Thursday, October 12, 2017

TypeDojo

TypeDojo is an excellent site for students grades 1st-8th looking to improve their typing/keyboarding skills.  All a user has to do is select how long (1,3, or 5 min) they want to take their typing test and grade level and begin.  Also, a user can select what kind words, or keys (i.e. home row) they want to practice on.  Once a student is done they get a detailed report or certificate that shows how many words per minute and accuracy they preformed.

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

For a more detailed review check out Monica Burns amazing blog.

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.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Reading Racer

Reading Racer is a free new iOS app that I just had the pleasure of reviewing.  This is an excellent easy-to-use app that uses the mobile device's microphone to "listen" as a student speaks the words on the screen.  This is really innovative and separates Reading Racer from other educational apps on the market.

Reading Racer is designed for kids ages 5-8 and uses speech recognition as the user speaks the words/sentences as fast as they can.  The way this works is the student presses the microphone button and holds it down while speaking the word.  The words highlight as they are read and calculating how many in a row are read.  If a user takes their finger off the microphone the word is then read to help them along.  This continues as other characters race against them.  The better a student finishes the more points they get to help them unlock other racers and tracks.

This is a great educational app to use for Reading and Comprehension and to use Game Based Learning in the classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Reading Racer by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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.

WittyWe

WittyWe is a new site I just found out about from Monica Burn's amazing blog.  WW reminds me of q more robust version of BrainBop and is a excellent place to find online courses/educational videos on a wide range of topics (i.e. Math, Health, Science, etc.)  These animated lessons (5-10 min in length) are designed for El Ed kids through college and can be accessed on any device.  Also, there are special courses that will help students develop their "life" skills.  Finally, there are interactive resources, activities, and quizzes that can be taken after each video (w/ more coming).

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

Below is a demo video...

Sketch Nation Lesson Plans

Sketch Nation the simple to use mobile (iOS/Android) app/site for creating games recently updated their lesson plan ideas page.  This is a great place for educators to go to find ways on how to integrate Sketch Nation into their classroom.  These lesson ideas focus on a wide variety of subjects such as: Coding, History, Math, and more.  Sketch Nation makes it a seamless way to introduce STEM into their classroom in a fun and engaging way.

I highly recommend checking out Sketch Nation Lesson Plans by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...


*Sketch Nation is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Otus

Otus, the wonderful mobile learning solution and teaching and learning platform was hard at work this summer w/ over 50 updates.  Best of all, all of this happens in one safe controlled environment.  These updates exist in one single platform.

Here is a brief look at some of the new features:


  • enhanced Google Integration
  • embed third party content (i.e. YouTube, NearPod, etc.)
  • teachers can build assessments
  • new grade book
  • robust reporting features
  • detailed graphs/data visualizations
  • and much much more
For more details on Otus's new features click here!!!

*Otus is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Quizster

Quizster is a innovative site/app that I just found out about for assessing and grading students work.  All a student has to do is snap a photo of their work and send it via the free mobile (iOS/Android) to their teacher.  The teacher can then annotate, comment, and grade using Quizster and respond instantly to the student.  All information then gets backed up to the cloud and helps decrease the frequency of lost homework.  Best of all, this is a great way to gauge student's learning and differentiate instruction.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Help Teaching

Help Teaching is an excellent site for educators, parents, and others looking for educational resources such as quiz/test creators, online assessments, or worksheets/printables.  These printables are for K-12 and cover a wide range of subjects.  Also, there is a test/virtual room where students can take online assessment and get results in real time.

I highly recommend checking out Help Teaching by clicking here!!!
For my Printerest Board on Educational Resources click here.

*Help Teaching is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Baamboozle

Baamboozle is a super fun site for creating games that I just found out about from Ozge Karaoglu's amazing blog.  All a teacher has to do is login and then start adding their questions to create a game.  They can even add their own image and then put students into teams to start playing the game.  The game can also be played as a quiz.












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

Monday, September 25, 2017

NameCoach

NameCoach is a wonderful web service that educators are using to learn student's names and pronounce them correctly.  This is especially useful w/ commencement/graduation ceremonies on the horizon.  The way this works is simple as a teacher creates a name/web page and then has the student's speak their names.  The audio gets embedded into a page and a user can access them all on one page at anytime.  Also, NameCoach makes it very easy to share recordings and keep track of student's name/email.  It's easy, accurate, and 100% safe for schools to use.

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

Below is a brief demo...



