the blog continues to grow, it has become apparent that we are in need of a better format. So, over the next couple of days, the site will be getting a facelift. The new site will have a static homepage to make navigation through resources and posts easier. In addition, the resource pages will be reconfigured so you can find the type of resources you are looking for more efficiently. I hope these improvements will make your experience on the site more enjoyable.

 

Summer Plan:

Resources, resources, and more resources! This summer is going to be a mad rush of posts and updates. Where there will still be some of the more traditional, philosophically focused posts, the main focus will be on resources. Not only are these resources going to be added to the resource pages, many posts will also be focusing on how to apply these resources to the classroom. Where the old resource reviews provided only basic information, these new reviews will include ideas for classroom use. Make sure you visit frequently to get in on all the action!

 

Moving Forward:

As most of us know, the end of summer means back to school! So, as we move into next school year, the pace of the posts will slow significantly. There will be at least one post a week but original posts will only appear every other week (when not in a series). Resources will continue to be updated regularly as new things are discovered but most posts will have our more traditional focus. With the slower pace,  the blog can maintain consistent, quality posts. More information on the posting schedule will be available at the end of the summer.

3 Tools and Tips to Become a Reflective Teacher

BY MELINDA CREAN

“Reflection is a significant part of the teaching journey and it’s crucial that we seek feedback and advice to self-evaluate for self-improvement. But, it’s also important to remember that “the perfect teacher does not exist, but we all can become better teachers. Continual improvement of our teaching skills is the essence of professionalism in our field.” (Good & Brophy, 1991)

Are you a reflective teacher? If you don’t spend time reflecting yet, I want to share with you a few of my favorite reflection tools. Whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced professional, these ideas and tools are sure to help you on your journey.”

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Happy Halloween!

A little differentiation humor. Now worries narwhal, we got you!

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