#METC18 Top 8 Pre-conference Resources

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Today was filled with new connections and new learning. I have to say that this is my first METC conference and it has certainly not disappointed! One thing that sticks out to me, and admittedly a theme I heard over and over again, was that conference participants had a hard time distilling the information received into usable chunks. I attended two pre-conference sessions and each felt like information overload.  With that in mind, I have decided to take the resources shared and create a top 10 list for those of you who are #notatMETC18 and who still want to know what the heck everyone is talking about. This way, you can use the resources at your own pace and find what works best for you, your students, and your school. If you have questions about any of these, inbox me on Twitter and I will be sure to reply! -Dr. Kia

p.s. you can also watch my video of the top 3 resources you can use in your classroom here if you are short on time

  1. ReWordify– use this resource to simplify any digital text that you are reading. You add it to your bookmarks bar and it does ALL of the work for you
  2. Google Draw – this is already available in GOOGLE Drive and great for making memes that allow students and staff to show what they learned in an instant!
  3. WordSift– use this resource to pull the key vocabulary words from a text before instruction. It also provides images for each vocabulary word and a word web of like terms for each
  4. Google Tours– (tourbuilder.withgoogle.com) this resource allows students to map a journey and tell their stories with pictures and video
  5.  Google Arts and Culture this resource allows you to expose students to the world via their computers. They have museums, countries, and artists all organized by topic and easily explored
  6. JustBooksReadAloud– this resource has hundreds of books that are read aloud via YouTube videos best for early learners and those struggling with vocabulary and fluency
  7. Extensions FOR SPED/ELL:
    1.  Google Translate
    2. LucidChart
  8.  Resources for visually impaired students:
    1. Book Share

I hope these resources help you the way they helped those of us in sessions today! DM me on Twitter @DrKiaCoaches if you have any questions about them! -Dr. Kia