Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Apps You Gotta Have!

Back to School means new apps to try! I have some fabulous finds for you!

Storest: Playing with money could not be more fun when your students use Storest. There are two parts to the app. Part One, your students can use the grocery cart to shop and determine the correct payment for their items. Hold on to your hats for Part Two! I love the cash register part of the app. You print off actual items with QR codes and money. Your students can shop and pay with money. This app blends hands on learning with technology. I absolutely love it! Watch this demo video to see it in action. I am just giddy writing about it.

Storest from Pixle on Vimeo.

Hanx Writer: From the always entertaining, Tom Hanks, comes the most novel app out there right now. Check out Hanx Writer to have your students type on a digital typewriter. It makes the typing sound and everything. So simple, but so clever to use in your writing station. The app is free but you can pay a little and choose other typewriters, ribbons, background colors, etc. Have fun typing the day away! Way to go, Forrest!

News-O-Matic: This app has been a true find! Current events/informational text for elementary students. Can I get a, "YEAH"? The news changes constantly based on what is happening in the world. The images are large and colorful. The font is easy to read. The best part is the tool bar of options next to the article. Students can tap on the icons for all these features:

  • More facts about the topic
  • Things to do with the information
  • Picture slideshows
  • Videos
  • Text can be read aloud to the student (Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!) 
  • Rate the story
  • Ask questions of the editor
  • Drawing/whiteboard option
  • Highlight the text
  • Change text to Spanish... (AWESOME!) 
On top of all those things, the app has Games and a News Room feature where they can learn even more. There is also a News-O-Matic website for more options and information. This one is the total package! Totally rocks!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Picture Books

I love finding new things to use in the classroom. On my latest trip to the bookstore, I found four awesome picture books that seem just perfect for back to school. Hope you like them also!

I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard by Jennifer K. Mann
You are going to love Rose, the sweet little star of this book. All she wants is to get a little validation from her teacher. Don't we all? The book begins... "I WILL NEVER get a star on Mrs. Benson's blackboard. Mrs. Benson gives stars for stuff like spelling or neatness or raising your hand and saying the right answer. Not for doodling or daydreaming." This is a wonderful book to set the stage for a caring, inclusive classroom where everyone is seen as unique and appreciated. I think there is also a caution for teachers in this clever book to be ever so careful about reward systems. View them through the eyes of children before putting something in place.

The Spelling Bee Before Recess by Deborah Lee Rose
What could be better than a story about a spelling bee told to the rhythm/pattern of The Night Before Christmas? Students will have a ball learning new words and playing with rhyme all at the same time.  (See what I did there? LOL) This is a keeper! My favorite line in the book that makes the whole story memorable... "So in spelling (and life) if you want to succeed, the best thing of all you can do is to READ."

Billy's Booger: A Memoir (sorta) by William Joyce and his younger self
This book is a winner for upper elementary students or middle school kids. This is William Joyce's memoir about becoming a writer. As a kid, he didn't exactly fit the mold of a traditional student and writing was the way he expressed his personality. This book tells the story of a writing contest he entered. It is actually a book within a book because there is a copy of his entry, Billy's Booger, inside the picture book. The humor is very off beat and older kids will love it. You can also download the Billy's Booger app and have the students interact with the story there as well. This would be a good one for introducing personal narratives, memoirs, or autobiographies in writing.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Love, love this one for introducing Maker Space, Project Based Learning, or Genius Hour to students. Help students understand the importance of never giving up and learning from our mistakes. This book will help build an attitude of risk taking and empowerment in your classroom. No tears when things go wrong and don't quit when it isn't perfect. Lessons I need to remind myself of on occasion. See the video below for an amazing student video based on this book.

Monday, July 13, 2015

SDE Vegas 2015

Wow! What an incredible week in Las Vegas at the SDE National conferences. I truly enjoyed every minute. It was great to reconnect with friends and meet new ones. I loved the interaction in all of my sessions and the new ideas teachers shared with me. If you haven't had the chance to attend one of SDE's conferences, plan now to join us in Vegas July 18-22 of 2016! I know you won't be disappointed.

Don't forget to visit my handout page for helpful resources. Click Here!

Click Here for Techie ThrowDown Websites and Apps!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday, Power Up

Happy Monday! Here are some helpful links for our sessions today.


Padlet: Hashtag Thoughts

Pear Deck


SDE Nationals

I am so excited to be in Las Vegas again this year to present at the SDE 2015 National Conferences. I don't know about you, but this past school year has been exhausting and wonderful all at the same time. This week is so important for me to get recharged for the future. If you are new to Lori's Latest Links... Welcome! I am so honored you are here to visit. I have much to share with everyone in the upcoming weeks, but for now we focus on the learning happening in Las Vegas.

Please visit my handout page to get the latest handouts for my sessions. I update the folders throughout the week so you have the most current resources available. You can access the handouts from the right hand side of the blog or directly from this link: SDE National Handouts 2015

What's Up First?
Join me on Monday for a day of iPad fun! We start with the basics and then move through Literacy, Math, Social Studies/Science!

On Tuesday, I will be at I Teach 2nd! We will be talking about Project Based Learning, Games, Getting Organized, and Informational Text/Strategies. Can't wait!

Finally, on Wednesday it is the 2nd Annual Techie ThrowDown with Laureen Reynolds and myself sharing our favorite tech tools. We had such a blast last year! Hope to see you there! Also, on Wednesday I will be sharing at I Teach 1st more PBL and great technology tips to get your school year started right!

Looking forward to an amazing week!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Faves for Summer Workshops

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Google Drive
Word Swag
Pic Collage for Kids
See Saw
Today's Front Page: Newseum
News O Matic