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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Miracle of Life

Miracle of Life is one of my favorite Health apps (English/Spainsh) for the iPad I've ever seen.  This is a beautiful looking app that is educational and very informative about the human growth cycle.  This app covers all 3 stages such as: fertilization, gestation, and growth, and is ideal for parents, Health teachers, and those looking to teach their children about "growing" up.

I highly recommend checking out Miracle of Life by clicking here!!!

*Miracle of Life is a paid advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Skillshare

Skillshare is a site I first heard about on the news and is a great site for offering an online class to share knowledge or to take a class as well.  This is done through a innovative online interface and offers a style of "hybrid" learning.

I recommend checking out Skillshare by clicking here!!

Chart Jungle

Chart Jungle is an excellent site to find free printables on any number of topics.  Not only is there an excellent education section for finding lots of classroom needs, there are other categories for people looking for printables on every day items.

I highly recommend checking out Chart Jungle by clicking here!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ExamTime

ExamTime is an excellent learning environment for students.  This is a place where they can share resources w/ other students such as: mindmaps, quizzes, flashcards and more.  Since it's online it can be used on any computer or mobile device and is ideal for facilitate learning.

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

Below is a brief demo video...

SendHub

SendHub is an excellent free site or app for teachers to text parents/students for free.  This is done by creating a unique SendHub # that can be used from any computer, cell phone, or iPhone app.  It's ideal for sending notifications to groups or students/parents.

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

*SendHub is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Silk

Silk is a fun site for creating digital art that I found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  All a user has to do is click and drag the mouse around the screen to create some cool looking designs.  A person can change the color of their picture as well and no registration is needed.  Once a picture is completed it can then be shared or emailed to others.

I recommend checking out Silk by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Digital Art click here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012 Edublog Awards

It's that time of year again to nominate your favorite people, sites, communities, etc in Education and Technology.  What makes these awards nice is that people can only get eligible for these awards are being nominated and voted on by our peers.

Here are my nominations....


Click here to find out more about the Edublog Awards.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sandbox

Sandbox is a iOS browsing app that is ideal for an educational setting.  The only way a site can be reached is by a teacher "whitelisting" a site in the browsers setting.  This way no inappropriate sites can be reached and students can stay on task.  Also, a Plist can be created to administered for a wide number of devices.

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

GrammarBase

GrammarBase is a nice online tool for checking grammar, spelling, plagiarism, and more.  All a user has to do is copy/paste text and then click check.  Then for a fee GB will fix all the problems.

I recommend checking out GrammarBase by clicking here.

Another nice site for grammar is Grammar Bytes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Periodic Table of Comic Books

The Periodic Table of Comic Books is a site after my own heart.  Being an avid comic book collector growing up in the 80's I had to check out this site recommended by Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This is a great site for viewing elements that have been in comics.  All a person has to do is click on an element to see a thumbnail of the comic, and then click the thumbnail to view the whole page of that comic.  It's very interesting, fun, and nostaglic for those comic book fans.

I highly recommend checking out The Periodic Table of Comic Books by clicking here!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Chegg

Chegg is a great site for students looking buy, rent, or sell textbooks, among other things.  Right now they are offering free online coupons those looking for a discount.

I recommend checking out Chegg to get 5% of your textbook order by clicking on Chegg coupon!!!

5 Dice

5 Dice is a free iOS app ideal for teaching order of operations in Math.  This is a great app that is a lot fun and quite challenging at times.  A person can use this app to practice their order of operation skills as well as use the handy white board to work out problems before answering the questions in the game.     I really think this app can be a handy tool for teachers, parents, and students looking to learn or strengthen their skills in learning order of operations.

I highly recommend checking out 5 Dice by clicking here!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Classroom Carrots

Classroom Carrots is a site that reminds me of a cross between Class Dojo and Class Badges.  This is done by using their educational portal to create a class and add students.  Once that is done a teacher can then modify their rewards/stickers and start adding these stickers to students.  This is used to manage behavior as well as increase student engagement.   Also, they have a nice iPad app for mobility.

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

Below is a brief demo video...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Grammar Bytes

Grammar Bytes is a great site for all things related to writing and grammar a person can find: printables, videos, definitions, presentations and more.

I highly recommend checking out Grammar Bytes by clicking here!!

Story Builder

Story Builder is an interesting site to get people to create a story in a unique way.  W/out having to register a person can start creating a story using a template, selecting music, and then adding text between characters.  These finished stories can then be shared via a link or embedded into a site.

I recommend checking out Story Builder by clicking here.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's blog for the tip.

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2012

It's that time of year again where I get to write my favorite post.  This year instead of doing just my top favorite sites I'm going to include Apps due to the shift in education to mobile learning and the "flipped classroom".  While last years post included lots of educational networks, this year has lots of curation sites as well as writing/grammar sites.  I I hope you enjoy this post as much as I had writing it.

