ALEX Learning Activities
Title: Minecraft Building
Digital Tool: Minecraft
Digital Tool Description: Minecraft is a tool where students can demonstrate their knowledge and creativity by building their own virtual world, and keep a journal where they discuss their character, setting, and specific details that have taken place inside their digital world.
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: Comparing and Contrasting
Digital Tool: Venn Diagram
Digital Tool Description: The Venn diagram app allows students to compare and contrast any topic. The diagram can then be saved to the camera roll on the iPad as well as emailed as a PDF file.
Title: The Whipping Boy Word Cloud
Digital Tool: Wordle
Digital Tool Description:
This is an interactive website that allows students to generate a word cloud with text provided. The clouds give greater importance to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
Title: Glog About It!
Digital Tool: Glogster
Digital Tool Description: Glogster allows users to create virtual posters by adding text, web links, videos, photos, animations, etc., to a "glog." Teachers can add students and access their accounts to see and grade their glogs.
Title: Trail of Tears in American History
Digital Tool: National Park Service DVD of Trail of Tears
Digital Tool Description: This video can be used as an introduction into the study of the Trail of Tears. It will provide students with a connection to how the Native Americans must have felt during the Cherokee Indian removal when the Native Americans were forced to move westward from Southeastern United States.
Title: Become a Sailor in the 19th Century
Digital Tool: A Sailor's Life for Me- Interactive Game
Digital Tool Description: A Sailor's Life for Me is an interactive game to help teach students what life was like aboard a 19th century sailing ship. Students must answer a series of questions to see if they could be sailors, they must purchase their clothing, and survive the voyage.
Title: Interactive Plot Diagram
Digital Tool: Plot Diagram
Digital Tool Description: This organizational tool for grades K-12 uses the plot diagram pyramid to map events in a story. You can choose beginning, middle, and end for younger learners or exposition, climax, and resolution for older learners. The mapping tool allows readers to recreate a story you have taught in class, or writers to map out the ideas for an original piece.