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ClassClimate

ClassClimate is a fun little site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This site allows students to login and rate how they are feeling by clicking on a word.  It kind of reminds me of ClassDojo w/ less features.  A teacher then gets the results in real-time and view the word/emoji to see how their students are feeling.  Best of all are the detailed reports/graphs to help teachers assess behavior.

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

SmartKids

SmartKids is a fun iOS app for students grades K-6 for Game Based Learning.  SmartKids has over a 1000 mini-games in a wide variety of subjects such as: Math, Science, Programming, etc.  These games have high replay value as there are lots of features to unlock, stars to uncover, and more.  Best of all is the teacher/parent dashboard which lets them: filter games, adjust difficultly levels, etc etc.

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

30hands

30hands is the excellent and easy-to-use learning tool that educators/students everywhere are using for a wide range purposes, such as: digital storytelling, project based learning, blended learning, and much much more.

I highly recommend checking out 30hands Pro by clicking here or 30hands Web here!!!

30hands has lots of exciting news on the horizon...

After upgrading to Pro, users will have access to existing advanced features and new features in the works:
• 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

Districts that purchase 30hands Pro will get free or discounted professional development (depending on licenses purchased). The PD can be onsite or virtual and selected from our areas of expertise: Digital Storytelling, PBL, Blended Learning, Teaching Coding, and Teaching Entrepreneurship. 

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.

Pixel

Pixel is a new free mobile (iOS/Android) app for students learning how to program or code.  This is ideal for educators looking to introduce STEM and is very user friendly.  Pixel uses the familiar drag-n-drop blocks of code formula (i.e. Scratch) to make a robot preform functions such as speech and emotion.

Below is a brief demo...



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

Friday, September 15, 2017

BoomWriter Goes Global

BoomWriter is going global, officially!

Regular readers of this site are undoubtedly familiar with and know I’m a big fan of BoomWriter.  It’s a free site that lets teachers conduct collaborative fiction, nonfiction, and vocabulary-focused writing activities with their students.

Not only is BoomWriter a Google for Education Partner with a presence in tens of thousands of classrooms, they just announced they are now officially expanding their reach overseas by establishing a partnership with U.K. based Learning Technologies.  Learning Technologies promotes strategic partnerships with schools, academies and other educational institutions throughout the U.K. and have received accolades in the Services and Support category from the London-based BETT Awards. 

Gavin Hawkings, Head of Learning Technologies is thrilled with the partnership stating, “What we are seeing on our own and hearing directly from the teachers regarding students’ engagement levels while writing on BoomWriter has been immensely positive, and we’re excited to play a role in delivering this experience to many more classrooms throughout the U.K. in the future.”

The partnership kicked off last spring in the City of Wolverhampton, U.K. with BoomWriter facilitating a ‘Writing Bee’ type experience to the students collaboratively generating content centered around the district’s anti-bullying social curriculum that was being implemented.

According to Chris Twyman, CEO of BoomWriter, this collaboration won’t be limited to just BoomWriter and Learning Technologies.  “We’re thrilled by the growth this relationship will undoubtedly deliver, but what is equally exciting is the prospect of transatlantic collaborative writing events that’s sure to follow between U.S. and U.K. based classrooms using BoomWriter.”

Students in different countries working together to generate and publish original content sounds like a tremendous use of educational technology.  Go BoomWriter!

For more information from their press release and collaboration w/ Wolverhampton click here.

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Easyblog

Easyblog is a simple way for students to blog and create digital portfolios to share w/ parents.  Best of all is the teacher portal that allows educators to create a class blog and add students.  Educators can then send a secure subscription link to parents.  These blogs can include, text, videos, photos, and more and is a great way to keep parents informed.  Best of all are the security features that lets educators moderate student posts, view comments, and protect student profiles.  There is even a free mobile app called ClassPack for users to download.

Below is a demo video...



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

For a more detailed review click here.

Storyboard That

Storyboard That is a excellent learning tool that educators are using in a wide variety of ways in their classrooms.  STB is being used as a graphic organizer, for creating storyboards, digital storytelling, project based learning, and much much more.  Also, STB has lots of educational resources for teachers and templates to make it easy to integrate STB into the classroom.

