Monday, August 22, 2016

Start Back to School with Tellagami




Tellagami is an iOS app that has been around a long time, but it is still a very useful and engaging tool.  If you are not familiar with the app, the user creates a character called a Gami and records a message.  The app will then animate the character who will speak using the recorded message.  Hover over the image below and click the targets to find out more!  This was a graphic we made in our classroom to share with other teachers and classes.


How could you use Tellagami during the first week of school?

Have students work together to record an explanation of a class procedure.  Students can take a picture for the background of the Gami.  For example, have students take a photo of where they will be turning in assignments to use as a Gami background.  Students can then record an explanation on how and when to turn in papers.  This will give you the perfect opportunity to talk about using technology as a tool in the classroom!

Other uses:
  • Summarizing
  • Book Talks
  • Explaining concepts
  • Advertisements
  • Instructions
  • Room tours

Gamis make great stand-ins for teachers as an Instructions Tour Guide for stations, too!

Friday, August 5, 2016

It's Friday!! 
I hope you have enjoyed a fantastic week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  I wanted to share a quick Friday Find with you that I tried while attending J2Training with Janet and Joan.  Wizer.me is free for teachers, and it allows you to blend text, questions, photos, and videos for an online lesson for your students.
Here is Wizer's answer to assigning work to students...

To assign a worksheet to students do the following:
When creating the worksheet, at the navigation on top click on 'Assign to students'.
On the window that opens you can create an assignment for each class.
 Each gets its own link & pin code so you can later review their answers separately for each class.
There are 3 ways for you to share it with the students (from left to right):
1. Use the Google Classroom link and follow Google's instructions.
2. Copy the link and simply share it with your students.
3. Instruct your students to go to this link: https://app.wizer.me/learn/ and enter the pin code.

One huge drawback I see is the website's wording....worksheets....negative vibes....
     Take a look, though!  
I think you will find the things you are able to build don't fit the worksheet category!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday Workshop - 3D Models


Have you thought about using 3D Models from the web?  You might be surprised at the items your students can investigate through technology!



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday TNT - Crafty Text Google Extension

Welcome to Tuesday Tips and Tutorials!  Would you like to display text where students can see it?

Try the Google Extension - Crafty Text!