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20 Chrome Extensions to Use for Math

20 Chrome Extensions to Use for Math


Chrome extensions can add functionality and time-saving organization for teachers and students. Take a look at these Chrome extensions and apps that are geared specifically towards math.

Chrome extensions can add functionality and time-saving organization for teachers and students. Take a look at these Chrome extensions and apps that are geared specifically towards math.


Note-Taking & Study

Google Keep

Save URLs, text, and images.  Take notes on saved content, add labels to your notes, and automatically save everything to Google Keep.  Collaborate with study groups by sharing notes.

Extensity

If you have a bunch of extensions installed but don't need all of them all the time, this allows you to quickly enable/disable them as needed.

Turn Off the Lights

With a single click on the lamp button, the page will fade to dark and automatically focus on the video you are watching.


Skill Practice (mainly lower grades)

Math Games

Allows students to practice math skills with more than 1.5 million questions that cover content from Kindergarten to the 8th Grade.

The Math Learning Center

A fantastic collection of math tool extensions, including:

Number Line

Helps students visualize number sequences and demonstrate strategies for counting, comparing, and arithmetic.

Fractions

Lets students use a bar or circle to represent, compare, and perform operations with fractions with denominators from 1 to 100. 

Money Pieces

Virtual currency pieces that replicate the appearance and relative size of U.S. coins and the dollar bill, as well as area money pieces. 

Number Pieces

A virtual version of Base Ten Area Pieces for use as an open-ended educational tool, ideal for elementary classrooms.

Math Clock

Learners use analog clocks with geared or free-moving hands to learn how to tell time, explore jumps with count by numbers, and visualize story problems involving intervals of time. 

Pattern Shapes

Use Pattern Shapes to explore geometry and fractions, create their own designs, or fill in outlines. As they work with the shapes students explore geometric relationships, think about angles, investigate symmetry, and compose and decompose larger shapes. 


Calculators, Measuring Tools, etc. (mainly upper grades)

MB-Ruler for Chrome

An overlay to measure distances and angels on web sites.

Edge: The Web Ruler

A simple onscreen ruler. Support for pixels, inches, and centimeters.  Both Horizontal and Vertical rulers can be moved, resized or calibrated with your screen size.

Melanto Calculator

Along with a basic calculator, it also provides logarithm and other scientific functions.  The tool was made with touch-screen in mind, is optimized for small devices and works even if you are offline.

Desmos Graphing Calculator

Plot functions, create tables, add sliders, animate your graphs, and more.

GeoGebra

GeoGebra joins graphing, geometry, 3D, spreadsheets, computer algebra and probability in one easy-to-use and powerful package. 

Plotly

Use Plotly for scientific-quality line graphs, bar charts, heatmaps, histograms, box plots and more.  Import data from files, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

Analyze data with fits, functions, stats, and more. Collaborate by sharing projects with your team and share graphs online, or in presentations.

Equatio

Easily create mathematical equations, formulas and quizzes. Type or handwrite virtually any mathematical expression directly on your keyboard or touchscreen. There’s no need for any complicated code or programming languages.


Teacher Tools

Dualless

Dualless is a poor man's dual monitor solution. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs.

Screencastify

Screen recorder for Chrome. Capture, edit and share videos in seconds.

Insert Learning

Teachers can insert questions, discussions, and insight directly into any website.  When students go to that website, they can respond to those questions and discussions, see that insight, and take their own notes.


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20 Chrome Extensions to Use for Language Arts

20 Chrome Extensions to Use for Language Arts


Chrome extensions can be a teacher's best friend! They save a ton of time and can also add features we need to make our teaching lives easier. Take a look at these Chrome extensions and apps that are geared towards language arts.

Chrome extensions can be a teacher's best friend! They save a ton of time and can also add features we need to make our teaching lives easier. Take a look at these Chrome extensions and apps that are geared towards language arts.


Note-Taking & Organization

Google Keep

Save URLs, text, and images.  Take notes on saved content, add labels to your notes, and automatically save everything to Google Keep.  Collaborate with study groups by sharing notes.

Kami

PDF and document annotation tool that works with Google Drive and Google Classroom, as well as Canvas and Schoology.

Diigo

Bookmark, archive, screenshot & markup with highlight and add sticky note features.

