Do you want to engage your students while actively learning using devices? Spiral is easy to learn and simple to use. Spiral makes lessons engaging, collaborative and fun!
Use Spiral Quickfire and enhance your questions and answer activities, to get the responses of the class in real time!
Use Spiral Discuss to cultivate creativity, exploration and deeper learning. Discuss encourages students to share ideas with each other. You can upload a PowerPoint that you already have or you can create new content within Spiral.
Looking for a way to allow your students to collaborate using a device? Use Spiral Team Up. The teacher facilitates group work. As students share ideas the begin to build presentations. The teacher creates the group and chooses which student share/submit the group’s final presentation. The presentation is displayed on all devices that are in the session.
Spiral works beautifully with CCSD desktops, laptops, iPads and all other devices. You can even connect on the CCSD BYOD Network!
Tip: You can use the app to join a class instead of going to the website.
Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. Edmodo enables teachers to share content, distribute quizzes, assignments, and manage communication with students, colleagues, and parents.
Use Edmodo for:
• Secure classroom discussions
• Posting assignments
• Gradebook tracking
• File sharing and uploading
• Classroom activity feed
• Student progress tracker
• Educational resource library
• Professional learning networks
Peer Reviews & Critiques
Place students in small groups and have them post their work to their group for peer review and feedback.
Enable students to tap into individualism and build self-esteem by sharing their writing projects with each other in Edmodo.
Organize a book group in Edmodo to encourage students to read and discuss novels with each other.
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Padlet is a virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.
Book Reviews -Once the class or a small group has finished reading a book, Padlet is a great place for students to share their opinions/thoughts. Students can share favorite quotes, ask questions, discuss characters, etc. Teachers can then take the page and present it in class to spark continued face-to-face discussion.
Summarizing - Teachers summarize a large amount of information and present it in a visually pleasing way. Teachers can put in text, photos, graphs and other learning tools and share the image with students before a big test or discussion.
Questions - Students can access a questions board 24/7 and anonymously post questions. The teacher can then read off and answer the questions each day.
Opinions - Educators can post a particular topic or issue, and students can post their opinions on the subject. This is a great building block for teaching students how to write opinion pieces or persuasive essays.
Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of all ages to independently document and share what they are learning at school.
Teacher can post a math problem on the board (such as a part-part-whole grid) and have students take a picture & use the drawing tool to fill in their answer. As an alternative, teachers can put the problem in the students Seesaw journals ahead of time. Then teachers can have students record an explanation of how they solved the math problem or even provide feedback to peers on their problem(s).
Additional Seesaw ideas for the classroom:
This audience participation tool allows you to pose a question or a topic for your crowd to answer or comment on. The unique twist of AnswerGarden is that it cleverly combines the expression of the respondents’ own answers with a Twitter-like confinement of 20 characters and a representation in the form of a word cloud. The end result provides a quick overview of all answers, ranked in popularity, which can then be used for further analysis or group discussion.
Exit ticket question
"What other questions do you have about this topic?"
"What's one thing you're confused about in this lesson?"
Ask for examples to illustrate student knowledge on a topic. Examples:
Learning are elements of literature? Ask students to submit examples similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, etc. Learning about polygons? Ask students to submit real-life examples.
Back to School
Getting-to-know-you activity - everyone post 5 adjectives that describe themselves or their summer.
Need to decide on the class project, reward, or class pet name? Students can post their vote on Answer Garden.
Get answers quickly to create a class graph. Example: Students can post how many siblings they have. Once the page is refreshed, hover over the answers to see how many times each was entered. Then create a class graph with the data.
Students can collaborate on vocabulary associated with chosen topic
Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas with OneNote, your very own digital notebook. With OneNote you can seize that moment of inspiration, take your class notes, organize materials, create your weekly lessons plans and more.
Your notes…your style
Type anywhere on this free-form canvas and easily rearrange and move your content to any place on the page. Style your notes as you wish. Make your notes bold, italicized, or colorful and organize your content with tables.
Add pictures of diagrams, your PowerPoint doc or PDF for school, links to your favorite sites, and web articles for future reference. Capture it all in OneNote and add your annotations.
Organize your notes in a way that works best for you. Create, rename, search, sort, color code, and copy pages, sections, and notebooks to organize your content as you'd like. Keep your private notes safe.
