Thursday, May 10, 2012

May Instructional Resource Update

You are almost there! Only about a month left of school! I have listed below the top instructional resources that I have come across in the last month. More new website links are also bookmarked on  I hope you will scroll through the resources and to pick out one or two new things that interest you to try during the last month of school, or the beginning of the year next year. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Google Drive
Google Drive is a file storage and sync service. It gives the user a free-of-charge cloud-storage of 5 gigabytes to start with! It is similar to Dropbox, but is linked to Google. My Dropbox is almost full so I have both!

Great Review Activity: Graffiti Wall (via Luv2Teach on Pinterest)

From "Adventures of Room 129" Blog
Useful to have students 'graffiti' on the board what they know before a test on a certain topic. I know this comes from an elementary blog post, but I think that it would be a good activity for the secondary level as well. It looks fun, student centered, and engaging! I think it would work really well as a French or Spanish review activity.

"A collaborative reading tool where you can upload any PDF file, mark it up collaboratively and have an online discussion.  This is a great student reading and peer editing tool.  This can be used for text rendering where students draw their symbols for “I like this” (smiley face) or “I have questions about this” (?) using the drawing tool and highlighter.  Comments can also be added using the comment tool; users have a choice of point, area or text comment.  For editing, there are a highlighter, strikeout tool and textbox for additions.  The final product with markups can be downloaded and printed for review by the teacher and peers and be useful in assessing the areas of individual and collective needs."

This site looks like a great tool for teaching with the new common core standards. It would help students to understand more complex and informational texts. Many students also struggle with reading in the target language. It would be great for scaffolding for lower level language learners.

77 Web Resources for Teachers to Explore This Summer By Free Technology For Teachers
Great list of web resources with descriptions and organized by subject area. You can scroll through to find "Resources for Across the Curriculum", "Science", "Math", "English Language Arts", "Social Studies", "Art and Music", "Heath and Physical Education", and "Teaching Online Safety".

Quick Formative Assessment Poster: Assess yourself! (via StephR on Pinterest)
From eberopolis Blog
I love this quick and easy self-assessment for students! Scroll down the blog post to see the poster, and read the post for ideas on how to use it. You could make your own poster like this for your classroom.

I am currently enrolled in an online orientation class to become certified to teach for North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS). As one of our assignments a couple weeks ago, we were asked to watch the videos below on digital learners and 21st Century Teachers.

Top 12 Effective End of the Year Activities from TeachHub

EOC review links on Diigo
For those of you giving state End-of-Course tests, or final exams in the subjects below, I have included some resources below that I put together for the teachers at my school for EOCs last year. There are practice tests, games, flashcards, and more!

Algebra I EOC links

Algebra II EOC links

English I EOC links

Biology EOC links

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