Friday, December 19, 2014

ProjectWriter

ProjectWriter is the new platform from BoomWriter for group Writing projects.  This is done using the innovative BoomWriter collaborative writing process where students will each write their own story (i.e. paragraph, submission, etc). and then as a group vote on the best one to submit.  Best of all using BoomWriter's educational portal, teachers can manage student accounts and monitor and assess all work that has been submitted.  Also, educators can use ProjectWriter to develop vocabulary skills by including key words and concepts into their assignments (think WordWriter).

Here are some more features of ProjectWriter...

  • include key vocabulary terms-to-know for students to utilize in their Writing
  • boost student engagement and learning
  • easily assess students' understanding of key unit concepts
  • flexibility: as an end-of-unit summary project or use alongside they unit as you teach
  • Common Core Aligned
I highly recommend checking out ProjectWriter by clicking here!!!

*BoomWriter is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits

Buncee Buddies: Digital Pen Pals

Buncee Buddies is the new platform for connecting students and classrooms around the world through digital pen pals.

Below is an excerpt from their blog...

"Whether it’s celebrating Hanukkah in Iowa, or Christmas in Hong Kong, classrooms from across the nation and globe will create and share buncees that highlight their individual and community holiday traditions. Using text, audio recordings, videos, photos, stickers, and animations, students from various cities around the world will bring their traditions to life with buncee. Then, through Skype and Flipgrid, each class will share and explain their creations to other classrooms."

Below is an example of a finished product...



I highly recommend checking out Buncee Buddies and who is participating by clicking here!!!!

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Moovly

Moovly is a excellent site for creating custom animations/presentations.  This site reminds me a lot of Powtoon, and w/ their educational portal offers a nice solution for classrooms.  Moovly can be used to flip a lesson and for Project Based Learning.  Also, a finished project can then be embedded into a site or blog.

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

Below is an example...

My Weather Book

My Weather Book is a fun iOS app that students are using for word and letter recognition.  The way this works is by tracing letters and coloring pictures while learning different vocabulary words about the Weather.  As they are learning their words and practicing letters they are selecting pictures and creating their very own coloring book.  Upon coloring their digital book a student can bring up drawing/coloring tools that includes a microphone that speaks the highlighted words.  This helps students w/ word recognition and build up their vocabulary around Weather.

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

*The App Tree is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Foos: Code for an Hour

The Foos: Code for an Hour is a super fun free iOS app that teaches beginning programming concepts to students.  It's very similar to Scratch where users connect blocks to form commands.  There are 24 levels that students can complete to unlock new characters and abilities.  Some of the concepts covered in Foos are: problem solving, sequencing, spatial visualization, and more.

I highly recommend checking out The Foos: Code for an Hour by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review check out Edshelf.

For my Pinterest board on Programming and Coding click here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

30hands Pro

30hands Pro is the new paid iOS app from 30hands Learning.  This is a great purchase as it unlocks all the features in the free 30hands app such as: importing video clips, Dropbox/Google Drive integration, and Hi-Res video exporting.

30hands is the amazingly simple to use app w/ drag-n-drop interface that allows users to sync up photos w/ audio recordings to create stunning presentations.  This can be used for digital storytelling, Project Based Learning, or even to "Flip" a lesson.  Also, the exporting features allows the video to be saved to the mobile device's camera roll or uploaded to the free 30hand online educational community.

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

For more info on 30hands Pro visit Edshelf.
For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.

*30hands Learning is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

VideoTelling

VideoTelling is a site I found out about from Shelly Terrell, that is an interesting new concept for telling stories.  This educator uses short stories and viral videos to tell a story and educate students on any given topic.

The project supports these 3 goals...

  • Planning and using teacher-led videotelling in the classroom
  • Creating tasks that require students to create their own videotelling texts
  • Using video cameras to film students’ video telling performances
I highly recommend checking out VideoTelling by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.