Friday, August 17, 2018

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.

Super Teacher Worksheets Back to School

Super Teacher Worksheets is one of the best sites around for educators looking for printables, worksheets, puzzles, activities, and much much more.  Also, all items are labeled if they are aligned to Common Core Standards and there are even generators/wizards for users to create their very own worksheets/puzzles/etc.  Best of all, teachers can use STW for any subject and browse through 1000's of educational resources that can work for them.

*Be sure to check out STW for all back to school activities such as: classroom scavenger hunt, "All about Me" worksheets, puzzles, and more.

I highly recommend checking out Super Teacher Worksheets for all Back to Schools needs by clicking here!!!

*Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Flowries

Flowries is an interesting new free site for creating presentations/slideshows that I found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  Flowries has a nice easy-to-use interface which lets users create beautiful multimedia presentations that include: images, animations, drawings, and more.

Below is a brief demo...



I recommend checking out Flowries by clicking here!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

ClassDojo Portfolios

*ClassDojo Portfolios is live and FREE for all teachers!!!

ClassDojo the widely used (free) tool for behavior management and communication for education now offers digital portfolios.  ClassDojo Portfolios is a great and safe way for students to share digital stories, projects, classwork, etc.  Best of all, this is done through the innovative ClassDojo app/web interface where the teacher moderates/approves all of the their student's work and the parent sees only their own child's work.

More info from their press release...

  • Students take the lead - students can share and celebrate their learning by snapping photos of projects, taking videos of presentations, and writing reflections.
  • Work is shared, not stored away  - rather than being stashed in desks or stored in boxes, work is shared instantly w/ parents sparking hours of conversations at home.
  • All communication in one place - parents, teachers, students, and school leaders on ClassDojo can now use it for all communication between home and school.
  • Perfect for shared device classrooms - no need for every student to have their own device; Student Stories can be used on one device shared by all students in the classroom.
  • Closed platform creates a safe space for sharing - a student's Story can only be seen by the teacher, and that student's parents.
I highly recommend checking out ClassDojo Portfolios by clicking here!!!

*ClassDojo is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Studytracks

Studytracks is a innovative new (to the US) mobile (iOS/Google) app that is ideal for studying MS/HS students.  The way this works is through "catchy" music/soundtracks where students can learn from 45 subjects (i.e. Math, Chemistry, etc.) through over 1300 tracks.  Also, through the web platform educators can assign homework to create tests and playlists and even track/assess student progress making it ideal for differentiating instruction.

Below is a demo...



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

For a more detailed review click here!!!

Buncee 3.0

Buncee the world's leading digital canvas for education has been hard at work w/ their latest and biggest update, 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.  "Now w/ their latest version, Buncee 3.0 is a fantastic all-in-one-stop-shop for creativity in the entire school community."

New Features include:

Below is a brief demo...


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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Oodlu

Oodlu is a excellent new (beta) site/app for creating games that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  The way this works is that an educator signs up for a free account on Oodlu and then add questions to already created games.  Then students play the games online or in a free mobile (Google/iOS) app.  These games come in a wide variety of styles such as: shooters, breakout, archery, etc. and have high replay value.  Best of all, educators and parents can track student progress online or via a parent app to make it easy to differentiate instruction.

I highly recommend checking out Oodlu 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.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Study3

Study3 is a new free site for creating online flashcards to help a student study.  Study3 has a very user-friendly interface and uses time spaced repetition to help users learn.  Also, a user can import cards from Quizlet or even export them into notes.  Hopefully, more features are still to come as Study3 is still relatively new, such as the ability to add images, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Study3 by clicking here!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Math and Sorcery

Math and Sorcery is a new free iOS app that is quickly becoming one of my favorite educational games for my iPhone/iPad.  Math and Sorcery uses a familiar RPG gaming element to reinforce basic Math skills (i.e. addition, subtraction, etc.).  RPG fans will love the 8bit style graphics as they defeat enemies by solving equations, buy/sell items, and unlock different characters/animals to join their party.  This is an excellent app for parents/educators looking to introduce "game based learning" into their student's life.

