Thursday, February 20, 2020

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, February 18, 2020

Top 20 Sites/Apps for Creating Timelines


*Definition - "timeline is a way of displaying a list of events in chronological order, sometimes described as a project artifact. It is typically a graphic design showing a long bar labelled with dates alongside itself and (usually) events labelled on points where they would have happened.  Timelines are often used in education to help students and researchers with understanding the order or chronology of historical events and trends for a subject. When showing time on a specific scale on an axis, a timeline can be used to visualize time lapses between events, durations (such as a lifetimes or wars), and the simultaneity or overlap of spans and events. (Wikipedia)"

*This list is in alphabetical order.


Top 20 Sites/Apps for Creating Timelines

  1. Adobe Spark - One of the most popular sites around for creating timelines using an easy-to-use wizard.
  2. Aeon - A very in-depth timeline creator designed for project management and creative writers.
  3. Buncee - The all-in-one digital canvas where students can create timelines using, animations, audio, video, and more (visit their "ideas lab" for more info).
  4. Canva - A wonderful site w/ lots of templates to create beautiful looking timelines.
  5. Flippity - A simple to use timeline creator that uses a Google Spreadsheets template to create an interactive timeline.
  6. myHistro - A great site/iOS app for creating interactive timelines w/ educational portal.  Also, has the ability to embed Google Maps.
  7. OurTimeLines - A neat site w/ templates for creating timelines through text.
  8. Preceden - A cool site for creating layered interactive timelines.  These timelines can be set to public or private and even be embedded into a site or blog.
  9. RWT Timeline - Based on their website's (ReadWriteThink) timeline creator, RWT is one of my favorite iPad apps (free) for creating stunning timelines.  Also, the app allows for multiple users which is ideal for those schools that share devices.
  10. Storyboard That - An amazing site w/ educational portal that educators  are using to create a wide range of graphic organizers such as: t-charts, grids, and detailed timelines. 
  11. Sutori - A innovative site that educators are using to create timelines and collaborative projects.    Best of all, Sutori can be used for any curriculum and even to "flip" a classroom/lesson.
  12. Tiki-Toki - A wonderful site for creating beautiful looking 3D timelines w/ images and videos.  A paid account lets users embed them on a site and collaborate on them w/ multiple users.
  13. Timeline JS - One of the best sites around for creating stunning timelines that include videos, maps, links, audio, and can even integrate w/ Google spreadsheets.
  14. Timelines.tv - A wonderful site for viewing timelines in 5 different historical categories. 
  15. Timetoast - A wonderful site for creating a timeline that can be embedded into a site or blog.  Best of all, a user can choose to view their timeline in standard mode or in text view only.
  16. Timeline 3D - An innovative app for creating stunning 3 Dimensional timelines w/ images and videos.  Also, Timeline 3D can be exported into PPT or Keynote for other options.
  17. Timeline Maker - A popular iPad app for creating timelines by stacking up tiles or events.
  18. Timeline Maker (Soft Schools) - A simple site similar to RWT, that allows users to create a timeline through text/template.
  19. Venngage - A great site to create visual timelines or infographics using templates to help customize a student's/teacher's needs.
  20. Visme - A robust timeline creator where users can create beautiful timelines in 5 steps through a drag-n-drop interface.

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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Adventure Academy

Adventure Academy is a dynamic and super fun online platform that uses a MMO game based learning style to teach subjects such as: Math, Science, Language Arts, and more.  Adventure Academy was designed for students 8-13 years old and uses a wide variety of games, interactive graphic novels, and video tutorials to help students learn a wide range of subjects/topics (i.e. comprehension, fractions, geography, etc.).

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Adventure Academy by clicking here!!!

Newlearn.io

Newlearn.io is a excellent new social network for finding educational resources.  Newlearn.io curates their resources by common core standards and allows users to share (download/upload) files such as: videos, documents, PDFs, and more.  Best of all, the social networking aspects makes it easy to rate, comment, and collaborate w/ other educators to engage in best teaching resources and strategies.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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.

Buncee for Valentine's Day

Buncee is one of my all-time favorite easy-to-use Web 2.0 sites/apps for education.  This site w/ educational portal allows a user to create anything they can think of on a digital canvas (i.e. presentation, eCard, greeting, story, and more).  These beautiful looking projects can contain any type of media, from video, audio, text, clip art, etc, and can be embedded into a site or blog.  Finally, educational portal allows educators to manage/track student accounts, and even comment on them in a safe environment.  Teachers are using Buncee for Project Based Learning, to "flip" a lesson, for digital storytelling, and much much more.

Below is a Valentine's Day example...



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

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tailor-ED

Tailor-ED is a wonderful platform for Math that makes it easy to differentiate instruction and dynamically groups students on more areas then just grades (i.e. confidence, proficiency, motivation, etc.).  Once this is done Tailor-ED curates educational resources, lesson plans, and activities that meets those student's needs.  Finally, Tailor-ED generates detailed reports making it easy to assess student's learning and gets more effective the more it is used in the classroom.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Tailor-ED by clicking here!!!

