Monday, May 16, 2016

Foldify and a Few FANTASTIC Ideas!!

The Foldify App has been on the market for some time and seems to have stood the test of time.  At $3.99, it's an investment to consider and as an educator are you TRULY willing to invest $3.99 in an app that generates color printed foldable paper??  I say YES!!   Here's why.

Here's my recent videolog providing a summary of this SUPER app.

Try these GREAT ideas to integrate Foldify into YOUR class

#1.  Foldify captures the creative element of Maker Spaces.  Maker Spaces aren't ONLY about technology.  More and more proponents are encouraging craft supplies as a part of the maker movement.  Folidfy fits in nicely with the Maker spirit allowing for ingenuity and creativity.

#2.  Create scenes, settings and backgrounds for your stop-motion animation videos!!  Create a HOST of items that can be used as the key figures or backgrounds in stop motion animation films lending a greater depth of ownership and creativity in the process.

#3.  Educators can create instructional resources for students.  Create a review dodecahedron ball ( Students roll the ball and view a question with a corresponding answers on the opposite panel.

#4.  Create customized story cubes/comprehension cubes for students to use with the novel of YOUR choice OR create open ended story cubes to tap into student's imaginations!

#5.  Have students demonstrate their understanding of a novel by creating a cereal box book report OR a milk carton with an ad for a missing person!

#6.  Recreate a scene in a novel or a concept in Science/social studies by having groups create a foldify diorama.

Hopefully there is something here you can use!  Thanks for

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Adventures in Geocaching

Adventures in Geocaching

For those that aren’t familiar with the term Geocaching, it basically breaks down like this.

 Geo = Earth
Cache = Treasure

 In essence, Geocaching is high-tech treasure hunting whereby you search for a hidden item by following latitude and longitude coordinates.  Conventionally, geocachers have used GPS Devices to locate treasures but a simple cell phone will do!!!

I stumbled upon this activity several years ago quite accidentally when I was traveling in Alaska (considered a muggle at the time--a non-geocaching native). My husband and I were hiking in the Tongass National Forest in Ketchikan and found a father and his son huddled around a cache in the form of an ammobox hidden in the woods. They were busily recording their visit in a travel log as we spotted them.

Since that time, my Geocaching adventures have led me all throughout my island neighborhood as well as around to world attempting to find hidden treasures with my family. As an educator, I was convinced that there must be some way to implement this exciting and interesting activity in my classroom. I simply knew that the inherent excitement in discovering something hidden would be a natural draw for students.

Geocaching CAN be implemented in the classroom without an exorbitant outlay of money, time or energy. Below are some ideas and suggestions for ways to integrate geocaching into ANY content area’s curriculum

Idea #1: Create a class Travel Bug and deposit it into a local cache. Follow the bug’s journey and map the route.

Idea #2: During a field trip, take a side trip to a nearby cache.

Idea #3: Plant a class cache and watch as visitors log in from all over. Create a map documenting visitors.

Idea #4: Research the history of local landmarks. Create a cache at a location that describes the history of that site.

Idea #5: Investigate and locate Earthcaches

Idea #6: Conduct a GPS Scavenger Hunt or Hide N Seek on your school property

Idea #7: Identify different varieties of trees in a nature preserve (or on your school grounds) and record their coordinates. Then challenge other students to find the trees given specific coordinates.

Idea #8: Create a cultural cache. Fill a cache with items reflecting your region. Encourage visitors to log their reaction/responses to share with your class.

Geocaching can be a wonderful tool to enhance student understanding of geography, location and place, science and nature, scientific inquiry, mathematical concepts, physical education, problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking as well as language arts activities.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Queing Up for Quizlet!!!

Here's a great 5 minute way to create an "I Have, Who Has Game" (also known as the loop game) for your classroom.  

If you're not familiar with the game, it's a whole class way to review vocabulary or concepts in ANY content area in a way that involves the entire classroom. 

Student A: (Reads the word side of his card):
     "I have MEEK" 
Student A: (Reads the definition side of his card)
    "Who has SELF-CENTERED or VAIN" 
Student B: (Reads the word side of his card)
    "I have CONCEITED" 
Student B: (Reads the definition side of his card)

This continues until all cards have been read and it leads back to the definition of MEEK where you started.

I used to LABOR over getting one of these games set up.  Quizlet, however, solved that problem for me.

Here's how I did it:

#1.  Build a set of words and definitions in Quizlet. (Mine are characters and descriptions from the book The Westing Game)
#2.  Print them in this format:

#3.  Cut apart the cards and lay them side by side in a column.

#4.  Remove the bottom word (leave the definition) and bring it to the top.

#5.  Slide the remainder of the column down.

#6.  Glue together each word with the definition it is next to.  (Yes, they are wrong!)
#6.  You can start in ANY spot and you will make it back to the beginning.

Do this with any content area and any grade level:
  • Math Facts!
  • Vocabulary words and definitions for any content area
  • States (countries) and Capitols
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Characters in a novel

Use this template to make the cards just a weeeeee bit more attractive!


There is a Web 2.0 Tool that will do it for you but I like quizlet because not ONLY can it create the cards but I make the 'stack' available to my students to assist them with studying.  ;)

NOW who has Smarticles?