This week’s Wednesday Website was shared by high school Lead Teacher Krista Fitzko. Seesaw, a website we’ve been using for a while, has a couple great features we might not know about. She suggested using the “Activities” feature, and Seesaw Library. The Seesaw Library is full of resources other teachers have created and posted publicly. There’s a simple search to find materials. Even if teachers don’t want to use a teacher resource created by someone else, it’s a great way to get ideas. Sharing these activities looks similar to sharing you own materials with your own class. Teachers can also share materials to other teachers through its own unique URL, or by checking out the Centennial School library.
This year Centennial is beta testing a new communication tool: Slack. High School Lead Teacher Jessie Barberry shared what the inside of Slack actually looks like. Users can join various “channels” to communicate with users. To join channels, you’ll have to receive an invite email to join. The end goal is that various committees and teams can communicate within certain channels. Slack is very user friendly with Google Drive. One can easily attach and upload those sorts of documents. Ultimately, we’d like to see Slack lessen our email clutter.
This week’s Wednesday Website was shared by an eager Mr. Riggle! He shared Membean, a website that students can use to build vocabulary knowledge. Its neatest feature is a word tree, which helps students understand concepts and relationships between words. Students can also create word webs, which can help build and visually see words related to a term. The downside? Unfortunately, it uses Flash so it might not work on iPads.
This week’s Wednesday Wesbite was shared by elementary lead teacher, Kristin Smith. She shared Gimkit, a work-at-your-own-pace type game play. Unlike Kahoot, students work at their own pace. They earn certain rewards as they answer questions correctly. Usually, this is in the form of fake “money” that students can spend to get upgrades during gameplay. For students to participate, they need their own iPad or laptop. However, students can play individually or as teams. The free version includes five free kits, or games. Perhaps most importantly, teachers have a special live view so they can monitor how students are doing. Happy Gimkitting!