Create and Share Activities with ChallengeU

1 Oct

ExploreChallengeU is an online educational platform that allows teachers to create and share learning activities. Teachers can make content available to students anywhere at anytime, and ChallengeU is compatible on all devices and completely free.Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.33.56 AM

Teachers can upload different file types and student questions all in the same activity. Students can then hand in assignments in the form or videos, audio, pictures and a handful of other file types. They can even comment on the work of their peers and develop online learning communities. Teachers can track students progress and instantly let students  see comments, corrections and feedback on assignments.

Learn more about ChallengeU by visiting their website or watching this video

CodeHS for Computer Science

30 Sep
rwc logoPreparing students for careers of the future is so important!  CodeHS is a comprehensive curriculum to help educators teach coding.  Their mission is to help anyone and everyone learn computer science skills.  CodeHS has tools for teaching and learning computer science in the classroom or at home – including a self-paced online curriculum.
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Karel and ClassroomCodeHS helps teachers with no coding experience teach coding by providing teacher tools and resources, as well as support from their team of computer science experts.  They offer professional development courses including “How to Teach Intro Coding.”  With CodeHS teachers can access centralized resources and save time by easily tracking student data.
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If you’ve thought about starting a coding club at your school or adding computer science to your curriculum you’ll want to check out CodeHS.  Learn more by visiting their website!

Gamify Student Learning with Common Core Quest

29 Sep

Common Core Quest ImageIf you’re looking for a way to engage students with Common Core content you’ll want to check out Common Core Quest.  Students are awarded ribbons for each Common Core Math and English Language Arts standard when they pass a level.  If a student doesn’t demonstrate mastery they are directed to specific resources, like videos and games, to help them practice the skills they need to succeed at each level.

With a personalized learning plan for each student in your class, kids can work at their own level as they master content.  Teachers have access to data to help plan interventions and direct their instruction.  By earning badges and ribbons for successfully completing each level, student engagement and motivation is sure to increase inside and outside of your classroom.  Common Core Quest is great for supporting struggling students and providing enrichment opportunities for children working above grade level. Created by OpenEd, this app gives students and teachers access to high quality learning materials.

Learn more about Common Core Quest by visiting the App Store!

Transform Your Workflow with School 4 One

28 Sep

Segmented WorkflowSchool 4 One is a tool for teachers managing a one to one iPad classroom.  Their learning platform can transform your workflow by placing cloud storage and feedback tools all in one place.  Teachers can track their students’ performance as they address the Common Core State Standards.  School 4 One makes it easy to assign schoolwork to students and collect their assignments.

DifferencesWith School 4 One teachers can address all aspects of the iPad workflow.  It makes leveraging all of the great features an iPad offers students easier for teachers.  One of my favorite things that School 4 One offers is the ability to differentiate your instruction by assigning individual assignments for students to complete with a few taps on the screen.

Learn more about School 4 One by visiting their website or watching this video!

 

 

Make Your Own Flashcards!

27 Sep

Photo4@2xSynopsis is a completely free iPad app for students that lets users create notes by highlighting different sections of a PDF document.  Kids can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. Synopsis gives kids the power to summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material.  Each individual note can be converted to its own flashcard there is no need to buy flashcards or type and create your own.

mobiles-2All of these flashcards can be created on the go, as you read through study material on your iPad.  Once each flashcard is saved, they can be viewed on your smartphone so it’s easy to study from anywhere. Teachers and students can even share the flashcards they have created to make it easy for anyone to access and study.

Learn more about Synopsis by visiting their website or watching this video.

Number Frames: App for Arrays!

26 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.42.28 PMI’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard).  Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays.  They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.

screen480x480This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities.  Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers.  Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities.  They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.

Learn more by visiting their website or watching this video!

Shadow Puppet is iOS 8 Compatible!

25 Sep
iphone-image-search-edu-700pxShadow Puppet is one of my favorite digital storytelling apps and they have big news related to the launch of iOS 8.  Their iPad app, Shadow Puppet Edu is now compatible with iOS 8, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus.  They’ve added a few new iOS 8 specific features like the ability to save to iCloud Drive and photo browsing that mirrors the Photos app.
maps-ipad-recording-700pxShadow Puppet EDU has lots of educational features that you’ll want to check out.  The Map Search option lets kids search for and clip images from maps and satellite images to use in their videos.   Users can also add images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Library, Wikimedia Commons, and OpenClipart without leaving the app.  This easy image search makes video creation simple for students of all ages – there is even automatic image citation that happens at the end of each video.
Learn more by visiting Shadow Puppet EDU’s website, or download the free app and check out the 30+ activity ideas for all subject areas!
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