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Making Thinking Visible with Interactive Bulletin Boards



Over the last few years my teaching has been heavily ingrained with inquiry based learning, problem/project based learning and open ended questioning. This has totally changed how I use bulletin boards in my classroom. I used to have my bulletin boards covered in teacher created beautiful anchor charts but I realized that this isn’t fostering the learning environment that I wanted for my students. I want my students doing the work and I want their thinking to be visible. When their thinking is displayed on the walls it becomes more meaningful to them. All the time I spent making those beautiful anchor charts and students would barely refer back to them. Once I loosened up and handed over the chart paper and markers to them, their engagement level sky-rocketed and they constantly refer to the charts, thinking and sticky notes all over our walls.

Video Quizzes that Work with Google Classroom!


So last year I was introduced to this amazing tech tool and I want to share it with you too! You're going to love it! This web tool will allow you to use video in your classroom in a more engaging and interactive way. Read on to find out what it is and how it works!


Hold Students Accountable For the Video They Watch:


So this classroom web tool is called Ed Puzzle and it allows you to use just about any video available on the web to make into an interactive video quiz! AMAZING! This means that if you want to have students watching a video at a center or station you have an easy way to hold them accountable for what they are watching.

Check out my video demonstration of Ed Puzzle below:




What I love about Ed Puzzle:


-It integrates with Google Classroom so that you can send assignments to your students easily.

-You can crop videos to make them shorter if you only want a small clip.

-You can add multiple choice or open response questions for students.

-You can make a voice over.

-You can add a voice note to point out important things you want students to take note of.

-It's super easy to use!

-You can share the video quizzes you've made with colleagues which makes splitting up work easy and saves everyone time!

-There are thousands of videos available with quizzes already made up!

-You can use it differentiate work for students by changing the level of difficulty of the quizzes.

If you didn't already, watch the video above or bookmark it for later so you can check this web tool to use in your classroom!

Breakout Games in the Classroom

I'm sure by now you have heard of the latest group outing craze "Escape Rooms". If you haven't, it's basically a room that you get locked into with a group of people. In the room there are clues that you need to find and sort out to help you unlock more clues that will eventually help you escape. You get a certain time limit to figure out all of the clues to help you. This latest craze has now entered the classroom! Read on to hear about the benefits of breakout games in the classroom and how I use this tool with my students.

No More Grading! Self-Grading and Self-Checking Math Warm-Ups!

Guys, I am so excited about this resource I have been using for the last month! Like many of you, my time is precious. I am a busy mom to 3 children in sports and a classroom teacher. I also blog here at Create Dream Explore, create my own resources, and occasionally I like to have time to watch Netflix (OITNB for the Win!). I like to be efficient and save time any way that I can. So when I discovered how to create self-grading and self-checking math warm-ups I jumped at the chance! No more stacks of paper, no more sitting on the couch and marking at all hours of the night, and best of all my students get instant feedback and so do I! Click the read more button to check out how I do this!

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