Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rocketium

Rocketium is a site/app for making beautiful slideshows and presentations that reminds me of Animoto. This is done w/ a very easy-to-use interface, where users can add text, images, music, backgrounds, and more to engage their audience.  Best of all, is the nice collaboration feature which allows users to work in groups to creating stunning projects.

Below is a brief demo...



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

For a more detailed review check out Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.

Monday, February 19, 2018

King of Math Defense

King of Math Defense is a super fun mobile app (iOS/Google Play) for grades K-8th.  King of Math Defense is a great way to practice basic Math skills such as: addition, multiplication, sequence, etc etc, by using Game Based Learning.  The plot is simple as a student tries to defend their castle against zombies and enemies by answering equations correctly.  As a player earns more cash they can unlock power-ups, wizards, and more, adding to the high replay value.  Best of all, King of Math Defense tracks all student data and generates detailed reports to help differentiate instruction.

I highly recommend checking out King of Math Defense by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review check out Edshelf.

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.

Tutor Pursuit

Tutor Pursuit is a new online tool or app (iOS/Google Play) to find a reputable tutor in your area.  All this is done in a safe/secure environment where a student just needs to put in a zip code or subject to find their tutor.  Tutors can create their own schedule, hourly rate, and more.  This is a great way for educators to earn some extra cash while students can find an affordable tutor in their area.

I highly recommend checking out Tutor Pursuit by clicking here!!!

Storyboard That Feb Contest

Storyboard That the educational tool that educators around the world are using in a wide variety of ways (i.e. project based learning, graphic organizer, timelines, digital storytelling, etc) announced that they are hosting a contest for the month of February.  The rules are simple, tweet your best storyboard w/ the hashtag (#winstoryboardthat) or tag them, and the storyboard w/ the most likes will receive a free one year subscription.

Also, for the next 24 hrs Storyboard That is offering 25% of your subscription to celebrate President's Day.

I highly recommend checking out Storyboard That by clicking here!!!

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

ThinkFluency

ThinkFluency is an innovative new iOS app that lets teachers assess a student's Reading fluency in real-time.  All a educator has to do after creating a account, is add students/classes, select a Reading passage or create your own, and then begin the assessment.  ThinkFluency makes it super easy for the teacher to track errors by tapping a button on the screen while the student is reading. Once this is done ThinkFluency will generate a detailed report and develop a individualized instruction that can be shared w/ others.  This is a great app that saves teachers time as well as helping them differentiate instruction.

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Super Teacher Worksheets for Valentine's Day

Super Teacher Worksheets educators everywhere are using 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.

Recently, STW released their ideas on how to use their resources for Valentine's Day.  Students can now easily make cards, wreaths, puppets, and much much more by using STW.

I highly recommend checking out Super Teacher Worksheets for Valentine's Day by clicking here!!!

*Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

MovieToons

MovieToons is a free new iOS app ideal for digital storytelling.  This is a super fun and great way for students to embrace their creativity by selecting characters, backgrounds, and animations, to create their very own unique 3D digital story.  A finished story can then be shared online for others to view and rate.

Below is a brief tutorial...


UpdatedTutorial from Mikhail Kushnikov on Vimeo.

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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Storyboard That for Valentine's Day

Storyboard That the wonderful resource that educators everywhere are using for a variety of educational purposes (i.e. timelines, digital storytelling, project based learning, etc), has just release their latest bundle for Valentine's Day.  These activities cover a wide range of topics from story starters, history of Valentine's Day, cards, and more.

Storyboard That is an excellent learning tool w/ educational portal, where teachers can manage, track, differentiate instruction, and assess student accounts in a safe environment.  This easy-to-use site has an abundance of teacher guides and lesson plans, that makes it easy to integrate into any classroom or curriculum.

I highly recommend checking out Storyboard That for Valentine's Day by clicking here!!!

