#MathWhiz: Geogebra for Graphing

Have students understand transformations using geogebra and having the visual impact of the movement of the graph to help them see stretches and shifts


I have used geogebra with both my algebra1 and 2 classes. Normally I use desmos, but I would have to do a screen capture and transport the image to smartnotes. Using geogebra allows me to do the graphing directly in the document so that the downloaded file incorporates  said models. The students find the technology useful and clear. What I find really fantastic about geogebra is looking at how the equation of the graph changes concurrently with moving the graph. Highlight the graph and move it, and watch the numbers change. This is very powerful for the students to see. It emphasizes the opposite change horizontally and the intuitive vertical change.

For more information contact: Nicole Sin Quee

#Triptico: A Great Resource in Kindergarten!

How to use the web-based program, Triptico to foster student engagement in a kindergarten classroom.

This amazing tool offers four different categories of programs: tools, timers, selectors, and quizzes. Each has interactive apps that you can use and adapt to your class. The different interactive modes allowed me to bring creativity and uniqueness into the classroom, diversifying the ways in which my students learn, review, and practice various skills. By utilizing the tools, word magnets and text spinner included in Triptico, my students had the opportunity to visualize concepts, manipulate images/texts  and most importantly improve their interactivity throughout the learning process.

Triptico! The Smoothest Classroom Tool Ever Used…

As every teacher knows, there is an overloading number of websites and tools available to educators.  However, the trick is to find the ones that suit your needs, skills, and even your personality in the classroom. TRIPTICO offers a wide variety of creative, interactive, and visually engaging apps. It allows you to create and use various types of activities, tools, and quiz makers to help improve the classroom and engage students.

At the beginning of the school year, I used craft sticks or board magnets for my students in kindergarten to take attendance, vote for our weekly taste tests, or change the helpers on ours Helper’s Chart.  I noticed the students getting distracted and restless during certain lessons or transition activities. Ever since I started utilizing Triptico in the classroom, it made my life so much easier! It helped me create challenging, fun, and interactive activities that help students to learn and develop a more intrinsic sense of the material.

Word Magnets: I added the names of my students as magnets and took attendance by asking each student to move their name from ‘absent’ to ‘present’ as they enter the room. Using the name magnets, the students would vote for the weekly taste tests by dragging their name to a particular point on the board.  

Text Spinner: I would spin the names wheel to select students to come up and share their letter items during letter study.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this program for teachers that want to improve interactivity, foster competition, and engage students in the learning process. It’s an effective resource for promoting learning, and, for this alone, it has earned a place in my classroom. I encourage you to give it a try in yours as well!

For more information contact: Maha El Faissal

#Namaste: Yoga with Padlet

Looking for a new way to present your syllabus to your Students?


I printed out QR codes and placed them around the room. When students arrived I asked them to scan the code, type in the password to join, and answer “reflection question 1” on the Padlet.

Reflection question 1: What do you already know about yoga?


We then reviewed class expectations and moved on to the next question.

Reflection question 2: What made you choose this course?


Students then watched two YouTube videos showing two variations of advanced yoga flow.

I then asked them questions about what they saw: What makes for a good yoga practice? What is necessary to perform at this level? How is the practitioner breathing? Why is the breath important? What poses do you recognize?

We then looked at a snapshot of the poses for the month of September.

Lastly, I asked students to think about what they wanted to get out of the class and what they looked forward to most. Reflection question 4.

Overall they enjoyed the use of QR codes (some of them were new to it) and answering live questions on Padlet. They also were more open and honest about answering since the responses were anonymous.

Use Case:

(1) To provide an interactive syllabus using Padlet where students can explore, reflect, watch, and learn. (2) To build excitement and curiosity of what’s to come.

For more information contact: Manisha Doran

#Transform: Let’s Read Together!

This lesson was created to have an interactive way for first grade students to practice cvc words (and more!) in Fundations.


This series of activities uses SMART notebook and Fundations resources.  

  1. I used the sound cards from Fundations in a SMART notebook file so the students would be using familiar materials.
  2. Based on the vowel sounds we are covering, I recorded my voice asking the students to spell specific words.  They drag the cards (which duplicate) to the answer section and check their answer.
  3. This can be used to cover all topics in fundations as cards will just need to be added with new topics.  

Students are able to manipulate sound cards and work together to practice their phonics skills in each unit.

For more information contact: Stacey Cummings

#Pear (Deck) It Up with Google Slides

Wishing you could make your lesson more interactive? Here’s the perfect pear.

“Welcome back to school everyone. We’re going to start of the school year by reading off some classroom expectations. After that, we’ll learn about the parts of the cello and how we should take care of the instrument.”

Not the most exciting lesson, eh? Enter Google Slides and PearDeck. I was looking for a way to make the beginning of the year content a bit more engaging and interactive for my students, and this combination seemed like a great way to do so. Although the original reason for trying out PearDeck was for the beginning of the year, I think that many teachers would find this program extremely useful at any point throughout the school year, not only to keep their students involved in the learning process, but also to assess what they have retained.

Here are some examples of some Pear Deck templates that I have used so far this year:

There’s many more templates for interactive slides that are already made. All you need to do is customize it to your needs.

Here’s a video to demonstrate what the Pear Deck Add-On has to offer:

For more information about how to start using Pear Deck go here!

For more information contact: Jenna Girone Virgilio

#ClickHere: Thinglink for International Book Selection

Looking to add more Interactivity in your Classroom? UsE Thinglink TO maKe a regular lesson into an interactive one.


Every month at Riverdale we celebrate a different countries represented within our community.  I wanted to find a way to represent the spotlight books of the month using my interactive whiteboard while making it interesting for the children.  I used Thinglink, a web based program to create this interactive map. The map spotlighted, Haiti, London, Russia, Dominican Republic, Israel, China, Nigeria and Ghana.  Each button pressed revealed a book from that country. Then the book when pressed revealed a summary. The children loved pressing the map and loved the books that were spotlighted.

For more information contact: Cydney Johnson