Monday, October 22, 2018

Zap Zap Math

Zap Zap Math is an excellent new mobile (iOS/Android) app for Math grades K-6th.  ZZM focuses on a lot different topics such as: addition/subtraction, multiplication, geometry, and more.  All of this is done in a fun game based learning environment.  Best of all, the school version tracks student progress, generates detailed reports, and makes it easy to differentiate instruction.

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

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Biteable

Biteable is an excellent site for creating stunning presentations/slideshows.  All a user has to do is select a template (or create one from scratch), select a color scheme, and add audio to create a beautiful product.  Best of all, a educator can publish/share a presentation via unique URL or embed it into a site or blog.  Also, a user can set their presentation to public or private to help abide by CIPA/COPPA compliance.  Best of all, teachers can use Biteable in a wide number of ways such as: project based learning, digital storytelling, introducing a topic, and much much more.

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

Below is my brief demo...

Testing on Biteable.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

GameBuilder

GameBuilder is an excellent site for game based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  Not only can an educator find any number of games on a wide range of subjects they can also select a template and create their own game.  Once a game is created it can then be shared w/ others via a unique URL.

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Unhangout

Unhangout is an interesting new site from MIT for creating events/backchannel chats, that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  This is a great way for educators to host a backchannel that can be used in any number of ways in education, from assessing learning to professional development.  There are lots of options to like such as: nice user interface, hosting videos, private invites, breakout sessions, and more.

Below is a brief demo video...



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

Book Creator

Book Creator is a fantastic (iOS/Chrome) app that educators are everywhere to create and share eBooks.  This is done using a very user-friendly interface that makes it easy to creating stunning presentations, digital stories w/ the ability to record audio, projects, and more.  Teachers are using Book Creator for project based learning, digital storytelling, and much much more.  Book Creator can be used to teach any subject or grade level and can be published online, downloaded as an eBook, or
even printed.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Book Creator by clicking here!!!

For a detailed review on how to use Book Creator for digital storytelling check out Monica Burn's excellent blog.

*Book Creator is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Hippo Video

Hippo Video is an excellent web tool for educators or students to use to create stunning digital videos.  This is all done via the web w/ a easy-to-use interface.  Educators are using Hippo to create explainer videos (screencasts), flip a lesson or classroom, assess student's understanding, and even differentiate instruction.  Finally, a finished video can be shared via Google Classroom, YouTube, and more and Hippo Videos can be used to teach any subject for any curriculum.

I highly recommend checking out Hippo Video by clicking here!!!

Thanks to Technology & Learning for the tip.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Elementari

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog.  Educators are using this easy-to-use tool to have students create interactive digital stories, digital portfolios, presentations, and even choose-your-own-adventures.  Stories can contain, custom made illustrations, sound effects, or even have a user record their very own audio.  Best of all, a teacher can customize an already created project as a template to help integrate into their own classroom.  Finally, a finished story can be embedded into a site/blog to help schools abide by COPPA/CIPA compliance.

Below is an example...



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

* An educational portal is in the works so educators can track, monitor, and assess student work.


Super Teacher Worksheets for Halloween


Be sure to check out STW for all their Halloween ideas such as: educational games, poems, activities, and more!!!

Super Teacher Worksheets is one of the best sites around for finding educational resources on a wide range of subjects.  Educators can find, worksheets, printables, puzzle generators and more.  Also, they are constantly updating their site w/ more resources all the time and recently released new crossword puzzle worksheet generator.

I highly recommend checking out Super Teacher Worksheets by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

*Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

TypeTastic School Edition

TypeTastic is an excellent K-12 site for students learning how to Type/Keyboard.  TypeTastic's School Edition has an educational portal that allows educators to track, monitor, and assess student progress.  This is a fun and great way to integrate technology into a classroom's curriculum.  TypeTastic uses over 400 innovative games, activities and drills to help teach and reinforce keyboarding/typing skills.