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

AR Flashcards Abraham Lincoln

AR Flashcards just released their latest iOS app, Abraham Lincoln.  This app uses augmented reality in an innovative way as it teaches students different facts and aspects about Abraham Lincoln.  The way this works is by placing portals on the actual ground by using the app and then walking through. This will unlock different places in Abraham Lincoln's past while teaching students about History.   Finally, a user can even watch an animated Abraham Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address.

I highly recommend checking out AR Flashcards by clicking here!!!

Buncee Challenge

Buncee Challenge is the new Feb contest from Buncee that is having teachers win prizes by submitting Buncee ideas.  The rules are simple, all a teacher has to do is submit a Buncee w/ the hashtag #BunceecChallenge and include the different ways in which they are using Buncee.  The more ideas the teacher includes the bigger the discount (15% - 25%) off a subscription or free teacher subscriptions.

For more information on the Buncee Challenge click here!!

Also, Buncee is the perfect tool to use to create stunning valentine presentations, e-cards, greetings, digital stories, and more.

For a detailed review on how to create a Valentine's Day Buncee click here.



*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

I Know It

I Know It is a fantastic new site from Super Teacher Worksheets for interactive Math lessons grades K-5th.  This is a super fun easy to use site for practice on a wide range of topics, such as: place value, multiplication, counting coins, time, and more.  Best of all, I Know It, allows a educator to assign lessons and track student progress to make it easy to differentiate instruction.

I highly recommend checking out I Know It by clicking here!!!

*I Know It is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sentence Reading Magic

Sentence Reading Magic is a wonderful free iOS app that I just found out about from Edshelf.  This is a great app for beginning Readers that helps them build sentences as well as work on their Reading skills.  For building sentences a student has to move the words into the correct position and the Reading section has users reading a sentence (2-3 words) and then tapping on a picture to see if they are correct.

I highly recommend checking out Sentence Reading Magic by clicking here!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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.

Storyline

Storyline is a cool site for learning how to code/program Alexa (Amazon's smart speaker device), that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  Storyline is very simple to use and features a drag-n-drop interface for selecting actions and commands.  A Alexa user can now create: games, quizzes, newsflashes, and much much more.

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

Below is a demo video...



For a more detailed review check out Tech Crunch.





Monday, February 5, 2018

Otus

Otus the excellent and easy to use Learning Management System for schools has a sleek new design, that 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 their updated 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.


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.

Fabmath

Fabmath is an excellent resource for teachers/students for Math grades 1st-8th.  Fabmath is a great learning tool w/ educational portal that allows educators to assign tests, worksheets, and more, while tracking their students progress and needs.  This allows teachers to different instruction and assess students in real-time while generating detailed reports.  Also, Fabmath can be used on mobile devices making it easy for students to practice at home.

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

For Fabmath on iOS click here.
For Fabmath on Google Play click here.

Friday, February 2, 2018

30hands Pro

30hands Pro the excellent iOS app for project based learning, flipping a classroom, and digital storytelling.  Educators are using 30hands to integrate technology in a easy and seamless way.

• New Features in Pro:
— Enhanced Drawing with Editing, Adding Images to canvas, Layering Images, more! (Basic Drawing is still there, too)
— Share-a-Slide to create a single slide video
— Stop Motion is easier with settings and Enhanced Drawing
— Storyboarding is faster and easier
• New icons from Font Awesome and ION
• added support for iOS 9
• fixed some bugs

• Pro has 2 Drawing Modes: Enhanced and Basic
— Enhanced Drawing is vector based which is huge!
— Add images + photos to a drawing
— Edit a drawing after saving
— Drawing lines are crisper
— Text can be on multiple lines
— Resized and stretched text can still be edited!
• Pro has Share-a-Slide to create a single slide video
— Share a single narrated drawing or image to parents, teachers or friends
— Share-a-Slide allows for better collaboration
— Add video slides from multiple students into a central presentation
• Pro has easy Stop Motion settings
— Stop Motion slides can be within a normal presentation
• Easier Storyboarding in Starter and Pro
— New + icon to add a drawing from slide preview/record screen removes extra steps

For more information on 30hands Pro, 30hands Starter click here, or 30hands Web click here!!!

