Useful sites from Kathi Griffin
Global Read Aloud The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are commonly used such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Flipgrid, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.
Global Math Twitter Challenge – You will probably want to set up a classroom Twitter account for this one. Each grade level has a specific page and classrooms from around the world post student created math problems for other classrooms to solve.
You can sign your class up for a week to post math problems. The link to the Twitter page is HERE The link to sign up for a week is HERE
Seesaw – Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. Free (for basic) online student blog. Students post to their Seesaw and parents (if they sign up using the provided QR code) can view posted work in real time and comment. You can set your account up so that you have to approve all posts before they are sent to parents. This has been helpful for me.
BreakoutEDU – Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. With Breakout EDU kits, you can turn your classroom into an academically-focused escape room and facilitate games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube that explain how it works and how to sign up to get the free games.
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