Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Winter Tech Tools

During the craziness of this last week of school before winter break, consider trying one of these winter-themed tech tools to get in the holiday spirit:

1. Virtual Fireplace -- here or here
This heatless fireplace is the perfect way to make your classroom calm and cozy.

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2. Winter Magnetic Poetry (by Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning)
Kasey created a free winter poetry activity for you in Google Slides. To use, just go to her web page and click "Get Your FREE Copy of the Winter Magnetic Poetry Template." Then click the blue "make a copy" button of the webpage that pops up. A copy of the item will automatically be added to your Google Drive. From there, your students can drag and drop the words on the snowy background to create whatever poem or story they choose. 

3. Quizizz snow-themed quiz template 
The company released this template last week -- just in time for winter class quizzes! Click here to see it live.

4. Winter Around the World Project
While it's too late to collaborate on the project this year (entries were due on December 7), your class could always take a look at this year's entries and think of ways to contribute next year!  

5. Advent Calendars - Polar Express and Christmas Around the World
No matter the age or subject you teach, try incorporating one of those advent calendars into the first five minutes of your day. One is based on the Polar Express book, while the other tests your knowledge on how Christmas is celebrated around the world.


6. Holiday Card Project (Special thanks to Heather for this idea!)
Jen, of Projects By Jen, hosts a holiday card project each year. While this year's project is wrapping up, you (and students) could always browse the archives, sign up for Jen's Remind group to get reminders to upcoming projects, and start preparing for next year's gingerbread-themed holiday card project.  

7. Mystery Skype (Special thanks to Heather for this idea!)
If you sign up for the Holiday Card Project with Jen, you can choose to be included in the "Ho-Ho-Holiday Mystery Skype" with several other classes. If you'd just like to find classes on your own to Skype with, browse the Skype for Education website. You could ask other classes to share their holiday customs or try to guess where in the world a class is based on holiday traditions or geographical clues.

8. Interactive Websites
There are tons of holiday, snow, and winter-themed websites! Any of the links below will take you to a list of themed activities:

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