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Yippity: Master Study Skills with AI

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Studying is such an important skill for students to master; however, many of our students struggle with basic study skills. Why is this? Learners may vary in their executive functioning skills, which help set goals, manage information, and utilize strategies to reach and master goals.  Our students sometimes need additional tools and resources to help them master study skills. If you do a quick Google Search, you will find tons of resources, tools, and strategies. I want to share with you a tool that I recently came across called Yippity.  What is Yippity?  Yippity is a free website that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create a list of questions and answers from a website or notes pasted from a document to help you study!  Check out this video below or read the text below.  How Does It Work?  Step 1: Copy and paste your URL or notes to Yippity.  Step 2: Click Generate and Yippity will develop a list of questions to study from!  Step 3 : Study time!  Yippity develops a list of

3 Hacks for Creating an Amazing Jamboard Template

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I was recently presenting at a webinar when a participant shared with me their frustrations with Jamboard. One of their biggest frustrations was that students can delete the activities they worked so hard to create. I suggested the following hack for making a Jamboard template and bonus interactive activity! I shared one of my favorite Jamboard templates of all time! The Mood Meter! Click here to make your own copy.  How Did I Do It?  Check out the video or text below to learn 3 hacks for creating your own Jamboard template.  Hack # 1: Create a Jamboard Slide Template in Google Slides First, make sure that you create a custom page setup of 1920 x 1080. Then, design your Google Slide as you wish your Jamboard background to look like. Finally, download your slide as a JPG or PNG.  Hack # 2: Set Your New Background After downloading your Google Slide as a PNG or JPG, you can open up a new Jamboard and upload your new background.  BONUS Hack # 3: Add Shapes to Make it Interactive In t

Random Thoughts on UDL Lessons

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The following video will share: 1. The Four Components of a UDL Lesson 2. Standards-Based Choice Boards ( Great Gatsby Example ) 3. Flexibility in the Product or Process 4. Single Point Rubrics 5. Adding Scaffolds and Supports 6. Force a Copy of a Google Doc and create a Template Preview 7. Google Smart Chips Watch the video below!

Polypad by Mathigon is a Game-Changer in any Classroom!

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Mathigon is indeed a "mathematical playground" for students and teachers alike!  If you are not familiar with this amazing tool, it contains a variety of free tools, courses, and manipulatives to make learning math engaging and accessible. Whether you are in an online, hybrid, or face-to-face learning environment, there are tools for you to use!  Polypad Mathigon's Polypad is one of my favorite tools because it provides manipulatives and visuals for students to understand fractions, numbers, geometric shapes, algebraic equations, and more! Brain research tells us that students need multiple exposures and mediums to understand concepts and topics. How Does it Work?  Want to see it in action? Check out my three-minute video  to see how it works! 

Develop Mastery with The Math Learning Center Apps

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I recently talked with a math teacher, who told me how important mathematics is to develop cognitive and critical thinking skills. It makes sense because both are extremely important for mastering the skills necessary to solve problems.  The foundation of math curriculum is often based on method standards, which show if a student has mastered a particular skill. If students fail to master one skill, it could lead to problems down the road as complexity tends to increase.  The Math Center Building background knowledge is an important strategy for scaffolding learning and helping students master content or skills. This can be accomplished by exposing students to multiple representations and examples. For instance, if you were teaching the value of money to a group of students, you may use manipulatives, video clips, and simulations. However, what if your students struggled with understanding the connection between the coin and its actual value? The Math Center has an excellent web applic

Develop Important Student Thinking Skills with the Thinking Routine Toolbox

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 How do you infuse critical thinking and decision-making into your classroom? Critical thinking is an important part of the learning process and developing important cognition skills; however, if you are like me, you tend to run out of strategies that students can use to model the thinking process.  I recently came across Project Zero's Thinking Routine Toolbox , which is filled with scaffolded thinking routines aimed at developing thinking skills within students. Interested in trying a routine out? Project Zero's website contains ten categories, such as core thinking routines, possibilities and analogies, introducing and exploring new ideas, and more.  For example, I often introduce new ideas and concepts to students. Don't get me wrong, the KWL charts that I often use are great; however, there are times when I want to try something out of the ordinary! I recently came across a thinking routine called Compass Points. Students are asked four questions corresponding to the p

Crash Course on Using Mentimeter to Engage Students

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 There are so many cool educational technology tools to choose from! Mentimeter is quickly becoming one of my favorites because I can quickly engage large audiences with various free tools and features, such as quizzes, word cloud generators, rating scales, etc. If you are just learning Mentimeter, the free version will give you all of the bells and whistles you need to create a great presentation! When you are ready to take it a step further, there are various paid options to choose from.  The following video will show you how to use the free version of Mentimeter!