Showing posts with label Happy Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy Halloween. Show all posts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Last-minute Round-up of Educational Halloween Activities

Halloween is less than 24 hours away. If you're in need of some educational activities with a Halloween-theme, take a look at the resources summarized below. All of these resources have appeared in individual posts in the past.

On Storyboard That you can now turn your storyboards into Halloween cards. In the Storyboard That creator you can use the myths and mystical scenes and characters to create your Halloween story. Once your storyboard is saved you can choose to print it with Halloween borders. The print-out includes lines for cutting and folding your cards. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create Halloween cards on Storyboard That.



Earlier this month BoomWriter released new Halloween-themed vocabulary lesson plans that you can conduct through their free WordWriter service. WordWriter allows teachers to create vocabulary lists that they want students to incorporate into a writing assignment. The new Halloween-themed lesson plans include pre-made lists of Halloween-themed words for your students to use in the writing assignment that you distribute to them. You can find BoomWriter tutorial videos here.

The Pit and the Pendulum is available as an interactive comic book created by Poe in the Pit. If you view the comic book online you can click symbols within it to open videos, additional images, and additional background and analysis of Poe's work. If you choose to print the comic book you can us the QR codes embedded within it to access the videos, images, and additional info on your mobile device.

Number Chase - Math vs. Zombies is a free iPad game with a Halloween theme. The game is has three virtual worlds each containing ten levels of basic math problems. The object of the game is to correctly solve as many math problems as possible before the zombies catch you. The math of the game is basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Scholastic offers a variety of Halloween-themed activities for elementary school students. The Halloween Tooth: Max's Math Adventure is a math activity for K-2 students. In the activity students read and listen to a poem about Halloween candy then complete a set of activities in which they make patterns and count candy. Halloween Web Hunt is a simple web quest for students in grades three through five. The activity has students visit a virtual museum and online libraries to answer questions about mummies, bats, and Halloween history. Writing Mysteries provides a template and walks elementary school students through the process of writing mystery stories.

Halloween Magazine offers a safety game for students. The game is designed to teach students to recognize safe and unsafe situations while they're out trick 'o treating.

ABCya is currently featuring a half dozen Halloween-themed activities for elementary school students. Ghost Typing is a typing game in which students have to type words appearing on the screen in order to bust the ghosts. The words that appear on the screen are Halloween-themed words like ghoul, pumpkin, and orange.

Smarty Games offers Halloween Math. In Halloween Math students move a ghost to catch the answers to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.

Disclosure: Storyboard That and BoomWriter are currently advertisers on this blog. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Turn Your Halloween Stories Into Halloween Cards on Storyboard That

Earlier this week on the FreeTech4Teachers Facebook page I shared a list of sites and apps that have a Halloween theme. This week Storyboard That released a Halloween resource too.

On Storyboard That you can now turn your storyboards into Halloween cards. In the Storyboard That creator you can use the myths and mystical scenes and characters to create your Halloween story. Once your storyboard is saved you can choose to print it with Halloween borders. The print-out includes lines for cutting and folding your cards.

In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create Halloween cards on Storyboard That.


Applications for Education
Creating Halloween stories on Storyboard That could be a fun way for students to get students interested in a creative writing assignment. Printing those stories as Halloween cards offers a nice way for students to show their parents their creative stories.

Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachersc.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October's Most Popular Ed Tech Posts

Happy Halloween! It's almost hard to believe that the end of October is already here. This month I had the pleasure and privilege of presenting at events in Ohio and Montana. Thank you to everyone who came out to those events. I drove between the two events and I am currently on my way home. Of course, no road trip would be complete without pictures so I've snapped a few. The picture to the left is the answer to a fun geography trivia question.

This month Free Technology for Teachers crossed the 51,000 subscriber mark. That's just incredible to me. Thank you all for subscribing and sharing the posts with your colleagues. These are the most popular posts of the month.

1. Creative Uses for iPads in the Classroom
2. Seven Whiteboard Tools for Teachers & Students
3. Do the Two Step to Protect Your Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box files
4. Six Multimedia Timeline Tools for Students
5. 37 Crash Course History Videos
6. Access Google Docs With One Click Even When You're Offline
7. Video Creation in the Classroom - Tools & Tips
8. Professor Word - Identify SAT & ACT Vocabulary Word on Any Page
9. Text 2 Mind Map - Type to Create a Mind Map
10. The Electoral College in Plain English

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