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.

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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!!!!

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