Leela Kids: Podcasts for Kids

It’s always important to remember that our students listening skills are in need of constant development. ย I’m a huge fan of Listenwise and Flocabulary, but I recently came across the app, Leela Kids.ย  The app is full of podcasts organized by age group. ย These podcasts are organized by age group and by category.

Take ‘Em to Church with Preach


If ๐Ÿ‘ you ๐Ÿ‘ like ๐Ÿ‘ emojis, ๐Ÿ‘ you’re ๐Ÿ‘ going ๐Ÿ‘ to ๐Ÿ‘ looooooooove ๐Ÿ‘ PREACH!ย ย It ๐Ÿ‘ places ๐Ÿ‘ emojis ๐Ÿ‘ after ๐Ÿ‘ every ๐Ÿ‘ word ๐Ÿ‘ you ๐Ÿ‘ type! ๐Ÿ‘ ย It’s ๐Ÿ‘ available ๐Ÿ‘ as ๐Ÿ‘ a ๐Ÿ‘ chrome ๐Ÿ‘ extension. ๐Ÿ‘

Just ๐Ÿ‘ highlight ๐Ÿ‘ the ๐Ÿ‘ text ๐Ÿ‘ you’d ๐Ÿ‘ like ๐Ÿ‘ to ๐Ÿ‘ preach ๐Ÿ‘ and ๐Ÿ‘ choose ๐Ÿ‘ “Preach!” ๐Ÿ‘ Your ๐Ÿ‘ “sermon” ๐Ÿ‘ is ๐Ÿ‘ copied ๐Ÿ‘ and ๐Ÿ‘ just ๐Ÿ‘ needs ๐Ÿ‘ to ๐Ÿ‘ be ๐Ÿ‘ pasted ๐Ÿ‘ where ๐Ÿ‘ you’d ๐Ÿ‘ like ๐Ÿ‘ it ๐Ÿ‘ to ๐Ÿ‘ be. ๐Ÿ‘

Have fun!

Emoji Madness

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Emoji Pics Composer

Emojis are ubiquitous. ย Even Duolingo has a emoji course.ย They are a modern take on hieroglyphics that give learners the ability to communicate their feelings and understandings VISUALLY.

Here are three ways to utilize EMOJIS in your classroom:

  1. Telling stories- Including stories during writing is magical especially if students blog regularly. ย Emojis can be accessed through the keyboards on mobile devices and with hotkeys on computers. ย Using apps like TextingStory, will allow students to write including emojis in a very fluid way.
  2. Health Checks- Emojis are great to display quickly how one is feeling. ย Using them to determine how students feel at different points of a lesson or a day can be both impactful and fun. ย Apps like Assembly, Emoji Meย , and Emojify=You + Emojiย , allow students to customize their emojis to insane levels. ย Emoji Exit Ticket
  3. Exit Tickets- As aforementioned, emojis are visual. ย They are so concise. ย Leveraging these allows one the ability to create exit tickets that can be created quickly, delivered quickly, and assessed quickly. ย Emojis are versatile enough to be used in any program or app that allows access to the keyboard. ย In addition, tools like Emoji Pics Composer, gives one the ability to create a visual timeline of learning that can be turned in at the end of the lesson.


Interland: Internet Safety

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Interland is Googleโ€™s new tool to teach children about internet safety. ย You take the role of an explorer trying to avoid phishing attacks and being a good navigator of the internet. Itโ€™s aesthetically pleasing and game based as well. ย Looks like Google has a hit on itโ€™s hands. ย Iโ€™m already integrating it into my first monthโ€™s lesson plans!

Go DJ: Making Youtube More Lit one Lesson at a Time

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What would MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech sound backed by Kendrick Lamar’s “Be Humble?” What about John F. Kennedy imploring us to choose to go the moon backed by “Rocket Man?” Though,ย Youtube DJย ย was designed for mixing music from Youtube, it could be applied for classroom use to introduce speeches, historic events, and documentaries backed by any music you wished.