Binumi – a Video Project Tool

19 01 2018

Binumi is an AWESOME tool for digital storytelling video projects. There is a free version that should be adequate for your needs. It has a huge library of video clips as well as sound files that can easily be dragged and dropped to your storyline. Adding text as well as your own files are easily done but if you get stuck there is a short tutorial right within your project screen – just look for the which gives you an overview of the editor. I’ve  included a short video to give you an introduction and if you have any questions contact me. I’d be more than happy to help! Go to https://www.binumi.com/ and create your free account Enjoy!





FREE Resources for your Chromebooks – Great Idea for a Collegial Circle

13 12 2017

Hi all
Hope your year is going well.

I’ve spoken about Curriculum Pathways before but now have webinars for each discipline created by the company. For those who do not know, Curriculum Pathways was created and is maintained by SAS, a top data analytics company. It is their philanthropic activity due to their deep interest in education. The resources are among the best I’ve ever seen and used. They include interactives, web inquiry, web lessons, … A great thing about Curriculum Pathways is that everything is standards aligned with emphasis on higher order thinking skills. There will NEVER be a cost! Everything is free! There will never be a push to a premium account. There is none!

Most activities are for middle and high school but there are some for elementary. Complete lesson guides are included and many additionally have worksheets that can be printed or completed on students’ Chromebooks. You can filter by subject, grade level, standards, activity, Chromebook, and more. The search is quite robust. Each of these webinars is approximately 45 minutes and could be used as a great base for a collegial circle so activities could be shared with your colleagues.

When you first open the video, it may say no content – just ignore it. It will start by itself. Don’t even bother pressing Play.

Math: https://youtu.be/Xnjy8FRM7fc

Science: https://youtu.be/ABj7eaooQU8

English Language Arts: https://youtu.be/oECsv0iQhCY

Social Studies: https://youtu.be/2zTr_UAiyac

Spanish: https://youtu.be/9vsagH5gfcE

I PROMISE you! You will not be disappointed in Curriculum Pathways!!!

Have a great week,
Barbara





Writing Reviser – a Google AddOn

29 03 2017

Back in 2014, I wrote about SAS Curriculum Pathways and the many interactive tools and lessons available for free. They are still there but now they are moving to Chrome!!! The Writing Navigator is a tool AND app that helps students move from planning to drafting to revising to publishing. You will have to create an account but its free.

And NOW, SAS has included an add-on to Google Docs for the Writing Reviser! Any teacher I’ve shown this tool to has been blown away!
To get it, go to Tools, Get Add-ons in a Google Doc: 
When you want to use the Writing Reviser just go back to your AddOn tab and Open the Addon! I can’t even tell you how much is available with this add-on. I could not do it justice. Here’s some images but you really need to try it to see its power.

Sentence Economy Information

Verb Tenses

Misplaced Modifiers

Enjoy!





SWAY an online FREE Presentation Tool

11 12 2016

Have you ever used SWAY? It is an incredible FREE online tool that can be used to create presentations/lessons. Since it is strictly online, it works well with Chromebooks. A VERY cool thing about SWAY is that it intuitively offers content based on the words you place on your “cards”. The content offered is Creative Commons – You can embed YouTube, Geogebra, Tweets, Google Maps…

The example above was created by me and all content was in the Sway library for me so I never had to leave the site.

Sways can be private or public so sharing is encouraged! The following example is one that I found – I chose it because it gives some really good ideas. If you click on the … in the right corner, you can open full size in a new tab. Enjoy!

 





New to Kahoot!

3 11 2016

Hi all!

I know many of you use Pear Deck, Quizizz and Kahoot in your classrooms. I want to share what’s new with Kahoot!

It’s called Jumble and you need to move your tiles to put them in order. There are several example games ready for you to use including a Word Jumble, Film Trivia, Halloween Fun, Political Jumble, and Build the Equation.

political-jumble

MATH TEACHERS – it seems as though we are often left out 😦 BUT.. you are going to LOVE creating equations through jumbling! Click on the following link to learn more about Jumble. Scroll down to find the example games. jumbleHave some fun! CREATE and SHARE!!!





Google Slides as a BackChannel

21 08 2016

Hi all! – welcome back! Hope you had a relaxing summer!

As you know I’ve retired from the classroom but what some of you did not know is that I am still the director of MTRACT and am SO looking forward to working with you this year:) Please contact me (bknab@msd.k12.ny.us) with any ideas you may have for MTRACT course offerings!

It’s been a busy summer! I attended a CTLE workshop and will have all updated information posted on both this site as well as the MFT site this week.

Have you ever used TodaysMeet in a workshop or with your students? Did you know that Google Slides now includes a Presenter View that acts as a backchannel? What a great way to give your students the opportunity to ask questions as they watch a presentation. I’ve attached a video to give you a better idea as well as a HOW TO. Enjoy and have a GREAT year!





SAS Curriculum Pathways

21 04 2014

Hi everyone,

Is spring in the air? It’s Saturday – end of our break and I’m really hoping that spring has kicked winter OUT and we will begin to enjoy the fruits of spring.

At Berner we were mesmerized by the assembly where a holocaust survivor reached out to our kids with the ultimate message to be aware, to get involved, to stand up to bullies. How many times have we heard “If you see something, say something”?

This lesson for middle school from SAS Curriculum Pathways on The Diary of Anne Frank seemed appropriate for me to share with you.

SAS Anne FrankSAS supplies free tools to help students create:

The writing planner guides students through the “process of generating ideas and organizing them into a plan for writing”.

The writing drafter helps students “develop coherent sentences and paragraphs” from the organized ideas in their plan.

The writing reviser helps students revise their writing into their final project.

SAS provides FREE quality resources for ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and Spanish. Email me for a username and password.