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Using Blendspace to Create Interactive Lessons

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Students need options for perceiving and comprehending new information presented to them It is during this time when the brain is primed for using sensory information and different forms of media to make meaning.  Using tools that promote options for representing how content is delivered can be key to learning a new topic.  What is Blendspace? Blendspace is a free tool for creating an interactive lesson through a hub of digital content, resources, and more. Teachers can use this tool in minutes to create content, engage learners, and assess progress.  Blendspace can be used to add videos, images, text, websites, and even quizzes! It's easy to create and share with students. Plus, it provides teachers with tools to scaffold instruction to meet the needs of ALL students, which is essential for creating personalized and accessible learning.  How Does it Work?  Blendspace can be a great resource for customizing learning for students and providing them with helpful options for perceiv

Managing Browser Tabs is a Cinch with Tab Manager Plus

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Do you tend to have A LOT of tabs open at one time? That seems to be a common occurrence for me as well. It can be a lot to manage; however, the Tab Manager Plus for Chrome can be a good solution for managing all of those open tabs. Why I Like Tab Manager Plus First, this Chrome Extension has a simple interface, giving you a visual icon summary of all open browser tabs and windows on your screen. Need to quickly find an open tab? Just look, and you will find it!  Secondly, it gives you tools for opening new tabs, minimizing, and closing all of your tabs at once. In other words, you can control your browser experience from the Chrome extension window.  Finally, you can use several other helpful features to search, organize, and quickly find the information you need. One of my favorite features is the ability to pin a browser tab to make it easier to locate.  Conclusion Managing resources is an essential executive functioning skill for adults and students alike. Being productive begins

6 Great Virtual Manipulative Tools for the Math Classroom

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When I think of the lessons we learned from remote learning, I think about how much mathematics instruction had to adapt to the changing needs of students. In other words, we couldn't do things the way we had always done them. We had to change! As we start the journey towards post-COVID, there are many lessons that we can take and infuse into our classrooms.  Montejo-G├ímez et al. (2022) proposed several best practices for teaching mathematics during remote learning, such as: Connect real-world issues (i.e. COVID stats, lockdown numbers, etc.) with math concepts to take a "meaningful mathematics," approach. Blend synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  Emphasize modeling, student interests, and hands-on activities.  It made me think about how important virtual manipulatives are for modeling math concepts and providing students with hands-on learning opportunities. Here are six great tools for providing students with hands-on learning opportunities for math!  #1 - Didax

My Spin on the Iron Chef Eduprotocol

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I am a big fan of Eduprotocols. If you are not familiar with this innovative and engaging way of infusing technology and pedagogy together, then I recommend that you check out the Eduprotocols website.   Eduprotocols are  UDL-friendly and provide accessible and flexible options for ALL students! Student centered and increase student engagement Collaborative in nature I have written about several different protocols in the past, such as the Getting to Know You Frayer Model  and the Sketch and Tell Bumper Sticker .  Iron Chef Eduprotocol The Iron Chef Eduprotocol is a lot of fun because it provides students with an opportunity to research and collaborate on a slideshow. Students are assigned a slide and have ten minutes to complete it. They have ten minutes to add facts from a text, video, or website, as well as an image and "special" ingredient. The special ingredient is what makes this item "special" in comparison to the other items discussed in the presentation. At

A Creative Hack to Add Visual Icons to Google Sites

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Google Sites is a great tool for creating websites, but how can you make it more visually stimulating to your audience? One way is to create visual icons like you see below.  Why Customize Your Site?  Customizing your Google Site meets the needs of your audience. Visual icons make it easy to navigate, understand, and engage with your site. For example, perhaps you want to increase engagement with your Bitmoji or make it easier to navigate with colorful icons.  How Does It Work? The following hack involves using Google Sites, Google Slides, and one of my favorite free add-ons called  Insert Icons for Slides     or  Icons for Slides and Docs .  Want to see how this works? Check out my  video  below:

Help Students with Self-Regulation and Manage Their Time with Time Timer

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How often do you use a timer in the classroom, at home, or somewhere else?  I use my timer all of the time to keep track of time and stay focused. For instance, I often set a time limit for myself to complete a certain task. For example, if I know that I cannot complete a project in one sitting, I might set a timer for 30 minutes. Setting the timer actually helps me work harder and stay focused! In a similar way, timers are extremely useful for helping our students with self-regulation and managing their time. Setting timers help students stay engaged and focused!  There are a lot of great free products out there that help with managing time; however, I recently came across Time Timer, which offers a free iOS, Android, and Apple Watch application . There is a paid Mac and Windows application too.  Why do I like it?  It's visual interface is easy to use and understand. It's visual nature makes it easy to understand how much time remains.  Setting the timer can be done by touch o

Create a Signup with Time Slots Using Choice Eliminator 2 and Google Forms

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 Tis' the season for parent teacher conferences and other meetings that may require creating a Google Form with limited choices. Choice Eliminator 2 might be a great option to create a Form with limits!  Want to learn how it works? Check out my video below: