Fabulous and Free Websites


Today I'm here to share some websites/apps with you that have been in use in my class this year.

Behavioral

Class Dojo - Well, technically, I haven't used it this year, but my daughter's teacher has. She has enabled it to send weekly reports to us so we can see how she does during the week. As a teacher, I was not aware that this could be done, so maybe you didn't know that either! Look at my perfect angel ;)


Go Noodle - I love the stretching exercises for the morning. All of my students are bus students, so some of them are a little wound up by the time they get to school. They roll their eyes at Maximo, but I know that deep down they love him ;)


ELA

Spelling City - I've used SC for a while now, and I've always upgraded to the premium account so that I could give my students more game options and track their progress. For about the first eight weeks, I manually entered the on-level list, had the students take the list as a pretest, then they decided if they wanted to be on-level, approaching, or beyond for the week. Then I typed in those lists and made them visible to only those students. Sounds like a lot of work, huh? One day I was messing around, and I noticed that THE LISTS FOR WONDERS ARE ALREADY ON SPELLING CITY! How did I miss that?! So now, I publish the on-level, have the kids take a practice test then tell me which level they want to do that week. Then with a few clicks, I take them off of the on-level one (if needed) and assign them to the approaching or beyond. What a time saver!!!


Computer Skills

Typing Web - This was recommended to me by my team, and I've just started using it with my class. It was really easy to set up, and I like that I can see in real-time what everyone is doing on one screen. Since I'm typing this at home, I don't have any screen shots of that, but here is one of the reports that you can get (I cut off the student names).


I obviously have some kids that have been keyboarding at home!

Code.org - I absolutely love this site, and so do the students! I am working with a group of great kids on Course 2 of the K-5 courses. It's just the right mix of challenging and motivating. My room is completely silent for a solid half-hour. Once in a while I will hear "This is hard", but absolutely no one has given up. They see it as a challenge to solve. There are some off-computer lessons where we talk about algorithms, programs, looping, and debugging. The site can be a little tricky for teachers to navigate just because there are SO many options, but this might be the most engaging thing that I've done with technology all year.

Here's my group's progress:


Math

Front Row - This is a nice alternative if you don't have an IXL account. It's even a nice option if you do! This assigns my kids randomly to a "team", so when they solve problems, they earn points for their team. Like IXL, it lets the kids progress at their own rate. You can also have them practice specific math strands. I couldn't get a decent screen shot without having to block out a bunch of names, but there are also some really nice grouping features and reports.

XtraMath - We're just starting with this, but it's for mastering basic facts. Set up was pretty easy, so we'll see how it goes!

Cross-Curricular

Kahoot - You know those bar trivia games where you look at the screen and try to be the first to correctly answer a question? That's Kahoot! All you need is a device to project the game and devices in the students' hands to answer the questions. I use my laptop, and they students use either our Chromebooks or iPads. When I've created a quiz, I launch the game and project it. Students go to kahoot.it and enter the special code for that game. Then they choose a team name (and you can easily delete any that are a little questionable ;) ), you start the game, and then the fun begins! After a few uses, then I have had the kids write their own Kahoots and share them with me so I can project them. Some are better than others, but they are so proud of their quizzes.


If you have discovered any wonderful websites, please feel free to mention them in the comments!


6 comments

  1. We have been using xtramath for years and really like the fluency practice it gives. I can't wait to check out front row!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  2. I love BiblioNasium. My kids love using it to log their daily reading minutes and books they've finished. It's an amazing site!

    We also use MobyMax, Quizlet, and XtraMath.

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  3. Another one my kids love is Sumdog!

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  4. Such great websites!! I just learned about Kahoot last weekend and I can't wait to use it with my class!!!

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  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing! I'll have to check out Kahoot! Haven't heard of that one. Miss talking with you Diane! Sorry I've been absent from our blogging world. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed down here in Florida with all the change.

    Susan
    PassioninPortableland

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