I highly recommend checking out Math and Sorcery by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



For a more detailed review click here.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ClassPad

ClassPad is a new free online tool for Math.  It acts as your digital scratch paper where it lets users have all the tools they will ever need to solve/work through Math problems.  I like to think of it as the ultimate "Swiss Army" knife for Math.  Also, it has all the functions of an advanced graphing calculator allowing students to plot points, formulate equations, and more.  Best of all, on a touch device users can draw on ClassPad like they are working on paper.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

CoderZ

CoderZ using an innovative approach to teach STEM by programming/coding 3D virtual robots.  It does this via web browser making it easy to use on any devices and incorporates: coding, math, physics, and engineering.  Students will learn the basics of robotics and coding by completing missions in a "gamified" environment.  Finally, CoderZ is aligned to Common Core Standards and has lots of resources for teachers such as lesson plans and tutorials.

Below is a brief demo...



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

For a more detailed review check out Class Tech Tips.

NameCoach

NameCoach is a wonderful web service that educators are using to learn student's names and pronounce them correctly.  This is especially useful w/ commencement/graduation ceremonies on the horizon.  The way this works is simple as a teacher creates a name/web page and then has the student's speak their names.  The audio gets embedded into a page and a user can access them all on one page at anytime.  Also, NameCoach makes it very easy to share recordings and keep track of student's name/email.  It's easy, accurate, and 100% safe for schools to use.

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

Below is a brief demo...



*NameCoach is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.educational resources

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

DinoSearch

DinoSearch is a new safe search engine for kids.  It reminds me a lot of KidRex and is a great way to search for information and images in school.  Keep in mind even though there are three filters blocking inappropriate content for kid that some "bad" stuff still may come through.

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

For a more detailed review check out EdShelf by clicking here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Otus

Otus is a all-in-one mobile learning solution for schools that combines the best features of a: learning management system, data management system, and more.  The sleek new design, allows for easier functionality, a brighter customizable color interface, and real-time analytics and third party integration (i.e. Khan Academy), and of course Otus Worksheets.

Here is a list of some of their features...
  • Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.
  • Real-Time Analytics: A comprehensive analytics dashboard integrates a wide range of performance indicators into one place, including content from select third-party apps like Khan Academy. Teachers can link data to Common Core State Standards or integrate their own custom standards to report on. Otus tracks a variety of data like attendance, participation, student blogs, assessments and grades. In addition, teachers can also create and track meaningful behaviors like grit, leadership and staying on task through Otus ‘Recognitions’. Because Otus logs all student activity in real-time, teachers can quickly gauge their impact on student growth and provide timely, constructive feedback.
  • Toolbox:  Otus functions as an open, interoperable educational ecosystem allowing teachers to integrate and quickly access the third party apps and content that they use everyday in their classroom. Any Otus user can access free third-party apps or content. If third-party apps and content require a subscription, the subscriber must simply link their account to Otus and they will never have to sign-in to access it again.
  • Colorful Work Environments: Now teachers and students can choose from a variety of theme and background color options to create a more personalized, vibrant work environment.
  • New Lesson Builder - makes it easier then ever to create, share, and view learning activities
  • Differentiate Instruction - now easier w/ more efficient tools 
  • Side by Side - new view for for rubrics w/ documents, better organization, and synced calendars
  • New Student Profile
  • Browser Lockdown

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Otus by clicking here!!!
For more information check out Otus on Technology and Learning.

*Otus is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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.

MathEdge

MathEdge is a excellent iOS app for young students working on their addition and subtraction skills.  This is done in a nice step-by-step process that shows students how to work the problem.  Also, it uses a familiar flash card system.

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Help Teaching

Help Teaching is an excellent site for educators, parents, and others looking for educational resources such as quiz/test creators, online assessments, or worksheets/printables.  These printables are for K-12 and cover a wide range of subjects.  Also, there is a test/virtual room where students can take online assessment and get results in real time.

I highly recommend checking out Help Teaching by clicking here!!!
For my Printerest Board on Educational Resources click here.

