Pixie Combines Text and Artwork for Understanding

3 Mar

Pixie-app-screenshot-tornado-project Pixie is a fantastic creation tool for students that lets them combine artwork with text and voice recording to demonstrate understanding.  It can be used across the curriculum for students in any subject area.  Pixie is creativity software students can use to share ideas, imagination, and understanding.  By combining text, original artwork, voice narration, and images students can show what they have learned about any topic that they are studying in school.

Pixie-app-screenshot-tornado-project02There is an online version of Pixie called Wixie that is perfect for students working in the cloud.  Whether your school uses Windows and Macintosh computers, netbooks, iPads or Android tablets, students can use Pixie as an engaging learning tool. 

Pixie’s website includes a tutorial and lots of ideas for how to use this tool in the classroom.  Visit their site to learn more about how you can get started using Pixie with your students!


LiveSchool Reward System for Students

2 Mar
unnamed-1If you’re looking to improve student buy-in and classroom culture, you’ll want to check out LiveSchool.  This free and simple tool lets users track, motivate, and reward student behavior and participation.
LiveSchool is perfect for individuals or teams of teachers looking to seamlessly unnamedmanage student behavior between multiple classes. Teachers can create custom behavior rubrics that allow students to earn points toward a weekly “paycheck” report that can be used to establish engaging incentives. Using almost any smartphone, tablet, desktop, or smartboard, teachers and administrators can award points, leave and view comments from other teachers, and share with parents.
Develop a culture of achievement and feedback that truly engages students with LiveSchool.  Learn more by visiting their website!

World Read Aloud Day – March 4, 2015

1 Mar

litworldWRAD15logo-webThis Wednesday is World Read Aloud Day!

On the first Wednesday in March each year readers from around the world come together to share their favorite stories.  Started by LitWorld, World Read Aloud Day or WRAD is an amazing opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community members to come together for a read aloud.  You can Skype with another class from around the world, invite a guest speaker to your classroom, or have students read aloud to one another.

LitWorld has lots of resources for classrooms and helpful information for your own learning environment.  You can also follow along on social media with the hashtags #WRAD and #WRAD15 or participate in a Facebook chat with LitWorld’s founding director Pam Allyn and PBS.

Pick your favorite story and celebrate World Read Aloud Day on March 4, 2015!

Beacon Line Array Sound System for Your Classroom

28 Feb

Beacon Bluetooth croppedEarlier this month I shared the KONGcart Bundle which can be used in classrooms to manage a variety of technology challenges.  Teachers can move around the room without feeling tethered to their computer cart. One of the companion to this bundle is the Beacon Line Array.  This sound system is perfect for using with sound effects, tutorials, screencasts, or short clips you might play to your students during a lesson.

The Beacon Line Array is a battery powered, portable line array sound system that stands about six feet tall.  It has a clean, full range of sound that any crowd, large or small.  It takes less than a minute to set up and is easy for a quick grab and go when you need to change locations.  In addition to being great for sports, a pep rally, or other school events it can also be used to address large crows in a school safety situation.

Learn more by visiting their website or checking out this video to see it in action!


Increase Parent Engagement By Sharing Student Learning With Seesaw

27 Feb
Seesaw is an iPad app that captures student work making it easy to share with teachers and families.  With this app students can snap a picture of their work, record their voice and quickly show off what they have learned.  As more and more people use their phones to keep track of what is going on in the world, parents and families can use Seesaw to check in on their child’s school day.
Seesaw gives teachers an easy way to engage parents with short, visual updates that are perfect for mobile devices.  Teachers can connect students to parent accounts to send personalized updates on their learning.  With a tap of their screen they can show off student creations and keep parents up to date with what is happening in their child’s classroom.
Learn more about Seesaw by visiting their website!


Science4Us on the Web and App Store

26 Feb


Science4Us is a web-based science curriculum for students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  It
teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. In addition to digital games and online activities, there are offline experiments and hands-on projects. Teachers have access to detailed lesson plans, automated student reports and session guides to help prepare and plan.

Not only can students access content on the site, Science4Us has an iPad app in the Apple store that is free to download.  The iPad app gives users access to demos with all content available to Science4Us subscribers.  The app is designed for students and includes access to the interactive Science4Us curriculum, student Notebook and assignments.

Visit the Science4Us website to learn more!


TinyTap’s New Challenge Mode

25 Feb

TinyTap Challenge Mode - Play  to winTinyTap is a fantastic free app for tablets that has a new Challenge Mode.  Just like your students’ favorite games and quizzes it includes leaderboards, time limits, and lives.  They have a demo game to try and a collection of trivia games on their site that can inspire teachers as they create activities for students.

In Challenge Mode, TinyTap users can create lots of different type of games, this includes:

  • Class Quiz - Create timed quizzes with scores and winners. Suitable for both take-home tests and class-
    wide game shows.
  • Study Prep - Replace tattered 3×5 index cards with a more exciting way to drill in the material. Especially helpful for vocabulary, geography, and math concepts.
  • Trivia - Stump friends, family, and fellow students with DIY trivia contests about any subject you choose! Older students can even invite their Facebook following to take on a challenge.

TinyTap Challenge Mode Screen ShotI love how TinyTap’s interactive features promote student engagement and get kids thinking.  Download the free app or check out their site to learn more!

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