FlapJack Factory Giveaway - Learn To Make Your Own Class Decor And Learning Resources!


I've been very absent here at the FlapJack blog (I'm sorry!) because I dipped into another online endeavor called the Smartphone Marketing School. It's basically where I show online business owners how to market their products visually (photos, graphics, & videos) with just their iPhones.

It's been a lot of fun, but now I'm back here with a teaching project I've wanted to do for a long time and have finally gotten together...somewhat.

It's called the FlapJack Factory and it's a growing membership site (available starting Tuesday, August 2nd) where I'll provide online courses on how to make your own classroom resources and gain more control and freedom over the instruction you provide your students. Having this ability has made all the difference for meeting the specific needs of my immersion students, and I truly believe every teacher would greatly benefit from being able to create resources that are tailored specifically for their individual classroom.


I'm starting off with a Customized Class Decor course and then will move on to all of my favorite FlapJack resources I create - PowerPoint/Smart Board games, lapbooks/interactive notebooks, QR code task cards, PowerPoint slide templates, and poke cards.


If you are not a teacher author yet, but this is something you've considered or you just want to have the freedom of creating exactly what your students need instead of having to search online or just make do, then I think this giveaway will totally be worth your time in entering. (Have a lot more questions? Explore the FlapJack Factory site and the FAQ page.)


Five special teachers will win the following:

1) Lifetime access to the FlapJack Factory
2) Exclusive access to a Facebook support group
3) $25 Staples gift card to buy paper/ink for your custom classroom creations
Looking for specific class decor and can't find it?

Have a great resource idea but not sure how to design it?

Then enter the giveaway and learn how to design just what you need for an engaging, 21st-century classroom!

The giveaway ends Sunday night, July 31st, at midnight EST!

Grade HUNDREDS of Exams in Less than 10 SECONDS! Guest Post by Elsie's Corner

So happy to have Anthony of Elsie's Corner guest blog here about a super fantastic way to easily assess students and get spot-on results and data.


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Grade HUNDREDS of Exams in Less than 10 Seconds!

Let's face it... as a teacher, we are eager to find out if our students are “getting it”, and so we assess (or dare I say give a test). However, testing (or assessing) in the modern era goes beyond the red pen grading and mindless jotting of numbers in columned gradebook. In fact, great teachers need to dig deeper, and their grading requires an in depth analysis, so that the unique abilities and learning difficulties of each student is revealed. For without such analysis, it is impossible to properly differentiate instruction in order to meet the needs of each child.

 

So, yes, we need assessment result specifics, and we also need the TIME to gain such specifics. The problem is … TIME is something that we educators don’t have enough of. Assessing is a lengthy process. Creating an exam, allotting class time for implementation, grading, reviewing, and studying results can be a dreadful endeavor. As such, we educators may not assess as much as we should. However, thanks to modern technology and innovation, a tool called Flubaroo has come to the rescue! Yes, Flubaroo!

Don’t let the quirky name fool you. I can assure you this... Flubaroo is a time busting, test analyzing, technological monster. Flubaroo is a FREE Google App that allows teachers to grade assignments, report and analyze data on student performance, and quickly send scores to each student! It's truly amazing and I'm going to show you exactly how it works!

How does is work? Flubaroo is really simple. Once you create an exam, you can reuse it as many times as you would like. The process is simple:

1) Create your exam.
2) Have you students complete the exam.
3) Flubaroo does the rest:
  • Grades all Exams 
  • Analyzes and Reports Data 
  •  Sends the exam grades (with or without answers) back to the students!

The reason I like this tool so much? As an educator, you have assessment options. Of course, the in-class formal assessment is an option, but there are countless informal options as well. I have given assessments for homework, as an exit slip, as a “Do Now”, etc. The creative possibilities are endless, as Flubaroo removes the time and dread that is often associated with creating, administering, and grading assessments.

Setting up your Assessment In order to get started, you'll need a gmail account. 1) Go to your google drive.

 

2) Click New> More> Google Forms



3) Give your Assessment a Title.

 

4) At the top you’ll notice that there are two tabs: "Questions" and "Responses". Go to the "Responses" tab. Click on the 3 circles > Select Response Destination > Create a New Spreadsheet (You can choose whatever title you would like. I prefer keeping the title of my “Response Sheet” the same as the “Assessment” name. This allows me to keep my Google Drive organized).







5) Click "Create".

6) GO BACK TO the Questions tab!

7) Make sure to start with Student Identifiers. First Name, Last Name, Email Address (If you want to send them their grades later), Class / Period (Something that separates one class from the other)





8) Choose "Multiple Choice" when creating your assessment questions. (You can also use "short answer" or "paragraph", however, these are more difficult to grade.)