Extensity

If you have a bunch of extensions installed but don't need all of them all the time, this allows you to quickly enable/disable them as needed.


Reading Aids

Night Shift

Night Shift shifts the colors of your browser content to the warmer end of the color spectrum to reduce eye strain.

Visor

A screen dimmer and line reader that tracks your mouse to create a horizontal focal point, giving focus to the content being read whilst reducing the visual noise of the surrounding page.

Selection Reader

High quality text-to-speech reader capable of seamlessly reading large amounts of text.

AlphaText

Customize and change the appearance of online articles to enhance text readability.  Quickly adjust font size, font style, and line spacing on websites, color adjustment to optimize text and background color to your liking, and clutter-clearing tools to remove distracting multimedia.  Save favorite style sets to apply them with a single click.


Study Aids

Super Simple Highlighter

Highlight text on a web page, in a variety of styles. The extension remembers the location & content of each highlight, and attempts to highlight the same passages of text the next time the page is loaded (it does not sync across devices, however).

Google Dictionary

View definitions easily as you browse the web.  Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble, view the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary, and store a history of words you've looked up, so you can practice them later.

Power Thesaurus

View synonyms and antonyms by button in toolbar, right-click or by word selection on any page.

Auto Highlight

This extension automatically highlights the important content on article pages.


Assignment Completion Aids

Grammarly

From grammar and spelling to style and tone, Grammarly helps you eliminate writing errors and find the perfect words to express yourself.

MyBib

Automatically create APA style, MLA format, and Harvard referencing style citations with this citation generator.

Plagiarism Checker

Help determine if your writing is done correctly by scanning any content for plagiarism with just a couple of clicks. 


Teacher Tools

Dualless

Dualless is a poor man's dual monitor solution. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs.

Small PDF

Easy-to-use PDF tools to edit, convert, merge, split and compress PDF files. Integrated with Gmail.

Mote

Easily add voice comments and feedback to shared documents and assignments, integrated into Google Docs, Slides and Sheets, as well as Google Classroom, for easy recording and playback.

Insert Learning

Teachers can insert questions, discussions, and insight directly into any website.  When students go to that website, they can respond to those questions and discussions, see that insight, and take their own notes.

CraftyLevel

Highlight some text, then click the icon in the extension bar to see the Flesch-Kincaid grade level of any web page.


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28 Veteran Teacher Tips for New Teachers

28 Veteran Teacher Tips for New Teachers


 

I talked to a number of teaching veterans and asked them to share tips specifically for first-year teachers. They all had amazing advice to share! Many of the ideas were repeated so I've compiled them into a list. Here’s their wisdom:

I talked to a number of teaching veterans and asked them to share tips specifically for first-year teachers. They all had amazing advice to share! Many of the ideas were repeated so I've compiled them into a list. Here’s their wisdom:

I talked to a number of teaching veterans and asked them to share tips specifically for first-year teachers. They all had amazing advice to share! Many of the ideas were repeated so I've compiled them into a list. Here’s their wisdom:

  1. “Start to build your library of themed picture books for the units you teach right away. Books are perfect as a backup plan and sub plans on short notice.”
  2. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Do not allow behavior that you do not want to have continuously.”
  3. “Be consistent in...meeting deadlines, being on time for work...being prepared...establishing routines and procedures...following protocol...knowing when to “lead” and when to be “led”.”
  4. “You are not their “friend”. You can have great relationships with kids without being friends. Create boundaries and structure and operate within those..... kids will thank you for that!”
  5. “The biggest thing is to keep consistency. Remind students of your expectations. Keep lessons tight, and when they are not following your expectations, stop and reteach.”
  6. “Removing privileges is not ideal. They’re kids. Add additional movement breaks, or engage them more deeply in their work. If you don’t already have a class contract (with like 3 broad expectations) you could work with your students to create one. Then, when students do something unexpected, refer back to the expectations. “Remember, our expectation is to show kindness to everyone in the class. Let’s make another choice.””
  7. “Create office hours and stick with them! Your family shouldn't suffer for work. It's not worth the stress. Use free time at work to be productive, not social. It helps!”
  8. “Leave school at a decent hour and don’t take work home. It can consume you.”
  9. “Forgive yourself for what you can’t do yet.”
  10. “A couple others have said it, but don't stay at school forever. I used to set an alarm on my phone that would make me go home at a reasonable time. You don't get paid extra to stay late!” 

