Monday, July 18, 2016

Pokemon Go Resources

The Pokemon craze has been so stinkin' fun to watch! 
I LOVE seeing kids (and adults) having so much fun using technology!

What is Pokemon GO? 

(great definition from this article
It’s an update of the old Pokemon (“Pocket Monster”) card game that came out in 1995 and is now played via a free Android or iOS app. You are a trainer who catches different “monsters” that are out in the wild. You train them and then fight them in battle gyms. The goal is to “catch them all” and earn the most points for yourself and your monsters. 
You can trap the creatures by flicking a Pokeball at them with your finger. 

What's so great about Pokemon GO? 
It's fun, it's engaging, anyone of any age can play, it gets folks up and moving, 
has great connections to math and geography,
it allows you to solve problems and use critical thinking, 
and did I mention that it's crazy FUN? 

Although I haven't been playing (yet!)
 I have been collecting some resources that I thought I would share!
There are SO many GREAT ways to use Pokemon GO in the classroom!

Pokemon GO Resources
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If you have any resources that you think should be added to the list, 
please leave them below and I'll be happy to add them! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Quizzes in Google FORMS? HOORAY!

I LOVE Google Forms!
I use them all of the time for a variety of reasons- both job related and for personal use. 
They are such a super easy way to collect info into a spreadsheet super quickly!

But yesterday Google released something that I think will make 
Google Forms one of the BEST and most often used tools for educators- 

This new feature will allow auto-grading multiple choice and checkbox questions 
which can give INSTANT feedback to students 
and allow teachers to see if they need to spend more time on a topic. 

Creating a quiz is super simple, here's how: 

  • Go to
  • In the template chooser, click the template box above Blank Quiz.

  • To change a form to a quiz, click Settings in the top right corner and choose QUIZZES. Next to "Make this a quiz" click the on button and Save. 

After that you just start building your quiz.  
You can make an answer key for multiple choice, checkbox, or drop-down questions.
  1. To add a new question, click Add .
  2. Fill out your question and answers.
  3. In the bottom left, click ANSWER KEY.
  4. In the top right of the question, choose how many points the question is worth.

But wait...there's MORE! 
You can even add explanations to answers- including links, videos, 
or websites so students get immediate feedback!

To add feedback, just click on Answer Key and then on Add Answer Feedback.  
Type feedback for both INCORRECT ANSWERS and CORRECT ANSWERS. 

You can find out even more about creating a quiz with Google Forms HERE
Way to go Google- YOU ROCK! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

IN Case of Emergency: iPhone Users Need to Read This

Last month a friend of a friend had a heart attack while at the gym.  
This gentleman, who was new to town, only had his iPhone with him. 
A locked iPhone that had a passcode.  

Because of this it took HOURS and HOURS before anyone
could figure out who he was, since he was unconscious, and notify his family. 
Hours that his family didn't know he was in serious, grave condition 
and undergoing surgery.

Thankfully if you have an iPhone, there is a way to keep something 
like this from happening to you and your family and it only takes a few minutes to set up!

You can enter emergency medical information via the Health app 
which is then accessible from your lock screen without having to input your passcode.

Here's how it works: 

When someone picks up your phone they will see this: 
And if they click on the Emergency button, they'll then see this: 

They can then click on Medical ID to find out your name, 
medical info, and who to contact in case of an emergency-
but only if you have it set up. 

Here's how to quickly set it up: 

  1. Open the Health app on your phone. 
  2. In the bottom right corner, click Medical ID. 
  3. If you have not created one already, you'll get this screen below.  Click Create Medical ID. 
  4. Simply fill out the details including who to contact in case of an emergency and any other important medical information.  Be certain the Show When Locked option is turned on (green) so that it will show when your phone is locked.  
If you have an iPhone please set this up right away- 
and share with any of your friends or family members too!

PS I'm not an Android phone user, but if you are
 I believe these directions will help you set it up on your phone! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Earth Day Fun 2016

What is Earth Day? 
Earth Day is a Birthday!
 Just like a birthday is a special day to celebrate a person,
Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth. 
Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco, California.

Every year, America and over 100 different countries join together in the 
celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. 
Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.

Here are some great apps, websites, games, and printables 
to use with your students on Earth Day!

Games & Stories

From Mighty Books

Free Apps

Paid Apps

Sparklebox has tons of great Earth Day Resources HERE

Earth Day Printables from ABC Teach can be found HERE
including this Recycling Word search

The Groovy Teacher has some great Earth Day Printables including this 

Pinterest ideas for Earth Day can be found HERE.  

Smart Notebook Lessons for Pinterest can be found HERE.  

Earth Day Freebies on Teacher's Pay Teachers can be found HERE.  

You can find all of these resources online at my Earth Day Fun website HERE.  

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