Gallery of Links

The list of links below are my tried and true websites and applications I use in my classroom. In my classroom, I am fortunate to have a class set of Chromebooks, a CleverTouch board, and an iPad. This technology allows me to be adventurous and utilize the technology in exciting and new ways. My students enjoy using the Chromebooks to play educational games and simulations to expand their content knowledge in math. I enjoy using the iPad and the CleverTouch board to take notes, collect homework, and create PDF notes for absent students, all without having to do extra work when I go home! Technology has allowed my workload to become lighter and I go home with less papers to grade. So here are the apps I use to make my life easier and engage my students.

Teacher Hacks

Class Dojo​

  • I have used Class Dojo as behavior management with high school students. And it worked really well! I took the idea from one of my coworkers of of adding in participation points for the week. Class Dojo is the way I am able to keep track of their behavior points. Students love the little monster associated with their names. Parents can also connect to Class Dojo to see the progress their student has. Students and teachers can add to the student's portfolio so parents can see what's going on in the classroom.

 

Planbook Edu​​

  • Planbook Edu is a website that allows you to create your lesson plans for the entire school year. You can upload documents, save plans for a later date, and even save your planbook for multiple years. I love this website! It has saved me so much planning time. As a new teacher, I am still figuring out pacing and activities that work for students' learning and success. This allows me to reflect on what works and doesn't work and keep everything from the previous year all online. Online is best for me since I do not have to keep up with a paper planbook.

 

Post It app​

  • The Post It app is my new favorite app! You can take a picture of a sticky note and it creates a digital version of it. You edit the text on it by adding to it or erasing what is there. You can also create a new sticky note within the app. With all of these new digital sticky notes, you can place them in groups and boards. This is my new favorite way to create seating charts. I can arrange the sticky notes in the shape of my room. The only drag is writing all of my students names on a sticky note, but I only have to do it once. I am still learning how to export the board so I can have a seating chart to leave with a sub when I am absent. However, I am in love with this app.

 

Dropbox​

  • This is not a traditional teaching website or app. However, I have used it since I was in college. For a small monthly fee, I have a terabyte of space to store anything I can imagine. Instead of saving things on my personal computer, I save literally everything on my Dropbox. (The hundreds of pictures and videos I took in South Africa are stored here and I have so much space still available for use). I store all of my documents for my classroom here. I have everything I've used and crated for every year I have been teaching. Thus, if I need to print a new one and I'm at school, I can easily access my Dropbox and have everything at my fingertips. Note: I have learned that Google Drive has the same capability, but I am not sure if you get as much space for free.

It's Game Time!

Gimkit​

  • Gimkit is a new and awesome way to play educational games with your students. Most students have played Kahoot at least once in their school career. As a teacher, I am not a fan of Kahoot. I dislike how I cannot type algebraic functions or that the longest amount of time students get for a question is 120 seconds or that all students have to answer the question to move on to the next one. Gimkit erases all of those issues for me. It pairs with Quizizz to create the questions and 4 answer choices for each problem. On Quizizz, you can type in algebriac equations. When in game mode, students move to the next question independently of their classmates playing. Are you tired of the same students always winning when you play Kahoot? Gimkit also has the answer to that. Students earn money for correct answers and can buy power ups and upgrades for an advantage against their classmates. Gimkit it about knowledge, skill, and strategy. This is a new addition to my classroom. My students and I love this more than Kahoot. Just be warned, students get intense!

 

Plickers​

  • Not your traditional game! It's actually not a game and I like to use it as formative assessment. However, my students think it's a game. Each student is assigned a card number with a different "QR" code. You project a question on the board and scan students cards for their response. This could be used as another way to "play" Kahoot if the timers in the game are not long enough to your liking. Just like in Kahoot, you can print out a report sheet for each of your classes to see how each student performed.

Lesson Enhancers

Show Me​

  • Show Me in iPad app that allows you to record your lessons. Since I have an iPad with the pencil, I can record the notes and upload the video to Google Classroom. Thus, students who are absent can learn the information as if they were in class. Students who were in class that need a refresher can also go back and watch the videos to gain a better understanding. 

 

Desmos​​

  • Desmos has been around for a while as a great online graphing tool. But did you know they have created lessons that teachers can implement in their classroom to teach the basics of graphing? I've taught two of the lessons and my students love that they get to interact with the content. One of my favorite features is you can freeze all of your students' screen to go over an important slide. Another one of my favorite feature is you can see who has left the webpage and is no longer actively engaged. Desmos has lessons for teachers to help students learn the basics of graphing functions. I highly recommend for any high school math teacher.

 

Pear Deck

  • Pear Deck is a way to create interactive Google Slides presentations. I prefer to use this during my PD presentations, since I typically don't like to teach math from a slideshow. Pear Deck allows you to post your slideshow directly to Google Classroom when you are done. Also, students get a copy of the slideshow with their answers. 

 

Pocket Points

  • Pocket Points allows teachers to reward students for staying off their phone during class. Teachers can set up their classroom with the exact time of each of their classes. Teachers can also set up the rewards students earn for different increments of time students stay off their phone. So far, it seems to have helped some students stay off their phone, however, my goal is to have a higher number of students participating and off their phones.