Mrs. Bonicelli's Edublog

Hagen Jr. High

Gooru–Learning Collections

February5

Gooru is a service that aims to provide teachers and students with an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math, social studies, and science.

As a Gooru member you have access to hundreds of resources according to subject areas such as chemistry, biology, ecology, algebra, calculus, and more. Within each subject area you can look for resources according to media type such as video, interactive display, slides, text, and lesson plans. When you find resources that you want to use, drag them to the resources folder within your account. Gooru also offers you the option to add resources to your folders even if you did not find them within Gooru.

A Great Source of Math, Science, and Social Studies Materials–are tied in with Common Core State Standards as well.

Introduction to Gooru Video

 

Socrative–Awesome Website for Instant Surveys or Assessments

April19

This is an easy to use website for teachers to engage their students with educational exercises and games, giving the students an “easier than raising your hand” way of responding.  It can be used on any device that accesses the web—computers, tablets, smartphones, iPads, laptops.  Teachers can get students responds on the fly, or preplanned activities/quizzes/exit tickets with reports viewable online as a Google spreadsheet or emailed as an Excel file to the teacher.

A room number is assigned to the teacher, students login with that number and off they go!!

Teachers can register for free and are given a “Room #” for students to access.

Directions for download (pdf):  Socrative directions

Open Source Learning Management System–Instructure “Canvas”

April29

Instructure Canvas is a new, open-source learning management system (LMS).  Features like integrated multimedia, ePortfolios, web conferencing, online testing, assignment submission, chat/video, and integrated calendar.
Video below shows a quick start for Canvas.

Great innovative feature of Speed Grader…the interface allows instructors to grade papers right in the LMS.  Students can submit their assignments as uploaded Word documents, in the text-rich environment of Instructure Canvas or even the link from a web page if their assignment was posted online.  All assignments are viewable in the LMS, with easy grading features, rubric setup and tabulation.  Speed Grader allows written comments, feedback, video or audio comments also possible.  One single page for a teacher to see all students–who has submitted assignments and who hasn’t–preview of all submissions, viewable in the web browser irregardless of how it was turned in, easily grade the student, engage in a private conversation with the student about their assignment all from one simple interface.

Lots of “How-To” videos on their YouTube Channel

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