Easily tag your notes so they stand out. Track a list of your daily to-dos, flag questions to raise after a meeting, or mark the important points from a lecture.
Share your notes with your friends and colleagues. Work together in a shared notebook at the same time.
Always with you
Access your notes on your laptop, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud making it easy to access your notes & grocery lists on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your device at home, or your lesson plans on your iPad while sitting at baseball practice with your kids.
Students have a colloborative space to work with peers. The teacher can assign a task or project and then students can work in the colloborate space within the class OneNote.
Teachers can monitor student work in their notebooks and add resources/materials as they see a need.
Teachers can provide feedback directly in the OneNote, therefore students receive it more quickly.
Teachers can organize lesson plans all in one place with all attached documents, video/audio files, etc.
Teachers can go paperless and take meeting notes directly in OneNote.
Teachers and send emails straight from Outlook to OneNote to reference later.
Click to access CCSD Instructional Technology - OneNote Resources & Tutorials
Click Here for Ways to Rule School with OneNote!
Watch teachers using OneNote in the classroom:
Create classes that students can join right within the app. Lessons sync automatically between teacher and student iPads, so it's easy for students to access teacher instruction and for teachers to monitor student work. Students without iPads can access classes and lessons on the Educreations website.
Educreations ideas for the classroom:
Math - Students can take a picture of their word problem and then solve the problem while recording their process as they explain their thinking.
Science-Students take photos during a science lab and insert the photos into a lesson and record voice, annotate, etc. to demonstrate their process and demonstrate understanding of concepts.
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Evernote was designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. Evernote syncs automatically across all your devices, and across all your operating systems (limited somewhat in the free version).
The app is organized into notebooks and notes. You can create a notebook for a particular subject/topic, then fill that notebook with notes.
Click Here to access Evernote Guide to Getting Started and other resources.
Students can work together by sharing notebooks for team projects. Evernote has a to-do and task-list feature which can help with organizing and assigning roles. The teacher can create a specific list of tasks in the notebook and then students can view the list in the shared notebook. Students can work on tasks and mark them done. The teacher can view this in the shared notebook, therefore, can monitor student progress on the tasks/project.
• Meeting prep: create agendas and action items
Resource organization. If you’re working on a big project, you likely have multiple different resources coming at you: papers, links, spreadsheets, meeting notes, etc. Organize it easily by keeping all this stuff in an Evernote notebook. It’s extra handy because you can share this notebook with the other folks on the team and all be on the same page at all times.
Professional development: If you use the summer break or vacations to improve your skills or continue your education, keep all your notes, resources, lessons and new ideas learned in Evernote. This also works well for teacher in-services, conferences, workshops and seminars that you attend.
Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.
Click Here to access our CCSD Instructional Technology Skype for Businiess webpage with more info. and tips.
Meet with other classrooms:
One of the most common projects educators utilize Skype for is setting up exchanges with classrooms around the world, usually for cultural exchange purposes or working together on a common assignment.
Practice a foreign language:
Connect with individual learners or classrooms hailing from a different native tongue can use a Skype collaboration to sharpen grammar and pronunciation skills through conversation.
Link up to a classroom in another region and have them offer up hints as to their true location, challenging students to guess where in the world their new friends live.
Save gas, time, and energy by holding meetings with moms and dads via video chat instead of the usual arrangement.
Provide tutoring and office hours:
If students need some supplementary help with their assignments — or simply something they can’t get past in the lessons — videoconferencing allows their teachers to offer up tutoring and opportunities for extra help. Special education classrooms might find this strategy particularly valuable.
Skype benefits more than just students, as educators themselves can use it to plug in and keep their career skills sharpened and broadened.
Visualize, Create and Collaborate from your iPad.
BaiBoard is a cloud based collaboration app that enables users to create and collaborate on educational content, through the use of collaborative whiteboard, voice conferencing, document annotation etc.
Terms of service state: Not for use under age 9.
BaiBoard can used as a way for students to interact with other students in your classroom and in other classrooms across the world.
To plan a group project, students can create a whiteboard that outlines the roles and responsibilities of each group member. Students can use the collaboration tools to add their ideas. When finished, users can share the final whiteboard outline, so the teacher can hold each student accountable.
View the video below for an intro to BaiBoard and it's tools.