The expanded curriculum introduces students to more than 250 entertaining new keyboarding activities that move from locating letters to fluent typing in four fun steps:
  1. Explore the Keyboard: Unique keyboard visualization splits the letters into nine color-coded groups so students see the keyboard like a map and can quickly find the correct letters. 
  1. All Fingers Aboard: These games are designed to challenge kids to learn the fundamentals of typing. All sections are centered on finger movement, often first separated into either right- or left-hand activities, followed by more challenging games that use both hands.
  1. Ready, Set, Type!: Keyboarding activities take kids on an adventure through underwater coral reefs, thick jungle vegetation, and serene beach vistas to collect words and letters, with the goal of typing simple words and sentences. 
  1. Master Those Keys: In the final step, students dig into the secrets of fluent typing, challenging themselves with more complex words, building up their typing speed, and discovering numbers and symbols.
TypeTastic School Edition starts at $99 for 1 year for a class of 40 students.  TypeTastic is offering a special 60-day free trial to Technology Tidbits readers! To get started, click here.

Below is brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out TypeTastic!!!

*TypeTastic is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

SOLE

SOLE is a "self organized learning environment" that is a wonderful app for mobile learning and integrating technology into the classroom.  The way this works is by a simple process: asking a question or selecting one, investigating/collaborating w/ others, and review.  A SOLE session can last up to 45 min or one class period and is a great way to generate brainstorming and creative thinking.  Finally, SOLE has a wide range of educational resources such as: lesson plans, tutorials, rubrics, and more.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Spin Spell

Spin Spell is a fun iOS game for Spelling that reminds me a lot of Marble Madness.  This game has users trying to spelling words while controlling a ball to roll over the correct letters.  Spin Spell has over 25 levels and over 30 spelling lists for students to play through.  Best of all, educators can import their own spelling lists to help students practice their words from class.

I highly recommend checking out Spin Spell by clicking here!!!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Edthena

Edthena is a wonderful site/app for professional development that uses an innovative "video coaching" approach.  This is done through a very user-friendly browser based interface where educators can record themselves right from the web (i.e. they can upload recorded videos as well).  Once the video is recorded/uploaded they can share them w/ other educators for collaboration, tag them, add comments, and more.  This is ideal for professional development as it helps highlight best teaching practices, gives educators a safe/comfortable place to learn, and makes it easy for self reflection.  Finally, Edthena's coaching/learning platform tracks and monitors teachers activity and progress while generating detailed reports, making it a vital tool for tech directors, tech integration specialists, and directors of curriculum and instruction.

Below is an example of Edthena in action...



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

For another great review check out Class Tech Tips.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Projector Screen

ProjectorScreen.com is an excellent site for people or educators to find projectors and other type of equipment for their classrooms.  Not only can a person search through an immense amount of screens, but from other categories such as fixed or manual, multimedia carts, boards, chairs, and
more.

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

*ProjectorScreen is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Project Pals

Project Pals is a innovative all-in-one collaborative learning platform ideal for project based learning
that K-12 teachers are using for any subject or curriculum.  Through the Project Pals platform educators will track, monitor, and guide student progress while students work collaboratively.  This is all done through a easy-to-use visual interface that helps students organize and collaborate on their projects.  Project Pals is a great tool for educators to not only use for group projects but to asses student learning as well.

Finally, Project Pals has a wide range of resources for educators such as: lesson plans, eBooks, and more.  Teachers can find a vast array of common core aligned already created projects to help integrate Project Pals intro the classroom.  Educators can even use existing rubrics or create their own to use w/ detailed reports generated by Project Pals making it easy to differentiate instruction.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Project Pals by clicking here!!!

Teachers can sign up for a free license by clicking here!!!

Monday, October 8, 2018

EDpuzzle

EDpuzzle the world's leading tool for "flipping" a classroom or lesson has been hard at work w/ new features and updates to make it easier and even better for teacher to integrate in their classroom.

Main improvements:
  • Main My Classes section:
    • Cleaner and simpler design.
    • Notifications which alerts teachers teachers to which assignments/videos requires a teachers attention.
  • Specific assignment page:
    • Easier to preview video for teachers to double-check videos.
    • Possibility to quickly edit the title of the assignments
    • Easy to update/change due date
  • Grading an assignment:
    • Teachers will now be able to see formulas and images when grading an assignment.
    • Teachers will be able to see the feedback they left in every question for easier grading
    • Option to quickly grade all answers as correct (TIME SAVER!)
    • Inclusion of time spent. This means that the teacher will know exactly how much time the students spent watching the video. This is ideal for 1:1 conversations with students to push them to work harder on their assignment to get better results.
  • Gradebook:
    • All teachers will now get access to this feature for free. It's not premium anymore. This means teachers will now be able to see the progress of their students across multiple videos with just one click. 
    • On top of that, teachers will be able to select the range of dates they want to have this information (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or picking the dates). 
    • Export all the grades to a CSV file.
    • To make grading easier, we have included a Total score and Total time spent across all the videos assigned to the student.
    • Ideal for formative or summative assessment.
  • Main improvements coming up the end of July:
    • Enable teachers to assign to individual students. This is something that we have worked really hard to build. Teachers will be able to truly differentiate their instruction. Instead of assigning to a "class" in Edpuzzle, they will be able to assign to a few students.
    • Enable to create subgroups.
I highly recommend checking out EDpuzzle by clicking here!!!


*EDpuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Writer Igniter

Writer Igniter is a nice little tool for writing prompts that I just found out about from Ozge Karaoglu's wonderful blog.  All a teacher has to do is click on the "shuffle" button and a random character, situation, prop, and setting, will appear and allow students to start writing.

I highly recommend checking out Writer Igniter by clicking here!!!

30hands Learning



30hands Learning is the excellent company for creating an innovative LMS (Learning Management System) as well as the popular mobile iOS app that is ideal for digital storytelling 30hands Pro.  The 30hands community is a perfect cloud based solution that allows educators to: manage/track students, hand in/out assignments, schedule events, and more.  While the mobile is being used in education for project based learning, digital storytelling, and more.

30hands has lots of exciting news on the horizon...

After upgrading to Pro, users will have access to existing advanced features and new features in the works:
• Video clips as slides
• Google Drive + Dropbox Integration
• Importing of Google Slides and PDFs as 30hands slides
• Backgrounds and scenes
• Higher quality videos
• Advanced drag-and-drop drawing with editing 
• Slide sharing with parents and students 
• Slide Transitions 
• Unlimited presentations
• Unlimited saves to Camera Roll

For more info on how your school can participate, email info@30hands.com.
Join our newsletter here: http://30hands.com/newsletter.


*30hands Learning is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fiskkit

Fiskkit is a new (beta) site for collaborating on news articles/sites that I found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  All a user has to do is copy/paste a URL into the Fiskkit system and then they can tag, rate, or comment on the information in the article.  This is a great way to facilitate discussion and have student's back up their arguments through comments.

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

Answerables

Answerables the innovative educational tool that combines the best features of game based learning w/ a learning management system has just released their free iPad app.  Answerables is being used by educators in a variety of ways from collaborating w/ other classes, to browsing the web, all in a secure 3D virtual environment.

Answerables is used as a:

• Virtual classroom 
• Lesson planner
• Learning manager 
• Quest creator
• Resource manager 
• Web browser (managed)
• Social Network
• Student portfolio
• Presentation space

Features include:

• Multiplayer game environment
• Learning management system
• Quests and badges
• Assessment tools
• Analytics
• Resource/Content management system
• Web browser
• Secure audio/video streaming

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

Below is a brief demo...

For another detailed review check out Monica Burn's excellent blog by clicking here!!!

*Answerables is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

PracTutor

PracTutor is an excellent all-in-one mobile (iOS/Google Play) app for Math grades K-8th.  PracTutor is aligned to Common Core Standards and each state curriculum.  However, an educator can customize their own curriculum and even create their own worksheets.  Also, students can take practice tests to find out their problem areas.  Finally, PracTutor generates detail reports making it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction.

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

Think Fluency

ThinkFluency is an oral reading fluency assessment app developed by a teacher for teachers.  ThinkFluency replaces the tedious paper, pencil and timer assessment with an app that enables teachers to quickly assess students’ Oral Reading Fluency Rate. ThinkFluency is easy to use, provides instant results with data that is easy to download and share, and is perfect for RTI and showing student growth. It comes with 6 passages each for grade levels 1-5, but users can add their own passages for the ultimate customized assessment tool. ThinkFluency gives users the option of going PAPERLESS. The student reads the passage from a second device as the teacher follows along in the app. When the student finishes reading, the results are displayed (only to the teacher) and saved so you are immediately ready to test the next student. ThinkFluency is FREE to try when you download the app.

Features included:
  • Paperless assessments
  • Smart diagnostics for developing individualized instruction plans
  • Spreadsheet data for sharing and tracking
  • Dashboard for quick view of student data
Saves valuable teacher time

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

*ThinkFluency is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

WeVideo Digital Storytelling Kit

WeVideo is an excellent site/app video editing platform for students.  Educators are using this for collaborative learning, project based learning, digital storytelling and much much more.  All of this is done in a safe/secure environment where educators can monitor student activity.

