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Chat Animator: An Excellent Formative Assessment Alternative

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Chat Animator could be an excellent alternative for formative assessments because students can express their understanding through text messaging! When we provide options to recruit student interest , we generate engagement because students are connected to learning in meaningful and relevant ways. Most students use text messaging to connect with their friends and family daily, which makes Chat Animator easy to use and understand. How Do I Use Chat Animator's Texting Story Maker?  First, visit the Chat Animator website  to create your texting story!  Then, create your conversation! Chat Animator provides you with customized tools for creating a realistic conversation. Change the names of participants, upload profile pictures, and generate a text messaging conversation in the text boxes.  Finally, you can record and save your animation as a video (.webm) or as a GIF.  Scenario Imagine that you have taught a lesson on the properties of triangles. Chat Animator could be used for stud

The Fill-in-the-Blank Definition Template

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The Fill-in-the-Blank Definitions template is an excellent tool for scaffolding learning and helping multilingual students or all of your students learn new terms.  The following template uses: 1. Google Docs 2. Dropdown feature in Google Docs 3. Google AutoDraw A drop down menu contains a word bank of terms that can be used to help construct the definition of the term. Additionally, students benefit from using visuals to make connections with new vocabulary. Students can insert images from Google or construct their own using Google AutoDraw!  Check out my video tutorial or access my template here !  

5 Powerful Vocabulary Strategies for All Students

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I was recently listening to a presentation about multilingual or ELL learners. The speaker talked about the progression of language development and the importance of vocabulary and student performance. Then they said something so simple yet profound. They said, "we are all language learners." Sometimes, I need to remember that language is a progression, and we all have to learn new jargon and terminology anytime we learn something new. For instance, a high school biology student and a business education student must learn new vocabulary and jargon to progress through each course. The new teacher must learn the terminology and acronyms within the building.  All learning begins with vocabulary, but how often do I emphasize vocabulary during instruction? When I try to universally design my classroom, I need to proactively look at learning barriers and honor the variability in my classroom. For instance, why do my students get confused and bored when I teach vocabulary? One reaso

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