Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flash Cards by Study Stack

EduTechSmith shared this via twitter this week, so I wanted to share it with you...
Study Stack is a great website to create virtual flash cards. You have to create a free account to use this site.
You can find flashcards to study or create your own flashcards. There are other activities such as matching, crosswords, hangman, scrambled words, and bug chase.
There is also an app to put on your iPod or cell phone to allow you to study flashcards anytime and any place. Flashcards can also be printed to use when studying.
I searched for several books that the students at our school read in class and most of them already had flash cards created for them that the students can use for reviewing vocabulary. If you don't like the standard cards that appear, scroll down to choose a different activity like the ones mentioned above.
Students do not have to be logged in to use flash cards that are already created.
Share this with your students...why have them create cards or struggle studying when these resources are already created for them? The parents and the students will be so happy you shared this with them!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Primary Wall

@plnaugle shared Primary Wall via twitter and after looking at it, I decided to share it on my blog.
This is a great resource that is super easy to use. As you can see above, it's a sticky note site to use with your students. Several of my teachers have used Wallwisher, but we've had some difficulty with them saving and loading, so we are always looking for similar sites.
Basically, you create a site, share the link with your students, and give them a question or something to comment about on a sticky note they create. One thing I like about Primary Wall is you don't have to approve each sticky (although that is a nice feature sometimes.)
This has lots of possibilities in the classroom. Have students post a sticky note on Monday morning about something they did over the weekend, have students post a sticky note on questions they may have during a lesson you are teaching-review their questions at the end of your teaching time, have students post a sticky note if they have a question about homework that can be discussed the following day. Those are just a few....if you use a site with sticky notes with your class, please post a comment to share you ideas with other educators!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Let's face it, most students today have heard of Facebook....even my 5 year old daughter who will start kindergarten in August asks me if I am going to put her picture on Facebook and even my MOM is on Facebook.
Classtools.net is a great site with lots of tools for teachers to use with their students. One tool they recently created was Fakebook (and as their site states, NOT affiliated with Facebook or any other social networking site.) This is a great activity to use for students to create a Fakebook account for a character from a book, a person from history, or a biography report about someone.
Here is an example of William Shakespeare:

Fakebook allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes. Use Fakebook to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and more!
You can save your work and edit it later in case class time runs out!

If you have used this or plan to use it, please leave a comment with your lesson idea so we can learn from each other!