Recently, WeVideo developed a free digital storytelling kit that helps teachers integrate WeVideo into their classroom as well as supply: lesson plans, rubrics, graphic organizers, and more.

To download the WeVideo Digital Storytelling Kit click here.

I highly recommend checking out WeVideo for schools by clicking here!!!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Safe YouTube

Safe YouTube is an excellent way to share YouTube videos safely in a classroom.  Safe YouTube removes anything inappropriate for students and lets educators generate a "safe" link w/out distracting side videos or bad comments.

I highly recommend checking out Safe YouTube by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review check out Ozge Karaoglu's excellent blog.

Wixie

Wixie is a wonderful site/app for educators that I just found out about from EdTech Digest.  Wixie gives students a digital platform to create digital art, presentations, and more.  It reminds of Kid Pix a bit but w/ the ability to record your voice.  Best of all is the educational portal that allows educators to track/manage student accounts, as well as assess student work/assignments.

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

Below is a demo video...



Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's wonderful blog for the reminder on Wixie.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sway

Sway is an educational app by Microsoft that is ideal for digital storytelling.  Sway is very easy to use and lets students create stunning presentations, stories, and even newsletters.  All a user has to do is select their their layout, upload their images, and add text, Sway takes care of the rest.  A finished project can then be shared via a unique URL.

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

For a more detailed review check out Technology & Learning by clicking here.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Storyboard That Customized Worksheets

Storyboard That the worlds leading educational site for creating digital storyboards, timelines, Teachers Pay Teachers.
writing prompts, graphic organizers, and more has just released a major update.  Teachers can now create their own customized worksheets from a wide range of templates curated by type/subject.  Also, a educator can earn some extra money by selling their worksheets on

I highly recommend checking out how to create a customized worksheet by clicking here!!!

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

eNotes

eNotes is a wonderful site/iOS app for students looking for homework help and much much more.  Enote is a one-stop-shop for educators looking for educational resources, lesson plans, and even quizzes while students can use eNotes as the "ultimate" cliff notes for study guides on 1000's of pieces of literature.  Also, students can ask questions to get answers from real educators or even browse through a vast library of already answered ones.

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Star Writing Challenge

The innovative writing platform Night Zookeeper just released a free online writing contest for all students.  All a student has to do is create an account and use Night Zookeeper's Star Writing platform to create a 1000 word story.

Star Writing will provide the writing "prompt" and students will create their own original adventure story in the "Night Zoo".  Every student will receive a pack of Night Zookeeper stickers for reaching 500 words, and for a 1000 each person will win a pack of Night Zookeeper cards.

This is a great contest to help students work on their writing skills as well as their creativity.

Below is a brief demo...



For more info on the Star Writing Challenge click here.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Klassroom

Klassroom is a free mobile (Android/iOS) that I just found out about for parent Monica Burns.  Klassroom reminds me of a cross between Remind and ClassDojo where educators can share: photos, videos, documents, or events w/ parents in a secure environment.  Also, this is a great way for teachers and parents to inform each other of field trips, student absences, and more.
communication/engagement from

Below is a brief demo...



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

Modern Chalkboard

Modern Chalkboard is a wonderful new free site for finding SMART board resources.  This is a great place to find interactive lessons on a wide variety of subjects such as: Math, Grammar, Science, Social Studies, and more Also, this is a nice place to find other resources such as links and help files.

I highly recommend checking out Modern Chalkboard by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

*Modern Chalkboard is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photos for Class

Photos for Class is an excellent site that is ideal for finding safe images for students.  This search engine uses Flickr safe search as well as some built in filtering to find Creative Common licensed images.  Best of all when a user clicks download the image gets cited automatically w/ the proper licensing terms.

I highly recommend checking out Photos for Class by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Images click here.

Top 10 Tools for Self-Paced Learning

"Self-paced instruction or learning is any kind of instruction that proceeds based on learner response. The content itself can be curriculum, corporate training, technical tutorials, or any other subject that does not require the immediate response of an instructor.  Self-paced instruction is constructed in such a way that the learner proceeds from one topic or segment to the next at their own speed.  This type of instruction is becoming increasingly popular as the education world shifts from the classroom to the internet (Wikipedia)."

