Monday, July 22, 2019

NowComment

NowComment is an interesting online tool for annotating that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog.  NowComment looks to be a handy feature for teachers as it lets educators comment on any part of a document including: text, images, videos, and more.  It can be used to assess a student's learning, to create a backchannel for group projects, and more.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Stonly

Stonly is an innovative new site that educators can use to create interactive step-by-step guides for their students.  This is great way for teachers to introduce topics, create digital handouts, and reinforce for student's learning.  Best of all, these "interactive" guides can be embedded into a site or blog and can track usage stats.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's blog for the tip.

BitDegree

BitDegree is a nice site for online tutoring where students can go to find a tutor on a wide range of subjects (i.e. programming/coding, etc).  Also, this is a great place for educators looking to earn some extra income by becoming an online tutor.

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

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 Lockdowns
  • Video Feedbacks - great for leaving feedback and more personalized for students then just reading comments.
  • Schedule Assessments - a nice feature to let teachers have control of when they want to assess students/assignments

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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sites/Apps Every Teacher should try for Back to School

Regardless of if you're making a New Year's resolution to integrate new, more or better technology into your teaching in 2019, here are a few outstanding tools that almost every teacher should consider with school right around the corner:

*In alphabetical order
  1. 30hands Learning - An excellent Learning Management System as well as digital storytelling app for 21st Century Learner.
  2. Answer Pad - A fantastic Student Response System that lets educators seamlessly assess students, differentiate instruction, and turn their classroom paperless.
  3. Answerables - An innovative cross between Learning Management System and Game Based Learning that can be integrated into any curriculum to teach any subject.
  4. Book Creator - The world's leading eBook creator for education that can be used in a wide variety of ways.
  5. BoomWriter - BoomWriter is a Google for Education Partner that lets teachers conduct fiction, nonfiction, and vocabulary-focused group writing activities. In addition to motivating students with an interactive platform and highly engaging online environment, BoomWriter provides teachers the perfect vehicle to deliver individualized feedback and writing instruction. Teachers can also select from BoomWriter's wide range of offerings from quick and easy to create homework assignments in any subject to class story-writing activities resulting in each student becoming a published author!
  6.  Buncee - Buncee is a fantastic learning tool and digital canvas that educators are using in a wide variety of ways (i.e. flipped classroom, project based learning, digital storytelling, etc.)  Educators are loving new features such as: Ideas Labs, Boards, and Immersive Reader.  Best of all, is the educational portal that allows teachers to create and manage students as well as a wide variety of educational resources/templates to help educators integrate Buncee into their curriculum.
  7. Chronicle Cloud - A cutting edge all-in-one iOS app for teachers for taking notes, assessing students, providing feedback, and more.
  8. ClassHook - One of my favorite sites around for finding educational videos and video clips for your classroom.
  9. EDpuzzle - EDpuzzle is a wonderful website that educators around the world are using to          "flip" their classroom or lesson.  This tool lets any user take a video and "make" it their own      by adding questions or voice to assess their audience's learning.  This makes it easy to                differentiate instruction.  Also, EDpuzzle has a fantastic online curriculum which makes it        easy for educators to find resources to meet their needs.
  10. Education Galaxy - A new site for grades K-6 that uses Game Based Learning to help students in a wide variety of subject.  Also, Education Galaxy is great for assessing student's needs and to help integrate Self Paced Learning.
  11. GooseChase - A wonderful new site for easily creating digital scavenger hunts for your classroom.
  12. I Know It - A fantastic site for interact Math practice for grades K-5.  Also, educators can assign lessons, assess students, and differentiate instruction.
  13. Oodlu - A innovative new app/site that lets educators create "arcade" style games for their students.
  14. Otus - A excellent all-in-one mobile learning solution for schools that combines the best features of a Learning Management System and Data Management System.
  15. Socrates - A great new site where educators can asses students and differentiate instruction through a unique Game Based Learning system.
  16. Storyboard That - Storyboard That is a widely popular website that teachers are using to            integrate technology in their classroom.  This is a great learning tool that educators are using      for project based learning, graphic organizers, digital storytelling, writing prompts, and much    much more.  Also, there are lots of lesson plans, assignments, and templates, for teachers to      choose from to help meet their needs.
  17. Super Teacher Worksheets - One of my favorite sites around for finding educational resources, worksheets, printables, puzzles, and more, for a wide variety of subjects.  
  18. ThinkFluency - ThinkFluency is an innovative new iOS app that lets teachers easily assess        student's Reading fluency.  Best of all, the scoring is done in real-time and generates detailed    reports that can then be shared w/ others.  Finally, ThinkFluency helps create individualized      instruction plans for students, saves teacher's time, and makes assessing super-easy.
  19. TypeTastic - A excellent K-12 site for educators integrating keyboarding/typing into their curriculum.  Best of all are the wide variety of resources and ability to track students progress.
  20. YoTeach - YoTeach is one of my favorite new sites for creating a backchannel chat.  This is a great way to gauge your students and increase student participation.






