Monday, September 25, 2017

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.
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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!!!

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