Educational Software

Evaluating Software for School Use

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Link: Evaluating Ticket to Read for School Use

 

Before using with my students in my classroom, I evaluated a web-based educational program, called Ticket to Read. This report shows my findings of the program and was also submitted as a graduate-level review project.

Using Webspiration Pro to Create Graphic Organizers

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Download: Probability & Statistics Organizer (Inspiration file, .isf)

Download: Probability & Statistics Organizer (Microsoft Word, .docx)

 

I created many graphic organizers for our instructional design meetings, and this file was generated in Webspiration Pro, a web-based version of a program I used often in teaching, Inspiration. Webspiration Pro is an online web application that allows professionals to brainstorm, organize, collaborate, and communicate more effectively.

The best thing about any documents created in Webspiration Pro is that you can save the files as Google Documents, Microsoft Word documents, or Inspiration files, allowing for greater flexibility.

This file is a brainstorming graphic organizer and outline that I created after working with the math SMEs for our unit on Probability and Statistics in the educational video game, Pi & The Lost Function.

Coin Sorting Activity in Kidspiration

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Download: Sorting Coins by Value

*requires Kidspiration to open file

 

When I was an elementary school teacher, I loved incorporating technology into my learning centers.  Here is a coin sorting activity I created for students to practice sorting coins by attribution (value here). Each time the student clicks on a coin, an audio file is played that indicates the name of the coin. Students could then use classroom resources (posters, laminated cards, etc.) to help them identify the value. My students loved the new, hands-on approach to learning.

Integrating Technology into the Classroom

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ATLT Games, photo by Lauren Franza

Link: 14 Ways to Use The Lost Function

 

After creating Pi & The Lost Function for grades 6, 7, and 8, I worked with several teachers and professors to find out how they were incorporating this technology into their classrooms. I also provided several ideas to provide teachers with alternate uses of the software, such as Smartboard use, flipping their classrooms, flexible group play, and whole group learning. You can see the compiled list above (link).