One of the tasks that I have placed upon myself before the school year starts is creating class lists and student accounts for the sites that my students and I use throughout the year.
I have found them to be very useful as; a classroom management tool, content learning site, and even something fun to use.
In no particular order here they are.
I first learned about ClassDojo last spring at the MACUL Conference and knew that this was to be used in my classroom. My students (2nd graders) instantly bought into the format and how we can keep track of all the positive behaviors (and negative) that took place in the class. One feature that I really found useful was the weekly reports that could either email or send in their Monday folders. Lots of positive comments from parents about that.
Qtopia is what they call an “online learning platform”. There are lessons, activities, and games that students can use at their own pace. My students liked that they could customize their avatar with the points they earn from doing well on the lessons and activities. I just scratched the surface with the site this past spring. I look to use it more fully this fall.
Here is my fun one, sort of. I use Kerpoof as one of our digital story telling tools. This is one that can be used and is fun for all ages. Yes, I like to play around with the site. You can tell stories on just one picture, a story book, or even make you own animated story.
Of course I could not forget Discovery Education. More than likely if you are reading this post you are fairly familiar with what DE has and what it is all about. I love that fact that I can find just about any kind of media for whatever lesson, topic, or concept we are learning.
For all these sites the best way for you to really understand them? Go and explore/play.