Teach Place Value with iGet Math: Base 10

18 Apr

IMG_0367Place value can be a challenging concept for early learners just starting to group ones into tens and tens into hundreds.  iGet Math: Base 10 gives students space to explore counting, addition and subtraction.  Kids can count and combine objects, alter equations and notice relationships between numbers.  This app is a great choice for kids developing an understanding of counting and cardinality, as well as foundational number sense and operation skills.

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iGetMath: Base 10 lets kids flick and pick up objects to move them across the screen to change the balance of an equation.  Children can customize the backgrounds and tap the screen to hear a number as they count blocks.  This app addresses Common Core State Standards, contains eight skill levels to choose from, and lets teachers see student progress.  Learn more about iGet Math: Base 10 by watching this video or visiting their website!

Class Charts Whole School is Free for Teachers

17 Apr

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Earlier this year I shared Class Charts, the behavior management tool for creating seating charts in your classroom.  They have recently launched Class Charts Whole School which uses student behavior profiles to create seating charts.  This happens automatically thanks to an artificial intelligence engine that monitors behavior trends and identifies which students are in need of interventions.  Now teachers using this free program can manage behavior in real time and synchronize their class’ data with the whole school.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 7.22.28 AMClass Charts Whole School gives your school community the opportunity to reward good behavior for students in every grade.  Not only could this lead to the development of a school rewards store, but this program can be part of a school-wide effort to promote good decision making.  Class Charts lets teachers have a visual of student performance and data ready to share with parents, service providers, and administrators.  Check out their website to learn more!

Giveaway – Sphero & iPad!

16 Apr

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Last week I shared the new educational tools available for teachers using a Sphero in their classroom.  This smart toy lets kids explore STEM concepts like programming as they interact with a rolling robot ball.  If you don’t have a Sphero in your classroom and want to try one with your students, check out this special offer.

In April, Orbotix is giving away an iPad and a Sphero to four lucky classrooms! Entering the contest is simple. Teachers just need to take a photo of their classroom and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag #SPRKscholarship. Then encourage friends, faculty and family to vote on your photo by visiting the contest’s website and clicking on the picture you submitted.

The contest ends April 30th so make sure to snap, tag, and share your photos soon!

Free Writing Guides from Academic Help

15 Apr

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If you’re looking for an English Language Arts resource for your middle school and high school students, Academic Help has tons of guides to help young writers.  Their website provides free writing guides and samples of different types of papers.  This includes examples of critical essays, narrative essay, application letters, and even tips for creative writing.  The resources on Academic Help are totally free and work for a range of age levels.

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Academic Help can come in handy for students looking for answers to their questions related to writing.  There is a section of their site dedicated to general writing tips and do’s and don’ts for each type of writing assignment.  Teachers can use the samples on this site as mentor pieces for a writing unit or direct struggling students to Academic Help for extra examples.  Explore their website to see everything that Academic Help has to offer.

Tocomail Launches Bullying Filter

14 Apr

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 8.24.12 AMLast month I featured a new tech tool that allows children to email safely.  TocoMail provides a closed network for student email that teachers can monitor.  This includes controlling contact lists so students can write emails only to their classmates.  With TocoMail students can learn about digital citizenship and English Language Arts skills.  Kids can practice writing emails as they collaborate with their peers on projects or simply share feedback or ideas.

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TocoMail has recently added a bullying recognition filter that is worth checking out!  The filter checks each student’s email for keywords and contextual phrasing that may signal bullying.  If TocoMail identifies a pattern of bullying, the email is redirected to the Quarantine box so teachers have to approve it before it is sent out.  TocoMail is addressing the concerns of teachers and parents who are noticing an increase in how bullying takes place through digital communication. Learn more about TocoMail by visiting their website!

10 Tech Tools to Boost Vocabulary

11 Apr

There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words.  With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines.  Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!

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  1. Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
  2. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
  3. Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
  4. Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
  5. Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
  6. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
  7. Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
  8. Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
  9. Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
  10. MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)

Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)

Check out these two app lists:

Happy Numbers for K-2 Math

10 Apr

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Teachers working with elementary school students will want to check out Happy Numbers to support Common Core Math instruction.  Happy Numbers has interactive activities directly aligned to the K – 2 standards.  Children will move objects across their screen as they learn to count,  bundle groups of tens, practice addition, and more.  The activities address the math concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards and give students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a traditional math lesson.

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Happy Numbers lets teachers set up their own account with logins for each students.  There are lots of math activities to choose from and teachers can pick which ones their students have access to.  Happy Numbers makes it easy to find activities that align to your curriculum and keeps track of student progress.  Happy Numbers can be accessed from any device with a web browser!