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!!!