Wednesday, February 14, 2018

President's Day Online Resources

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite online Presidents Day activities that my students enjoy each year! These are all kid-friendly websites and most of them are free of any ads. Some are educational and others are just fun for early finishers!

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy President's Day!
- Mrs. Tech

**If you are looking to have students learn about all of the different presidents, make sure to check out my Presidents of the US Webquest, Presidents of the US I Have Who Has or if they just want to learn about the history of Presidents Day, check out my President's Day Webquest

Presidents Day Coloring Pages











Monday, February 12, 2018

iPad: Week 16 - ChatterPix

ChatterPix is an app that I use with my students for character talk. I love to hear the characteristics of main characters of a book from a student perspective.

ChatterPix allows students to take a picture of a character (or take a picture of a drawing) and give the character a voice. They simply draw a line where their mouth is, and then records a 30 second video as the character. I typically have my students summarize the characteristics of a character in 30 seconds.

Another way I have used ChatterPix is to have students take a picture of themselves, and then use ChatterPix to explain their standing on a topic we are discussing in class.

This is just a fun way for the to share an opinion or a summary of a character in a way that you can reflect on later.



Have you ever used ChatterPix? Let me know in the comments below. 
- Hilary 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

iPad: Week 15 - TeleStory

Telestory is SUCH a fun app to use in the classroom for weather reports or classroom updates. We do morning announcements at our school, but only in High School. My Middle School kids really wanted to try out announcements so we used this app originally to start with them. 

Basically, you can make cue cards, choose disguises, and record yourself doing weather, sports, news anchor or top stories. It is a great way to have students begin the recording and video process. It is also great for video awareness and public speaking. Using an app like this helps reinforce these skills while also allowing the students to create & have fun! 


If you are interested in more TeleStory projects or a simple how-to, check out this resource in my store for only $1! 

Happy creating,
Hilary 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

100th Day of School Online Resources

It's that time of year again! I love school, but what a celebration 100 days is. That means we're over halfway through and so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite online 100th Day of School activities that my students enjoy each year! These are all kid-friendly websites and most of them are free of any ads. Some are educational and others are just fun for early finishers or 100th Day Parties!

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!

80 days left?
- Mrs. Tech


















**Originally Posted 2/2016 on MrsTechs Blog

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentines Day Activities!

It's that time of year again! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite online Valentines Day activities that my students enjoy each year! These are all kid-friendly websites and most of them are free of any ads. Some are educational and others are just fun for early finishers or Valentines Day parties!

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo
- Mrs. Tech






















Originally Posted 2/2016 on MrsTech's Blog

Monday, January 29, 2018

Black History Month Online Resources

Black History Month (February) is worth recognizing in any classroom because of the significance that many African American men and women have had on our country over the years. It is also important for our students to discuss how the course of history has changed because these strong men and women stood up for what they believed in and made a difference in the world around them.



There are many websites that talk about Black History month that would be great to use in your classroom with your students. Some of these websites are:

If you are looking for some people to mention as you discuss Black History month, have students research or discuss leaders such as

  • Barack Obama
  • Rosa Parks
  • MLK Jr.
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Langston Hughs
  • George Washington Carver
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Bessie Coleman.  
If you need more names, you can find a list of 500 influential men and women here.

**If you need research guides for your students for some names mentioned above, feel free to check out my Black History Month Webquest Set.

Keep Learning,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech


Monday, January 22, 2018

iPad: Week 13 - DoodleBuddy

Doodle Buddy is basically just a doodling app. I first came across is when Kami from teachingwithAppitude shared about her students drawing Santa faces on themselves with the app! I loved the idea and had immediately added it to my lesson plans.

Exploring Doodle Buddy a little more, I found even more features to love. First of all, you can add cute little emojis to your drawings (and whose kids don't LOVE emojis). Also, I liked that you can add backgrounds to Doodle Buddy. Some of the templates include hangman, tic-tac-toe, dots and a few mazes. My students love to use these to complete these games virtually. There are also shapes & images that you can add to the drawing as needed. Obviously, there are a million colors and lots of different sizes and styles of pens that you can use for the actual doodling part.





My one complaint about Doodle Buddy is that if you shake it, it clears the whole screen. So encourage your students to draw with the iPad flat on the table, and not to move it until they have already screen shot or saved it.

If you want to try Doodle Buddy, check out my "how to" for Doodle Buddy in my TpT store.

Let me know if you like it,
Hilary