*30hands is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

GoNoodle Kids

GoNoodle Kids is the free iOS app for students to use GoNoodle at home.  GoNoodle is the super popular app that educators everywhere are using to help give students much needed "brain breaks" during classroom time.  This is done through interactive fun movement videos such as: dancing, stretching, jumping, and more.

I highly recommend checking out GoNoodle Kids by clicking here!!!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sketch Nation

Sketch Nation the amazing free web tool or mobile app (iOS/Android) has just released their latest update to bring new exciting features to game creation.  Students can now create a multiplayer "platform" game in their new "Arena".  Also, users now have the ability to upload their own sound effects or music to add into a game,

Here are more details regarding Version 4.0...

"The new "Arena" (multiplayer Platformer) genre allows you to create multiplayer games to play with your friends and other Sketchers -- simply draw extra players and all the other items for a Platformer game and Voila! You have a game which you can play in real-time with other gamers. We believe this multiplayer game creation capability is the first robust tool of its kind and, as always, is available on iOS, Android and the Web.
Version 4.0 also includes the option of adding sound effects or music to games (for iOS and Web currently; Android coming soon). You can now enhance your games by recording your own sounds and music to be heard during key game actions, such as acquiring a power-up or overcoming an obstacle."
Also, new tutorials (i.e. storytelling, multi-level games) and Lesson ideas for teachers can be found here.
I highly recommend checking out Sketch Nation by clicking here!!!

Below is a demo video...

*Sketch Nation is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Imagine Forest

Imagine Forest is a wonderful site that I just found out about for digital storytelling and writing.  Imagine Forest is a free site where users can write a original story or use a story starter to create a piece.  Also, there are lots of images that students can choose from to include in their story.  Once the story is finished, a user can then publish their story online in a safe/closed community.  Community members can then read, comment, and provide feedback on the story.  Finally, Imagine Forest has lots of resources for educators and students.

I highly recommend checking out Imagine Forest by clicking here!!!

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Answerables


*Be sure to check out their latest updates!!!
**Answerables iPad app available here!!!

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

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

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

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

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



For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

*Answerables is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Waypoint EDU

Waypoint EDU is a innovative new iOS app that uses augmented reality to create a fun learning experience for students.  Teachers are using this tool to bring their classroom outside and have students go on geocaches (scavenger hunts) to learn more about a subject.  Best of all, a teacher can add questions to their geocache to create an authentic learning experience and gauge students understanding.

I highly recommend checking out Waypoint EDU by clicking here!!!

Monday, January 29, 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.

Math Classroom Challenge

Math Classroom Challenge is a excellent (iOS) app for learning basic Math skills (i.e. additions, subtraction, etc.). This is done in innovative 3D first person/shooter environment that has students trying to shoot the correct numbers to solve the equations.  Best of all, a user can customize their own learning experience by selecting what type or problems to include in the game.  Also, this is a great way to integrate Game Based Learning into the classroom.

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

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

EDpuzzle

EDpuzzle is the amazing learning tool that educators everywhere are using to flip their classroom, assess student learning, differentiate instruction, grade, and much much more.  This is done by adding questions to a video and modifying it to make it work for YOU.

Best of all, are the wide range of lessons and resources that are available for students and educators.  A user can search through subjects and grade levels to see how best EDpuzzle can work for them.

Finally, EDpuzzle is available as a browser plugin and free mobile app for Android and iOS.

I highly recommend checking out EDpuzzle by clicking here!!!
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*EDpuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Learning Mole

Learning Mole is a nice site for finding educational videos in the subjects of: Math, English, and Crafts.  All videos are organized by age level and provide interactive lessons that students can do.  Also, there are lots of resources for educators and parents and new videos are added weekly.

