TTO stands for Teacher Tools Online. It’s a resource created by BJU Press to make it easier to integrate technology into your lessons.
At first, it included only math and science, but this year English and reading were released as well. It is so nice to have a tool that already matches up with your curriculum. So much time can be spent researching things on the internet, looking for that perfect video clip to go with your lesson, or making PowerPoint slides to help with lesson presentation.
Video clips and PowerPoint presentations are two of the items I use most often from TTO. In science, we have just finished the chapter on the ear. The kids got a big kick out of Louie the Slug. He is a character from TTO that helps the kids learn science concepts. For this chapter, he sings a song about the three parts of the ear.
After we learned the three parts of the ear, the kids did an exploration where they made an ear model.
We did this in groups. The children started with some clay, a short piece of a straw, a piece of a balloon, a couple of small stickers, and two pipe cleaners.
They arranged these pieces to represent the parts of the ear.
We then used the Educreations app to tell about our models.
This activity required them not only to make a model using the supplies given but also to explain why they chose to put the items in the order they did. I love being able to see if they really understand what they are doing! (Watch one group’s explanation of the ear.)
Are you familiar with TTO? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it in the classroom?