Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Draggo is a bookmarking tool for those websites you want to remember or use on a regular basis.  You can group your bookmarks with topic specific tabs and then into various categories on each tab.  Bookmarks can be moved and edited as needed.  A couple years ago I created Draggo accounts for each school building (except Westside - sorry) in our district in an effort to provide links to tools and websites that the students would use regularly - or for a specific teacher - throughout the course of the school year.

In the elementary buildings, teachers have their students set the building Draggo page as their homepage whenever they get on the Internet.  This makes it easier and faster for students to access the websites they need during class.  Students have no need to log into Draggo.  They just choose the tab they need and find the bookmark in the category given to them by their teacher.  Here are the links to each building Draggo page:

I have encouraged teachers to take ownership of their building Draggo page by giving them the log in information so they can add and remove links, categories and tabs.  I do ask if a specific grade or teacher has a tab that you not edit or remove their tab.  We are limited to seven tabs, so if we are running out of tabs, let me know so I can assist in making some modifications.  If you never received the log in information for you school's Draggo page, please email me and I will send that out to you.

Draggo is not the only bookmarking tool available, but at the time it was highly recommended.  If you are interested in exploring other visual bookmarking tools to use with your students, you might check out:

"How-To" Edit Draggo

Website Wednesday...for February

I just realized today that this month has been so full I haven't had time to post any of the great Website Wednesday resources.  So here is the collection for February.  I hope you enjoy!

This chart provides examples for shifting your traditional homework assignments to engaging, learning tasks for students.

    Although the designated Random Acts of Kindness Week is over, there are some excellent resources and ideas to continue encouraging Random Acts of Kindness in your classroom, school and community.

      Great resource for geography!

        Get a basic understanding of Augmented Reality (AR) along with some printable interactive resources that you can use right way in your classroom.

          Take this Internet Safety test from the Safer Internet Centre. Students are given different scenarios and must determine the best course of action. Good resource for digital citizenship.

            Explore and study the Middle East - the past and the present - with these 40 various maps covering political borders, demographics, religion and more.

              On historypin, history is recorded with photos from the past and present. As a teacher, you could use this site by having students explore and interact with photos from specific time periods and/or locations. There are photo collections and tours that you could use as a whole class or individually. These are great primary sources for studying history. Check out this video to a short intro to historypin -

                Fun Facts for Kids on Animals, Earth, History and more! Please note that this link is beta mode right now, so feel free to give them feedback so they can improve this fun fact resource.

                  View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways (as outlined in Appendix A of the common core) and synthesizes Language Arts standards with the Corresponding College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR's).

                    View the Next Generation Science Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for teachers, parents, and students to easily read and understand the standards. Quickly find standards by various topic arrangements or keyword search.