*Help Teaching is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

GoGo Brain

GoGo Brain is a new site/program set to launch Aug 1st.  This learning tool is designed for students grades Pre K-5th and helps develop their skills for school.  GoGo Brain focuses on the following areas: listening, following directions, self-control, focus and attention, working memory, and spatial awareness.  These skills fall into two categories Executive Functions and Cognitive Abilities.  It appears that GoGo Brain might use a combination of interactive games/lessons and animated videos to help strengthen these areas.

I highly recommend checking out GoGo Brain by clicking here!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reading Racer

Reading Racer is a free 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...

Polyup

Polyup is a new free site that uses Game Based Learning to help students grades 3rd-12th learn Math.    These fun games teach a number of different Math topics such as: order of operations, logical thinking, calculus and more.  Best of all, Polyup is curated by grade level and works on any web browsing device (i.e. phone, tablet, etc.).

Below is brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Polyup 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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

TypingClub

TypingClub is an excellent for keyboarding/typing that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's award winning blog.  This is a great all-in-one site for typing that includes many features such as: student tracking, detailed reports, badges, instructional videos, and more.  Also, there is an innovative "story mode" that lets students type the words of a story that slowly unveils as more and more words are typed.  Finally, there is a free iPad app that lets students login into their account and to continue
typing on-the-go.

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

Cereals

Cereals is an interesting site for digital storytelling that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  Cereals takes a new approach to telling a story by stacking "cards" from left to right to tell a story.  These "cards" can contain any type of media (i.e. text, gifs, videos, etc.) and are easy to create.  Best of all, once a Cereal is created it can then be shared w/ others users or embedded into a site or blog.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Cereals by clicking here!!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes is an innovative site that lets teachers create "classrooms" where their students can read and interact w/ texts.  Student's are able to select through a wide variety of literature and then annotate the text.  This is helpful as they can take notes and pickup right where they left off when reading.  Best of all, the teacher tools allows educators to create quizzes to assess how students are doing and they can even track/manage their student accounts.  Educators are using Owl Eyes in a number of different ways such as: differentiating instruction or flipping a classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Owl Eyes by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



*Owl Eyes is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids is a new free mobile (iOS/Google Play) app for finding educational resources for: Math, Reading, Writing, and more.  This is an ideal app for young students learning through activities, games, videos, etc. that are aligned to Common Core Standards.  Best of all is the parents section that allows them manage/track their kids as well as play cooperative games.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Khan Academy Kids by clicking here!!!

Projector Screen Store

Projector Screen Store is a great site for educators or parents looking to find screens, projectors, cables, and more for home or their classroom.  Also, this is an ideal place to find good deals and other resources such as: how to build a home theater or how a green screen works.

I highly recommend checking out Projector Screen Store by clicking here!!!

For an interesting read on the evolution of the green screen click here.

*Projector Screen Store is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Geography Drive Arcade

Geography Drive Arcade is a fun iOS game for students wanting to learn about Geography.  This is done through 4 engaging mini-games such as: state shape challenge, capitals, flags, and more.  Also, GDA helps kids learn how to spell geographical location as well as find out historical facts.

I highly recommend checking out Geography Drive Arcade by clicking here!!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

SAM Labs Alpha Kit

SAM Labs Alpha kit is an educational kit designed for the classroom that teaches students how to code, ignite creativity, and much more.  This beautiful looking kit comes w/ blocks (i.e. light sensor,  dc motors, LEGO holders, etc.) that work wirelessly via bluetooth and interact seamlessly w/ their free app.

Once the SAM's Space app is downloaded and the blocks are synced up the app allows students to then start creating using a variety of functions/commands such as: create music, send out a tweet, build a car and have it move, etc etc.

Best of all SAM Labs is ideal for introduce STEAM or STEM into the classroom and the abundance of resources makes it easy for teachers to integrate into their teachings.  Educators are using SAM in a number of way from creating simple algorithms to very complex commands.

SAM Labs Alpha kit is really a great learning/teaching tool for educators and students alike and can be used for all grades and for any subject.  The sky is the limit w/ these innovative blocks and a must see for all those in education.

Below is a demo video...



