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Our second semester mission: to explore strange new strategies, to seek out tools and techniques, to boldly go where we have not gone before.

EdPuzzle: WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM

EdPuzzle: WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM

This is an interactive video I made in about 5 minutes-seriously, it took me longer to find the video than it did for me to embed the questions. Ed Puzzle lets you embed question right into the video and share the link with your kids. You can, with a little finagling, actually make it into a graded "quiz" in Canvas. I don't know that I would do this every lesson, but it would make a great way to change up how students receive info during a station rotation. And it's free.

edpuzzle.com
Get Started with Breakout EDU

Get Started with Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. With Breakout EDU kits, you can turn your classroom into an academically-focused escape room and facilitate games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas. The good news is that BOEdu has created a ton more puzzles since the last time we saw this. Well worth checking out.

breakoutedu.com
Google Cardboard and NYT VR – Virtual Reality

Google Cardboard and NYT VR – Virtual Reality

Through virtual reality on Android and Daydream-enabled devices, The New York Times puts you at the center of the stories that only we can tell. From embedding with Iraqi forces as they fight to retake to climbing the spire of the World Trade Center with professional mountaineer Jimmy Chin or setting foot on the alien world of Pluto, NYT VR delivers on the promise of VR to bring you to places you can’t normally go. GC and VR run for the most part on cell phone apps. NYTVR is just one of the many places that provides free access. If you're interested in a concept, give me a holler and I will see what's out there for your kids to use.

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InsertLearning: See an Example Lesson

InsertLearning: See an Example Lesson

Another free tool that turns ANY website page into a lesson for ANY discipline with discussion questions, highlighting, vocab, callouts and other cool stuff. Check out this website that I turned into a lesson with InsertLearning. InsertLearning would be a great way to connect a current event to a concept during a station rotation.

insertlearning.com
Story Cubes: Ways to Play

Story Cubes: Ways to Play

Looking to get started with your StoryCubes, but need a little direction? Well you’re in the right place. There are no right or wrong ways to play Rory’s Story Cubes®, however this page has examples to get you started.
In a station rotation, use Story Cubes to have kids create a story about the concept they're learning, write a RAFT or learn the vocabulary around the concept.

storycubes.com
AutoDraw

AutoDraw

If you are artistically impaired (as I am), AutoDraw is a tool you might find handy. Kind of like autocorrect for artists, this tool will interpret what you are attempting to draw and offer well-drawn substitutions for you to place on your drawing pad. AutoDraw pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help you draw stuff fast. This would be a great station rotation tool for non-linguistic representations.

autodraw.com