9) Click the “+” sign to add another question. Create as many questions as you would like.

10) Congratulations! You've created your first Google Exam!



11) Create Short Link and/or post link to a place students can retrieve!

 

12) Now you do the honors of being the first person to take the exam! Make sure that you answer ALL OF THE QUESTIONS CORRECTLY! This is very important.



13) Give students access to the link. Have students take the assessment.

Retrieving Student Responses / Installing Flubaroo!

Now that you have had your students take the assessment, where do you find their responses? Simple. Remember that "Response Spreadsheet" you created, in step 4 and 5? All of the student responses are neatly placed there! Simply go back into your Google Drive.


  13- Back to Drive



Once you click into the "Response Sheet" (from your Google Drive), click on “Add-ons” > "Get add ons"...

 

Search "Flubaroo" (if it isn't the very first option already!). Click the button to install it.

 

Click "Allow' to give Flubaroo access to run on your computer.

 

Now, you will notice that when you click on “Get add-ons” in the "Responses Spreadsheet", Flubaroo is an option. It's time to grade Your Exam! In the "Responses Spreadsheet", click on Add ons > Flubaroo> Grade Assignment.

 

Flubaroo gives you the ability to give certain questions more weight than others. You must also make sure to let Flubaroo know which fields are identifying the students (the ones I mentioned before - First Name, Last Name, Email and Class / Period), and make sure the "Grading Option" is selected properly.

 

Click "Continue". Next Flubaroo is asking you for an answer key! Remember I told you to take the test right after you finished creating it? Well, hopefully you completed that step and answered everything correctly! If you did, that's the answer key! Super easy, right? Just select yourself as the answer key!

 

Click "Continue". POOF! Your exam has been graded and the data has been analyzed! Now you can observe the class average, the number of submissions, and the number of questions that your students had difficulty with. If less than 60% of your students got a particular question correct, Flubaroo informs you by turning the question orange. With information like this, you may want to go over that topic again!

 

Sending Grades Back to Students

Once you've graded and analyzed the results, you can easily send the grades to your students! Since we've asked them for their email address (on the form), we can email the students their grades with a brief message. ALL WITH ONE CLICK OF A BUTTON.

 



For me, Flubaroo has been a lifesaver! I hope that it has the same effect on you!

Happy Teaching Anthony @ Elsie's Corner

P.S- Once you start to get familiar with Flubaroo and how it works, there are some advanced features that I did not include in this post. They include:

  • Giving your assessment a customized theme.
  • Adding an image to an assessment (for the students to analyze).
  • Adding a video to your assessment (for students to watch and be assessed.
  • Creating an exam with multiple sections.
  • Giving a question that has multiple answers (checkboxes).
  • Embedding your assessment onto a website.
  • Much more... If you have any questions, feel free to ask us! We can be reached at: ElsiesCorner101@gmail.com



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I once tried Flubaroo myself and after this post I'm eager to start using it again! Thanks, Elsie's Corner!

How To Make Your Smart Board Interactive - Guest Post by Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

Erin and I have been Smart Board creating buddies for awhile so I'm so thrilled that she was willing to share how you too can learn to make Smart Board resources. Follow her tips below to start making the most of your Smart Board! :) 


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Hi there! This is Erin from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom and I'm thrilled to be guest-posting for Tabitha here at FlapJack Educational Resources!

Time and time again I see teachers using their SMART Board like a projector screen and not making the most of this amazing technology, so I'd like to share with you some of my favorite tips for making your SMART Board activities interactive!

SMART Notebook software is very user-friendly, so don't be afraid to dig in and poke around! You're going to want to familiarize yourself with the toolbars and tabs.


You can add or remove features from the toolbar at the top of the page by clicking the gear in the top-right corner, although most of the features you'll need as you're starting out will be there already.

Open a blank file and try adding some text. Also try out some of the fun pen features like the Magic Pen and Creative Pen. Students LOVE these!


The menu tabs on the left are where the real fun happens! Once you've got some text or shapes on your screen you can easily animate them to bring life to your lesson. Try entering some text now, then accessing the Properties menu by either right-clicking, using the drop-down menu, or clicking the tab on the left side of your screen.


Once there, click Object Animation and play around with these features. You can set text and objects to fade in or out, or even to fly onto the page or off of the page. This is a fantastic way to make your lessons interactive.

Placing one object over top of another to hide information or an answer until you'd like to reveal it is another great way to make your lesson interactive and engage your students.

