Super Teacher Tools

Super Teacher ToolsHere is a good site with multiple tools (uses Flash) for the classroom:

Classroom Jeopardy: Create Jeopardy games for the classroom
Speed Match Quiz Maker: Drag and drop answer onto the correct question to clear the board
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Board Game: Allows up to 6 players or teams to race their way to the end of the board.
Seating Chart Maker
Group Maker
Random Name Generator
Split Flap Counter: Quick timer or countdown for classroom
USA Population Counter: up-to-date numbers
Hang Man
Flash Lottery: Probability
Random Fact Desk: Need trivia?
Classroom Update (website making)

Professor Garfield’s Infinite Learning Lab

Want a fun and engaging resource/web site to engage your students? PPS teachers are able to access—for free—Professor Garfield’s Infinite Learning Lab. Students are able to watch engaging videos while also practicing concepts in Life Skills, Math, Science, and Reading. Moreover, the teacher can keep track of the progress of students’ work and record data of their work. While students are having fun, the teacher can keep a record of assessments and plan accordingly for differentiated instruction, progress, and student learning centers. As written in a Superintendent’s Memo:

A teacher management system has been added to the Infinite Learning Lab (www.learninglab.org), a collaboration between the Virginia Department of Education and the Professor Garfield Foundation. The Infinite Learning Lab provides engaging, animated, interactive lessons for students in mathematics, science, language arts, Internet safety, and life skills. New lessons are added throughout the year.
The teacher management system allows teachers to create individual accounts for students to assign specific lessons based on individual need and track student progress. Students will be able to earn online badges based on the lessons they complete.
The accounts are provided at no cost to all Virginia educators and students. Although anyone using the Internet may access four lessons on the Infinite Learning Lab Web site, only account holders will be able to access all the lessons available.
For teachers to have an account, the division superintendent must assign a designated division account administrator for the Infinite Learning Lab. That person will be provided information on how to create accounts for school account administrators who can then create individual teacher accounts. The division account administrator will be able to monitor data for all students who use the Infinite Learning Lab in their division, while the school account administrator can monitor data for all students within their school. User guides for both students and teachers (available on the Web site) will explain how to use the system.

For access information, please see me for login details and how to set up your students’ accounts. Mrs. Ross has already jumped on board! 

Free Technology Resources for Teachers

Free Technology for TeachersI at times get absolutely overwhelmed from TOO many resource choices. For example, I need to find something for “A” and investigate, and search returns show a bazillion possibilities. I think of the “old days” when I was in the classroom and my resources were stored in a filing cabinet; the Internet was in its infancy (remember the dial-up modem sound???).
A clearing house of technology resources that I like to refer to is Free Technology for Teachers, monitored by Richard Byrne, is a concise and well written blog that gives a FUN bazillion possibilities. In fact, it’s fun reading! You can always come away with something new that can be used in your lesson planning for technology projects. To access, click here or click on the picture.

Tammy Worcester, Technology Specialist, has a New Website

Wow! I’m back!

Tammy WorcesterTammy Wrocester has redesigned her website and has streamlined the look. As she writes on her site:

Tammy Worcester Tang, former classroom teacher, specializes in finding unique and creative, but most of all, effective ways to use technology in the classroom.

Tammy offers some fabulous free resources and ideas here at her website, and is available to come to your school or conference to lead sessions and workshops that are guaranteed to excite your teachers and engage your learners!

Click the picture to access her site, or the hyperlink above.