I highly recommend checking out Learning Mole by clicking here!!!

Photos for Class

Photos for Class is an excellent new 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.

Night Zookeeper

Night Zoopkeeper is a new free site for students to help their Writing skills through fun interactive lessons.  Best of all, the educational portal 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.

Below is a brief demo...

Night Zookeeper in 80 seconds from Night Zookeeper on Vimeo.

I highly recommend checking out Night Zookeeper by clicking here!!!

Finally, the people at Night Zookeeper have released a free learning tool that easily creates Writing Prompts for students.  All a user has to do is select their writing style, age, and then time on how long they want to write and Writing Sparks creates the challenges/prompts for the students.  As w/ Zookeeper, Writing Sparks will assess students in real-time to help teachers assess student's learning.







For more information on Writing Sparks click here!!!

Jellies

Jellies is a new iOS app for finding educational videos similar to YouTube Kids.  However, what makes Jellies an intriguing alternative to YouTube is that all videos are curated by people instead of a computer algorithm.  What this means, is that there is a very scrutinive process that most be met for these videos to be available.  All videos, are age appropriate and do not have any "stars" or ads for commercial purposes.  Best of all, is the Kids Mode where parents can curate and control what videos their kids can watch.

Below is a brief video...



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

For a more detailed review check out Tech Crunch.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Super Teacher Worksheets

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.

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.

Actively Learn

Actively Learn is a site I'm just finding out about that is an excellent resource for educators looking to increase comprehension and "depth" of any text.  AL reminds me a lot of EDpuzzle but instead of "making a video your own" it is "making reading material your own".  This can be done using any text and lets educators track student's learning and understanding of a passage through the use of asking questions, annotating, collaborating, and more all in real-time.  This is a great resource for teachers and easily lets them gauge a student's understanding, differentiate instruction, or even "flip" a lesson.

Below is a brief demo video...



I highly recommend checking out Actively Learn by clicking here!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Storyboard That Illustrated Guides

Storyboard That the amazing site that educators are using for creating timelines, graphic organizers, digital stories, storyboards, project based learning, and much much more, just released their
Illustrated Guides.  These one cell storyboards are great for teaching any number of subjects such as: Mythology, Literature, History, and more.

I highly recommend checking out Storyboard That's Illustrated Guides by clicking here!!!

Below is a nice intro video to Storyboard That...



*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Empatico

Emaptico is a new learning tool that connects teachers and classrooms around the world.  Empatico reminds me of a cross between Skype and Wiziq and is a great way for educators to easily teach online classes.  The way this works is a students selects their desired activities, availability, and then get selected w/ a teacher.  Best of all, Empatico has lots of free resources for teachers to use while interacting w/ their online.

Below is a brief video...



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

Monday, January 15, 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.

Codemoji

Codemoji is a innovative new website for grades 1st-8th grade learning how to code or program.  CodeMoji is an excellent learning tool to introduce html, CSS, and Javascript, while integrating STEM into the classroom.  Best of all, it makes coding fun and easy to learn through the use of emojis.   Also, the educational portal or teacher/student dashboard makes tracking student's data/progress easy to do.  Educators can even grade students and generate detailed reports to help differentiate instruction.




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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Class Dojo Student Stories

ClassDojo the widely used (free) tool for behavior management and communication for education now offers Student Stories. Student Stories is a new way for students to create digital portfolios and share them w/ others.

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 Student Stories by clicking here!!!

*ClassDojo is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

MathTango

MathTango is a wonderful new/free iOS app for addition and subtraction grades 1st-3rd.  MathTango uses Gesame Based Learning through 20+ levels of solving puzzles and equations.  As a student progresses through the game they will unlock more monsters, levels, and features, while "building" their own unique island.  MathTango tracks student data and makes it easy for parents and educators to reinforce basic Math skills.

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

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...