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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game

Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game is one of my favorite iOS Math apps from Math File Folder Games.  This game designed for El Ed and Middle School allows players or multiple players on multiple devices (up to 5) via bluetooth to try to shoot alien ships by drawing a laser through them by plotting points on a graph (grid line).  Besides having high replay value the game generates detailed results that can then be emailed to a parent or teacher.

I highly recommend checking out Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game by clicking here!!!

For more iOS multiplayer Math games click here.

*Math File Folder Games is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Zaption

Zaption is a excellent learning tool that can be used by educators for Blended or Flipped Learning, as well as for Project Based Learning.  It allows a user to take a video and edit it by cropping and adding learning elements such as questions to create a "learning tour".  Best of all, educators can then track and assess student learning by tracking how they are doing.  Also, a "learning tour" can be shared via email or embedded into a site or blog.  Finally, a user can browse through any public Zaption and customize it to meet their own needs.

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

For my Pinterest board on a Flipped Classroom click here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School w/ Tackk

Tackk is a site I've covered before which reminds of a cross between Smore and Pinterest for education.  Their educational portal allows educators to create "class" accounts where students can create their own static page and include all types of media (i.e. images, video, text, etc).  This summer they've updated their project w/ some niece features for educators to help w/ Back to School such as: collaborating w/ a "stream", promoting school events w/ a widget, more lesson plans and templates, and a contest where students can win up to a $1000 for showing off what they did this summer.   Some other ways Tackk is being used is for project based learning, digital portfolios, curating the web, and more.

See on Tackk.com


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


GoClass

GoClass is a beautiful looking LMS that is ideal for mobile learning.  It allows educators to create engaging lessons and then conduct sessions on their mobile device (Android/iOS).  Best of all, teachers can view what each student is doing on their mobile device and assess them in real-time while recording each session.  This is perfect for creating a dynamic digital portfolio, as well as for project based learning and guided/differentiated instruction.

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

*GoClass is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Game Based Learning

Game Based Learning has been rising in popularity over the years and is a great way to integrate technology in the classroom as well as help keep kids motivated for learning.  Also, it is fun way to use computers for Back to School week.

Below is a cross-post from PBS LearningMedia on Gaming in the Classroom.

The Gaming in the Classroom resources include:
 
1)    Star Swiper
Give your young learners some counting practice with this fun, interactive game from the popular PBS KIDS program PEG + CAT. In it, Big Mouth is taking all the stars on Purple Planet. Your students will need to clap their hands while counting until the sky is filled with stars again. For grades PreK-2
Learning about measurements have never been more fun than with “Dunk Tank” from the PBS KIDS math series Cyberchase! In this interactive game, students explore key concepts about liquid volume, including standard units of liquid measure and how to convert between them. For grades 5-6
3)    Dungeons & Dragons  
Dungeons & Dragons, developed in 1974, is considered the originator of the modern role-playing game industry. Watch with your students this segment from PBS Digital Studios’ “Off Book” to learn more about this particular storytelling process and what it means today in the digital era. For grades 6-12
Researchers and educators are exploring how video games can be used in real-world ways, both positive and practical. Watch with your class “What Games Teach” from FRONTLINE’s Digital Nation and explore the power of alternate realities to do more than just entertain. For grades 6-12

Working “indie” is all about small teams working on artistic visions and the freedom to explore “crazy” ideas. In this clip, your class will learn more about how the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers outside the mainstream, and how they can be inspired by it to “stay small” and be more creative in their own artistic pursuits. For grades 9-12

  • PBS LearningMedia launched in 2011 in partnership with WBGH and is a free media-on-demand service available to educators nationwide. The service features a robust library of digital assets including videos, games and lesson plans that align with National and Common Core State Standards.

  • More than 1.5 million teachers have registered access to PBS LearningMedia.
  • PBS LearningMedia offers over 87,000 curriculum-aligned digital resources available for free to PreK-12 educators nationwide. Last year, PBS LearningMedia also launched a premium tier with enhanced features and functionality available to states and districts.


For more Gaming in the Classroom, or if you would like additional information about these or any of the resources available from PBS LearningMedia, please contact Meredith Gandy at mgandy@360pr.com or 415.216.3441.


Monday, August 25, 2014

NameCoach

NameCoach is an interesting new site that people are using for learning people's names.  This could be a useful tool for educators needed to learn student's names and the proper way to pronounce them. The way this works is a user creates a name/web page and then has the student's speak their names.  The audio gets embedded into a page and a user can access them all on one page at anytime.  Also, NameCoach makes it very easy to share recordings and keep track of student's name/email.

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

Answerables

Answerables is a wonderful free site/app for Gamifying a lesson or Game Based Learning.  I like to think of it as a Learning Management System meets Game Based Learning.  This takes place in a safe interactive 3D virtual world, where students can collaborate w/ others, go on web quests, complete assignments, browse the web, and much much more.  Also, Answerables offers detailed reports for assessment as well as the ability to interact w/ other educators and even tutor in their innovative environment.

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

Below is a brief demo...



For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

*Answerables is a advertiser of Technology Tidbits.