Friday, July 12, 2019

Kami

Kami is a very handy learning tool that acts as a digital pen/paper to let students annotate on assignments, PDFs, ebooks, and more to interact w/ their peers and teachers.  Also, there are a lot of tools that lets students, draw, comment, etc. to help them retain information.  Best of all, the easy-to-use tools seamlessly lets teachers assess student learning in realtime and differentiate instruction.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the tip.

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.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Codelicious

Codelicious is a wonderful Computer Science curriculum designed to help educators integrate STEM into their classroom.  Codelicious is for grades 3rd-8th and teaches students to program and code in Javascript, create games, use Photoshop and more.  Best of all, there are lots of educational resources and lesson plans to help teachers use Codelicious w/ their classroom.

Below is a brief demo....



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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Projector Screen

Projector Screen 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 by clicking here!!!

*Projector Screen is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Code With Google

Code w/ Google is the latest initiative from Google to help continue to provide Computer Science Resources for teachers to help students strengthen their STEM skills and learn how to Program/Code.  This is done through their free CS First or Grasshopper app.  Code w/ Google will help all levels of learners and is a great way to integrate STEM into the classroom.

For more information on Code w/ Google click here!!!

Thanks to Technology & Learning for the tip.

Play4A

Play4A is a relatively new site that I just found out about for Game Based Learning and creating quizzes.  This is a great educational tool that teachers can use to easily create games/quizzes that they can then use w/ their students.  This is a fun way to assess student's learning of a subject and differentiate instruction.

I highly recommend checking out Play4A by clicking here!!!

*Play4A is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

GooseChase

GooseChase is an innovative site/app (iOS/Google Play) for creating digital scavenger hunts.  Also,
GooseChase is very easy to use, and allows for easy setup by adding images, text, etc. as well as simple logins for others to play.  Best of all, educators can use template from other existing games to implement their own or download a free PDF to help incorporate GooseChase into their curriculum.

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

Super Teacher Worksheets for Summer Fun

Super Teacher Worksheets is one of the best sites around for educators looking for printables,
worksheets, puzzles, activities, and much much more.  W/ back to school right around the corner this is a fantastic place for teachers to go looking for ideas/printables such as: desk tags, games/puzzles, calendars, etc etc.  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.

I highly recommend checking out Super Teacher Worksheets for summer learning worksheets such as: puzzles, reading comprehension, and more, by clicking here!!!

*Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Course Hero


Course Hero is an excellent site for students looking for online tutors in any number of subjects.  Unlike other online tutoring sites, Course Hero instructors specialize in "their" subject and offer step by step instructions to help increase understanding and retain subject material.

I highly recommend checking out Course Hero by clicking here!!!

Book Creator Creativity Update

Book Creator is one of education's leading learning tool for creating beautiful looking eBooks and digital stories recently released their latest Creativity Update.  This update includes AutoDraw, Magic Ink, new pen styles, emojis, and more.

AutoDraw is very convenient for those that struggle w/ art or drawing.  AutoDraw lets a user start drawing then fill in the rest to help them create their idea.

Magic Ink is a great tool which lets users create beautiful looking pictures or word art w/ a vast array of different templates (i.e. rainbow, grids, etc.).

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Book Creator and their latest update by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review check out Richard Byrne's blog.

Kolibri

Kolibri is an interesting new site for finding interactive resources, videos, and quizzes, that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  This is a great learning site/app for students looking for help in a wide variety of subjects.

