ALEX Learning Assets
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: Character Clouds
Digital Tool: TagCloud
Digital Tool Description: This tool allows users to create word clouds right from their iPad or iPhone.
Title: Personalized, Video Creator
Digital Tool: Animoto
Digital Tool Description: Animoto is a cloud-based video creation tool. It produces videos from photos, video clips, and music. Animoto’s finished product is a custom, professional slideshow. Once the videos are completed, they can be downloaded, emailed, or embedded into other web pages.
Title: Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?
Digital Tool: QR Codes
Digital Tool Description: QR Stuff gives you the opportunity to generate QR Codes in ways that most of the other places on the internet overlook.
QR code, which stands for Quick Response, is a smartphone or iPad bar code reader that can store website URL’s, plain text, phone numbers, and email addresses.
Students will use the QR Codes by scanning the code which leads them to a Youtube website on movie trailers about the books they are selecting to choose from in class.
Title: Schooling Through the Tube
Digital Tool: Schooltube
Digital Tool Description: School Tube is a video sharing website between educators and students. All of the videos have been checked and deemed school appropriate so that they are safe to show in the classroom. Several of the videos are student or teacher made and focus on several different topic areas within the classroom.
Title: Setting the Stage
Digital Tool: Spiderscribe.net
Digital Tool Description: SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online.
Title: Untangling the Web
Digital Tool: Doodle Splash
Digital Tool Description: Doodle Splash is an online interactive that allows students to incorporate their drawings with their writing. This site allows them to visualize their ideas and prompts them to write about those ideas.
Title: Book Report? Let's Travel There Instead!
Digital Tool: Read Write Think Printing Press
Digital Tool Description: The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events.
Title: ReadWriteThink Cube Creator
Digital Tool: Story Cube Creator Interactive
Digital Tool Description: The Story Cube Creator interactive allows students to summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. This interactive tool is used to help the students organize the story in a fun and engaging way.
Title: Birmingham was Bombed
Digital Tool: Wonderopolis- Write a TV Script
Digital Tool Description: Wonderopolis is a tool for engaging students using wonder about the world around them. Daily "wonders" create exploratory learning. The "How Do You Write a TV Script" wonder will be used to help students as they prepare to write their own mock newscast based on the event of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Church bombing in 1963, as read about in the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963.
After reading the novel and exploring information about life in the 1960s, students will imagine what a news report from that day would have looked like. They will view this resource to understand the important components of a script before getting into small groups to write their own newscasts. The teacher will combine the scripts and students will create a short film either independently or with teacher assistance and present their newscast during Black History Month.