*Any site on the 2011 top 100 list will not appear on this list.

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2012

  1. MentorMob - Probably the coolest site I've come across this year.  MentorMob is a place where teachers can curate the web into learning playlists and then share them w/ their students via a link or embedding into a site.
  2. Pinterest - This is the most popular site on my list and another great site for curating the web.  Lots of educators can be found on here sharing and "pinning" great sites for education.
  3. Nearpod - A terrific free iPad app that teacher's use to create interactive presentations then share on student's iPad devices.  Students then use their Nearpod app to submit responses which teacher's can then assess on their own Nearpod app.
  4. Edshelf - One of my favorite sites of the year that is ideal for educators to find educational technology sites or curate them into shelves.
  5. ClassBadges - A fantastic new site that allows teachers to award digital badges to students for accomplishments.
  6. FluencyFinder - A innovative new iOS app for assessing student's reading fluency.  This is a very simple app to use and get instant real-time results for assessing student's reading fluency.
  7. PowToon - One of the best sites I've seen for making stunning animated presentations.
  8. 3D Toad - An amazing site for finding interactive educational images that a person can zoom in and out and rotate 360 degrees.
  9. SendHub - A fantastic way to send free text or group messages to parents/students.
  10. BeeClip EDU - A great site w/ educational portal (no student email necessary to register) that is ideal for students for creating digital scrapbooks.
  11. The Answer Pad - This is a great site/iPad app combo that allows teachers to create answer sheets online and then assign them to students.  The students then using a free app fill in the answer sheet, show their work, etc and then submit to their teacher which they get instant real-time results/graphs.
  12. WatchKnowLearn - Is a site that reminds me a lot of Discovery Streaming and is great for finding educational videos for K-12.
  13. Nanoogo - A wonderful new site that gives students/teachers a digital canvas to ignite creativity and share lessons/ideas/work etc in a new and exciting way.
  14. Class Dojo iOS App - Is a wonderful free iOS app that interacts w/ the fantastic behavior management site.  Teachers can award or discipline students via a mobile device w/out having to be worried about being tied down to a desktop machine.
  15. iBooks Author - A free iPad app for creating interactive digital books.  This could be a game changer in education as more and more text books are being phased out.
  16. SideVibe - A great way to take any content from the web and turn it into an activity for students.
  17. OuiBox - A great site for writing, that sites sources, annotates, and more as you write.
  18. Flocabulary -A neat site for finding teaching lessons, songs, and videos through the use of educational hip hop.
  19. Remind 101 - A great and safe way to text parents/students.
  20. PicMonkey - An excellent free online photo editor where users can upload photos to edit, create collages and more.
  21. GoClass - GoClass is an excellent web based app for the iPad that works a bit like Nearpod.  It allows teachers to manage their class on the web and then create assignments that students take on their iPad.  Teachers can then assess student's work via the web or the iPad app.
  22. NoRedInk - A terrific site for helping student w/ their grammar and writing skills.  Teachers can assign lessons and quizzes as well as tracking student progress.
  23. MeoGraph - An innovative new site for four dimensional storytelling that has an educational portal.
  24. Inklewriter - A fun site that allows students to write creative stories online for free.  It works by adding to a current story or starting your own and then branching off to where you want to go.  It's great for collaborating w/ others and once it's finished it gets published online and can be shared w/ others.
  25. 9Slides - Is a fantastic site for adding narration or video to slideshows.  This is great for professional development or for explaining and introducing a new concept or subject.
  26. Winged Sandals - This is my favorite site for all things Greek Mythology.  This is a great site for finding out interesting facts, images, pictures and games.
  27. theLearnia - A nice educational social learning network that is great for students and educators to share and learn knowledge through online lessons.
  28. Playfic - This is a site after my own heart that allows users to create, play, and remix online text based games (Zork anyone?).  A great way to interact w/ others and strengthen your writing/grammar skills.
  29. Teachers Tech - Is a wonderful iOS app for finding "how to" videos on all things web 2.0 related in the classroom.
  30. Trash Chaos - Is a fun original iPad app for learning about recycling.  This app is ideal for younger kids, has excellent animated graphics and by a top notch company, Yogome.
  31. Humanline  - One of the best new sites around for finding free educational images.
  32. Hello Slide - This is a very cool site that gives a voice or narration to slides by simply typing what you want it to say.
  33. Moms w/ Apps - Is a great place for finding educational apps as well as learning about other great mobile programs such as App Friday.
  34. InSkilled - A unique site that allows users to track and share what they learn online through a very useful self paced interface.
  35. Musicshake Edu - Students create music online that can then be downloaded or used anywhere.
  36. List.ly - A great way to curate the web into lists and then share w/ others or embed into a site.
  37. Knowmia - A nice place to find educational videos on 1000's of lessons for every subject.  Ideal for the HS level.
  38. Nulu - A innovative site for learning Spanish by reading relative articles on a wide variety of subjects that is translated into Spanish.  A user can then select which words are difficult for them to help guide their learning.
  39. Storyboard That - A excellent web tool for students to visual tell a story through a storyboard.  This is ideal for digital storytelling as well as brainstorming new ideas.
  40. Snip.it - A fun site for curating the web into thumbnails similar to Pinterest.
  41. Educreations - This is a wonderful site/iPad app for creating a lesson on a digital whiteboard then recording what's happening.
  42. QR Voice - A neat way to add a voice to a QR code.
  43. Backpack TV - A nice site for educational videos on a wide variety of subjects.
  44. SpellingCity iOS app - A great free iOS app that goes hand and hand w/ the SpellingCity website.  Students can access 100's of word lists and lots of popular games and activities.
