ALEX Learning Activities
Title: Beginning of School Introductions
Digital Tool: Sock Puppets app
Digital Tool Description: This tool will be used to allow the students to introduce themselves by creating a background and allowing the sock puppet to speak for them. They will also include voice to tell a little about themselves.
Title: Word Cloud
Digital Tool: Tagxedo
Digital Tool Description: Tagxedo is a tool for generating word clouds from user provided text. The clouds allows you to emphasize words by altering their text size. You can create your clouds with different fonts, layouts, themes, and color schemes. You have the freedom to create different cloud shapes, such as animals Once complete, you can save, share with others electronically or print. This site could be used at the end of a lesson adjectives. Assign students to select a word cloud shape from Tagxedo and fill in with adjectives to describe that shape. For example if the student chooses the elephant, they would use words like enormous, large, big, grey, huge, smart, hungry, loud, slow, thirsty, intelligent, etc.
Title: Tell Me Your Story
Digital Tool: Super Duper StoryMaker Free App for iPad
Digital Tool Description: StoryMaker is an app that allows students to create a story including text, graphics, and narration.
Title: Where in the World?
Digital Tool: Smore
Digital Tool Description: Smore is a service for creating webpages, brochures, and online flyers. There are many design and content options. Students can add elements like images, videos, sounds, events, and locations to their pages by simply dragging them and dropping them on the page.
Students will be assigned different countries and make brochures about them using Smore. They will be required to have images of their assigned countries’ national flags, historical figures, and leaders. They will also be required to have national anthem background music and a short informative video about their countries. Their brochures will share what continent the country is on, what major oceans surround it, and what native language is spoken.
Title: Making Inanimate Objects Talk
Digital Tool: ChatterPix Kids app
Digital Tool Description: Using any image from your device camera roll, draw a mouth and record informational text to produce a fun, informative, short video. The app is appropriate for ages 5-95. No account is required and work can be exported to the device camera roll. Once the app is installed on the device, no internet connection is required.
Title: Character Clouds
Digital Tool: TagCloud
Digital Tool Description: This tool allows users to create word clouds right from their iPad or iPhone.
Title: Tell the Story
Digital Tool: Storykit IPad app
Digital Tool Description: The Storykit app allows users to create stories using their own pictures, words and text.
Title: Emergency Services- Who Do You Call?
Digital Tool: Prezi
Digital Tool Description: Prezi is an online presentation tool that can be used in place of the traditional slide-making program. Through Prezi, you can zoom into different parts of the screen which elaborates on the information being discussed.
Digital Tool: Storybird
Digital Tool Description: Storybird is a website where you can create and publish books that you write. The site has many illustrations that you can use with the book that you have written. You can also read other people’s creations and give feedback on them. You can also receive feedback from other people about your creations. Storybird can be used in writing and teaching the students about technology. It can expand the students’ creativity by giving them a chance to create something that is all their own and publish it. This will also get students excited about reading and writing.
Title: A Glimpse Back in Time
Digital Tool: SchoolTube
Digital Tool Description:
SchoolTube can be used to teach brief glimpses into History. This website allows the students to create and post their own teacher approved videos in a safe environment. The already posted videos can also be used to provide examples for the students before they begin their own videos.
Title: What is the significance?
Digital Tool: Animoto
Digital Tool Description: Animoto is a digital tool that allows students to take videos and pictures and mesh them together to create an overall video. There are multiple tools available to help students enhance their video.
Title: Exploring Parts of Plants with Evernote
Digital Tool: Evernote
Digital Tool Description:
Evernote is an online storage system allowing users to create, search, and present on one workspace. Description provided by evernote.com.
Title: Story Creator
Digital Tool: Story Jumper
Digital Tool Description: Story Jumper is an online publishing website that allows kids to create their own story books. You have the tools needed to create a title page, dedication page, choose a theme for your book, upload pictures, or simply use the clip art gallery provided. This tool can be used in the classroom as an english language arts activity. By having students create their own books, teachers can express the importance of correct grammar and proper sentences. This tool can be used for any grade level. In kindergarten the students could have a more picture-book based story with few words and in sixth grade students could write a book about a famous historical leader from the Civil War.
Title: What's the Word?
Digital Tool: Wordle
Digital Tool Description: Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Title: Interactive Presentations!
Digital Tool: Nearpod
Digital Tool Description: Nearpod is an interactive presentation that a teacher or student can download and create. "Create, Engage, Assess'. There are many possibilities with this tool.
Title: Eye Spy Shapes
Digital Tool: Skitch
Digital Tool Description: This tool allows students to apply what they have learned about geometric shapes in a creative way. Students will use the application Skitch to take photos of geometric shapes represented in real world items. Then the students will use the drawing portion of the application to create new shapes inside of the real world items that they have found.
Title: Picasso Review Badge
Digital Tool: Picasso- Draw, Paint, Doodle!
Digital Tool Description: With Picasso: Draw, Paint, Doodle! , users can create their own masterpieces, upload and edit existing images, or doodle on pre-loaded images within the app. Students can work collaboratively to use the Picasso app to create a "learning badge" to remember the lesson. At the end of a lesson, the teacher can ask students to work in groups to create "badges" to help the class remember the lesson. Periodically the teacher can use the badge to review the lesson that it was created from.
Title: Flip that Angle
Digital Tool: iFlashcards
Digital Tool Description: iFlipflashcards is a flashcard application developed as an Android application that is available in the Google Play store. This application allows users to create their own digital definitions, images, and graphs on flashcards that are accessible anywhere at the click of a button. iFlipflashcards also allows users to turn their digital flashcards into practice quizzes that the application keeps data on as the flashcards are used.
This application is a good resource to use when teaching angles. It allows graphed angles (obtuse, acute, right) to be loaded onto a digital flashcard with the definition of the type of angle and why the displayed angle is considered the angle that it is labeled. This allows students to practice the terms that were learned during a lesson on angles at anytime.
Title: Poppin' Procedural Text
Digital Tool: Prezi
Digital Tool Description: Prezi is an online program used to produce professional quality presentations. The students will use Prezi to create a presentation for an overview of their original procedural text. Using Prezi as a medium to display or present the procedural text helps to address technology standards as well as writing and language standards.
Title: Become a Poet with Technology
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Tool
Digital Tool Description: This interactive activity challenges students to use a graphic organizer and write an acrostic poem.
Title: My Number Thoughts
Digital Tool: ABCya WordCloud
Digital Tool Description: This word cloud generator will provide an engagement activity for ALEX Lesson # 32258 It's Number Time.
This online word cloud generator is appropriate for second grade students.
Title: Fun with Word Clouds
Digital Tool: Tagxedo
Digital Tool Description: Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
Title: Dear Junie B...Advice for First Grade
Digital Tool: Letter Generator
Digital Tool Description: The Letter Generator Tool guides students through the process of creating a friendly or business style letter that looks professional and is formatted correctly.