Whether you use the Wordle riddles that “Jen” has created, or set off to make some of your own, this is a great concept that integrates technology with practically any topic you are learning. You could use your Wordles to introduce a topic or to review something that has already been taught. You could have students create their own Wordles that others need to guess. One of the cool, and quite simple, features on this site is the way that she embedded the Wordles in her blog so that when you roll over them the answer appears. This can be done when you add the alternate text to a picture you are inserting in your blog or website. Of course, Wordle is not the only site that creates word clouds. Tagxedo is another fun way to make these, and allows you to format them to different shapes.
S.C.O.R.E. Cyberguides is a site that was produced by Schools of California Online Resources for Education. It is based on California’s Language Arts curriculum, and offers a multitude of literature units at levels from K-12. The units include teacher and student resources. They could be used as supplemental materials, or as jumping off points for Literature Circles or independent study assignments. There is a disclaimer on the site that lack of funding has resulted in some of the units being out of date (broken links, etc…). However, it appears that even those units are still available on the site under “Retired” sections. This is helpful as a teacher could scavenge them for curriculum ideas or website suggestions.
UPDATE 7/6/14: It looks like this link no longer works. If any of you find a link to these guides that does work, please let me know, as they are a valuable resource!
In case you haven’t seen it, this Tech Pyramid has great ideas for technology tools that you can use at each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. When you go to the site, each of the icons are linked. It’s a great visual to help teachers in planning lessons that integrate technology based on the levels you want to address.
“Pictorial” is a free app. I envision using it with an iPad in a center. The app is a great way to practice spatial skills. However, the user can choose even harder puzzles if or she finds these too easy.
The puzzles show a series of dots. By sliding your fingers around the screen, you can manipulate the dots until you see lines connecting them. The darker the lines become, the closer you are to creating a picture. Once you slide the dots into the correct place, an image will appear, such as the ice cream cone in the picture to the left, and a prompt appears for the next puzzle.
A student could be asked to solve a puzzle, then identify the picture. To increase difficulty, a student could be directed to write a sentence with the picture, or even a story. A high level user could have the additional challenge of connecting several pictures together within a story.
A screen pic and Screen Chomp (another free app) could be used by students who have difficulty writing. Or each student could be directed to add the title of their picture to a class brainstorming map to use for writing or creative thinking. Another possibility would be to have students add the pictures to a class mind map to be used for vocabulary and/or spelling practice. Creative students could try to find as many ways to connect the pictures as possible or use the pictures artistically in drawing a scene.
I think this app would be appealing to students in K-5.
For more ideas on how to use apps in the classroom, please visit www.techchef4u.com, another great resource for teachers!
Created by Kim Ball, a teacher of Gifted and Talented students in San Antonio’s North East Independent School District, The Producer’s Toolbox is a great resource for anyone, teacher or student, who is interested in creating multimedia presentations. It has links to video, audio, and research sites, as well as other fun extras.
- Teachers can create their own websites on the site, designing different pages with different assignments for students based on ability levels or multiple intelligences. This could be an alternative to a menu or tic-tac-toe board.
- Students can create their own websites as final products for independent studies based on rubrics.