Self-paced learning is an excellent way for students or educators to learn material at their own pace.  Also, this is ideal to help users retain information in a low pressure place as well as supplement different learning styles.  Finally, Self-paced learning is becoming more and more prevalent in schools w/ the integration of BYOD (bring your own device) or mobile learning.

*This list is in alphabetical order.

Top 10 Tools for Self-Paced Learning

  1. Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr. - One of the most popular sites around for self-paced learning where students can watch animated movies w/ the robot Moby then answer questions regarding the subject.
  2. GrammarFlip - A excellent site for students to practice their grammar by watching educational videos and then completing interactive exercises.
  3. Lynda - A great site for online training on a wide range of subjects where users can learn at their own pace.
  4. Mathigon - An innovative interactive textbook that lets acts as personal tutor for students that provides instant real-time feedback.
  5. Outwhiz - A nice site or app for Math and English grades K-8th.  Also, Outwhiz tracks student's progress and lets them learn at their own.
  6. PBS Learning Media - A wonderful site w/ educational portal for students to learn a wide range of subjects at their own pace w/ resources (i.e. videos, lessons) aligned to state-standards.
  7. Sentence Builder - An interesting iOS app for ages 4-7 yrs old to learn about sentence structure and grammar in a fun and engaging way.
  8. Splash Math - A K-5 Math curriculum and iPad w/ individual self learning game based programs for students.
  9. UMU - A fantastic site and mobile app (iOS/Android) that can be used for any subject any even professional development.
  10. VocApp - A great free mobile app that uses flashcards to help users learn at their own pace and differentiate instruction.

UMU

UMU is a fantastic site and mobile app (iOS/Android) for "self paced learning" and "mobile learning" that I just found out about from the innovative educator Naomi Harm.  UMU can be used in a number of different ways such as: creating quizzes/polls, adding voiceovers to slides, create infographics or live broadcasts, and much much more.  Also, UMU is a excellent way to assess an audience/students and can be used for professional development and blended learning.

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

Edji

Edji is an innovative site for annotating texts for collaborative learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  Edji lets users read a online text and then interact w/ it by: highlighting passages, annotate w/ text, images, or emojis, and, more.  Educators can then view a "heat map" which shows highlighting being done in real-time that helps them differentiate instruction and assess student's understanding.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Design Wizard

Design Wizard is an excellent site for making beautiful looking presentations.  Design Wizard has a very user-friendly interface where all a user has to do is select a template where they can customize anything such as: images, videos, audio, and more.  Best of all, a user can share/embed their presentation online, download it, or even print it out.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Design Wizard by clicking here!!!

Vocab Victor

Vocab Victor is an innovative mobile (iOS/Android) app for building vocabulary words/skills that I just found out about from the wonderful blog, Class Tech Tips.  Vocab Victor uses "game based learning" to help students develop their vocabulary.  These games offer high replay as well as different varieties of game play, such as: matching, sorting, targeting, and more.  Best of all, Vocab Victor monitors and tracks students progress while differentiating instruction to help student's learn words.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Vocab Victor by clicking here!!!

Project Rush

Project Rush is the new video editing app from Adobe that I just found out about from the amazing Ed Tech Specialist Clara Galan.  Project Rush looks to be similar to iMovie for creating, editing, and sharing movies online.

Be sure to sign up for Project Rush's private beta by clicking here!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sketch Nation

Sketch Nation is a wonderful free app (iOS/Android) and website for creating games.  Sketch Nation reminds me of Pixel Press Floors but w/out the paper.  All a student has to do is select their category of game (i.e. platform, jumping, etc) then draw their backgrounds/characters/items and let Sketch Nation do the rest.  The advanced level editor will help students create more complex games and work on their STEM skills.  Sketch Nation even has a nice section for education w/ a collection of games and lesson plans created by educators/students.

More Features...

- Custom movement / coding - You can now learn the basics of coding by setting custom movement for enemies. You can specify exactly how enemies move by setting each step of movement, such as “Go left”, “Go right”, “Start over”, etc.. We will add more customization like this in upcoming releases.

- Comments - You can now comment on online games created by other users. See what other users think of your games and give feedback to other game creators. All the comments will be checked by an admin before they are viewable to others.

-  News feed - You can now see what users are doing in your games. You’ll see news feed items for new high scores, new comments, when your games have been favorited or featured. You’ll also be able to see when games and comments you have submitted have been approved or rejected. 

