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.

 





Teachers Pay Teachers

23 01 2014

Hi Everyone,
Sorry it’s been a while since my last post. My life has been very hectic of late. I was trying to think about what to write and remembered a teacher at my last workshop speaking of a site called teacherspayteachers. She said she found some really good lessons and it has actually given her some time off on weekends! So… I decided I’ll take a look and tell you about it.

You can sign up for free either as a buyer or buyer/seller with royalty payments or choose the premium account with no transaction fees and pay 59.95.

Grade levels start with Pre-K and ends with Post Secondary and Adult Ed.

TPT Subjects

 

Take a look at the major subject areas to the left. The right arrows will take you to various topics (too numerous to mention). Specialty subjects include everything from business to health to speech and even ASL!

TPT Resources

Types of resources include worksheets, lesson plans, DBQ’s, SMART Board activities, PowerPoint, assessments, ExamView question banks, webquests, clip art, used books and on and on…. see the image to the left or better yet, click here to visit the site and see for yourself see all it has to offer. Membership is free and I believe it’s certainly worth a look 🙂

Let me know what you think – have a great day!
Barbara





Share My Lesson

26 10 2013

Hi everyone,

Since my return to the classroom, my eyes have been opened to how busy you all are! It’s been a whirlwind but I am really enjoying being back with the kids!

I thought I’d remind you about a great resource for Common Core lessons. I shared this with you last year but it warrants a reminder! Share My Lesson is sponsored by AFT and NYSUT. It is a site that contains more than 250,000 resources by teachers for teachers and is FREE! You will find activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and MORE…. You can borrow, but more importantly, SHARE! It’s so important that we work together in these trying times.

shareMyLesson Elementary and MS

Early Elementary
44,065 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your kindergarten, first- and second-grade students.

Late Elementary
34,111 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your third- fourth- and fifth-grade students.

Middle School
60,126 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.

shareMyLesson HS

High School
172,269 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, puzzles, posters, presentations, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your high school students.

shareMyLesson Special Population

Special Population
3,722 special populations resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your students.