Friday, September 21, 2018

Klassroom

Klassroom is a free mobile (Android/iOS) that I just found out about for parent Monica Burns.  Klassroom reminds me of a cross between Remind and ClassDojo where educators can share: photos, videos, documents, or events w/ parents in a secure environment.  Also, this is a great way for teachers and parents to inform each other of field trips, student absences, and more.
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Below is a brief demo...



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

Modern Chalkboard

Modern Chalkboard is a wonderful new free site for finding SMART board resources.  This is a great place to find interactive lessons on a wide variety of subjects such as: Math, Grammar, Science, Social Studies, and more Also, this is a nice place to find other resources such as links and help files.

I highly recommend checking out Modern Chalkboard by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

*Modern Chalkboard is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photos for Class

Photos for Class is an excellent site that is ideal for finding safe images for students.  This search engine uses Flickr safe search as well as some built in filtering to find Creative Common licensed images.  Best of all when a user clicks download the image gets cited automatically w/ the proper licensing terms.

I highly recommend checking out Photos for Class by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Images click here.

Top 10 Tools for Self-Paced Learning

"Self-paced instruction or learning is any kind of instruction that proceeds based on learner response. The content itself can be curriculum, corporate training, technical tutorials, or any other subject that does not require the immediate response of an instructor.  Self-paced instruction is constructed in such a way that the learner proceeds from one topic or segment to the next at their own speed.  This type of instruction is becoming increasingly popular as the education world shifts from the classroom to the internet (Wikipedia)."

Self-paced learning is an excellent way for students or educators to learn material at their own pace.  Also, this is ideal to help users retain information in a low pressure place as well as supplement different learning styles.  Finally, Self-paced learning is becoming more and more prevalent in schools w/ the integration of BYOD (bring your own device) or mobile learning.

*This list is in alphabetical order.

Top 10 Tools for Self-Paced Learning

  1. Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr. - One of the most popular sites around for self-paced learning where students can watch animated movies w/ the robot Moby then answer questions regarding the subject.
  2. GrammarFlip - A excellent site for students to practice their grammar by watching educational videos and then completing interactive exercises.
  3. Lynda - A great site for online training on a wide range of subjects where users can learn at their own pace.
  4. Mathigon - An innovative interactive textbook that lets acts as personal tutor for students that provides instant real-time feedback.
  5. Outwhiz - A nice site or app for Math and English grades K-8th.  Also, Outwhiz tracks student's progress and lets them learn at their own.
  6. PBS Learning Media - A wonderful site w/ educational portal for students to learn a wide range of subjects at their own pace w/ resources (i.e. videos, lessons) aligned to state-standards.
  7. Sentence Builder - An interesting iOS app for ages 4-7 yrs old to learn about sentence structure and grammar in a fun and engaging way.
  8. Splash Math - A K-5 Math curriculum and iPad w/ individual self learning game based programs for students.
  9. UMU - A fantastic site and mobile app (iOS/Android) that can be used for any subject any even professional development.
  10. VocApp - A great free mobile app that uses flashcards to help users learn at their own pace and differentiate instruction.

UMU

UMU is a fantastic site and mobile app (iOS/Android) for "self paced learning" and "mobile learning" that I just found out about from the innovative educator Naomi Harm.  UMU can be used in a number of different ways such as: creating quizzes/polls, adding voiceovers to slides, create infographics or live broadcasts, and much much more.  Also, UMU is a excellent way to assess an audience/students and can be used for professional development and blended learning.

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

Edji

Edji is an innovative site for annotating texts for collaborative learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  Edji lets users read a online text and then interact w/ it by: highlighting passages, annotate w/ text, images, or emojis, and, more.  Educators can then view a "heat map" which shows highlighting being done in real-time that helps them differentiate instruction and assess student's understanding.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Design Wizard

Design Wizard is an excellent site for making beautiful looking presentations.  Design Wizard has a very user-friendly interface where all a user has to do is select a template where they can customize anything such as: images, videos, audio, and more.  Best of all, a user can share/embed their presentation online, download it, or even print it out.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Design Wizard by clicking here!!!