- Art gallery - You can now re-use art you have previously drawn when creating a new object. Local games will be limited to art stored locally, while online games will be able to access all the art you have created for your online games.

- Pushable blocks - You can now create obstacles that can be pushed by the player. This opens up a whole new way to design levels by requiring the user to push obstacles in order to solve puzzles.

- New ammo settings - You can now create non-moving ammo that appears directly in front of the player. This can be used to let the player wield a weapon such as a sword. 

- New dying animations - New dying animations for enemies like “Cut”, “Flatten” and “Fall over”.


I highly recommend checking out Sketch Nation by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



For my Pinterest board on Programing/Coding click here.



*Sketch Nation is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Reading Racer

Reading Racer is a new iOS app that I just had the pleasure of reviewing.  This is an excellent easy-to-use app that uses the mobile device's microphone to "listen" as a student speaks the words on the screen.  This is really innovative and separates Reading Racer from other educational apps on the market.

Reading Racer is designed for kids ages 5-8 and uses speech recognition as the user speaks the words/sentences as fast as they can.  The way this works is the student presses the microphone button and holds it down while speaking the word.  The words highlight as they are read and calculating how many in a row are read.  If a user takes their finger off the microphone the word is then read to help them along.  This continues as other characters race against them.  The better a student finishes the more points they get to help them unlock other racers and tracks.

This is a great educational app to use for Reading and Comprehension and to use Game Based Learning in the classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Reading Racer by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...

PhotoPeach for Educators

PhotoPeach is a site I've blogged in the past and is rather popular.  It just came to my attention that they now are offering a educational solution for schools.  However, this is not a free service but cost effective none the less for a minimal monthly fee.

A paid class premium account offers lots of attractive features for education such as:

  • teacher creates student account (no email necessary)
  • commenting is turned off by default
  • students do not have access to social features
  • only teacher can delete user accounts or slideshows
  • and more
I've been a big fan of PhotoPeach for awhile and this just makes it that more viable for education w/ these class premium accounts.

I highly recommend checking out the educational edition by clicking here!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Quick Rubric

Quick Rubric is the wonderful site for creating rubrics from the creators of Storyboard That.  This is far and away the easiest site I've seen for creating a beautiful rubric where a user can add a row or a column w/ a tap of an arrow button.  Everything inside of the rubric is customizable (i.e. from the heading to customizing points) and a user can save/print out as many rubrics as they need.

I highly recommend checking out Quick Rubric by clicking here!!!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Buncee 3.0 One Stop Shop for Creativity in Schools

Buncee the world's leading digital canvas for education, have been hard at work w/ their latest and biggest update, version 3.0.  Buncee has been used in schools for a number of years in a wide variety of ways such as: digital storytelling, as an assessment tool, differentiating instruction, flipping a lesson, project based learning, and much much more.

New Features include:

  • Canvas Sizing - Now there are lots of more options for users to customize their canvas then just the standard 16:9 rectangle.  Users can now choose from other sizes such as: banner, letter, square, business card, or even custom, to offer endless possibilities of creativity.
  • New Media Options - Standard media options such as: videos, audio, graphics, and more, have been taken to the next level to give student's the most options to express them creatively.  New Media Options include: emojis (ideal for Social-Emotional Learning), take photos, and shape tools to make it easier to add them w/out having to search through existing clip-art.
  • New and Enhanced Creation Tools - These tools will give users the ultimate experience to share and create stories in a new and exciting ways.  Some new features include: enhanced drawing (i.e. the ability to draw over layers, etc.), enhanced text editing to give users more control over their text and customize it, opacity (to make a item solid or transparent), zoom in/out, hide and show panels, undo and redo buttons, and much more.
  • Buncee Boards - This features allows users to share, collaborate, and provide feedback never seen before in Buncee.  Students can now comment and provide feedback on their peers work by adding comments or Buncee emoticons.  Also, users can share Buncee's via a unique URL and set permissions on who can view/edit their work.
Below is a brief demo...



Be sure to check out the highly esteemed educator Stacey Roshan to read her detailed review on Buncee 3.0.

For more information on Buncee 3.0 click here!!!

Also, be sure to sign up for Buncee before Sept 14th to receive 20% off for their "Back to School" special by clicking here!!!