I highly recommend checking out Sam Labs by clicking here!!!

For a list of lesson plans using Sam Labs click here.
For a list of projects using Sam Labs click here.

For iLearn Technology's excellent review click here.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Math Shooter ft. Professor Cat

Math Shooter ft. Professor Cat is a fun little iOS game for basic Math skills.  This educational game will remind players of Galaga and Space Invaders in it's play mechanics as students try to solve equations (i.e. addition, multiplication, order of operations) and protect Professor Cat.  Math Shooter has lots of replay value and is a great way to reinforce learning or introduce Game Based Learning into the classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Math Shooter ft. Professor Cat by clicking here!!!

EDpuzzle Update

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.

iPracticeMath

iPracticeMath is a wonderful FREE (Common Core aligned) site for Math grades K-12.  I like to think of this as the "ultimate" Math resource, as students/educators can find whatever they are looking for, such as: worksheets/printables, interactive problems, detailed problem-walkthroughs, and more.

Also, iPracticeMath covers a wide variety of Math problems.  A user can find Math in all grades/subject areas, from basic Math topics such as addition/subtraction to fractions/decimals/algebra, etc etc.  In the "Math Practice" area students can practice their problems and use the built-in scratch pad as a "blank" sheet of paper (i.e. works on mobile devices too!!!).

iPracticeMath offers a wide variety of worksheets/printables that anybody can use.  It even lets users print out the answers or view them online.  Another nice printable is the quiz generator as well as the "Award" section that lets parents/teachers print out certificates.

Best of all, is the educational portal which allows educators/parents to manage/track student accounts, assign worksheets, activities, or quizzes, and generate reports.  These reports make it easy to assess students and find problem areas making it a vital resource for both school and in home instruction.

Where iPracticeMath really shines are the abundance of features for educators.  For example, an educator can create and customize their very own Math quiz w/ the easy to use wizard.  This lets teachers select quiz type, grade level, topic, number of questions and more.  Once a quiz is completed, iPracticeMath generates detailed reports in-real time that not only saves teachers time, but allows them to assess and differentiate instruction based on a student needs.  Also, reports can be done on worksheets, students, or even leaderboards.  There are even digital certificates that parents/educators can print out to help motivate and encourage students.

Finally, w/ Ten Marks shutting down and school out for Summer, parents can use this to stop summer learning loss or use for online learning and homeschooling.  The Sky is the limit in what iPracticeMath can do for parents, educators, and student's alike.



For another detailed review on iPracticeMath click here.

I highly recommend checking out iPracticeMath for all Math needs by clicking here!!!


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

BoomWriter Summer Camps

Summer is here and so is BoomWriter's Virtual Summer Camps!! This is an excellent solution for teachers looking to make some extra money over the summer (from the comfort of their own home) using BoomWriter's innovative collaborative writing tool.

More info below...

BoomWriter is a site that I’ve written about many times because it lets elementary, middle, and high school teachers conduct engaging nonfiction, fiction, and vocabulary development group-writing activities in almost any subject area. But their new offering is not just another product- it’s a chance for teachers to completely change how they make money (and relax) over the summer!

BoomWriter announced a while back, that they are developing The BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camp to create engaging, flexible, and profitable experiences for teachers as they work to make extra money over the summer. Teachers can make upwards of $1,200 per week with their camp by facilitating online instruction and writing activities for campers in Grades 4-9 using BoomWriter’s easy to use group writing site.

At $0 cost to teachers, BoomWriter will provide the curriculum, camper sign-up web page, and everything else needed to run a camp, so all teachers have to do is recruit students from their own schools or learning communities to participate. Educators can run as many sessions as they want from wherever they want and truly become their own boss on their own schedule.

Register for their mailing list to receive more information and updates to get you ready for Summer of 2018. BoomWriter is a free site that keeps finding new and better ways to support teachers through technology, and The BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camp is no exception!

I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camps by clicking here!!!

View a sample Virtual Summer Camp "splash page" by clicking here.

Below is a brief video...

 
Also, check out the BoomWriter community to engage w/ other educators about their summer camps as well as other ways to incorporate BW into their curriculum by clicking here!!!

