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I Have No Game!

I’m always the little red car in the corner spinning around in circles as the other players speed to victory. So, I have a strategy when it comes to new games. I watch other individuals play the game before I set off on a quest.

Here is a game about internet literacy and safety from Google. It has four lands each with a safety and kindness theme. When you click the picture, the embedded link will send you to the website. If you like it, send the link out to students through Google Classroom. OR scroll down to the resources section and get the whole curriculum.

  • Aligned with ISTE Standards
  • Does not require any personal information or login
  • Can be used across devices
  • Free for everyone

Full Game With Four Lands

Cheat Sheet – Youtube

When you click on this cute badge, it will take you to a youtube video showing the No More Bullies Land game in action. The young man who produced this video is learning how to play the game and is an outstanding role model for students in your classroom.

If you like what you see, check out the link below for the entire Google Resource for Teachers Kit. It has everything from the online games, to family ties, to hands-on activities and posters.

Digital Safety Resources –Tools for the classroom and home.

Meet CUE

The CUE Spring Conference, hosted in Palm Springs is coming up in March so I decided to revisit the rationale for CUE’s existence and the benefits to educators. I’m writing about the statewide CUE organization first. CUE sets the framework for our local Slocue services.

What is CUE?

CUE is a 501c3 nonprofit community of connected educators focused on improving education for all learners in California and Nevada. We gather to learn and share at local, regional, and statewide education conferences as well as inside online communities.

Why is a Technology Community Named CUE?

CUE was formerly known as Computer Using Educators. Over time, the CUE acronym became part of the language of individuals participating in the integration of technology and educators. Now, the organization is CUE.

Mission and Vision

CUE inspires innovative learners by fostering community, personalizing learning, infusing technology, developing leadership, and advocating educational opportunities for all.

What’s in it for Members?

CUE represents nearly 25,000 educators throughout California and Nevada, with 22 local affiliates, learning networks, and over 100 unique edtech events per year.

CUE members are important and as a value-added benefit, members are invited to participate in programs aimed at promoting and highlighting their success and achievements and furthering the mission of CUE.

CUE Membership is now FREE? If you are a teacher or school administrator you should have a CUE membership! The 22,000+ member network that is CUE is a PLN that I am grateful every day. There is a premium membership for only $40/year.

I have been a CUE member for years. I was inspired to try to teach with technology through individuals from CUE dedicated to helping me learn to use technology in the classroom. I am speaking again this year in Palm Springs as a CUE member promoting and supporting teachers in technology.

 

 

December in the Classroom: Technology to the Rescue 4

Decembers’ dichotomy: In theory, the month has three weeks of instructional days. In practice, the month is jammed with a once in a year liveliness often swallowing swaths of time away from traditional instruction.

Let Some Technology In: Where can you grab some Whole Class Formative Assessment time?

Kahoot Has Grown Up

Consider joining the Kahoot community or revisiting Kahoot. The program is rigorously supported so there is no worry about getting your class some instant gratification. It has been around for a while so I will differentiate guidance.

Newbies

Click on the picture above and follow the official Kahoot website for instructions with premade seasonal quizzes. Totally safe and fun.

DIY

If you want to do it yourself by making your own quizzes, the directions are presented by the Kahoot Team.

I would suggest not browsing other teacher’s (and kids’) Kahoot premade questions unless you screen them. I have never found offensive quizzes but some are just boring. To be clear, quizzes provided by Kahoot on their website are outstanding.

Pro Tip: Choose a student to run the game! They will have all the power!

Warning: The Kahoot Theme will get stuck in your head.

Want to find out more? Get your friends together and attend our CUE National Conference this year!

 

 

December in the Classroom: Technology to the Rescue #3

Decembers’ dichotomy: In theory, the month has three weeks of instructional days. In practice, the month is jammed with a once in a year liveliness often swallowing swaths of time away from traditional instruction.

Let Some Technology In: Where can you grab some How to Study attention?

Students can sign in with their Google Accounts

The object here is teachers can make a set of flash cards with pictures to help students learn a new set of vocabulary. HA! Being the lazy teacher I am, I made the students make their own set of flashcards. I started this program when I dumped my weekly spelling list and taught weekly Greek and Latin root words. I think I might have eventually bought the full version for my class. I used to spend money on my classroom library, now the money goes to computer programs.

How to Use It

Professional Tip: I do not allow students to use subject flashcard sets made by other teachers or students already posted on the site.

You never know what other participants consider appropriate. Furthermore, maximum learning transfer occurs when a participant owns the process supporting comprehension and application.

Google Classroom: Send sign-in page out in assignments and keep in resources.

Want to see more ideas for your classroom? Consider attending CUE Palm Springs this year’s National Convention

 

December in the Classroom: Technology to the Rescue #2

Decembers’ dichotomy: In theory, the month has three weeks of instructional days. In practice, the month is jammed with a once in a year liveliness often swallowing swaths of time away from traditional instruction.

Let Some Technology In: Where can you grab some Math attention?

 

Sumdog is a fall out of your seat funny math competition designed with rigorous learning theory and schoolyard humor. Students beg to sign on. Sumdog is one of the first programs I presented in my classroom (6th).

I worked with the Sumdog development team and found their mission to bring Math into the fun column for every learner, especially the reluctant learner, a refreshing approach to teaching math.

What parents and teachers need to know:

“Sumdog is a way for kids to practice math skills while playing fun, math-related games against friends, classmates, or students from around the world. Games are individualized for each kid’s ability level, so users can play against opponents who have the same skills. It’s free, but a subscription to Sumdog Premium provides more games and more detailed feedback.”  Common Sense Media

It was a revelation in two domains of technology in the classroom.

First, the sheer power of games for learning. In the full version of Sumdog, teachers can monitor data generated by student interaction. In my class, I saw an average of 150 math interactions per session per participant. And not one student burst into tears!

Second, Sumdog destroyed my expectation of students quietly, in solitude, keyboarding while slowly becoming anti-social. Just the opposite! The structure of Sumdog allows students to challenge each other therefore, there initially is a lot of hollering across the room. I finally allowed students who wanted to learn together sit together! Even then, get ready for some noise!

Want to see more ideas for your classroom? Consider attending CUE Palm Springs this year’s National Convention