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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Boardthing.com for Collaborative Learning


I'm always looking for new tools for classroom collaboration and recently came across Boardthing.com on Pinterest (posted by The Techie Teacher).  This cool tool reminds me of Padlet.com as an easy way for students to work together and share information.  The site seems to still be in beta, but access was provided immediately upon request.

This collaborative board allows students to add sticky notes, use drawing tools, and add images to the space.  This is a great site for students to use in collaborative groups when brainstorming ideas, compiling research, and grouping information.

Once a teacher or student creates a page, there is a share button that provides a URL (web address) to give to others so they can join in the collaboration.  If the teacher creates the page, students do NOT need to log in when working on a shared board, they can join as a guest.



Some of the things I really like about Boardthing.com are:
-The quick and easy ability to change sticky note colors keeps different ideas separate.

-You can group notes together.
-You can use basic HTML code to change the size, format, color, etc of text within the box.
(This could be a fun way to introduce text coding.)
-Sticky notes can be locked in place!!

-Students can use a chat feature while working.
-Boards can be exported in text format or HTML (if that is useful to you)- but if you really want a copy, I suggest taking a screen shot or using a screen image tool.

I hope you enjoy using Boardthing.com with your class!

What's New in Quizizz?


Quizizz.com is one of my favorite online, game-based, review sites.  With the recent updates to the site, there are even more reasons to use Quizizz with your students.  
If you do not know about Quizizz, you can learn more here.
Here is what is new:

1.  Create your own correct/incorrect memes.
One of the fun features of Quizizz is the memes that pop up after students answer questions.  Now you can create your own.  There is a built in meme editor or you can upload your own if you like to create them with meme apps or other sites.  What's even more fun?  Have your students create the memes!

2. Share to Google Classroom.
When starting a quiz, you can now push your quiz to your Google Classroom account for an easy share.  This is a super option especially if you are assigning a quiz as homework or as independent learning.  With this option, there is no need for students to type in the web address and the quiz code- the link in Google Classroom will connect your students directly.

3.  Print the quiz.
Yes, print is dead for me, but you may have the need to have a hard copy of your quiz or print to file.  Now you can.

4.  Create a quiz from an import of data.
Now you can upload a .CSV file and automatically populate your quiz information.  If you are not sure how to do this, just click on the option and download a sample file.  

I hope you find these new Quizizz features as useful as I do!






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