Slidebooks for Project Based Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Apricot is a neat new free tool for teachers that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  The way this works is educators sign up and create a class that students join through a code (i.e ClassDojo).  Once the class is created educators can then ask a question, the students respond in real-time, and then their parents get the results emailed to them.  Also, parents can join the same class as their child's w/ a unique login code.

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

For my Pinterest board on Web 2.0 click here.


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Answerables is one of the most unique sites to come around in awhile.  It is a cross between a Learning Management System and Game Based Learning environment to deliver a innovative and fun learning experience for students.  All of this takes place in a 3D virtual world (i.e. think Second Life but geared towards education) that allows educators to create lessons, scavenger hunts, collaborate w/ other educators, and much much more.  Best of all, all of this takes place in Answerables safe interactive environment.  Also, Answerables can be used by any curriculum to teach any subject using Project Based Learning, "gamifying"a lesson, and differentiating instruction.

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

Below is a brief demo video...

*Answerables is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Simple Machines

Simple Machines is the new iOS app from TinyBop that is ideal for ages 6-8 learning about STEM.  The way this works is students interact w/ six different "simple" machines to learn about the forces that control them and how they work.  They will learn about motion, pulls, levers, and more as they try to make music, launch items, etc etc.  Also, a user can download free worksheets from their websites.

I highly recommend checking out Simple Machines by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Storyboard That

Storyboard That is a fantastic Web 2.0 tool for digital storytelling w/ educational portal.  This portal allows for educators to create student accounts (even batch upload) and assign them to their class via a URL and unique code (i.e. ClassDojo).  Not only can and educator create, manage, adjust privacy settings, and more, they can create storyboard templates and assignments for their class.  Everything is COPPA compliant and very safe to use in an educational setting.

Storyboard That is a very easy tool to use w/ it's drag-n-drop interface and allows students to seamlessly create a storyboards by adding images, clip art, text, record narration, etc.  There is even a innovative slideshow button that turns storyboards into slideshows that easily allows for students or teachers to share their presentations up on a big screen.  A finished product can then be downloaded as a PDF, shared via a link, exported into a PPT, or embedded into a site/blog.

Best of all are the new "Teacher Guides" that are aligned to Common Core standards and contain plot diagrams, Q/A, character maps, and much much more.  Educators are using these for project based learning, digital storytelling, and in a number of different ways to assess student's learning on a project or story.

Also, a student/teacher has the ability to create timelines.  Once a timeline is created they then have the option to add a date, text, image, or select one of the many templates/styles of their choice (i.e web, t-chart, grid, etc.).  This is a simple and great way to make a timeline or graphic organizer.  Educators can use this to create templates and then have students fill it out online thr
ough Storyboard That's educational portal, making it a perfect tool to use for any subject or grade level.

*Just added support for Grid, T-Chart, and Frayer Models

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

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mystery Word Town

Mystery Word Town is the new game from Artigig Apps.  This mobile (iOS/Android) app follows the same familiar style as the Mystery Math Town games where a user has to travel through a town collecting letters to spell a word (instead of numbers to solve an equation).  Mystery Word Town features high replay value as students try to help the town's sheriff capture outlaws by spelling sight words.  They can interact w/ their environment and learn about the outlaws as they unlock new boards and characters.  Also, this game saves a user account that it makes it ideal for multiple users on the same device as well as the ability to select a users "game" level.

I highly recommend checking out Mystery Word Town by clicking here!!!

For more Artgig Apps click here.

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

Math Games

Math Games is an excellent site for finding free games grades K-8.  Also, a educator can search by skill/subject (Division, Addition, etc.) or by standard.  Best of all Math Games tracks students progress and differentiates instruction.

I highly recommend checking out Math Games by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.


Creatubbles is an excellent for sharing/collaborating on outwork in an educational setting.  The educational portal allows educators to create, manage, and monitor student accounts making it safe for classrooms.  Also, students can comment (pending moderators approval) on other student's outwork from around the world and use Creatubbles on any device.  Best of all, all artwork that is uploaded to Creatubbles is reviewed before being displayed on their website.

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

Below is a brief demo...

For my Pinterest board on Digital Art click here.