New Features

  • New Content: We now have teacher guides for French, Health, Science, and a brand new concept called Illustrated Guides. These guides include Shakespeare Plays,Literary Elements, Famous People,Innovations & Myths!
  • Advanced Cropping: Now you can crop in a circle, and many other shapes with advanced cropping. 
  • Smart Scenes: We introduced Smart Scenes last year. Now all of our scenes can be edited and layered. Click "Edit Scene" after you drag it into the Storyboard Creator.
  • New Characters: We now have over 700 characters. 
  • New Teacher Dashboard: We will be launching a new dashboard very shortly. We hope you love it!
New Resources


Blog

Teacher Guides
  
Illustrated Guides

I highly recommend checking out Storyboard That by clicking here!!!

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits





    Solvemoji

    Solvemoji is a fun site for students who like Math-style brainteasers and puzzles.  These emoji puzzles come in 5 different difficult levels and the goal is to get as many puzzles correct to get the highest score.  The way Solvemoji works is to guess the number value of the emojis in each row and correctly work out the bottom row sum.

    I highly recommend checking out Solvemoji by clicking here!!!
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    EDpuzzle

    EDpuzzle the amazing simple to use site that educators everywhere are using to "flip" a classroom and differentiate instruction has recently release their "online" curriculum for teachers.  Educators can now access all video-lessons and questions for the whole school year and search for them by subject or grade level.  This is a great way to easily gage student learning in a wide range of subjects and save educators a bunch of time.

    New mobile (iOS/Android) Updates

    • revamped player design - cleaner, faster, and sleek
    • improved security and privacy
    • new progress page features


    Below is a brief demo video...



    For iOS click here.
    For Android click here.

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

    *EDpuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

    TenMarks Writing

    TenMarks Writing is the new Writing platform from Amazon designed for grades 4th-8th.  This online curriculum is the ultimate resource for educators looking for: lesson plans, worksheets, graphic organizers, professional development, and more.  Also, they have short interactive exercise called "TenMarks Bursts" where students can create dialogue between characters or comment on images.

    I highly recommend checking out TenMarks Writing by clicking here!!!

    Buncee Boards

    Buncee Boards is the latest feature that lets users share, view, collaborate, and "review" in a new and innovative fun way.  Buncee Boards makes it super easy for students/educators to rate/review buncees by adding a comment or a fun buncee emoticon.  Also, users can share a buncee via unique URL, edit the title, and even set permissions on who can view can view/edit/post/copy a already existing buncee.

    For more information on Buncee Boards and 10 ways to use Buncee Boards in the classroom click here!!!

    Below is a brief demo...



    *Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Study.com

    Study.com is a excellent site for finding educational videos that I just found out about from Class Tech Tips.  This is a great place to find thousands of videos on a wide range of subjects s
    uch as: Math, Science, History, and more.  Best of all, a paid subscription allows an educator to create a virtual classroom, create/add lessons, grade assignments, and more.

    I highly recommend checking out Study.com by clicking here!!!

    RoomRecess Math Games

    RoomRecess one of my favorite sites around for free online educational games, has a Math page dedicated to K-5 students.  This page has a number of different style games such as: RPG, platform, sports, etc. to help students learn and keep them engaged in this fun way.  Best of all, Elementary students can find a wide range of Math topics from addition and subtraction, to decimals, fractions, and making change, and much much more.

    I highly recommend checking out RoomRecess Math Games by clicking here!!!


    Jump Numbers

    Jump Numbers is the new educational Math game by Artgig Studio (Mystery Math Town) for adding and counting numbers.  The way this work is a player jumps across platforms of numbers going in whatever sequential order the level provides (i.e. one, four, twelve, etc) while rescuing Snortles and squishing numbers to get to the other side.

    Here is more info...
    • Practice skip counting and mental math as you squish numbers together
    • Apply multiplication knowledge to figure out the next number
    • Game difficulty adapts to your own skills, so you will be challenged, but not overwhelmed
    • Hints are always available, because sometimes the obvious just isn’t obvious
    • Make your path in any direction you like - where it leads is up to you
    • Every game screen is dynamically generated, so you never play the same game twice
    • Earn bonus beach balls to play with at the beach party!
    • 6 environments to cross, 141 Snortles to rescue, so many numbers to squish
    • Play and replay levels to rescue all the Snortles
    • Option to turn off Stompers and fuses for a more relaxing math journey
    • Unlimited user accounts
    Below is a brief demo...



    I highly recommend checking out Jump Numbers by clicking here!!!

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Project 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.

