Thing 12 – Interactives

Filed Under (Things 8-14) by on February 2, 2015


Using Google Earth or Google Maps can be very handy. They are both interactive maps and can be used for many different reasons in a classroom. In Social Studies, my class is learning about the history of Michigan and how they have to be “investigators” to learn historical clues presented long ago. I showed the Lansing Museum on both Google Earth and Google Maps to my students. Here is the picture from Google Earth!

Museum Screenshot


Quizlet is a great website! It is free and easy to use. I used this site to create vocabulary cards for Social Studies. It was nice to see my students practice their vocabulary words. I loved how this site reads the words and the definition out loud. My ESL students really benefited from this factor. We went over the words as a whole group and later on in the week, I asked my school’s computer teacher to have my students spend sometime on the site and have students explore the words and take the spelling test it generates. Here is where my flashcards are located and a picture!


quizzlet flashcards

The level of the SAMR model that this is an example of is Substitution. This means it acts as a direct tool substitute with no functional  change. Students can access my quizlet flashcards and would not be able to change them. It would be the same if students  typed their own words and definitions because they would be given the words and definitions by me. Overall, this is a great resource and will be using this various times throughout the year.


Looking at the sites listed under “Interactives for the Classroom  Content,”  http://illuminations.nctm.org/  caught my eye. My students are lower in the subject area of mathematics and been trying to find different activities and lesson plans to help my students become proficient in the lessons we are learning about. This site has a ton of math resources that all apply to the common core standard. I found two already on this site called “Looking Back and Moving Forward” and “Hopping on the Number Line.” Both of these math skills has been taught previously in my classroom however, this would be great practice for my students to look back on to become more efficient and not forget the skill.



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