Category Archives: Interactive

Magnetic Poetry

You’ve probably seen or even played with a set of Magnetic Poetry … right?
There’s a fun story about how Dave Kapell, the founder of Magnetic Poetry, came up with this fun idea (let’s just say writers block + allergies = fun!) You can read the full story here.

And while the actual magnetic poetry is super cool, there’s a virtual version of that allows students (or any wanna be poets!) to create poems and share them with others.

Click here to access all six of the Online sets (Original, Mustache, Nature, Poet, Geek, and Love) or here to access the two sets identified as “family-friendly” (Nature and Geek). Be aware that whichever set they select will give them links to allsix sets at the top of the page. *I did scroll through the word lists for most of the kits and didn’t see anything terribly offensive, but you might want to take a look before turning your kids loose with it!

Each board starts with a set of words. You can get more words or start over with a simple click of a button. Students will drag the words around and drop them anywhere in the window to create their poem. When the poem is finished, they can be share their work on Facebook or via email.

Have your students used this tool? Have you created a class poem?

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quizizzforblogIf you’re looking for a fun way to conduct student-paced formative assessments, then you MUST check out Quizizz.

It’s similar to Kahoot, in that teachers (or even students!) create or choose a quiz. Students or participants can use any type of internet-enabled device (tablet, computer, smartphone) to join the quiz with a five digit code.

Quizizz offers some unique features that I really like:

  • Quizizz is student paced, which can be less stressful for participants. This also means there’s no waiting time between questions for the rest of the class to catch up.
  • Quiz questions and answers appear on the individual student devices, rather than one the screen in the classroom.
  • Quizizz games have a “homework” option, allowing a teacher to keep a quiz open for up to two weeks. Students can complete the quiz at any point, but teachers can see real-time results any time.
  • There are plenty of quiz settings that are easy to use (jumbling questions, jumbling answers, showing the leaderboard between questions, showing memes*, and more.)
  • MEMES … By default, Quizizz will show a funny meme between each question. If your class “just can’t handle it,” you can turn this feature off. The most recent update is that teachers can upload their own memes now … imagine creating some with pictures of teachers or administrators on your campus. That would be fun!

Check out this short presentation explaining some of the features of Quizizz:

Quizizz Presentation from Quizizz

There are LOTS of great tutorials and blog posts about Quizizz, but these are a few of my favorites …

Have you used Quizizz in your classroom? What do you like best about it?

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Driving and Texting?

Do you text? Do you drive? Have you ever been tempted to text and drive at the same time? If so, you should definitely check out the New York Time’s interactive game, Gauging Your Distraction.

Gauging Your Distraction

Read the directions carefully to get started – you’ll begin by switching lanes and then you’ll be asked to read and respond to three text messages, while “driving.” After you’ve sent your third response, there’s an interesting graphic that shows response times while texting and accuracy with the lane changes.

This can be especially helpful for new drivers, but a good reminder for all of us!

I read about this interactive tool on one of my favorite EdTech blogs, Free Technology for Teachers.

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