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OpenEd.io for Common Core Educational Resources

20 Apr

OpenEd logo JA_Ahgpr_400x400OpenEd.io is the world’s largest K-12 educational resource library and contains over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans.  Teachers can access content that is aligned to every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard. It lets users easily find and assign resources from OpenEd’s pre-built lesson plans (lists of videos, assessments and homework) for every grade level and subject — and they can modify these lesson plans or create their own. While the vast majority of resources are free, OpenEd also offers a Premium Subscription of proprietary content from major educational publishers for just $9.95/month.

You might be familiar with OpenEd’s free app Common Core Quest, which is available for Apple, Android and Chrome. It allows students to take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and English Language Arts skills and earn badges for each category. When students don’t achieve mastery, the app recommends videos and games to learn the precise micro-concepts they are struggling with. The net result is universal personalized learning for each student.

Learn more about OpenEd.io by visiting their website!

Edu.buncee.com Earth Day Contest

13 Apr

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Edu.buncee.com, 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 environment.earth 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!

Adobe Slate: Amazing Storytelling Tool

10 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 8.03.59 AMI’m a big fan of the storytelling app Adobe Voice.  If you’ve attended one of my workshops this year you know I can’t stop talking about how powerful and easy it is to use.  Adobe has just released an amazing new storytelling tool that is just as exciting.  Adobe Slate is an iPad app that lets users of all ages create stories that can be viewed on any web browser.  Combining text, images and hyperlinks, students can transform research reports, persuasive writing, digital portfolios, you name it.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 8.12.04 AMAdobe Slate is truly a creation tool and fits perfectly with my message of Tasks Before Apps.  With this app students can create content for authentic audiences and share their work with the real world.  The final product is truly beautiful and introduces students to the concept of web publishing and design.

Check out this video to see Adobe Slate in action, click on this student work example, or visit the Apple App Store to download Adobe Slate for free today!

Books that Grow for Leveled Online Classroom Libraries

7 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 8.33.03 AMIf you’re familiar with multi-level books, you’ll want to check out Books That Grow. Books That Grow is a free digital reading platform with a library of books that range from myths and folktales, to primary source documents and informational texts. Whether you want to teach the Greek myth “Arachne” or Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” Books That Grow has you covered.

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1425624382283The best part about Books to Grow is that every book can be read at 3-5 different levels of text complexity. Teachers can differentiate instruction by allowing them to assign the same reading to a class of mixed ability students, while permitting these students to learn at their own level, and make steady gains in their reading skills. Teachers can also create classrooms in the app, monitor the books their students read, and adjust their set reading levels by book or by student.

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Learn more about Books That Grow by visiting their website!

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RefMe for Citation Help

20 Mar

screen480x480Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.28.36 AMRefMe is a great iPad app for helping students understand different types of citations.  Creating work cited pages or bibliographies is an important skill that students need to develop as they move through the K-12 space into higher education.  RefMe is a great tool to introduce to students the different citation styles and where they can go to get extra support.  It’s a nice way for them to check their own work when creating citations for a research paper or report.

RefMe is a free iPad app that also works with the web version.  Check it out on the Apple App Store!

9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month

18 Mar

9-2Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

With Poetry Month right around the corner, optimize the mobile tablets that are already in the hands of your students by giving them the chance to interact with poetry. Whether they become content consumers by reading their favorite poems or content creators as they write their own, iPad and Android tablets provide students and teachers with lots of options. This list of mobile apps will help inspire young poets and give them the tools they need to create and publish their very own poems.

Acrostic Poems (iPadAndroid - Free)

This easy-to-use creation tool is perfect for young poets. Students can choose a focus word and then decide which new words they will assign to each letter. It helps kids build an acrostic poem and easily save and share their work. It’s one of a handful of apps on this list from ReadWriteThink, which offers mobile resources for both iOS and Android devices.

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News-O-Matic Site License for Schools

8 Mar
Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 4.51.15 PM This year I’ve highlighted some of the reasons that I love News-O-Matic as a source of quality informational text for students.  This app is available on multiple platforms including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire.  News-O-Matic‘s content can be accessed by teacher and student subscribers on all of their devices at no extra cost – this includes both school and personal devices.
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Students can now use their school login at home during out of school hours, including holidays and vacations.  screen480x480-1Teachers can give personalized assignments or homework straight from the app.  If you’re interested in learning more about News-O-Matic you can receive a licenses quote right by clicking this link.  If you use the code classtechtips this month you’ll receive 20% off.
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Visit News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about this powerful app!
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