Project Based Learning

Monday, October 20, 2014

Storyboard That

Storyboard That is one of my favorite new Web 2.0 sites for education.  This amazing site w/ educational portal allows educators to create/manage student accounts while creating fun and engaging assignments.  Educators around the world are using Storyboard That for project based learning, flipping a classroom, and much much more.  Students can easily create a storyboard and then convert it into a slideshow, find writing prompts, character maps, etc etc.  Best of all are all the Common Core aligned resources and lesson plans that teachers can look through and use to best figure out how to integrate Storyboard That into their classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Storytboard That by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Web 2.0 for Education click here.

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dora and Friends

Dora and Friends is the nice new iOS app for creating a digital storytelling w/ the cast of the new/older version of Dora.  This is a real fun a app that is easy to use and lets kids pick from their favorite characters, settings, and music and then drag/drop them around the screen.  Best of all, a student can add their own narration by recording their voices instead of the Dora characters.

I recommend checking out Dora and Friends by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Buncee for Edu

Buncee the very popular web 2.0 tool for creating stunning presentations has just released their long awaited free iPad app.  This app w/ educational portal allows educators to seamlessly integrate Project Based Learning, Flip a Class, and much much more.  A student can even record their voice for narration or to digitally tell a story, and a educator can use it to "flip" a class or lesson.  Best of all, a user/student can share their Buncee publicly or privately in a safe environment.   This is a great and easy way to create lessons and assignments and integrate technology into the classroom.

I highly recommend checking out the Buncee for Edu iPad app by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Project Based Learning click here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Prodigy is a wonderful MMO educational online game for helping students Grades 1st-6th learn Math.  This epic game immerses students in a fantasy world where they solve Math problems (addition, subtraction, area, etc.).  Best of all is the educational portal that allows educators or parents to control student settings and view user generated reports in real-time.  The game also is designed for differentiated instruction and adjusts for students who need help in certain areas, while being aligned to Common Core Standards.

I highly recommend checking out Prodigy by clicking here!!!

*Prodigy is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Citelighter, is an online writing platform for K-12 that helps students organize research for homework and papers and allows teachers to assign, monitor and grade.

Citelighter is already used in over 3,000 K-12 classrooms, and the new platform will help:

Students ­When students aren't confident in their writing, they have trouble communicating their thoughts. Citelighter allows students gather information, jot down notes on a specific source and incorporate it right into their assignment. It helps with organization and develops critical thinking skills needed to become a better writer.

Teachers ­Citelighter helps teachers give individualized and customized attention to each one of their students without leaving their desk. It lets teachers monitor progress and grade their students all on a single platform saving them valuable time with their classroom.

Principals ­For principles and administrators that are tasked with choosing tools for their schools and districts, Citelighter is affordable and combines 7 tools in one easy to use platform.

Common Core ­ Citelighter brings everyone in the classroom up to speed with Common Core requirements by breaking down complicated writing concepts into digestible pieces for students and reduces the burden on teachers and administrators by ensuring everyone is in a successful learning environment.

*Coming Soon - Oct 21st 

Below is a brief demo...

I highly recommend checking out Citelighter by clicking here!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

20 Tools for Brainstorming/Mind mapping

Brainstorming/mind mapping has been an educational technique that has been around since the beginning of cognitive thought. This is a tool that facilitates ideas and collaborative in nature. W/ the use of web 2.0 technology this concept has evolved into an ideal 21st Century Technology for education. "A mind map is a diagram used to representwordsideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate,visualizestructure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study,organizationproblem solvingdecision making, and writing. (wikipedia)"  That being said, I've decided to update my list and curate twenty of my favorite resources for brainstorming/mindmapping.

*This list is in alphabetical order

20 Tools for Brainstorming/Mind mapping

  1. BigMind Pro - A fantastic iPad app for creating mind maps that includes text, images, notes, and more.
  2. Brainstormer - One of my favorite iOS apps for brainstorming that generates a plot, subject, and setting, by the spin of a wheel.
  3. - One of the most popular sites around for easily being able to create brainstorms or mind maps.
  4. Conjo Whiteboard - A robust iPad app that allows users to create images, drawing, mind maps, brain storms, and more w/ an abundance of tools/templates.
  5. Diagrammr - Create diagrams by typing sentences no registration is required, easy!!!
  6. Exploratree - A great visual site for creating a mind map w/ lots of templates.
  7. IdeaStorm - A free and simple to use diagramming tool that is ideal for making a quick brainstorm.
  8. iBrainstorm - A free iOS app (iPad/iPhone) that lets users brainstorm ideas through the use of sticky notes.
  9. Memofon - A great site that takes text notes and turns them into mind maps that users can edit.
  10. Mind42 - Nice collaborative mind mapping site w/ lots of templates and easy to use.
  11. MindMeister - Beautiful looking mind mapping site w/ the ability to embed into a site or blog.
  12. MindMup - A easy to use site for creating brainstorms or mind maps.
  13. Mindomo - One of my favorite brainstorming apps that also lets a user flip their classroom, collaborate, comment, and much more.
  14. Popplet - A excellent app that allows students to think and learn visually by brainstorming and mind mapping.
  15. PrimaryWall - Brainstorming for El Ed w/ educational portal.
  16. ProcessOn - A cool site for creating diagrams online through real-time collaboration.
  17. Slickplan - A easy to use site where a user can create beautiful flow charts and embed into a site or blog.
  18. Stormboard - Online brainstorming and collaboration in real-time making it easy to generate ideas and get the creative juices flowing.
  19. TotSplash - A fun site for creating and organizing ideas into a brainstorm or mind map.
  20. Webspiration - From the creators of Inspiration a very popular web based program for creating visual brainstorms that can then be turned into an outline w/ a click of a button.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Thinkrolls is a super fun and unique educational mobile app (iOS/Android) designed for kids 3-8 yrs old.  This app helps students develop cognitive thinking and spatial ability by rolling a ball through a maze while trying to solve puzzles and collect O's.  This game is divided up by chapter and as a student progresses the game will get more complex as skills build upon each other in different areas of a Science such as: gravity, speed, friction, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Thinkrolls by clicking here!!!

*The game will be released this Thursday Oct 16th.

Below is a brief demo video...

Thinkrolls - Official app trailer from Avokiddo from Avokiddo on Vimeo.