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.
There 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!
This 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!
Earlier 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!
TinyTap 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.
I 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!