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.
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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!!!


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