  45. MinecraftEdu - The popular PC is now being used in education to build creative worlds and geographical landmarks/buildings.
  46. ClassPager - Turns your mobile device into a classroom clicker for text messages, responding to polls, and more.
  47. CubertsCube - This is a fun site that allows students to polish their writing skills by working and getting feedback from others.
  48. ACMI Generator - This is a great place to find or creating writing prompts to build a story.
  49. GradeCam - Use any web or document camera to scan in assignments and have it graded instantly w/ real-time feedback.
  50. Toontastic - One of my favorite iPad apps for digital storytelling where kids select their characters and backgrounds and add their voice to create a story.
  51. Knowit - Another nice site for curating the web and saving on sorts of resources to share w/ others.
  52. Google Cloud Print - This is an amazing way to print to any printer from any device anywhere as long as the printer supports GCP.
  53. Alien Buddies - A fun app for young learners where they can take part in many activities such as:  matching, puzzles, stickers, and connect the dots.
  54. History Engine - The History Engine is an ambitious project that puts the student in the part of a historian to creating stunning projects.
  55. Teachers w/ Apps - A fantastic site for finding detailed reviews w/ images of educational apps.
  56. Understoodit - A very simple idea for a site that works.  A teacher creates a page where students click understand or confused (about any subject the teacher is teaching) and the teacher gets instant real-time feedback.
  57. Literacy Shed - A great place to find resources for literacy on a wide range of topics.
  58. United Classrooms - This is a global social learning network that connects classrooms around the world.
  59. AnMisH - A fun site for digital storytelling where you can use your own image as one of the characters.
  60. Every1Speaks - Is a great way to harvest an idea by collaborating w/ others and introducing into a school setting.
  61. Essay Tagger - A stunningly simple way to grade essays through a web based tool.
  62. Famigo - A fun site to find and download educational apps.
  63. Flash Card Maker - A cool iOS app for kids to create flash cards using their own images and text.
  64. QuizSlides - Create quizzes from PPT's or PDF's and view results online.
  65. Learnist - Is like an educational version Pinterest w/ the ability to curate more then just sites such as: videos, audio, etc.
  66. myHistro - A terrific site/app for creating interactive timelines that integrates w/ Google Maps.
  67. WikiBrains - A great site for social brainstorming that is very easy and fun to use.
  68. Chegg - This is a great site for renting, selling, or buying text books.  Also, it has an educational portal which is great for finding step by step help on homework problems.
  69. Maily - A fantastic free iPad app that is geared for younger kids to teach them how to email in a safe environment.
  70. KidzVuz - A fun site for kids to find reviews of videos by kids.
  71. Share my Lesson - A great site for teachers to find educational resources developed by teachers.
  72. Avatar Classroom - Is a innovative site that is a web based classroom hosted in a virtual world that is similar to MyLife.
  73. I Tell a Story - Is a excellent free iOS app for digital storytelling that reminds me a lot of the way Garageband is used to create a podcast.
  74. Tioki - This is a nice network for educators to collaborate and share resources.
  75. DuoLingo - A neat site for learning a foreign language by translating different articles on the web w/ others.
  76. LyricsGaps - A very fun site for learning a foreign language by filling in gaps of a song that are missing.
  77. Quick ScreenShare - This is a very handy web tool that allows people to share their screen w/ no registration needed.  This is a great way to help troubleshoot or explain things to people by showing them your computer screen.
  78. Moo-O - A entertaining site that is puts kids right in the middle of the story and helps nurture their love of reading.
  79. Teach w/ Portals - A interesting site for gamification that uses the award winning Portal PC game for teaching.  This site has a nice help forum as well as lesson plans on how to integrate into the classroom.
  80. Miracle of Life - One of the most beautiful looking iPad apps that I have ever seen.  This app is in both English & Spanish and focuses on the human growth cycle.
  81. EdSurge - A community that is great for educators that has excellent articles as well as product reviews.
  82. Grammar Bytes - A great site for all things grammar such as handouts, definitions, presentations, videos, and more.
  83. Problem-Attic - A nice site to find and customize educational resources based on Regent exams in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English.
  84. Power my Learning - One of my favorite sites for finding educational activities on a wide range of subjects.
  85. BusyTeacher - A terrific site for finding free printable worksheets as well as resources for ESL teachers.
  86. Lingt Classroom - A cool site for learning a foreign language by creating voice based lessons.
  87. Storybricks - A great site for digital storytelling that uses MMO and gamification to create a creative/unique story.
  88. C-Fit - Is a series of iOS apps designed to keep kids healthy by engaging in exercise via walk-through videos.
  89. Story Patch - A fantastic iOS app for digital storytelling that goes through the step by step process of telling a story.
  90. Kindertown - A great site/app for finding educational apps for Pre-schoolers and young kids.
  91. Creating Music - A nice site for learning different terms and composing your own music.
  92. Google Course Builder - A new project by Google to help people build their own online courses uses Google tools.
  93. ESL Library - A wonderful site for ESL teachers looking to find lesson plans and flashcards.
  94. Scribble Press - A excellent site/iPad app for creating digital books and stories.  Ideal for teachers w/ educational portal for creating student accounts.
  95. Teachem - A cool site for creating an online course by adding flashcard style questions to YouTube videos.
  96. Infuse Learning - A nice student response system that works on a wide variety of mobile devices.
  97. Doodlecast - A great iOS app for kids that allows them to create a drawing while recording their voice.
  98. Scribblenauts - Is one of my son's favorite iOS platform games that allows him to work on spelling to create objects.
  99. Mobento - A unique site that allows users to search for spoken words inside a video.
  100. SnaPanda - A great Android and iPhone app that uses a mobile devices camera to scan a word and give a definition.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Story Math