Thanks so Larry Ferlazzo's blog for the tip.

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.

VocaTales

VocaTales is an innovative new way for students to learn Vocabulary and the definition of words.  This is done using a unique "gamified" experience called "split and spin".  A user takes any word they are trying to learn splits it up and then spins a new story.  In a way, VocaTales is like a combination of game based learning meets digital storytelling inside of a social network.  Once a new tale/definition is completed a user can share w/ others, comment, and even extend on the story.

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

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Make Beliefs Comix

Make Beliefs Comix is a excellent site that educators around the world are using for digital storytelling, project based learning, reinforcing vocabulary, and more.  Recently, they launched their "Give Me Words" feature which lets students supply words to their talking heads.  This is great for adding dialogue to a character and giving them a "voice" letting students experiment w/ language making it ideal for Vocabulary and ELL.  Finally, Make Beliefs Comix has an abundance of lesson plans, the ability to translate comics into other languages, and story starters/writing prompts to help get the student's creative juices flowing.

I highly recommend checking out Make Beliefs Comix and their Give Me Words feature by clicking here!!!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

30 Sites/Apps for Differentiated Instruction

"Differentiated instruction and assessment (also known as differentiated learning or, in education, simply, differentiation) is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability." Wikipedia  Differentiation, the ability for teachers to meet the needs of a variety of learners, is a key component for successful teaching.  While there are lots of ways this can be done and lots of tools that educators can use to accomplish this, there are many sites that can help facilitate the process.

*This list is in alphabetical order

30 Sites/Apps for Differentiated Instruction

  1. Actively Learn - Lets a user make any reading material "their" own by adding questions, annotation, and collaboration which helps educators differentiate their instruction
  2. Answer Pad - A wonderful student response system and assessment tool that lets teachers turn their classroom paperless.  Also, the "Go Interactive" features allows teachers to collaborate w/ students in real-time and gauge student understanding to differentiate instruction.
  3. Arcademics - One of my favorite sites for game based learning (K-8th grade) in a wide range of subjects.  Also, there is an educational portal that allows teachers to track/monitor students, generate detailed reports, and assess student's learning to make it easy to differentiate instruction.
  4. Badaboom - A easy way for educators to create learning games to assess and differentiate their instruction
  5. BoomWriter - An excellent and unique site that lets students express their creativity by completing follow on chapters of an initial story prompt and then having the class anonymously vote on which ones should be included in the final story. Boomwriter publishes these stories as softcover books and personalizes each one to include each student's final chapter as an alternate ending along with prominently displaying the student's name on the front cover. BoomWriter's other tools let teachers conduct nonfiction and vocabulary-based writing activities, and all of their offerings let teachers provide invaluable personalized feedback and differentiated instruction.
  6. Buncee - A fantastic digital canvas for creating presentations or digital stories that can be embedded into a site/blog.  Also, this is a great way to "flip a classroom" and with Buncee Classroom teachers can assign quizzes, track/monitor students, and differentiate instruction.
  7. Chronicle Cloud - A cutting edge all-in-one iOS app for teachers for taking notes, assessing students, providing feedback, differentiate instruction, and more.
  8. ClassroomQ - An easy-to-use innovative tool that acts as a "digital" hand raising device making it easy to assess student's learning and differentiate instruction in real-time.
  9. edcite - A great site for teachers to create digital assignments, quizzes, and more.  Best of all, edcite can automatically grade student responses in real-time and generate detailed reports allowing educators to differentiate instruction.
  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 for easy differentiated instruction, while helping integrate Self Paced Learning.
  11. Edji - A cool new learning tool that lets students interact w/ online texts through highlighting, annotation, comments, and even emojis.  The detailed "heat map" lets educators gauge student understanding and differentiate instruction.
  12. EDpuzzle - Probably, the world's most popular site/app for flipping a classroom or lesson by adding questions to a video and then assessing student's answers to differentiate instruction.
  13. Eduflow - A new learning management system where educators can create course, track students, generate detailed reports, and differentiate instruction.
  14. Edulastic - An innovative online assessment platform that makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction.
  15. Floop - An excellent learning tool for teachers to give and collect student feedback through conversation threads making it easy to differentiate instruction.
  16. FUNecole - A great digital learning solution for grades 1st-6th.  Their online platform lets educators create assignments/lessons, differentiate instruction, and seamlessly integrate Computer Science into their curriculum.
  17. Gimkit - A wonderful game based learning solution where students can create the games and educators can assess and differentiate the results.
  18. Hippo Video - An excellent web tool for students/educators to create stunning digital videos.  Teachers use these videos to introduce a subject, create a screencast, and even gauge student understanding to differentiate instruction.
  19. I Know It - A fantastic site for interactive Math practice for grades K-5.  Also, educators can assign lessons, assess students, and differentiate instruction.
  20. IXL - One of the most popular sites around for Math that allows for student tracking w/ detailed reporting.  Also, w/ the ability to track student "trouble" areas a teacher can adjust their teaching (differentiation) to help meet the needs of their students.
  21. Kahoot - One of the most popular tools around to "Gamify" a classroom and differentiate instruction.
  22. Kami - A very handy learning tool that acts as a digital pen/paper letting users annotate on any document.
  23. Kialo Edu - A unique learning tool that provides a platform for educators to gauge student understanding and differentiate instruction.
  24. Loop - A cool new student response system where students can respond to questions via a emoji, word, or by choosing an answer.
  25. Night Zookeeper - A interesting new site where to help student's w/ their Writing skills through interactive lessons and competitions.  The educational portal allows educators to track their students and differentiate instruction.
  26. Otus - A excellent one-to-one learning management solution as well as mobile learning environment where educators easily differentiate instruction w/ Otus's detailed real-time analytics.
  27. Parlay - Parlay is a very innovative online tool that educators are using to take classroom discussions to the next level.  Teachers can use Parlay in a number of different ways such as: browsing through a robust library of discussion prompts (w/ resources), creating a online roundtable, or by creating a "live" verbal roundtable.
  28. Pear Deck - A wonderful educational tool that lets educators create quizzes, slides, or presentations.  Once the "decks" are created students can respond via their mobile devices.  Teachers can the assess student understanding and differentiate instruction in real-time.
  29. Socrates - A great new site where educators can asses students and differentiate instruction through a unique Game Based Learning system.
  30. ThinkFluency - ThinkFluency is an innovative iOS app that lets teachers easily assess        student's Reading fluency and differentiate instruction in real-time.  
Click here for a great article on Differentiated Instruction.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Writing Bee is Back!