Combining layers AND animation will step your lesson up another notch. You'll see that when you set an object to fade in it will disappear from your screen. Don't worry... it is still there. Just click where you last saw it and it will appear! When you place another object or some text directly underneath the animated object you will see it clearly until the other image fades in! I use this feature in my attendance files - students touch their name (which is really placed underneath an image that I've set to fade in when touched) and the image appears over the top. I can quickly scan to see which names have not been covered to take my attendance! You can just see the GoNoodle character appearing on the screen below where the name has been touched.


In teaching myself how to use SMART Notebook, I found that exploring ready-made resources was a great way to learn the ins and outs of the software. The GoNoodle attendance you see in the images in this post is a freebie available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You can download it to further explore SMART Notebook and use it with your own students! Click on the image below to access your copy!


I hope you've found this post helpful! I am always happy to answer questions, and would love for you to pop over and visit me at one of my social media locations!

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FlapJack SALE and New Promethean Flipcharts for 1st Grade Math!

I'm so, so happy that Misty of Krazyaboutteaching converted my 1st grade Smart Board math games into Promethean flip charts that I'm having a SALE on all FlapJack resources! 20% off today only! These games are PERFECT for that last-minute review before standardized testing.

You can watch this 1-minute overview view on the games or go ahead and check them out at my TpT store by clicking on any of the links below. :)

 FlapJack Math Interactive Whiteboard Games


Interactive Whiteboard Game Packs available:


5th Grade SB Math Game Pack - http://bit.ly/5smartboard
4th-5th Grade Measurement Conversions SB PROMETHEAN Bundle - http://bit.ly/measurementsmartboardbundle
4th Grade SB Math Pack - http://bit.ly/4smartboard
4th Grade Math PowerPoint Pack - http://bit.ly/4powerpoint
4th Grade Math Spanish PowerPoint Pack - http://bit.ly/4pptmath
3rd Grade SB PROMETHEAN Math Pack - http://bit.ly/3smartboard
2nd Grade SB Math Pack - http://bit.ly/2smartboard
1st Grade SB PROMETHEAN Math Pack - http://bit.ly/1smartboard
Kinder SB Math and Literacy Game Pack - http://bit.ly/ksmartboard

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SeeSaw App for Parent Communication - Guest Post by Conversations in Literacy

I'm so happy to share this guest post with you because it is about the one app that has changed my classroom the most - the Seesaw app! A big thanks to Lori of Conversations in Literacy for introducing this app and how she uses it as an amazing learning tool in her classroom.

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Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Hey everyone! Tabitha is allowing me to come visit with you all today on her fabulous blog about parent communication. Thank you so much, Tabitha!

I love sharing with parents all the wonderful things we do in the classroom. But let's face it, time is a factor in that. It needs to be easy to do and in a format parents will readily go to and view it. I discovered all that in the Seesaw app!

Seesaw is almost like a version of Facebook for parents and students. You upload the content, which takes all of about 3 seconds. Parents get notified that new content has been added to their child's folder. The parent can then like the content and make comments! All from their phone!


Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Set up was easy. Just download the app for class. Parents down load the parent app. Type in your class list.


Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Once you have your list done, add in some pictures or video and a welcome letter. Seesaw generates a parent note with a QR code that they will use to log on for the first time. This letter also includes directions for them. This is all done for you! Just print off the letters and send home! They recommend that you also add a welcome letter to each child's journal so parents will see tips for using Seesaw. Seesaw provides a welcome letter for you, but I wanted to personalize it so I used some of their ideas and added some of mine.

Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Now share all the wonderful learning happening in your classroom! You can easily snap a picture right from the app and then immediately share it. Truly, it just takes seconds. I sometimes snap pictures of what the students are reading or working on that day. I take pictures of groups of students working in centers and share it to all the parents with students in that group shot. You just tag the parents you would like to see the photo.

 
Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

This screen shot shows you the different options you have for sharing with parents. I really like that I can create a parent letter in color on my computer at home if I need to and then share it with everyone without having to make copies! And who sends out every note in colored ink? Costs too much. But with Seesaw you can!

Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Since I teach reading, I like to share with parents their child reading once in a while. It was very easy to video students reading so parents could hear their fluency and improvement.

Parents have told me that they just LOVE this app! I think they like it because they get notified when new content goes up and it is so easy for them to view it and leave their child a comment. Plus, you get notified when parents see the notes and pictures. So you can keep track of who is viewing everything. Seesaw will even send you reports of how much parent interaction you are getting.

I hope you will try the Seesaw app! It is free for both you and the parents and so, so easy.

I would love for you to come by and visit me! You can keep up with all the latest by clicking the links below. Thank you, Tabitha, for allowing me to come visit your friends today!!