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

Buncee + Immersive Reader

Recently Buncee announced that they have partnered w/ Microsoft to bring Immersive Reader to the classroom.  This can be found on Buncee's "Ideas Lab" and is a great way for students to get help and increase their love of reading and writing.  The combination of Immersive Reader and Buncee makes it easier for students to: increase Reading Fluency and Comprehension, build confidence, and much much more.  Finally, some way educators are using this exciting new tool is to: create flashcards, flip a lesson, explore sentence structure, etc.

Below is a brief demo...



For more information on Buncee and Immersive Reader click here.

I highly recommend checking out Buncee + Immersive Reader by clicking here!!!

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

FUNecole

FUNecole is a wonderful digital learning solution for grades 1st-6th.  FUNecole focuses on different topics such as: digital literacy, SEL (social-emotional learning), and 21st Century Skills, coding, Computer Science, and more.  This is done through an innovative platform which helps teachers develop dynamic lessons, differentiate instruction, and seamlessly integrate Computer Science into their curriculum.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Socrates


*Be sure to stop by booth #1734 at ISTE 2019 to find out more about this amazing company!!!

Socrates is an innovate new site where educators can seamlessly differentiate instruction for each student through a unique game based learning system.  This is done through fun and engaging learning games w/ educational portal where teachers can track and monitor student progress, assign educational videos, use a digital badge system, testing, benchmarking, and much much more.

Below is a brief demo...



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

*Socrates is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, June 3, 2019

I Know It

I Know It is a fantastic site 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 educators 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!!!

Below is a brief demo...



I Know It is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

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!!!

Projector Screen

Projector Screen 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!!!

*Projector Screen 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.

TypeTastic for Game Based Learning

"Game-based learning (GBL) is a type of game play that has defined learning outcomes. Generally, game-based learning is designed to balance subject matter with gameplay and the ability of the player to retain, and apply said subject matter to the real world. (wikipedia)"  Game Based Learning has stood the test of time and been going on since schools have been around.  Lately, it's been getting more and more attention in the media and easier to integrate into the classroom through technology.  Not only is GBL making learning fun, through innovative technology and websites like TypeTastic, kids are easily learning vital real-world skills such as Typing/Keyboarding.

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 was one of Technology & Learning's Top Sites/Apps of 2018 (click here)

Below is a brief demo...


I highly recommend checking out TypeTastic School Edition by clicking here!!!

For more detailed information on Game Based Learning click here.

Mr Rogers - "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children playis serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."


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!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chronicle Cloud

Chronicle Cloud is an innovative educational all-in-one iOS app for teachers.  Educators can use Chronicle Cloud in a number of different ways such as: assessing (using their "traffic light" system), note-taking, providing feedback, and much much more.  Also, being on the "cloud" teachers can collaborate and share best "teaching" practices in an easy way.

I highly recommend checking out Chronicle Cloud by clicking here!!!

*Chronicle Cloud is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

ThinkFluency

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.

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.

More features...

• 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.hand

FlexClip

FlexClip is a excellent online video editor that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  This is a great resource that educators can use to edit a video, integrate digital storytelling, introduce a topic, and more through an easy-to-use tool.  All an educator has to do is upload their media (video/images), add text, sound, or record a voice over, and then export/share it.

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

Storyboard That for Summer


*Updates

  • New Teacher Dashboard - makes it easier to create assignments and setup classes
  • New templates and fonts


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 released a bunch of ideas/activities on how to use Storyboard That over the summer.  These activities cover a wide range of topics from story starters, reading projects, digital storytelling, and more.  Best of all it helps prevent summer learning loss and increase a student's digital learning skills.

Storyboard That is an excellent learning tool w/ educational portal, where teachers can manage, track, 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 Summer by clicking here!!!

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Fishbowl

Fishbowl is a new social network/community for education that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's award winning blog.  Fishbowl is a great place for educators to place and respond to questions in a private setting.  Also, this is a place where teachers can look to other colleagues to find other resources and implement best teaching strategies.  Finally, Fishbowl is available for free as a mobile (iOS/Google Play) app.

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Play4A

Play4A is a relatively new site that I just found out about for Game Based Learning and creating quizzes.  This is a great educational tool that teachers can use to easily create games/quizzes that they can then use w/ their students.  This is a fun way to assess student's learning of a subject and differentiate instruction.

I highly recommend checking out Play4A by clicking here!!!

