Today is all about the Best Apps and Extensions for Teachers and is a guest post from Kacie at the Second Grade Sizzle!
Hello friends! I’m Kacie from Second Grade Sizzle.
To begin, I’d like to thank Abbie from Kindergarten Chaos for being such a phenomenal collaborator and opening her digital arms to all of us! Isn’t is amazing how our #teachertribe can allow us to feel so connected to people all over the world, doing exactly what we love and have a passion for?!
On that note, I’ll start off with a little about myself and my teaching career. I’m a thirty something blogging, TpTing, crafting, music loving, technology addicted 2nd grade teacher from Ohio!
I love to grab my coffee filled Tervis and teach, share, create, inspire, and connect with others who have a passion for teaching!
My teaching journey began in 2010 teaching Kindergarten at a charter school. Kindergarten was my jam for four years and I loved every minute! However, in 2014 I was blessed to receive a position teaching 2nd grade in my hometown, the district I grew up in even! It has been such a joy to be back closer to my family and the community I grew up in. Instantly I fell in love with 2nd grade and can’t imagine switching grade levels again (although I’m sure it will happen at some point, we all know education changes more than our undies! Haha!)
As you can see, my son and I love being silly together! Reading books, laughing, playing with monster trucks (who am I kidding, anything with wheels!), and getting outdoors are our favorite!
Today I’d like to share a recap of my #techtuesday #appslam I hosted on my Periscope account. Each Tuesday on my blog I host a #techtuesday linky and I’d love for you to hop over and link up or just grab a beverage and some new technology tips and tricks!
Have you ever been to a Google Conference? Last May I was fortunate to attend the ITIP Google Summit here in Ohio. At the end of each conference, Google hosts a slam. This is where each presenter has 1 minute to “slam” on an app or extension. It’s very fast paced and high energy. The crowd votes at the end and it’s so intense! Anywho, I *ahem* MAY have heard that a version of this was done at the conferences in Vegas… but I’m still a little #peanutbutterandjealous I wasn’t there… so I’m not positive! 🙂
I thought it would be fun to bring a little of this to my #techtuesday linky, so this past week I had my first #appslam on Periscope and you all were so sweet with your feedback and comments of support!
Here’s a little recap of what I shared.
Apps & Chrome Extensions For Teachers
Of course, you’ll have to be on the Chrome browser to install these apps, but you won’t want to miss them I promise!
You’ll want AdBlock and not AdBlock Plus. What can I say, pure dose of awesomeness. Completely eliminates ads from YouTube, Facebook, anywhere! This is so helpful when you are wanting to share a video with your kiddos and don’t have to worry about an inappropriate or lengthy ad popping up!
To get the app, just hop on your Google Chrome browser and search AdBlock. Once you click “send to Chrome” it will install AdBlock on your Chrome browser. You’ll see the red little stop sign hand in the top right corner of your URL address bar.
Ha. No, really. You NEED this!
I promise it’s magic!
Clearly is made by Evernote does just what it’s name suggests, it clears a page of anything other than the article/main text and photographs within the article/text. This helps eliminate distractions and streamlines the page for students.
To get the app, just hop on your Google Chrome browser and search Clearly. Once you click “send to Chrome” it will install Clearly on your Chrome browser. You’ll see the little lamp icon in the top right corner of your URL address bar. Whenever you want to clear the page, just click the little lamp icon and watch the magic happen! I promise, it’s like Disney magic for teachers!
This is collaboration at it’s finest! You can instantly research any topic with an interactive concept map. These are completely customizable and you can share them as well! There are “groks” you can choose from that have already been completed, or you can start from scratch! There’s even a journal and quiz option!
I know many of you have already heard of Kahoot! but it’s one of those apps that you want-to-share-all-the-time-because-it’s-so-amazing-everyone-has-to-use-it!
This is a game based educational platform. You can use this to introduce, review, or assess students! The gamification makes this 100% engaging and exciting for the kids (and for you!). I promise you’ll want to check this out, your kids with thank you for it! Everyday will be the #bestdayever when you use Kahoot! To access Kahoot! you will go to https://getkahoot.com/ and either create a new Kahoot! or choose a Kahoot! that has already been created. For your kids to join the game, they can use any device and go to https://kahoot.it/#/
I know this is a lengthy post, so thank you for hanging in there with me! These apps are definitely worth it! Don’t forget to stop by my blog for #techtuesday each week for more tech tips, tricks, and implementation! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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