The Writing Bee is Back!
Teachers can now conduct their own classroom Qualifying Sessions

The folks at BoomWriter are at it again. It’s their fourth year conducting The Writing Bee, and this year they’ve structured the event so any teacher with students in Grades 4-6 can easily conduct their own classroom Qualifying session. Top performers from each class automatically qualify for The Writing Bee Finals and a chance to become The 2020 Writing Bee Champion! 

The format is fun and engaging for students, and extremely easy for teachers to manage. Here’s how it works:
- Teachers first register on BoomWriter.com then create and start their Writing Bee.
- Students go to BoomWriter to read The Writing Bee’s original story start (Chapter 1).
- Students independently write their version of Chapter 2.
- Students read the anonymous submissions of their classmates and vote for their favorite/s.
- The winning submission becomes Chapter 2, and the process repeats for Chapter 3 (the conclusion).
- The chapter winners advance to The Writing Bee Finals and compete with students from around the world for The Writing Bee Championship!

The Writing Bee can integrate with the existing curriculum and can take part during or beyond the school day. Plus, they can be completed in just 1-2 weeks. 

Best of all, your class story will be published and all families have the option to purchase a personalized copy of the book with the child’s name prominently displayed on the front cover and final chapter inserted as an alternate ending. 

Teachers are not responsible for any aspect of The Writing Bee Finals. However, all students who participate in a Writing Bee Qualifier will be invited to read and cast votes throughout The Finals to help determine The 2020 Writing Bee Champion!

Don’t delay, though, Writing Bee Qualifying sessions must be completed by March 31st. Go to BoomWriter.com to register and start your classroom Writing Bee today!



Sunday, February 2, 2020

Mobile Permissions

Mobile Permissions is a fantastic new free tool for educators to virtual send parents permissions slips.     Mobile Permissions makes it easy for teachers to send any type of permission slip form to a parents/guardians phone or mobile device.  They can then electronically sign and submit payment while educators can track/monitor to it all from their teacher portal.  Finally, they can reuse already created slips for future periods or classes.

I highly recommend checking out Mobile Permissions by clicking here!!!

*Mobile Permissions is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

TeachVid

TeachVid is an amazing online tool for learning foreign languages that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  TeachVid reminds me a tad like EDpuzzle where educators use interactive videos to assess student's learning.  Also, educators can create a "virtual" classroom and create assignments that contain: videos, worksheets, etc.  Finally, TeachVid makes it easy to flip a classroom or lesson and let student's learn at their own pace.

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

*TeachVid is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Chart It

Chart It is a wonderful site for creating charts and graphs.  Chart It allows users to create up to 12 different types of charts such as: bar, graph, line, and more.  Also, a user can set privacy settings and share their charts via a URL.  Best of all, all charts can be embedded into a site or blog making it
ideal for education.

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

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's blog for the tip.

DOGOnews

DOGOnews is an excellent site for creating Reading assignments for grades K-8 that can then be integrated into Google Classroom.  This is done through 1000s of curated educated articles in a wide variety of subjects (i.e. Science, History, Current Events, etc.) where educators can then select lesson plans, create assignments, and help students increase their Reading and Vocabulary skills.

Below is a brief demo...





I highly recommend checking out DOGOnews for teachers by clicking here!!!

*DOGOnews is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Mural

Mural is an excellent site w/ educational portal for educators and students looking for a graphic
organizer.  Mural can be used to brainstorm, create mind maps, diagram, and more.  Also, the educational portal allows educators to use Mural for free, online training, and collaborate in real-time.

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