Project Based Learning

Friday, October 24, 2014


Answerables is a wonderful new innovative site/game that is perfect for Game Based Learning (or more accurate Game Based Learning meets Learning Management System).  It reminds me of Second Life but geared more toward kids w/ their fantasy/SciFi environment.  The game takes place in the 3D virtual world of Answerables on a planet called Proxima, where the native Ansibles (students) encounter an alien race.

What makes this so great for education that is the safe/COPPA compliant environment that Answerables provides.  This is an ideal place for students to collaborate w/ others and develop their social learning skills.  Answerables provides windows (i.e. Second Life) to view the web, go on quests, etc.  The student dashboard allows students to track their quests, notifications, events, PODS (Personal Online Development Spaces), and more.

Educators can create a lesson/POD (manage permissions), create webquests, internet scave
nger hunts, host live events, and best of all "Gamify" their lesson.  This is great for introducing a new concept, guided/differentiated instruction, and even "Flipping" a classroom.  Also, teachers (parents too) can track/monitor student progress, share and view resources by collaborating w/ other educators, and even setup tutoring courses where they set their own rate.

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

Below is a brief demo that has to be seen to be believed...

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

*Answerables is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Otus is a innovative new mobile learning system for the iPad.  This is an excellent free easy to use tool that educators around the world are using to seamlessly integrate technology into their classroom.  W/ the free iPad app educators can track assignments, assess students, poll, browse the web, take attendance, and more.  It is a complete all-in-one solution for the mobile learning environment.  Educators can even "flip" a lesson for at home instructions.  Also, the simple to use split-screen allows students to take notes while working on assignments.

Below is a brief demo video...

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

*Otus is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

iPractice Math

iPractice Math is one of my favorite free sites for all things Math.  This simple to use site w/ educational portal allows educators to track and manage students as they progress through any area of Math.  iPractice has an abundance of resources for educators and students such as, problem walkthroughs, printables/worksheets, definitions, tutorials, and much much more.  Best of all are the detailed reports that educators can generate to assess students.

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

*iPractice Math 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.

FluencyFinder 3.0

FluencyFinder the educational mobile (iOS/Android) app for assessing Reading & Comprehension has just released their biggest and most robust update yet.  Before educators need to choose between 1 of 6 passages (1st thru 8th grade) to assess a student's Reading level.  This was a bit limit for those that needed to use required reading material or those districts that uses Accelerated Reader, AIMS, etc.  However, now educators can create, delete, and upload any Reading/Comprehension passage & questions they want to assess their students with.  This makes it a great way to organize Reading lists for a student or class, and assess material relevant to that class.  Also, a user can switch between online use and mobile use as their data gets backed up seamlessly between the two.

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

For the iOS click here.
For the Android app click here.

If you're interested in receiving a free code for review purposes let me know via Twitter (DM me) (@dkapuler) as supplies are limited.

*FluencyFinder is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Math Monsters Bingo

Math Monsters Bingo is a fun free iOS app for learning basic Math skills (i.e. adding, subtracting, etc.).  The goal is simple, try to find the monster under the Bingo cards which represent answers and achieve the highest score/BINGO.  This game has high replay value and best of all tracks students scores that allows multiple players on the same device.

I highly recommend checking out Math Monsters Bingo by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.
For more information check out Edshelf.


30hands is the excellent and free easy to use iOS app that educators are using to integrate technology into their classroom.  This is being used in education in many different ways such as "flipping" a lesson, project based learning, and of course, digital storytelling.  The drag-n-drop interface makes it seamless to organize slides, and add pictures and video.  Best of all a user can record their own narration to tell a story and then upload it to the safe educational 30hands cloud (aka learning community).  There is even a inexpensive 30hands Pro app which unlocks all the features in the free app such as: importing video clips, Google Drive/Drop Box integration, and more.

I highly recommend checking out 30hands by clicking here!!!

For more info on 30hands Pro check out Edshelf.

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.

*30hands Learning is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.