SimplyCircle: A Free App to Simplify Teacher-Parent Communication

3 Aug

SimplyCircle: A Free App to Simplify Teacher-Parent CommunicationSimplyCircle offers teachers a free, safe and simple way to communicate with parents. Teachers can send updates, create events and tasks, request volunteer signups, and share documents and photos with the entire classroom. They can message individual parents privately to let them know about their child’s progress. Teachers can also give parents the option to talk to each other.

SimplyCircle: A Free App to Simplify Teacher-Parent CommunicationAll information shared on SimplyCircle stays private to members of that circle. Teachers control who is in their circle, and are the only ones to see everyone’s contact information. SimplyCircle’s free service is available online, via mobile web, and on mobile apps – it automatically syncs across all platforms.

SimplyCircle is free and ad-free. In addition, they are running a promotion allowing local PTA or PTO units to earn up to $200 for their school. Register at PTAcontest.SimplyCircle.com by September 30, 2015.

Learn more about SimplyCircle by visiting their website!

Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and More

2 Aug

Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreCreative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreThere are a handful of apps that help students brainstorm and collect their writing.  You can find some of my favorites here.  Creative Writing Prompts is another iOS app that can help students gather ideas and start writing.  This app combines prompts with a space to write and even lets users set up reminders to write on a regular basis.

Creative Writing Prompts is a great choice for students who need extra support to stay focused.  It’s also a useful option for English Language Arts classes that are looking to give students support as they gather ideas.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about this iOS app!

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street’s iOS App

1 Aug

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street's iOS App Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street's iOS AppThe folks at Sesame Street have a handful of mobile apps for early learners.  Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is a simple yet powerful app that helps students with problem solving using this research-based strategy.  Students work through the steps on the screen to solve everyday problems.

In addition to the interface designed for children, Breath, Think Do with Sesame also has a section dedicated to parents resources.  This free iOS app can help children practice problem solving with friendly cartoon characters.

Learn more by visiting the Apple App Store!

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson Idea

31 Jul

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson IdeaHere’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more!

Using iPads during your literacy block can help students engage with text and content on a new level.  There is no one app that is going to teach them how to be amazing readers, but there are plenty of apps that can support the tasks that you create for students.  One of my favorite activities for getting students thinking about their reading includes the use of the fantastic, free iPad app ChatterPix Kids.

ChatterPix Kids lets students take a picture, slice open the mouth, and record their voice talking through the image.  In the reading classroom you can…

 

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FrontRow Sound Technology to Increase Attention and Engagement

29 Jul

FrontRow Sound Technology to Increase Attention and EngagementJuno from FrontRow is a voice activated sound system that records lessons and helps teachers manage their classroom.  Teachers can control the volume of their voice in the room as they transition from whole group instruction, small group support, and one-on-one intervention.  With voice commands they can even tell the system to start a lesson capture to record the screen that displays their lesson.

FrontRow Sound Technology to Increase Attention and EngagementOne of the great things about having more control over the volume in your classroom is the increased attentiveness of students who know when to tune in for instructions and resume group or independent work.  FrontRow’s sound technology can help students stay on task and focused during all parts of a lesson.  Juno from FrontRow was recently recognized by IBCCES for the ways that this sound technology can help students with autism in classroom settings.

Learn more by visiting their website!

 

Cashtivity: Bring Entrepreneurship Education to Your Classroom

28 Jul

Cashtivity: Bring Entrepreneurship Education to Your Classroom Entrepreneurship education provides students with an introduction to skills that can be applied in the real world.  By engaging in tasks that connect to their everyday life, students will see a purpose for the math instruction, group work, and presentation skills that are woven throughout K-12 curriculum.  Cashtivity is a fantastic, free online tool for teachers looking to energize their instruction.  This online tool provides a platform for students to run their own business.

Cashtivity: Bring Entrepreneurship Education to Your ClassroomWith Cashtivity students will brainstorm their own product ideas, collaborate with a small group to make decisions, and learn how to determine prices and monitor demand.  The Cashtivity tool provides an online space for students to come together.  Students can work as teams to see their entrepreneurial vision come to life while applying cross-curricular skills to their project.  Cashtivity provides the resources you need to bring entrepreneurship education to your classroom.

Visit Cashtivity’s website to learn more!

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