A Google classroom must be created every year and assignments must be re-created every year. As teachers, we don’t teach the same way each year but the materials and resources remain fairly consistent. It would be nice if we could refer to these resources without the need to re-create the classroom and assignments.
Tinkercad is a free online service with applications for designing 3D models and electronic circuits. The circuit simulator has basic electronic components for assembling a variety of circuits. The simulator provides a way for us to integrate lessons on electricity. Students assemble circuits in a structured environment. The simulator is easy to use and appropriate for students of all ages.
OneNote Class Notebook is a service from Microsoft Office 365. It helps teachers create and distribute digital notebooks to students using OneNote. Through OneNote, we can distribute and collect assignments using a familiar notebook format. The app is available for a variety of devices.
Thinking maps are graphic organizers. They provide a common visual language for communication and collaboration. They are visual tools to inspire lifelong learning. Students become better thinkers, problem solvers, and decision makers. There are eight different types of thinking maps. Each map links to a specific cognitive process.
3D printing was created to develop rapid prototypes. Prototypes are models of a finished product. The printed object itself is not the finished product. Printed objects are not durable enough for commercial use. But, they are durable enough to teach several concepts. Math and science models are two examples for content integration.
Scratch is a visual programming language that is free and available for children to use. The programming language is targeted at children to helping them learn to program. With Scratch, they can create interactive stories, games, and animations. Students and teachers can share their products with others in the Scratch community and on the web.