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Flipped learning is awesome, especially when there are awesome tools like PowToon available.  I really loved it and could go on, but you should check out my review on edshelf.com.

In the meantime, enjoy some math!

Going Off the Deep End

July 14, 2014 — 2 Comments

Going whole hog, go big or stay home, jump in with both feet – there are dozens of idioms to describe what I did on July 2.  I tweeted…

I have to add a little disclaimer here.  Continue Reading…

So Much Fun!!!!!

June 18, 2014 — 2 Comments

OMG!  Digital storytelling is a BLAST!  Especially when you have an awesome group to work with and minions are involved!

My group retold the story of The King’s Commissioners by Aileen Friedman.  This is a great picture book showing different ways of counting.  BUT…we didn’t have a king or commissioners.  What we did have was even better, and way funnier.  We told the story using Grü and his minions.  Dr. Nefario even makes a cameo (though sans fart gun).

So take a look and have a laugh.  It’s great fun!

Too Many Minions from Evan McGrew on Vimeo.

Motivate

June 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

I am totally one of those people who loves motivational posters.  They don’t have to be big.  They don’t have to be well known.  And I totally plan to wallpaper my classroom with motivators that will hopefully encourage my students to learn and be kind to each other and be kind to themselves.  I went to Big Huge Labs, and there is lots of stuff you can do there.  You can make trading cards, jigsaw puzzles, billboards, mosaics, the list is pretty long.  So here is a motivational poster I made using on Big Huge Labs.

motivation posted

Just a quick post…I was reading one of my new favorite blogs (te@chthought) just now and came across this awesome post full of tips for teaching with apps.  Aptly named 25 Tips for Teaching With Apps, this post has some great advice for responsibly and appropriately incorporating apps and their associated lessons into the learning space.

All really sound advice, but that wasn’t the coolest part.  There was this link in the post to this site called Edshelf.  Edshelf is like this clearing house (they call themselves a discovery engine) for all these really potentially cool apps and websites for education. This is TOTALLY the sort of thing us new teachers-to-be need to help us sift through what is good stuff and what isn’t.  I mean, check this out:

edshelf

It works a little like Pinterest.  You can make collections by dragging and dropping icons into little boards.  You can make notes.  You can comment/rate apps.  You can see what other educators have had to say about apps.  I’m totally geeking out here!  Anyway, if you haven’t found this already – definitely check it out.  It’s free to create an account.  Edshelf.  It’s kinda awesome.