ClassroomIQ for Simple Grading

17 Sep

ClassroomIQ_logoClassroomIQ is a solution for grading hand-written open-response assessments.  It lets teachers scan and import their existing assessments without making any changes to conform to the platform.  You can annotate responses and leave detailed feedback for students to review.  Teachers also have access to images of each handwritten student response in an archive.

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You can cut down your grading time and easily give students feedback using ClassroomIQ.  Users simply import completed assessments and ClassroomIQ matches it to student profiles – then you assign the grade.  If you’re teaching with the Common Core, you can even tag questions to a standard to see detailed performance results.

Learn more about ClassroomIQ by visiting their website!

New Premium Services from Frolyc

16 Sep

student-ac-spotEarlier this year I introduced Frolyc as a terrific tool for teachers to design lesson-based interactive activities. Users can now purchase individual activities to use with students or they can upgrade to a premium service where all activities are available for unlimited student assignment.  Kind of like signing up for Netflix and having access to all of the content all of the time. Frolyc is also giving activity authors the opportunity to sell the activities they create and post on the site.

The premium service supports student creativity by letting students access the authoring interface straight from the Activity Spot iPad app. Students can create activities as part of their daily lessons, and demonstrate their learning and thinking.  These student-created activities can be assigned by the teacher to other students, facilitating peer-to-peer learning.

Frolyc can be used in both 1:1 iPad classrooms and learning environments with just a few iPads. Check out their blog to learn how this platforms supports differentiated learning with one or more iPads by giving every teacher the power to curate and create instructional and assessment activities quickly.

Visit their website to get started or watch this video!

SoundSwaps for Spelling & Reading Practice

15 Sep
5_box all openSoundSwaps is an iPad app designed for students with dyslexia and other auditory based spelling and reading disorders.  With a bright and colorful, kid-friendly interface Soundswaps works with students on a few different skills.  This includes levels on word families, and initial and final sounds in words.  There are also activities that help students practice vowels, and random changes in words.
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19_sng i in trash partial keybdWith SoundSwaps students can work on their auditory conceptualization skills and eliminate extra visual and auditory distractions while they focus on figuring out where within a word a sound has changed.  Students who are struggling with foundational literacy skills will benefit from the extra practice this app provides.
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You can visit Language Learning Apps’ website to learn more!
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Pre-order Announcement! New iBook on QR Codes and the Classroom

14 Sep

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I’m so excited to announce that my new iBook “Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond” is now available for pre-order!

This iBook was made to view on iPads and has tons of ideas for using QR codes to design engaging lessons that reach all learners in your classroom.  It has plenty of tips and includes over an hour of video tutorials.

Pre-order today before it goes on sale September 22nd!

Classify It! Animal Exploration

13 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.27.55 PMscreen480x480Classify It! from the American Association for the Advancement of Science has an awesome free app that helps students learn about different animals.  This multi-level app asks children to identify different organisms.  They’ll earn points as they unlock each level and answer questions.

This app is great for station work if you only have a few iPads since it lets multiple users create profiles.  Download Classify It! today – it’s free!

 

Common Core in Action: Manipulating Shapes in the Elementary Math Classroom

12 Sep

Common Core in ActionHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

As a former elementary school teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, I know how powerful iPads can be as learning tools in the hands of students. This mobile device is so much more than a content consumption tool, because students can use an iPad for hands-on learning. They can move items across the screen, write about a topic, and document their learning using audio and visual tools.

No Rubber Bands Required

I want to introduce you to a virtual manipulative app and demonstrate a few different ways that it can be used in an elementary school classroom to address concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards while promoting higher-order thinking skills. Geoboard, by the Math Learning Center is a versatile app that provides a rubber-band free alternative to traditional geoboards. It lets students pick and choose from two different boards and lots of virtual rubber bands to create shapes.

…Click HERE to read more!

Syllabuy: Teacher Marketplace for Buying & Selling Lessons

11 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 2.23.05 PMIf you are selling your lesson plans online already or are thinking about getting started you’ll want to check out Syllabuy.  Now is a great time to set up a shop on Syllabuy since sellers will pay no transaction fees and earn 100% commission on shop sales until 2015.  Features for sellers include: a simple product management system, the ability to put products on sale and create coupon codes, real-time feedback on product performance, and monthly payments via PayPal. 

class tech tipsSyllabuy is a program from FundingFactory, the nation’s largest e-waste recycling fundraiser.  Although Syllabuy is still in BETA, they already have thousands of lessons, activities, worksheets and other resources in all subjects available, most of them free or very low-cost. Many of the lessons are CCSS aligned and it’s free to create an account on Syllabuy – you only pay when purchasing a resource.

You can take a look at some of the lessons on Syllabuy (like mine!), upload your own to sell, or simply explore the site to learn more!

 

 

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