  11. “Build relationship, set reasonable expectations, be consistent, and always let the kids see that you are real. They can find a fake a hundred miles away.”
  12. “Find a teacher buddy that will truly support and help you ‼️ Stay positive ‼️ Have at Least one day you don't take work home or do school work ‼️”
  13. “Have big dreams for sure but take it one step at a time. Understand and accept that not everything will come together right in the beginning. Do a lot of reading of blogs, educational articles etc. That’s always helpful.”
  14. “Google is your friend. I have found soooooooo much information from different tech blogs.”
  15. “Maslow before Bloom. Every day. Relationship building is key. Walk the walk. Deadlines important? Impose them on yourself as well. Want them to be life long learners? Model your learning. Be human. Share your school challenges so that they know you struggle but can overcome. Be willing to laugh at yourself. Remember that the kid who needs the love the most often makes it most difficult to give it. Be the adult that doesn't give up on them.”
  16. “Find a teacher buddy or mentor that will help you know what is coming up, where to find things, and who to go to.”
  17. “Be kind to yourself.  Don’t be afraid to learn something from and with your students.”
  18. “It will get done tomorrow. I spent hours at school, in the beginning, trying to do it all and now I know that the work I do is sufficient for today. If it does not get done, that is what to-do lists are for.  Same for emails- they will be there tomorrow. Answer them only if an emergency - the rest will be handled the next day. We put a ridiculous amount of pressure on ourselves to immediately handle something but a banker or lawyer who waits until the next day is not seem as a problem.  Maslow before Bloom - love them and help nurture their souls before anything else.  Remember that you are not their only teacher and that you may not be their fave teacher.  Keep them busy.  Find a marigold - a bright spot - teacher in your school that you can talk and giggle with....and complain to when needed.  Say I don't know - when kids ask something and you have no idea, be honest - show them that you are always learning and don't know everything.”
  19. “Turn off notifications for school emails. Do not check it on the weekends or at night.”
  20. “Make sure everything is ready for the next day's lessons before you leave. And have a bin or folder with emergency sub plans. You never know when the unexpected will happen.”
  21. “A good mentor and a grade partner who is willing to share ideas!”
  22. “Focus on routines and behavior! Set expectations and you will be amazed how smooth your year will be!”
  23. “Read good books and change your voice for different characters and when they beg you for one more chapter look up at the clock and down at the book and choose the book sometimes (or every time)!”
  24. “Breathe and be organized and always have a plan b.”
  25. “Make sure they know you love them and that you believe in them. Get to know them. If they know they are loved and you have high expectations of them, they will work hard and will go farther than you ever expected.”
  26. “Don’t grade everything!!! Some work is practice and can go into file 49 (trash).”
  27. “You can’t do everything! A lot of the time, what is being asked of you won’t fit in a day. Choose what’s best for your kids and don’t fret over the stuff that doesn’t really help them! Do what you can.”
  28. “Not every lesson has be over the top with songs, dances, Bitmojis games, etc. If you do this every day for every lesson, you’ll never leave work.”
Would you add anything to the list? Let me know in the comments.
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Top Technology Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Top Technology Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities


I've been working on this post for a while because I wanted to make sure to bring you a cohesive toolkit. Below you will find lists of assistive tech, apps, websites, and assessment tools all curated with exceptional students in mind. Many of these tools would be great for ANY learner!

If it isn't linked, do a quick google search for the title and you'll find it. Some extensions and features were hard to link.

Assistive Technology

Extensions for Chromebooks:

  • Read Aloud - read out loud the current web-page article with one click
  • Adobe Spark
  • Dyslexia Friendly - increases readability of web pages by changing fonts, contrast, and adding a reading ruler
  • Mercury Reader - removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site
  • DocHub

Chromebook Accessibility Features

In the settings menu you can adjust the browser features for students with audio/visual needs. There are many features including: 

  • chromeVox
  • large mouse cursor
  • high contrast mode
  • screen magnifier 
Place a checkmark next to the feature that you wish to activate. This feature will activate for the account that is logged in. It will remember this feature until you uncheck it.