*BoomWriter is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Seesaw 6.0

Seesaw the mega popular student engagement platform that educators/students are using to build digital portfolios, activities, and more, has recently updated their learning tool to version 6.0.

Updated Features include:
(from their press release)

● Expanded Activity Library: Seesaw 6.0 includes our new, expanded Activity Library
where teachers can find thousands of activities created by other teachers who are
Seesaw Ambassadors. In the expanded library, you can search for activities, filter them by
grade level or subject area and share any activity with multiple classes at once.

● Seesaw Activities and Labels on Android: The Seesaw app for Android now has
Activities and Labels! Students on Android can now respond to activities and add text
labels to pictures or drawings. Teachers using Android can also see the expanded Activity
Library.

● Organize and Schedule Activities: If you’re using Seesaw Plus or Seesaw for Schools,
you can now organize saved activities into collections. You can also schedule activities
ahead of time.

Click here to browse their updated Activity Library.

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


Playing for a Better World

Playing for a Better World is a new educational iOS game that teaches students about the environment, recycling, values, good habits, and more.  This is done through seven different mini-games (i.e. platform, etc.) as the player tries to collect stars.  Once a number of stars are collected a student can unlock special items such as: outfits, environmental phrases, and stickers.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Playing for a Better World by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review click here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

ClassDojo's Summer Kindness Series

ClassDojo is one of the most popular free educational/communicative tools for schools has just released their "Summer Kindness Series" for parents and students.  This weekly series will include ideas and activities for students to learn about kindness and what all that entails.

For more information click here.

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

For my Pinterest board on Web 2.0 click here.
For my Edshelf board on Web 2.0 click here.

*ClassDojo is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

I Know It Contest

"i Know it just keeps getting bigger and better! Currently, there are more than 22,000 interactive math questions live on the site! Sign up for a free account, and you'll see why iKnowit.com is the next best thing for your classroom!" 

I Know it is running an online contest where any person over 18 yrs of age can win a collection of 6 Math Board Games.  

Here are the rules:

No purchase necessary. Both members and non-members can enter. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
Only one entry per person and per e-mail address. The contest will end on June 30th, 2018.
Winner agrees to let iKnowIt publish his/her full name after the contest has ended. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If you win, you will need to provide a mailing address so the prize can be sent to your home or school. If the winner does not respond to our e-mail within 3 days, a new winner will be selected.

I highly recommend checking out I Know It's contest by clicking here!!!

Be sure to check out this excellent site for grades K-5th for interactive Math practice in these fun engaging games/exercises.

*I Know It is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Otus

*Be sure to check out Otus at ISTE, booth #2152.

Otus is a all-in-one mobile learning solution for schools that combines the best features of a: learning management system, data management system, and more.  The sleek new design, allows for easier functionality, a brighter customizable color interface, and real-time analytics and third party integration (i.e. Khan Academy), and of course Otus Worksheets.

Here is a list of some of their features...
  • Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.
  • Real-Time Analytics: A comprehensive analytics dashboard integrates a wide range of performance indicators into one place, including content from select third-party apps like Khan Academy. Teachers can link data to Common Core State Standards or integrate their own custom standards to report on. Otus tracks a variety of data like attendance, participation, student blogs, assessments and grades. In addition, teachers can also create and track meaningful behaviors like grit, leadership and staying on task through Otus ‘Recognitions’. Because Otus logs all student activity in real-time, teachers can quickly gauge their impact on student growth and provide timely, constructive feedback.
  • Toolbox:  Otus functions as an open, interoperable educational ecosystem allowing teachers to integrate and quickly access the third party apps and content that they use everyday in their classroom. Any Otus user can access free third-party apps or content. If third-party apps and content require a subscription, the subscriber must simply link their account to Otus and they will never have to sign-in to access it again.
  • Colorful Work Environments: Now teachers and students can choose from a variety of theme and background color options to create a more personalized, vibrant work environment.

  • New Lesson Builder - makes it easier then ever to create, share, and view learning activities
  • New Student Profile
  • Browser Lockdown


Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Otus by clicking here!!!
For more information check out Otus on Technology and Learning.

