Promote Student Engagement with imakiku

17 Apr

imakiku01imakiku turns students from passive listeners into engaged learners by leveraging mobile technology.  It enables real-time voting, posting and survey capabilities via smartphones, tablets or laptops.  Before class time, teachers can create questions for students with possible answers.  Once class starts, students can use the participation code (or scan a QR code) to access questions.  Students can submit responses during class and you can instantly see the results, choosing from different graphical representations.

imakiku02This web browser based tool doesn’t require any additional software and is free through March 2016 using a special code for readers.  Just visit imakiku’s website, click on the orange sign up button, and copy and paste this code in the promotion box: 20150408_MQPDUAJFMQ

Visit imakiku’s website to learn more! for K-2 Digital Curriculum

16 Apr

S4U_ClasstechtipsScience4Us is a K-2 standards-based, digital science program.  It is based on the 5E inquiry-based instructional model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.  Teachers can decide how to deliver material.  This program is flexible enough for whole group lesson, small groups or one on one instruction.  It includes embedded teacher support such as teacher guides and videos.

Science4Us was developed by the creators of Vocabulary Spelling City. It has an iPad app that makes it easy for students to access content from a mobile device. Science4Us integrates math and language arts and annual subscriptions begin at just $360 (Title I and Title III funds can also be used).

Learn more about Science4Us by visiting their website!

The Sound Cart for Classroom Audio

15 Apr
GORILLAdigital-sticker JamieWhether you are sharing a video clip at the beginning of a lesson or need your own voice projected around the room, having an audio setup in your classroom can definitely come in handy.  The KONGcart Bundle includes a special audio setup to help make this happen.  This tool comes with a 30W speaker from Anchor Audio that includes a six-year warranty.
KONGcart Anchor Audio and MONKEYmountThe speaker portion of this bundle works with a wireless mic and transmitter in classrooms needing this function to meet the needs of all students.  Its height can be adjusted on the cart to make the most of the space in your classroom.
Visit GORILLAdigital’s website to learn about you can enhance sound in your classroom!

Luna Interactive Projection Camera for Lesson Modeling

14 Apr

unnamed-1Using technology thoughtfully and effectively is an important part of today’s classrooms.  Not only can technology integration engage students, it can help them better understand key concepts and real world applications for problem solving.  Technology can enhance learning and often encourages collaboration among students.  

unnamedThe Luna Interactive Projection Camera helps teachers integrate technology tools into their daily instruction.  This device is a projection camera and web cam for sharing photos and videos with your class.  The Luna Interactive Projection Camera can be connected to USB ports on a PC and Mac computer taking advantage of established projector connections.  It’s small, portable and easy to set up.

Visit the Calloway House website to learn more about the Luna Interactive Projection Camera and how it can be used in your classroom! Earth Day Contest

13 Apr

earth day school contest 2, a creation and presentation tool, is hosting The buncee Earth Day Contest. To enter, students K – 8 will be asked to create a buncee answering the question, “What could your school do to help protect the Earth?” The winners will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card and bunceeEDU Plus subscriptions for their school.

Buncee’s fun digital canvas allows students to easily express their ideas, making it the perfect tool for students to present their environmental school projects. While enhancing presentation skills, the contest also helps support Next Gen Science Standard ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the day school contest 3

Judges include Science Teacher Tim McCready and employees of Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. Entry ends May 15th, so check out the contest rules and have your students share their environmental projects to win!

GradeSlam for Online Tutoring

12 Apr
PrintThere are different resources online to help students master key concepts and find answers to their questions.  GradeSlam offers 24/7 private, on-demand online tutoring to students.  Kids can get help on any subject area in grades K-12.  It’s a great option for families who are looking for an affordable tutoring option and aren’t ready to commit to weekly sessions.  GradeSlam also lets users decide how much time they want to spend working on a particular task or subject area.
ClassroomWith more virtual options for families, GradeSlam could be the right choice for students who need extra support every once and awhile or help from a teacher on a regular basis.  Tutors at GradeSlam pass background checks and are certified to teach the the material that they cover with students.  GradeSlam’s on-demand service costs $25/hr, billed by the minute, but you can get a $20 credit with the promo code “CLASSTECHTIPS.”
Visit GradeSlam’s website to learn more!

14 Math Edugames for Students

11 Apr

Here’s a list of 14 Math Edugames!  Whether you use these for enrichment, intervention, in stations, or simply recommend a favorite to families, you’re sure to find something to meet the needs of your students.

Have a favorite that’s not on this list? Leave a comment or send a message sharing an app that you love!

Check out my earlier post 10 Must-Have Free Math Apps for more favorites!


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