Resources for Teachers  

“7 Tips for Teaching Readers How to Detect Bias”  This article includes mini lessons for 1) defining fake news, 2) identifying fake news, 3) cross checking information, 4) teaching the vocabulary including bias, claim, exaggeration, reason and evidence, 5) power of the media’s choices, 6) identifying types of fake news such as satire, clickbait, hyperpartisan news, and invented news, and 7) investigating how biased news has become a business model.

Excellent Article on Fake News from ASCD: “The Real Problem With Fake News”  

10 Sites to Help Students Check Their Facts” In today’s world of widespread fake news and a wealth misinformation spreading online, media literacy is more important than ever. Help students build critical media literacy skills by teaching them how to look critically at news sources, identify bias, fact-check using one of these ten websites and then fact-check the fact-checking websites. Learn more and get more media literacy and digital citizenship resources on the ISTE Blog at iste.org/blog. You can also subscribe to have top tips and ideas delivered right to your inbox every month.

Library of Congress Teachers: classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.

Turnitin:  Turnitin creates technology to help students improve writing while encouraging creativity.  To become familiar with all the possibilities, view a excellent Prezi introduction here.  Access google docs shared Turnitin folder here for teacher and student signups.

Technology Tools

Chrome Apps page at Educational Technology is a handy little chart of Apps by Content area that you may be interested in exploring.  These are apps (websites basically that work well with Chrome) that can be used in our Chrome labs without worrying about plugins.

Flippity has templates to use with google sheets to create things like Quiz Show (Jeopardy like), flash cards, random name picker, crossword puzzles, bingo and more.  It looks pretty straight forwad, copy the flippity into your google sheets, change the information to your choices, and publish to the web.

Google Classroom allows teachers to organize online classrooms so that assignments can be made, distributed, and turned in online.  There are multiple online tutorials for this application.  Advice from Trevor is to start small and build as you go.  You must access through the ASD portal.  

Google Expeditions provides a 3D experience to visit places around the globe by using the students’ phones, a free app, and a $3 cardboard viewer.  As a teacher you can also “guide” their expedition. It’s really self-explanatory. Trevor participated in an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef and while it did make him nauseous, it was also super cool J and he learned about orange sea sponges from the teacher who pointed them out to me on the reef.

Kahoot Create a fun learning game in minutes made from a series of multiple choice questions. Add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement! Kahoots are best played in a group setting, like a classroom. Players answer on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson – creating a ‘campfire moment.’ Encourage students to create and share their own kahoots to deepen understanding, mastery and purpose.

Pixton is a collaborative (groups can work on the same project) creative storytelling application that uses comic strip style storyboards.  Can sign on with google account. (See Trevor’s directions email from November 2.)

Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high quality graphics. Simple to use, drag and drop, lots of useful templates. Students have found it intuitive and simple to use.

Plotagon is a very easy to use, computer animation program that can be used in all content areas and it is Trevor’s personal choice as a replacement for Xtranormal.  

Seesaw. Trevor say, “It’s one of those, ‘If I could only show you one thing that I think can make a real and positive impact in the classroom, it’s this.’ scenarios.”  Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning and provides an audience for their work—their peers, parents, or the world. (Training this Friday, October 28.)

Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how you teach, Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens. Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.

Sound sites.  These sites provide legally sourced sound effects for projects and presentations.  zapsplat.com, bensound.com, youtube.com/audiolibrary/musicsoundbible.com, dig.ccmixter.org,

Storyboard That. Create storyboards without a storyboard artist! Teachers and students love Storyboard That, an easy online storyboard & comic creator. Intuitive and Simple. Storyboard That was designed to be used by anyone even if you are not a professional artists. Drag & drop interface. No software to download. Create your first storyboard in minutes. (Almost identical tool as Pixton.)

(Many thanks to Trevor Snyder and Lisa Reed for finding many of these resources.)