This is also my first year with Edmodo. After playing around with it this summer, I introduced it to a colleague and he loved it. We use it for our classes and the kids really get involved. I know that Leslie mentioned it as a Facebook for education, band that is something that pulls the kids in, but I just like to discuss it as our classroom outside of the school. The students really love that they can post questions, pictures, and really anything that is on their minds. It is honestly a great program to at least explore through. It's beneficial for teachers to get on and just explore the different communities and talk to other teachers about their lessons and experiences.
Give it a try!
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i've used it with my nines (the infer tool ). It is more and more important that students have that skill because of the mostly "shallow -on the surface only-literal-black and white-text" they interact with on-line. Glad you also see the value for your staff. Sites like this balance off that shallowness though and need to be encouraged for all of us.
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It was brought to my attention that I hadn't changed a link that had moved on our TIE website.So I am adding this great site for online tools with the new Link. It is call The 5 - http://thefive.tie.wikispaces.net/. So sorry about the dead link. We moved everything to one location instead of two, thus the dead link.
My team has begun using LiveBinders.com to store all the supporting activities and information that address the new Common Core Standards. This gives us resource info and activities at our fingertips! Students can download assigned activities on the iPad or computer and work independently or in a cooperate group. Love it Love it!
I love Edmodo. I teach K-8 computers and use it mainly with my middle school students. It's a great way to not only put assignments online in a format that many students recognize, but it's also really great for teaching netiquette and appropriate behavior on the internet with it comes to writing on peer's walls. I also use it as an intro to blogging!
Literary Companion is my favorite these days!
My school has a subscription. As a high school English teacher, I can teach a novel (i.e. The House on Mango Street and To Kill a Mockingbird) and assign my students to go online to closely read a passage from the text and then answer a series of questions-- reading comprehension questions are multiple choice and there are writing prompts too. It has been a life saver and has really engaged my students.
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www.kenken.com is great online educational tool. It is a logic math puzzle like "sudoku on steroid". The size varies from 3x3 to 9x9, using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division with mix and match of operations of your choice. You can also choose the challenge levels from easiest to hard, depending on students. KenKen.com also offers special educational program called KenKen Class Room for teachers http://www.kenken.com/signup/teacher.php. If you sign up, you will receive 26 puzzles of PDF via email for FREE every week. It is a great tool for teachers to use this puzzle as extra credit, warm up puzzles or time filler for early finisher of exams.Students LOVE this puzzle.