What items do you have for free?
MOST of our items are FREE. There are some items are not, and those items are critical to us being able to support our work as we now do this full-time. Just a note: please remember that "free" does not mean that they can be placed in items that you sell (for example, within a resource on TpT).
-Free Recap Student Handouts
-Comics (Consider asking students thought provoking questions about them: what is the comic trying to show? What vocab is involved?)
-GIFs (Consider asking students to "narrate" the GIF. What is it trying to show? What are the weaknesses of the GIF model?)
-ALL of our videos
-By the way, we made some fun, FREE science backgrounds that work on computer backgrounds or some virtual meeting platforms (such as Zoom).
Can I post your handouts, comics, and/or GIFs?
You said on your website that a school device and/or network filters can be set to allow certain YouTube videos to show and block all others?
Yes, although this would require an email to one of your school or district IT technology staff members. The following information could be sent to them. Google (who owns YouTube) explains here how entire channels can be approved OR even specific videos on a school device or network https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/more-ways-for-schools-organizations-to/ They even have an additional help page: https://support.google.com/a/topic/6206681 . In addition to the above, or as an alternative to the above, if a district has student assigned devices (many schools are now 1:1), the district can set up "restricted mode" on the devices they give out. YouTube Restricted mode hides comments and filters out many inappropriate videos from the search. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/174084?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
Here are two helpful options!
A) If your school or district permits Google forms to be used, consider creating a google form. If you just create one google form, it can work for all your students and for multiple handouts! An screenshot of an example form is shown BELOW. It can list names of Amoeba Sisters handouts (so the same form can be used multiple times as you can sort by handout name), and a space for students to write in their answers when they look at the handout. They are very easy to make and use, and they can be an easy way to collect responses for evaluation. Here are the instructions from Google about Google forms: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6281888?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
B) If you prefer for students to write on the PDFs electronically and turn in to you, there are some tools that work in Chrome that can help with this. While we are not affiliated with these tools, some of the Chrome tools we mention on our handout page are DocHub and Kami. These tools allow for annotating and writing on PDFs, and DocHub we believe is still free. Additionally, if you do a web search "DocHub for teachers," there are some articles written by teachers about how that tool can be useful with students!