*Otus is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Hopster Coding Safari for Kids

Hopster is a free new iOS app for kids learning the basics of programming/coding.  Hopster is a fun game designed for young kids that have them guiding animals around to complete tasks (i.e. guide a penguin to it's home).  This is done by selecting different commands and learning/solving puzzles through computational thinking.  As a student progress further in the game they can advance to
command line mode which is even closer to "real" coding.

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Math TuThor

Math TuThor is a wonderful mobile app (iOS/Android) for student's working on their basic Math skills (i.e. multiplication, division, etc. ). Math TuThor is ideal for integrating Game Based Learning in the classroom and has students using answering questions while defeating enemies using the Norse god himself, Thor.  This game has super-high replay value, sporting over 30 levels and monsters to defeat, and 9 characters to choose from.

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

Below is a brief demo...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes is an innovative site that lets teachers create "classrooms" where their students can read and interact w/ texts.  Student's are able to select through a wide variety of literature and then annotate the text.  This is helpful as they can take notes and pickup right where they left off when reading.  Best of all, the teacher tools allows educators to create quizzes to assess how students are doing and they can even track/manage their student accounts.  Educators are using Owl Eyes in a number of different ways such as: differentiating instruction or flipping a classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Owl Eyes by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



*Owl Eyes is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Buncee

*Be sure to check out Buncee at ISTE June 24-27th, booth #2136

Buncee is the award winning learning tool that provides a digital canvas for students to create amazing projects, presentations, and much much more.  Educators have been using Buncee in a wide variety of ways through their educational portal "Buncee Classroom" to create virtual classrooms for students to complete assignments, take quizzes, etc.  Best of all, Buncee Classroom lets educators track students, assign quizzes, and even differentiate/assess instruction.  Finally, w/ the vast amount resources, lesson plans, templates, and tutorials, teachers can easily integrate Buncee into any
subject/curriculum.  It's the ultimate all-in-one tool for education!!!

More features include:
  • Stitching Slides
  • Google Classroom Integration
  • State of the art/custom animations, clipart, and backgrounds
  • COPPA compliant
  • Complete Multimedia integration w/ voice recording
  • Quiz/assignment creation (multiple choice/free answer)
  • iPad app
  • Buncee Boards
  • much much more...

Below is a brief demo of Buncee Classroom...



***For more exciting news from Buncee such as: ISTE, Buncee Chat on Twitter, and more, check out their blog by clicking here!!!

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Night Zookeeper June Challenge

Night Zookeeper is an excellent new site for students to help them w/ their Writing skills through fun interactive lessons/competition.  Also, it has an educational portal that allows educators to: assign lessons, track student progress, and assess their work in real-time.  This makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction and implement project based learning in their classroom.

Recently Night Zookeeper announced they are running a new writing competition for students to create a NEW location on the Night Zoo map.

The challenge
"Hello, young zookeepers! We have a new competition for you to enter. All you have to do is invent and describe a new location for the Night Zoo. You can also illustrate your location as well. The winning entry will be illustrated and added to the map that you can see above. Good luck to everyone taking part!"

How to enter
There are two ways to enter the competition:

1. Visit the star writing page to enter the competition with your students
2. If you would prefer, you can also print this activity sheet and ask your students to complete it. Then email all entries to paul@nightzookeeper.com or Tweet us on @nightzookeeper


The prizes
We are giving away a couple of prizes to the winning entry:
1. The location will be illustrated by our team and placed in the map above. 
2. The child will receive a poster of their location delivered to their school or house. 

Click here for more info about Star Writing!!!

For more information on Night Zookeeper's latest online challenge click here.

Tutoo

Tutoo is a site I just found out about that is ideal for finding a tutor in your area.  This can be done by searching through grade levels or subjects.  Best of all, a student can either find a face to face tutor or one online.  Finally, this is a nice place for educators looking to become a tutor earn some extra
income.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Super Teacher Worksheets for Father's Day

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 have lots of activities for Father's Day such as: cards, crafts, and more.

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

Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.