Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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.

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


















For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling Click here.

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.





Prodigy

Prodigy is a fantastic free online Math game that is ideal for Game Based Learning.  This super fun highly engaging game designed for grades 1st-6th and is aligned to Common Core Standards.  Best of all is the teacher portal which allows for educators to assess students and get instant real-time reporting.  Prodigy, even has a unique learning engine which allows the game to differentiate instruction and help students w/ areas they are struggling in.  Teachers can modify the game to suit their needs and select which skills their students need to focus on too.  Also, Prodigy is browser based and works on any device (i.e iPad or Chromebook).

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

Below is a brief demo...



For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

Teach'n Go

Teach'n Go is a new (beta) site for managing online courses for educators.  This is a nice way to create a course, charge what they want, schedule, and communicate w/ parents and students in a safe collaborative environment.  Also, Teach'n Go is web based and works on any browser based device making it ideal for mobile learning.

I highly recommend checking out Teach'n Go by clicking here!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buncee for Education

Buncee for Education is the web portal for educators looking to use Buncee w/ their classroom.  Buncee is a wonderful learning tool that allows educators to "flip" a lesson, use for project based and blended learning, digital storytelling, and much much more.  This is a simple to use presentation/creation tool that students are using on the web or iOS mobile device to create stunning projects through a drag-n-drop interface.  Best of all, the educational portal allows educators to create and manage all student accounts, as well as to create/view assignments.  There is even an abundance of educational resources/lessons for educators to browse to help integrate Buncee into their classroom.

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

Below is a brief demo...



*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

My Weather Book

My Weather Book is a fun educational iOS app that kids can use for word/letter recognition by tracing words and coloring pictures.  This is done in a easy to use interface where parents can select which style (i.e. bold, dotted) of letters can be traced, while the child can select their pictures to be included in their coloring book.  After that by tapping on a picture in the coloring book a user can then access the coloring, brush, drawing/writing tools to interact w/ the picture.  Best of all there is a microphone button that will speak the highlighted word.  This helps w/ word recognition as well as build up a child's vocabulary around the weather.

I highly recommend checking out My Weather Book by clicking here!!!

For more info check out Edshelf.

*My Weather Book is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

AR Flashcards Shapes & Colors

AR Flashcards Shapes and Colors is the brand-new educational augmented reality iOS app from Mitchlehan Media (i.e AR Flashcards Space).  Like AR Space, all a child has to do is point the iOS device at the printed flashcard to display a 3D rendered animal holding up a shape.  A user can then take a snapshot or even hear the shape by pressing on the sound button.  This is a great way to introduce shapes & colors to toddlers and preschoolers as well as an innovative way to integrate technology & augmented reality into the classroom.


I highly recommend checking out AR Flashcards Shapes and Colors by clicking here.

To find AR Flashcards Shapes and Colors on Edshelf click here.
For my Pinterest board on Augmented Reality click here.

For more AR Flashcards apps click here.

*Mitchlehan Media is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Booktrack Classroom

Booktrack Classroom is a new site/app that is great for the Reading or Writing Classroom.  This is an interesting tool that allows students or teachers to add a soundtrack to their writing.

Here's a list of ways Booktrack Classroom is being used in education...

  • Narrative Writing – Students add music and audio to their original stories.
  • Informative and Explanatory Writing – Students compose essays and articles selecting suitable audio to accompany their text.
  • Literature Study – Students gain insight and increased understanding of the text by creating their own soundtracks for novels, stories, and plays they are reading in class.
  • Read-Alouds – Teacher and student led read-alouds are enhanced through the addition of sound and music to the chapter or act being presented.
Also, BC has a nice selection of free lesson plans to search through and is aligned to Common Core standards.

Below is a brief demo...


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

*Booktrack Classroom is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.