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Book Creator

Book Creator is a fantastic (iOS/Chrome) app that educators are everywhere to create and share eBooks.  This is done using a very user-friendly interface that makes it easy to creating stunning presentations, digital stories w/ the ability to record audio, projects, and more.  Teachers are using Book Creator for project based learning, digital storytelling, and much much more.  Book Creator can be used to teach any subject or grade level and can be published online, downloaded as an eBook, or
even printed.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Book Creator by clicking here!!!

*Be sure to check out Book Creator's special offer to get it for Chrome for your whole school for $999 by Sept 30th.

For a detailed review on how to use Book Creator for digital storytelling check out Monica Burn's excellent blog.

*Book Creator is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Edventure Builder

Edventure Builder is an innovative new site that is perfect for sparking student's creativity by providing a online platform for creating: scavenger hunts, interactive stories, or choose your own adventures.  Also, this is a fantastic tool that educators can use to build mobile lessons, interactive tours (think Back to School night or outside activities), and more.

The way this works is quite simple, from a browser a user can create an adventure (i.e., lesson, hunt, tour, etc) by adding text, images, video, and links.  Then by clicking a button it gets published to any browser based mobile device.  Best of all, are the different features that allows a user to fully customize their adventures and edit, save, and publish them easily.

I highly recommend checking out Edventure Builder by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Top 15 Sites and Apps for Flipped Learning

A "Flipped Classroom" is a classroom that uses class time to do activities/lessons (guided by the teacher) and "homework" time (at home) for guided instruction (usually through video).  Basically, it turns a classroom upside down (or on it's head) where the learning of a topic is done at home and then they applied practice or "work" is done at school.  With Mobile Learning and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) becoming more mainstream, "Flipped Classroom" models are happening more and more, leading me to create my list of favorite tools for "flipping a classroom".

For an excellent info-graphic on what a "Flipped Classroom" is click here.

*This list is in alphabetical order.

Top 15 Sites and Apps for a Flipped Learning

  1. Answer Pad - The ultimate assessment tool for teachers to use w/ their mobile devices or browser to gauge student's learning.
  2. BoomWriter - A excellent innovative site that allows students engage their creativity by completing chapters of a book/story and then having other students vote on which one should be included in the finished product.  Once a book/story is completed a trade paperback copy can be ordered turning students into published writers.
  3. Buncee - A fantastic digital canvas for creating presentations or digital stories that can be embedded into a site/blog.  Also, this is a great way to "flip a classroom" and with an educational portal that allows educators to track and monitor students.
  4. Comment Bubble - An innovative site where users can comment on a video to create an interactive discussion as well as interactive graphs.
  5. EDpuzzle - Probably, the world's most popular site for flipping a classroom or lesson by adding questions to a video and then assessing student's answers to differentiate instruction.
  6. Educreations - A terrific iPad app that is very similar to Ask3 as it turns the iPad into a recordable whiteboard.  However, a teacher can not only create a bunch of guided lessons, they can also post them on the web for their students to view at home for "flipped learning".
  7. FlipSnack Edu - A nice site w/ educational portal that allows students to upload their stories and projects to a safe site then have educators assess them to differentiate instruction.
  8. GoClass - A wonderful iPad/web tool that allows educators to create lessons and then assess students learning in real-time.  Also, students can view the lessons at home on their mobile devices and learn at their own pace.
  9. Khan Academy - Flipped Learning and Khan Academy go hand-in-hand where learning takes place outside the classroom.  Also, they have an excellent free mobile app for kids, Khan Academy Kids.
  10. LessonPaths - A fantastic site for educators to create guided learning playlists that students can use at home for self learning.  One of the best sites around for creating a "Flipped Classroom".
  11. Math File Folder Games - A great site/company for educational iOS Math games that can be used to create 21st Century "Math Centers".  This is a great way to use educational apps to reinforce "flipped learning".
  12. MySimpleShow - A very popular site for educators to create a "flipped" class or lesson and mobile learning where they create beautiful looking explainer videos.
  13. Nearpod - A terrific all-in-one solution for mobile devices in education.  Teachers can use it to create engaging lessons that students can do from home.
  14. Otus - A excellent one-to-one learning management solution as well as mobile learning environment where educators can "flip" student's learning.
  15. Verso - A wonderful site where educators can "flip" their classroom by creating online lessons that students can work on and respond to at home.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

30 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is the process of telling a story through the use of digital means.  Also, it happens to be one the easiest ways to integrate technology into the classroom.  Educators can use digital storytelling w/ almost any subject and can even "flip" their classroom by using mobile apps.  Below is my comprehensive list of sites/apps that can be used for digital storytelling...

