Technology Tuesday #1
On to the technology!
Have you heard about GoNoodle yet? If not…you need to hear about it! It saved my sanity the last two months of school!! And even better yet…its FREE!! (Unless you want to upgrade to a premium membership)
What is it?
GoNoodle has taken all those fun and silly YouTube (and other videos) and put them in a kid friendly place so you have have brain breaks without the worry of commercials popping up!
There are there categories of brain breaks…energize, focus, and calm (my favorite!).
When you first log in, you will need to create a free account and then create your class. Once you have created your class…it will look like the picture below each time you log in.
You will then select one of the silly monsters to represent your class! This is the 4th one my class went through in 4 months. I think the best part about GoNoodle is it not only houses kid friendly videos, but they all help the kids get active in some way! When you have finished an activity, your progress is tracked so you can see how much activity you have completed!
There is a HUGE variety in the videos…These are just a few of them and you can also sort them by category (YouTube, Zumba Kids, Calming, Energizing, and many more!). My kids LOVED the Airtime videos we would watch at the end of our GoNoodle time…they loved seeing which place our bubble would travel to next and enjoyed listening to me read all the fun facts about the city we landed in!
Its hard to see, but here is my class this year GoNoodling to Everything is AWESOME from the LEGO Movie–this is one of their favorites…along with Let it Go from Frozen and the Sid Slide from Ice Age!
I could really tell that getting up and moving for a few minutes helped my students concentrate better throughout the day. Sometimes, we just really needed to move, so we would do the 200M sprint, sometimes we just needed to move our whole bodies, so we would dance, and sometimes (and we always ended with this) we just needed to take some deep breaths and calm down, so we would click on AirTime and do just that!
So when your kids are antsy…GoNoodle!!