Assistive Technology For iPads

There are some great built-in features that come with iPads. You can adjust them in the settings. I particularly recommend the following:
Picture
  • Voiceover
  • Zoom
  • Grayscale
  • Larger Text
  • Speak Selection
  • Assistive Touch
  • Dictation
  • Word Prediction

Learning Apps that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Math:

Candy Count
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Tiggly Math
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Touch Math
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Vocabulary and Language:

BlubBlub
Skitch
FlipGrid
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Tracing and Fine Motor Skills:

Sand Draw
Letter Toy and School
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Communication:

FaceTime
Educreations
Draw and Tell
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Puzzles and Coding:

Kodable
Hopscotch 
BeeBot

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Learning Websites that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Keyboarding:

Computer Circus
Crazy Typing

Literacy and Math:


Classroom Technology

This is a list of resources the teacher can use to engage students in the classroom. Use these to push out, interact, and collect assignments. 
Seesaw
Nearpod
Appear.in
Quizizz
Bubbl.us
Vocaroo

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Top Teaching Tips for Tech Teachers

Top Teaching Tips for Tech Teachers


Top Teaching Tips for Tech Teachers

I interviewed two tech ed teachers, asking them to each give their top 3 tips for fellow tech ed teachers.


First up, Kathy Weir, who has been teaching for 20 years.  She was a former classroom teacher for grades 1,3,4,5, and a former K-8 specialist for PE and Technology. She also served as the technology integration specialist and tech coach for a K-8 school district. She is currently an Elementary Technology instructor but due to COVID, is also doing a lot of PD and tech coaching.  Here are her top 3 tips for fellow edtech teachers:

“1. Limit the number of online resources you have students accessing during distance learning. Make sure these websites and software are easy to navigate with little or no guidance. When possible, explore the ability of tools already familiar to students as well as native tools within your school’s choice of platforms. 

2. Whenever possible during live sessions, limit the number of resources students have to access during that live session. Fewer tabs open equals better Wi-Fi connect for students. Better connect for the student could lead to a higher level of engagement and lower level of stress and frustration.

3. If offering PD, reference the SAMR model. Teachers may be feeling overwhelmed in learning a lot of new tech tools. The SAMR model can celebrate the transition teachers are making with remote learning and highlight how teachers are elevating the learning experience for their students with the integration of technology.”


Next we have Beth Hamlin, a K-1 Remote specials facilitator and Middle School Technology Teacher.  She has been working in education for nearly 2 decades and loves presenting and sharing creative ways to utilize G Suite tools, Chromebooks, Computer Science, and other technologies such as 3D printers and Raspberry Pi. 

“1. Don’t try to do it all. There are an incredible amount of resources, tools, and ideas. It can get really overwhelming. Try having a goal or two for the year or part of the school year in what you want to improve or explore. 

2. Don’t try to know it all. We often think we have to know the tool before we share it with students. We need to make sure the site is safe and meets our requirements for compliance and privacy. I find students love the ability to play and explore with you. Celebrate their findings.  Be inquisitive with them and allow them to be part of the evaluation process. It gives students more buy in. 

3. Simplicity/ Consistency-  Especially this year, when our learners are not in consistent environments, it’s important we not introduce too many different places or logins. If you have multiple places students need to log in- try to make the login the same. Single sign ons are helpful. Families are at various stages of stress, trauma, and ability. The more consistent and clear you make things, the more manageable they can be. If you give 3 sites with different logins to students- it can be muddling. Making videos to explain how to log in (no matter the age level) are very helpful. Even better if you can involve your students and community in creating these help tutorials to help others.  Post these tutorials in one place and also link to them each time students need to use them. Less clicks makes for a better user experience and saves you more time in the long run.” 


I also asked technology education teachers from a variety of different backgrounds to give their top tips to fellow tech ed teachers.  Here is what they said!


  • “Make technology fun! Something the kids look forward to!”

  • “Don’t reinvent the wheel-don’t make it too complicated-it’s ok if it’s not quiet, the best learning isn’t quiet.”

  • “Start a “Done Early” list of extension activities for students that finish early.”

  • “Make a class website! Make sure to pick a platform that allows for a password protected page for sharing files with students.”