    Sketch Nation

    Sketch Nation the amazing free web tool or mobile app (iOS/Android) has just released their latest update to bring new exciting features to game creation.  Students can now create a multiplayer "platform" game in their new "Arena".  Also, users now have the ability to upload their own sound effects or music to add into a game,

    Here are more details regarding Version 4.2...
    * Side Running, Arena and Platformer now have double jump as an option.
    * All genres now have a powerup duration slider for changing the player.
    * New Background scrolling, Zero gravity, Always moving, and Player firing direction on Arena and Platformer. This lets you create RACING and ROLE PLAYING type games!
    * Hold down the shoot button to fire.
    * Match 3 can now generate a powerup when matching 3, 4 or 5 tiles at the same time.
    * Lots of bug fixes.
    Also, new tutorials (i.e. storytelling, multi-level games) and Lesson ideas for teachers can be found here.
    I highly recommend checking out Sketch Nation by clicking here!!!
    *Sketch Nation is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

    Sentence Master

    Sentence Master is a fun iOS app to help students work on their Language Arts and Grammar skills.  This is done through a simple game where users select a word (from a list of scrambled ones) to form a correct sentence.  Scoring is done by how fast a person completes the sentence.  Sentence Master has 4 difficulty settings and is also multiplayer.

    For a more detailed review check out Edshelf by clicking here.

    I highly recommend checking out Sentence Master by clicking here!!!

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    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!!!

    *Answerables is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

    Vidhub

    Vidhub is a cool site that I just found out about for reviewing and collaborating on digital videos.  Vidhub allows users to upload any kind of digit video and then collaborate on it in real-time.  This is done through easy-to-use tools that lets users add time-stamps, collaborate, edit revisions, send reminders, and more.

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

    DimensionU

    DimensionU is one of my favorite companies for Game Based Learning.  These games take place in an interactive 3D virtual world where students strengthen their Math/Literacy skills.  The games are designed for kids grades 3rd-9th and are aligned to Common Core Standards.

    Here are a list of DimensionU games...

    Watch the videos below to see all 4 AMAZING
    DimensionU Games in action:
    Meltdown is the DimensionU game that
    offers students a second chance
    when answering difficult questions, and
    rewards creative strategies to achieve victory.
    Swarm is DimensionU's team-based
    game that most strongly reinforces
    cooperation and collaboration between
    students to achieve a common goal.
    Towerstorm is the DimensionU game
     that is best for working through the most
     curriculum in the shortest amount of time.
    Velocity is DimensionU's high-speed
    obstacle course that ensures players
    answer questions correctly in order to
    continue progressing through the race.
    Click to view the MATHEMATICS or LITERACY content included in
    DimensionU Games.


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

    For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

    *DimensionU is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

    Calcugators

    Calcugators is the new iOS app for Grades K on up working on addition.  This is a fun game that has students working w/ different problems and focusing on skills such as: subtraction, regrouping, counting, etc, to solve basic addition problems.  Also, Calcugators tracks student's progress and is a great way to integrate Game Based Learning into the classroom.

    Below is a brief demo video...



    For a more detailed review check out Edshelf by clicking here.

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

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    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Answer Pad

    The Answer Pad is an awesome teacher tool that has two powerful functionalities: it is both a student response system with a focus on drawing and "show what you know", and a grading solution for your teacher created quizzes.  It is browser based for teachers, and works on any device (BYOD), browser or on free apps for iOS or Android for students.  It is an ideal tool for engaging students for any grade/subject area, and turning a classroom paperless.

    Robust Features

    Interactive 

    • Quick Connect - no student registration required or prep time for teachers (login via a code).
      • quick checks for understanding by just asking questions and sending a response type make it super simple.
      • draw tool can easily be sent out for students to work through a problem etc.
    • Google Integration
    • Feedback - color and text feedback w/ the unlock so that students can retry their answer.
    • Broadcast - teachers can send out one of the students responses to the entire class.  This is great way for classroom discussion w/ the names hidden.
      • Hide names, send out a multi-step problem.  Students complete the first step and classroom discusses the anonymous responses.  As a group decide which answer is best and broadcast response to entire class.
      • Yes or No, students discuss response and incorrect response can be sent to group to correct.
    • Send a Web Page - Teacher can send a web page, video, etc to students so they can view w/out having to leave the interactive session.
    Answer Sheet
    • Essay question and multiple correct multiple choice question types now available.  These work in conduction w/ the built-in scratch pad that allows a teacher to see and give partial credit for work.
    • Live Monitor - watch live as students work through an assessment
    More resources

    I highly recommend checking out Answer Pad by clicking here!!!!
      

    Below is a demo video...



    *The Answer Pad is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.