Periscope is an exciting new app that allows anyone with a Twitter handle to share a live feed and chat about where you are and what you are doing with anyone and everyone who follows you! Getting started is free and easy!
There are already two hundred twenty-five thousand users following Periscope on Twitter. Sign-up and grab your handle to create an account of your own and jump on board with the newest way to stay connected with your followers. I'm sure you will be hooked as fast as I was!
Teach your students good searching skills! A Google A Day are puzzles posted daily by Google. Using good searching techniques and key words, students answer the questions as quickly as they can. The faster they find the correct answer the more points they earn! Google will even provide hints and some of the letters in the answer if desired. Try it with your students!
Animoto is a user friendly site for creating video from pictures. The exciting news is that teachers can sign up and receive an account for free! Simply head to Animoto.com, scroll down to the footer at the bottom of the page, and choose Animoto for Education. When the sign-up screen appears, click learn more where it asks if you are an educator. Animoto will give you an access code that gives you a free promo account for a year! What a deal!
To create a video begin by choosing from the list of ready-made templates. An engaging dashboard allows users to upload saved pictures, change styles, add text, and choose free music to play in the background!
Teachers are also able to use the site with up to 50 students as long as they agree to abide by the rules specified by the site. Animoto allows sharing to all of the popular social media sites as well linking or embedding to a website.
Here is a video I made of my husband's 50th birthday party. It took me less that five minutes!
Teachers will find the site useful for all sorts of projects. Have students create a video of their recent field trip or a special day of celebration. In place of writing an essay, have students dress up as characters and take action shots of a famous historical event or a novel being read in school; then turn the pictures in a video! Have fun!
Pi Day is coming Monday, March 14, 2014. What makes Pi Day so special this year? The fact that the mathematical term Pi is represented by the number 3.14 and is falls on the date of 3/14 this year! An extra-special reason to celebrate it with your students.
Here are some great resources to help you plan your celebrations this year.
How will you be celebrating Pi Day in your school? Please comment below and share some of your great ideas for everyone to see!