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What it is: Knowtes is a flashcard based learning community (still in beta) that allows kids to build flashcard decks and study online. When students add a card to a Knowtes deck, it becomes due at optimized interval. The Knowtes Adaptive Learning Engine adjusts how frequently cards should be studied based on how well students know them. They can even watch their cards move from short to long term memory as they study. Knowtes decks can be shared between teachers, students, etc. Each student gets their own study room where they can organize their decks and study their cards. The study rooms have great tips on studying and tutorials on using Knowtes. Cards can be made plain, rich, or with images right now but will have audio and video capabilities coming. This is such a cool idea! Studying has never been this much fun ūüôā How to integrate Knowtes into the classroom: Knowtes is a great tool to introduce your students to. Even if you don’t have time to use it on a regular basis in the classroom, spending some time teaching your students to use the program would be worth while. Students can create Knowtes flashcards to study any subject. For younger students, you can create decks for your students to study from. Students can also create decks to share with you or other classmates. If you have an interactive whiteboard (or even just a projector) students can study cards as a whole class. You could easily use Knowtes for a whole class study session/game. Be sure to let parents know about Knowtes too, many times studying is a struggle for families and this can make life easier for everyone. Tips: Since Knowtes is still in its beta version, click on the signup button and send a request to be a beta tester. The Knowtes team is willing to take suggestions on improving Knowtes so you should send a suggestion for any feature you would like to see available. Happy studying! Leave a comment and share how you are using Knowtes in your classroom.

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Trapped! Punctuation: Punctuation Practice for October

Posted by admin | Posted in Apply, Knowledge (remember), Language Arts, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Understand (describe, explain), Websites | Posted on 15-10-2012

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What it is:¬†¬†I’ve long been a fan of the BBC’s Bitesize games and activities. ¬†They continue to grow and continue to impress me. ¬†I recently ran across the BBC Bitesize Trapped! Punctuation game. ¬†It couldn’t be a more perfect way to practice punctuation in October. ¬†It has all the elements that students will enjoy: a challenge in the form of a story, spooky characters and setting (but not too spooky), a built in extra game challenge to get from one level to the next. ¬†The game begins with a short animation explaining how students got trapped in a tower and how they will solve punctuation puzzles to get free. ¬†Students have to choose the correct punctuation to complete each puzzle. ¬†After they have chosen the punctuation, they have to use some physics/experimentation to get an apple into a hole to move on to the next level. ¬†This is FUN punctuation practice!

How to integrate Trapped! Punctuation¬†into the classroom: Trapped! Punctuation is a fun way for students to practice placement of punctuation in writing. This beats worksheet practice hands down. ¬†I like that the site puts students in the middle of a story and challenge. ¬†Students will have to consider why a punctuation mark is appropriate in each place. ¬†After students choose the punctuation to complete the puzzle, students have an additional challenge of getting an apple into a hole. ¬†There are some very basic physic principles introduced here. ¬†Students have to use the mouse to choose the angle and speed to shoot the apple to get to their goal. ¬†The puzzles get increasingly difficult and add the additional challenge of extra twists and turns to get the apple through. ¬†The second challenge asks students to choose the correct form of punctuation by “herding” crates with the mouse.

I like that these games are not your typical drill and kill. ¬†They aren’t simply choose the right answer and move on. ¬†There is an additional problem solving component built into each game. ¬†Can’t beat that!

Trapped Punctuation would be a great challenge for kids in a one to one computer setting. ¬†Don’t have that luxury? The games are quick enough to be used as a center activity in the one or two computer classroom. ¬†Set up Trapped! Punctuation as one of the centers in the classroom for students to visit as part of their rotation.

Tips: This practice is fun and challenging enough that students may want to continue practice at home.  Be sure to share this link with parents, they are always looking for good uses of home computer time!

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Comments (3)

Game sounds perfect for my students!

What is the site address?

Hi Jackie, in all of my posts all you need to do is click on the name of the site (it is a live link) and it will take you to the correct url ūüôā

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