Thursday, October 17, 2019

Buncee for Halloween

Buncee is a fantastic and simple tool to use for education.  Educators are using it for project based learning, digital storytelling, announcements, digital cards, and much much more.  A great way to use it is for holiday projects such as Halloween.  Buncee, has lots of free resources for educators (lesson plans, i.e. ideas lab), as well as state of the art clip-art, animations, backgrounds, etc.

Below is a buncee I created for Halloween...



I highly recommend checking out Buncee for Education by clicking here!!!

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Noisy Book

Noisy Book is a wonderful new innovative iOS app for kids.  Noisy Book works by supplying sound effects to a book by processing what is read (i.e. adding a horn honking to a car).  Also, a user can create their own story and add sound effects for a fun way to incorporate digital storytelling.  Best of all, Noisy Book understands what is being read and creates an educational quiz for the main parts of a story to gauge understanding/comprehension.

I highly recommend checking out Noisy Book by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review click here.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Super Teacher Worksheets for Fall and Halloween

Be sure to check out STW for all their Halloween ideas such as: educational games, poems, activities, and more!!!

Super Teacher Worksheets is one of the best sites around for finding educational resources on a wide range of subjects.  Educators can find, worksheets, printables, puzzle generators and more.  Also, they are constantly updating their site w/ more resources all the time and recently released new crossword puzzle worksheet generator.

I highly recommend checking out Super Teacher Worksheets for Fall and Halloween by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

*Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Evergreen Photos

Evergreen Photos is a new site for finding free stock photos that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  Also, a registered can bookmark photos too.

I highly recommend checking out Evergreen Photos by clicking here!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Storyboard That for Halloween

Storyboard That the wonderful resource that educators everywhere are using for a variety of educational purposes (i.e. timelines, digital storytelling, project based learning, etc), has just release their latest bundle for Halloween.  These activities cover a wide range of topics from story starters, holiday cards, monsters, safety tips, and more.

Storyboard That is an excellent learning tool w/ educational portal, where teachers can manage, track, differentiate instruction, and assess student accounts in a safe environment.  This easy-to-use site has an abundance of teacher guides and lesson plans, that makes it easy to integrate into any classroom or curriculum.

I highly recommend checking out Storyboard That for Halloween by clicking here!!!

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2019

It's the time of year again for my favorite annual sites and apps.  This years list seems to have a wide variety of educational tools w/ no set pattern seen in years past.  As w/ any of my previous annual top lists, all tools listed in previous end of year posts will not be eligible for this years'.

Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2019

  1. Wakelet - Wakelet lets educators easily bookmark any item on the web (i.e. article, blog, tweet, etc.) and then curate them in stunning visual ways to curate w/ others.  This can be used in a wide variety of ways such as for: digital storytelling, professional development, and more.
  2. GooseChase - An innovative site/app (iOS/Google Play) for creating digital scavenger hunts.  Also, there are lots of templates for educators to use to create their own scavenger hunt to implement into any curriculum.
  3. Educandy -  A wonderful site for creating educational games where a teacher just enters the questions and Educandy creates the game.
  4. Walnut - A excellent new site/app for finding educational videos and then taking quizzes to assess learning (think BrainPop).  This is a great way for educators to assess learning and differentiate instruction.
  5. Knoword - A super fun Vocabulary game w/ educational portal where teachers can create their own word lists and track/monitor students.
  6. Mobile Permissions - A fantastic free new tool for educators to virtually send parents permissions slips to their phone or mobile device.  They can then electronically sign and submit payment while educators can track/monitor to it all from their teacher portal.  
  7. DOGOnews - DOGOnews is an excellent site for creating Reading assignments for grades K-8 that can then be integrated into Google Classroom.  This is done through their curated safe (COPA compliant) educational database that provides assessment and language/speech features.
  8. VideoClass - A great site for educators and students to find educational videos on any number of subjects.  Also, teachers can upload their own videos, create a screencast or even charge others to download their videos.
  9. Parlay - Parlay is a very innovative online tool that educators are using to take classroom discussions to the next level.  Teachers can use Parlay in a number of different ways such as: browsing through a robust library of discussion prompts (w/ resources), creating a online roundtable, or by creating a "live" verbal roundtable.
  10. Math Attax - A super-fun highly-addictive free mobile (iOS/Google Play) Math game that helps students w/ their basic Math skills (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc.). 
  11. Loop - An interesting new student response system where educators create an online classroom and then posting questions for students to answer making it easy to assess student learning and differentiate instruction.
  12. while True: learn() -  A innovative new iOS game that educators can use to not only integrate Game Based Learning into their teachings, but introduce STEM skills such as: programming, coding, and logical thinking.
  13. Backchannel Chat - An amazing site/app for creating backchannel chats that educators are using in a wide variety of ways (i.e. brainstorming, assessing learning, etc.).
  14. Fishbowl - A new social network/community for educators looking to post questions, share resources, or collaborate on best teaching practices.
  15. Kolibri - An interesting new site for finding interactive resources, videos, and quizzes.
  16. NowComment - A great learning tool where educators can annotate on any type of document to  facilitate learning.
  17. FUNecole - A wonderful digital learning solution for grades 1st-6th that focuses on topics such as digital literacy and SEL (social emotional learning).
  18. ClassroomQ - An easy-to-use innovative tool that acts as a "digital" hand raising device.
  19. Newlearn.io - A new social network for finding educational resources that are curated by common core standards.
  20. OneClass - A fantastic all-in-one solution for students looking for homework help, study guides, tutors, and more.
  21. Codelicious - Codelicious is a wonderful Computer Science curriculum designed to help educators integrate STEM into their classroom or grades 3rd-8th.
  22. AdaptedMind - An excellent online curriculum for Math and Reading grades K-6 that uses game based learning to help reinforce learning.
  23. Education Galaxy - An innovative learning platform for grades K-6 w/ educational portal to help students master their subjects.
  24. boclips - A great place to find educational videos where YouTube is blocked by school filters.
  25. Course Hero - A nice place for students to find online tutors in any number of subjects.

Monday, October 7, 2019

BoomWriter Halloween Activity

BoomWriter is a terrific site that I’ve written about many times because it lets elementary, middle, and high school teachers conduct non-fiction, fiction, and vocabulary development group-writing/collaborative activities in almost any subject area.  BoomWriter is an innovative learning tool that educators everywhere are using for project based learning and turn students into published writers.

Recently, BoomWriter has been releasing holiday/theme based writing activities for classrooms.  This lets teachers engage students w/ by providing a exciting platform where the first chapter (story starter) is provided and the students then write the next one.  After the chapter is written, the students then vote for the next chapter to be included in their story until it is done.

This Halloween activity follows the same innovative pattern where the story starter is given, the next chapter is written and voted on, and continues till the class book is completed.  From there, educators can order copies of the book to "host" a publishing party for their class.  Finally, parents can even order customized books of "their" own child that has their written entry into the story.

Below is a brief video of a publishing party...



I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter's Halloween Activity by clicking here!!!