*This list is in alphabetical order.

30 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling

  1. 30hands Learning - A fantastic user-friendly iOS app for creating a story by adding a narration to photos. Also, 30hands has excellent video tutorials to help users create a story.
  2. Animaker Class - An excellent site w/ educational portal for students to create animated stories.
  3. Book Creator - A great mobile (iOS/Chrome) app that educators everywhere are using to create stunning eBooks and digital stories.
  4. BoomWriter - A fantastic safe site for students (teachers create accounts - not student email required) to create digital stories/books through a collaborative process.  Once a story is completed, it gets published online and an actual book can then be ordered.
  5. Buncee - The world's leading digital canvas for creating digital stories and more.  Best of all, is the educational portal that allows educators to track and monitor student progress and assignments.
  6. Comic Life - Probably the most popular digital comic iOS app for creating comics.  This is a very fun and easy to use app for telling the story by creating a customized comic.
  7. Digital Films - A nice site for creating a digital animated story and then embedded into a site/blog to share it w/ others.
  8. Imagine Forest - An innovative site where a student can create a digital story or use a story starter for brainstorming that writing process.
  9. Little Bird Tales - One of the most popular sites for digital storytelling that allows students to create their own art and record their voice.  Also, there is a excellent iOS app available for mobile learning.
  10. Make Beliefs Comix - A nice site for creating digital comics in a number of different languages as well of lots of educational resources.
  11. Motion Comics - A cool site for creating animated comics that lets users embed into a site/blog.
  12. My Story - A wonderful iPad app for creating a digital book/story.  All a user has to do is draw or upload a picture, add some text, and then record audio to tell a story.
  13. Nawmal - A popular site for creating stunning looking animated videos w/ educational portal.
  14. Pixntell - A simple to use iOS app for organizing iPhotos into a story then recording audio.
  15. Pixton for Schools - A nice site w/ educational portal for creating digital comics.
  16. Plotagon - An innovative site that reminds me of the now defunct Xtranormal, where are user selects a character then types up a script and Plotagon takes care of the rest.
  17. Speech Journal - A nice iPad app for pairing recorded audio w/ a digital picture from one's iPhoto library to create a story.
  18. Sock Puppets - A very fun iOS app that allows users to lip sync audio to a sock puppet, one of my kids favorites.
  19. Story Creator - One of my favorite iOS apps for creating a digital story by syncing audio and photos together.  Also, an option allows for highlighting of text during narration to help a student w/ Reading.
  20. Storybird - A great site w/ educational portal where students create art inspired stories and then embed into a site/blog.
  21. StoryJumper - A fantastic site for creating a digital story by building a story from scratch or choosing one of the story starters.  A student can add objects, text, and even upload their own art too.
  22. StoryKit - A simple to use iOS app for telling a story by adding text, photos, and audio. 
  23. Storyboard That - A wonderful site w/ educational portal that teachers are using in a wide variety of ways including digital storytelling.
  24. Strip Designer - A iOS app similar to Comic Life for creating a digital comic.
  25. Tellagami - A nice way to tell a short story by creating an avatar and then recording audio, similar to Voki.
  26. ToonDoo Spaces - A great site w/ educational portal for students to create digital comics.
  27. UtellStory - A nice place to tell a story through audio, images, and video, as well as collaborating w/ others.
  28. VoiceThread - One of the most popular educational sites/apps for creating a interactive digital storytelling by uploading multimedia content and recording an audio narration.  A finished VoiceThread can then be embedded into a site/blog.
  29. WriteComics - A simple to use site for creating a digital comic to tell a story.
  30. Zimmer Twins - A fun site w/ educational portal for creating animated movies/stories.
For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Digital Storytelling click here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fiete Math Climber

Fiete Math Climber is a fun iOS game to help students w/ basic Math skills (i.e. addition, subtraction, etc.).  The concept to FMC is simple as a student solves an equation and their character jumps up on the ladder collecting coins.  If a player gets a question wrong they jump down on the ladder.  The coins can then be used to unlock other characters.  Best of all, FMC tracks students progress and differentiates instruction to help them w/ problem areas.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Fiete Math Climber by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review click here.