*Play4A is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Educaplay

Educaplay is an wonderful site for educators to create and share multimedia resources/activities, such as: quizzes, games, puzzles/crosswords, interactive maps, and more.  Also, educators can share and use over a 1000 already made educational activities.  Best of all, the educational portal allows for teachers to track and monitor student progress, while generating detailed reports to easily differentiate instruction.

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Socrates

Socrates is an innovate new site where educators can seamlessly differentiate instruction for each student through a unique game based learning system.  This is done through fun and engaging learning games w/ educational portal where teachers can track and monitor student progress, assign educational videos, use a digital badge system, testing, benchmarking, and much much more.

Below is a brief demo...



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

*Socrates is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Book Creator Updates

Recently, Book Creator released some updates that now has their innovative app available for Safari instead of just Chrome.  This makes it easy for all those Apple users to use Book Creator over the web on their default browser.

Also, teachers now have the option to turn off student editing which is ideal when they give students a set due date and don't want them working on their project after the hand-in date.

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.

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

*Book Creator is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


ClassroomQ

ClassroomQ is an innovative easy to use tool that acts a "digital' hand raising device.  This is all done via the web and requires very little setup.  All a teacher has to do is a create an account and then students join by typing in their name and a unique code that the teacher gives them.  From there, a student click on the assistance button and can even type a comment which then a teacher sees.  This is ideal to assess student's to learning and differentiate instruction w/out having to disrupt classroom time to do it.

Below is a demo video...



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

Buncee Ideas Lab

A few weeks ago Buncee announced the release of their Buncee Idea Lab.  This is an excellent place for educators and students to find resources/ideas to use Buncee, such as: templates, lessons plans, book journals, and more.

Buncee is the fantastic all-in-one tool that schools have been using 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.  Also, Buncee has lots of educational resources, templates, lesson plans, and more to help teachers integrate Buncee into any curriculum.  Best of all, the educational portal allows educators to track and monitor student progress,
create/assess assignments, and much much more.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Buncee's Idea Lab by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review check out Monica Burn's wonderful blog.

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Kollate

Kollate is a new (beta) site I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  Kollate is a Google Chrome extension that lets users bookmark websites w/ a beautiful visual interface.  Besides bookmarking websites a user can organize, annotate, tag, and more on a tab in their browser.

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

Super Teacher Worksheets for Summer

Super Teacher Worksheets is one of the best sites around for educators looking for printables,
worksheets, puzzles, activities, and much much more.  W/ back to school right around the corner this is a fantastic place for teachers to go looking for ideas/printables such as: desk tags, games/puzzles, calendars, etc etc.  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.

I highly recommend checking out Super Teacher Worksheets for summer learning worksheets such as: puzzles, reading comprehension, and more, by clicking here!!!

*Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Emoji Scavenger Hunt

Emoji Scavenger Hunt is an innovative way to use mobile devices to go on "scavenger" hunt and integrate technology into the curriculum.  All a student has to do is goto the website, click on the play button and point their mobile device to the object that the emoji shows.

I highly recommend checking out Emoji Scavenger Hunt by clicking here!!!

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

Answerables


Be sure to check out the latest updates!!!

Answerables is one of the most unique sites to come around in awhile.  It is a cross between a Learning Management System and Game Based Learning environment to deliver a innovative and fun learning experience for students.  All of this takes place in a 3D virtual world (i.e. think Second Life but geared towards education) that allows educators to create lessons, scavenger hunts, collaborate w/ other educators, and much much more.  Best of all, all of this takes place in Answerables safe interactive environment.  Also, Answerables can be used by any curriculum to teach any subject using Project Based Learning, "gamifying"a lesson, and differentiating instruction.

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

Below is a brief demo video...



*Answerables is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Pocket Grade

Pocket Grade is a simple to use iOS grading calculator that makes it easy for teachers to grade and assignment or quiz.  All a user has to do is enter the number of questions and the number of wrong and answers and Pocket Grade does the rest.

I highly recommend checking out Pocket Grade by clicking here!!!