Story Math is a interesting site for learning math through digital storytelling that I found out about from the innovative Kelly Tenkely.  The way this works is by choosing 1 of 3 stories that students can interact w/ by reading and watching an animated video to solve problems.  These problems focus on different math concepts such as geometry and algebra.

I recommend checking out Story Math by clicking here!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Edshelf

Edshelf the excellent resource sharing/collecting site for Ed Tech tools has just totally redesigned their web interface.  It has a brand new polished look that is easy to navigate and users of Printerest will feel right at home.  The home page has fantastic collections of popular resources based on category, as well as keeping their familiar looking lists such as: editors picks, recently added, and recently reviewed.

Once a user has clicked on a collection they can easily follow that user, change the view layout to add notes to a tool, or even see how many reviews, collections, or colleagues are following that tool.  This is a really user friendly site that has seamlessly switched over to their new looking website.

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

*Edshelf is a paid advertiser of TechnologyTidbits.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Meograph Update

I've posted about Meograph before and excellent site for four-dimensional storytelling.  They've now created a portal for the education sector designed for using in schools.

Here are some more details from their recent press email...

  • Landing page: New page dedicated to education: www.meograph.com/education.  Has education-focused demos, listed benefits for educators, and will be home to more edu content. 
  • Zoom control: Now you can custom set the map zoom for any moment to your liking.  Our zooming algorithm still gives nice visualizations as a default, but this puts more power in the users' hands.
  • Narration timing: Eliminated silent time between narrations so that story plays back smoothly from moment to moment.  Sounds and feels much more polished.
I highly recommend checking it out!!!

Kids Academy - Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs is wonderful interactive digital story ($1.99 iOS/Android app) by Kids Academy, a great developer of mobile apps.  This app has 3 different modes: Autoplay, Listen & Play, and Read Myself. Once the story starts a person can interact w/ the characters and objects by the screen by touching them or by tilting your mobile device (iPhone/iPad).  Also, a person can blow into the microphone to mimic the Big Bad Wolf as he blows on the houses.

I highly recommend checking out Kids Academy - Three Little Pigs by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Spanish MOOC

Spanish MOOC is a free online Spanish course for anyone.  This course is a 12 week course 6 hrs per week.  The course will use Google+ Hangouts, recorded video, and Instreamia's learning platform.  After the course students should be able to speak, read, and write in Spanish.  This course runs from Jan 21st 2013 to April 8th 2013.

I recommend checking out Spanish MOOC by clicking here.

ReviewForDev

ReviewForDev is a site I've known about for awhile but decided to do a post after receiving an email on it.  This is a fantastic site that any iOS App developer should know about.  This is a great place for developers to get their app reviewed before or after it's release in a unbiased way.  Also, this is a ideal place for promoting special give-away contests, etc. Finally, this is a great place for people to review/test apps before they are released and even get paid for their reviews.

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