  • “Go slow”

  • “Find a few favorite tech tools that can be used for different things and use those. Teach your kids to use them in multiple ways. Don’t feel obligated to use everything. It’s too much for you and the kids.”

  • “Remember that you are a teacher first.”

  • “Use humor and make connections. Tech is a journey not a destination.”

  • “Keep those non tech kids at the forefront of your lesson planning. Start simple to avoid frustration but always have extensions for those ready to fly.”

  • “Remember Developmentally Appropriate, even though students have tech at home, it’s not always used the way you think.”

  • “Reteach reteach reteach”

  • “Let the students explore new tools and see what they can discover on their own. Give general guidelines for projects so students can surprise you with their creativity!”

  • “Create a website that has common educational links on it making it easier for students and yourself."

  • "Don’t get hung up on everything being perfect, allow flexibility. When technology doesn’t work give it grace, I constantly say “I love you air server!” While I say it, I’m doing what it takes to make it work but I'm teaching my students that patience is better than showing anxiety when things don’t work."

  • “Always have a plan B!”

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The 6 Best Online Gradebooks for Teachers

The 6 Best Online Gradebooks for Teachers


 The 6 Best Online Gradebooks for Teachers

Make recordkeeping easier by using online gradebooks! I’m sharing suggestions for the 6 best online gradebooks that teachers can use with every class. Here are the pros and cons of each one.

ThinkWave

Pros

  • The setup process is quick and easy, with a clean interface that makes it easy to navigate.

  • Customizable reports offer a multitude of reporting criteria and data display styles.

  • Online distribution and collection of assignments, collaboration tools and communication features.

Cons

    Although there are a variety of assessment and evaluation parameters, educators outside of the U.S. may find it difficult to adjust the options to their needs.
  • Students must be added to the database one at a time, you can’t just upload a .csv file.


Schoology

Pros

    The interface combines features of social media platforms, making it easy for students to navigate.
  • Distribute and collect assignments online, as well as keep track of attendance.

  • Materials for lesson planning can be uploaded from a variety of sources, or even linked to the web.Customizable learning expectations for the United States, Canada, and a number of other countries.
  • Students and parents can self-enroll in a Schoology class with an access code. 

Cons

  • Teachers have to wait for students to self-enroll before they can track their progress.


JumpRope

Pros

    You can organize courses into units and add standards, and the platform offers informative tutorials on creating these.
  • Nice layout, with a clear overview of evolving grades and good attendance tracking.

Cons

    The site runs on Adobe Flash, so it may be unsupported. However, there is an emerging 2.0 that promises to bring the latest technology and the latest best practices in the industry.
  • Allows no student/parent access and limited collaboration features.


Edmodo

Pros

  • An intuitive student interface reminiscent of social media platforms. 

  • There is an app store of free (and paid) apps that you can use to increase Edmodo’s functionality.

  • Teachers can connect and collaborate with other teachers using the software.

  • Easy sharing of worksheets or handouts with smart document storage and dedicated shareable folders, as well as web-based distribution and grading of assignments.Learning tools such as engaging quizzes and student exit slips (“one thing I learned today”) available.

Cons

    The gradebook can’t be accessed until students are enrolled. Similarly, learners have to self-enroll using a code before they can begin working on assignments.
  • Teachers outside of the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, and Australia cannot access the free apps.


Engrade

Pros

  • Options to keep track of mastery, leave teacher feedback, develop seating plans, and more.

  • It includes apps for making quizzes, wikis and flashcards for your students.

  • You can create accounts so students can monitor their progress, as well as retrieve and submit assignments.Engrade is a simple gradebook, so if you still have teachers on paper systems it makes the transition to digital extremely easy.

Cons

  • May not be supported on older browsers and operating systems.

  • This service does upload the information to a third-party server, so you have to get parental permission to do so.

LearnBoost

Pros

    It has a clean, simple interface makes it easy to use for all educators, regardless of technological skill.
  • Integrates with a number of online services including Google+, Facebook, WordPress and Twitter.

  • The teacher portfolio allows you to upload and reuse your lesson plans and materials.

  • In addition to the built-in lesson planner, there is also a seating plan generator and attendance tracker.

Cons

    Only U.S. standards/expectations are available, so teachers from other countries may struggle to align it to their needs.
  • It has a graphics-based dashboard that is not equipped with labels to help with navigation.

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