EDpuzzle


*NEW Features

  • Closed Caption - ideal for hearing impaired students or visual learners
  • Professional Development - lots of certification for courses for students and teachers


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.
    • 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.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Education Galaxy

Education Galaxy is an innovative online platform for helping students grades K-6 achieve mastery/success in their subjects.  This is done in a through a wide variety of ways such as: game based learning, interactive problems, and more.  Also, Education Galaxy makes it easy to assess student's performance and differentiate instruction through their online portal.  Students can even use Education Galaxy for "self paced learning" as any question that is answered wrong a detailed explantation is given to help reinforce learning.  Finally, there is an adaptive learning program called Liftoff that helps struggling students improve in their "difficult" areas and promote confidence.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Education Galaxy by clicking here!!!

Newlearn.io

Newlearn.io is a new social network for finding educational resources that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's award winning blog.  Newlearn.io curates their resources by common core standards and allows users to share (download/upload) files such as: videos, documents, PDFs, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Newlearn.io by clicking here!!!

Backchannel Chat

Backchannel Chat is an amazing site/mobile (iOS/Google Play) app for creating backchannel chats.  Backchannels are a great way to increase student participation and facilitate discussions on any number of topics.  Educators are using it for assessing student learning, brainstorming, introduce new topics, and more.  Best of all, Backchannel chat has an easy to use interface w/ an abundance of tools to help teachers integrate into their classroom, such as: moderation, profanity filters, private messaging, and more.

I highly recommend checking out Backchannel Chat by clicking here!!!

Check out my Top 10 Tools for Creating a Backchannel Chat by clicking here!!!


Chronicle Cloud

Chronicle Cloud is an innovative educational all-in-one iOS app for teachers.  Educators can use Chronicle Cloud in a number of different ways such as: assessing (using their "traffic light" system), note-taking, providing feedback, and much much more.  Also, being on the "cloud" teachers can collaborate and share best "teaching" practices in an easy way.

I highly recommend checking out Chronicle Cloud by clicking here!!!

Marvel Create Your Own

Marvel Create Your Own is a new fun iOS app designed for digital storytelling w/ the highly anticipated Marvel Endgame movie coming out tomorrow.  Create Your Own is like most digital comic/storytelling tools where a user can select a character, background, and objects to create a thrilling story.  What separates Marvel's Create Your Own apart from other similar sites/apps is that a user can change the emotion of their character, control zoom in/out features, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Marvel Create Your Own by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo video...


For a more detailed review click here.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

10 Sites for creating a Backchannel

"Backchannel is the practice of using networked computers to maintain a real-time online conversation alongside live spoken remarks. (Wikipedia)" It is a term that has been around for awhile but not something I really looked into until I had the chance to use it at the WEMTA tech conference. This is such a useful way to collaborate w/ educators/students when introducing a new idea, presenting in front of a large crowd, or even when watching a video and you want to engage the students.



*This list is in alphabetical order

10 Sites for Creating a Backchannel

  1. Answer Garden - A nice little free solution for education to poll students and and gather feedback via a chat.
  2. Back Channel - A great solution for education to create a chat and increase participation while assessing student's learning.
  3. Chatzy - Create a private room and invite via email or URL, includes advanced features such as the ability to use commands.
  4. Google Classroom - Probably one of the most popular ways for an educator to create a back channel chat using the "stream" feature which allows educators to chat w/ students in a safe environment.
  5. Padlet - One of the most popular online bulletin boards where users can create digital post-it notes in real-time to create a chat.
  6. SoapBox - Create a virtual room where students can interact through polls, Q/A, discussions, and more.
  7. TinyChat - Create a room that integrates directly w/ Twitter, as well as the ability to do video/audio chatting.
  8. Twiddla - One of the best collaborative whiteboards for commenting/drawing in your own "sandbox". Users also have the ability to chat via text/audio in real time.
  9. Unhangout - An interesting new site from MIT for creating back channel chats w/ the ability to host videos and have breakout sessions, and more.
  10. Yo Teach - One of my favorite sites around for creating a back channel back w/ lots of features for educators.
I highly recommend checking out Monica Burn's excellent blog post on how to get started w/ Back Channel chats by clicking here.

Blended Play

Blended Play is an excellent new site that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  Blended Play brings Game Based Learning to the classroom in a fun and easy way.  All a teacher has to do is select the game (i.e. Mountain Climber, Viking Fleet, Sushi Take Over, Space Sale), add the questions, group the students into teams, and then display/project it on a board.  This is excellent for education as it can be used for any subject/grade level and for blended learning.

I highly recommend checking out Blended Play by clicking here!!!