Welcome to District 75′s support website to help teachers integrate technology into the classrooms. Here you will find resources and suggestions for how to utilize technology, such as the iPad, SmartBoard, software, apps, and websites, to better engage and deliver content specific materials. In addition the website will help to connect how technology can support your schools curriculum and the Common Core Standards.
Check out this list of recommended apps: TAH Grant Apps
The following is an adapted PowerPoint Jeopardy Template that can be used with Keynote on your computer or iPad. In order to complete the slide in your ipad tap on the the section ‘Type the answer 1,3 here.’ for example and make sure to ungroup. Then you can enter your text. If you want the original template for other subjects click here: Jeopardy Template.
Short List of Websites:
Brief Description of Websites:
American Rhetoric is a site dedicated to Public Rhetoric, political, social, movie and religious speeches and related concepts of and exercises in rhetoric.
Khan Academy has over 2700 videos, a collection of instruction on the internet allowing learners to know that they can fill in almost any of their “gaps” with the content on this site. The content is made in digestible 10-20 minute chunks especially purposed for viewing on the computer as opposed to being a longer video of a conventional “physical” lecture.
C-SPAN Classroom is a free membership service for social studies teachers. The mission is to enhance the teaching of social studies through C-SPAN’s primary source programming and websites, the website offers additional subject specific websites such as C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations and American Presidents.
Zunal Webquest Maker provides a free service for Preservice and Inservice teachers, and faculty to create and share WebQuests online with others. By encouraging collaboration among our users, we provide a safe environment for students to learn, and teachers/faculty to educate.
Many Things This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site, including a section for American History.
National Geographic: Education is responsible for creating and disseminating educational programs for schools, out-of-school settings, and the home. National Geographic Education’s work targets two goals: Geo-Literacy: Geo-literacy is an essential skill for decision-making in 21st century personal, professional, and civic life. It is the ability to make decisions based on an understanding of how the world works and how people and places are connected. It requires an understanding of how Earth’s interconnected human and environmental systems function, how to reason geographically, and how to make systematic decisions. Educational Outreach: The National Geographic Society is home to rich and diverse resources that have enormous potential to support learning. As the educational outreach arm of National Geographic, National Geographic Education is committed to maximizing the impact of the Society’s rich media, scientific, and exploration programs on the education audience.
When students consider primary sources, they usually think only of written materials—letters, journals, government documents. The Smithsonian Source website will help your students understand that objects and artifacts are also primary sources. These sources—if you know how to look at them—can make the past seem more tangible and therefore make history a more engaging subject. You can find additional information and resource at The National Archive and Worldbook Online. If you do not know your log in information for WorldBook please ask your tech liaison.
Dipidty is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web’s content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
The Museum Box site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
One of the concerns for teachers is keeping students on task when using the iPads. The following form allows teachers and students keep track of completed work. Using a PDF editor app (pdf version Completed Work Sign Off) or a word processing app (document version Completed Work Sign Off), students enter the date and assignment. The teacher then can sign off on the assignment when it is completed, then and only then can the student go to another app. Try neu.Annotate if you need a PDF editor.
One of the great aspects of the ebook functionality of the iPad is that you can create your own reading materials to be viewed in iBooks. Using Pages ’09, part of the iWork Suite, teachers can create word processing documents that can then be exported from Pages as an ePub file. Then all the teacher has to do is drag the ePub file into the computers iTunes and choose which books will be synced with which iPads. The following materials will help get you started.
Click to download the ePub Best Practices for Pages template. The following .doc file will provide guidelines for formatting your text to be used in iBooks. Remember that this file can be edited in Word but will have to be opened in Pages ’09 in order to export it as an ePub file. Click here for Using Pages for ePub Instructions and a step by step explanation of what it means to export as an ePub.
Here is a sample text of ‘Three Little Pigs’, click here: The_Three_Little_Pigs to download. Remember it is a Word Doc so you need to open it in Pages.
If you would like to try and create ePubs outside of Pages you can try going to Acrobat.com and creating a free account. Once you have an account choose the file ‘Welcome to Buzzword’ which is a web-based word processor that allows you to share your document as an ePub.
If you are using Microsoft Word there is an add-on to Word called Aspose.words Express 1.1.0 that will enable Word to create ePub files.
If you are looking to review or read your ePub file on your computer before putting it on your iPad there are add-ons for Firefox that allow you to open the ePub file with Firefox. There is an application through Adobe called Adobe Digital Reader. There are also some ePub readers and PDF-to-ePub converters on the desktop version of the App Store. For Windows there are some applications such as Mobipocket Reader and Calibre.
All District 75 schools now have access to the World Book Online website. Here you can access World Book Kids, World Book Students, and World Book Advanced. Please contact your school’s Tech Liaison or a District Coach for log-in information.
World Book Kids is the premier general reference Web site developed especially for young students. The site features simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, comparison tools, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.
World Book Kids features:
• A variety of simple search and browse navigation options
• Thousands of easy-to-read articles with embedded multimedia
• Engaging images, illustrations, and videos
• A tool for exploring and comparing animals
• An Important People feature to help students search and browse through several thousand biographies
• A collection of age-appropriate science fair projects
• Atlas, interactive maps, and outline maps and flags
• A tool for exploring and comparing places
• Over 200 educational games and activities
• Teacher resources
Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools,World Book Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.
Key features include:
• More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
• World Book Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies
• Thousands of links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors
• Rich multimedia
• Historical features
• Extensive dictionary and atlas
• Correlations to state and provincial curriculum and achievement standards
• Audios, videos, and animations
• Educator tools
• Student activities
World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
• Tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up, World Book Advanced includes acustomizable interface, a streamlined design, and personalized homepage content features.
• World Book Advanced’s powerful search engine providing optimized search results. Search refinements and relevancy weighting direct users to their content with maximum efficiency.
• Research tools, including dictionary, atlas, and local and country research guides, help users compile the data and information they need to complete their assignments and background research.
• Individual accounts within the site offer users the ability to create and save their own content features, including research results from World Book and external sources, timelines, and citations.
The Blurb Mobile App was developed as a way for users to share stories using images, text, and audio clips. Users can then post their photo essays online, share them in a community, or keep them private for individual access. In the classroom this app offers a new and engaging way for students to share ideas, review content, or just practice sequencing. Students can create a photo essays relating to a personal narrative, historical biography, scientific process, or even order of operations. Student and teachers can even use the app to create an adapted book.
Now that you have a SmartBoard in your classroom what will you do with it? A great place to start is Smart Exchange. Smart Exchange is a collection of notebook lessons, images, sound files, and other resources for creating the ideal SmartBoard lesson. It is free to sign up and with simple search criteria you can locate, preview, and download what you need for your lesson. Also visit the community and training sections of the website for additional resources.