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Capture Student Work with Seesaw – The Learning Journal

24 Jan

 seesaw-icon-class-appI’m very excited about the new learning journal app Seesaw which can help teachers and parents connect with students and keep track of their school work.  Seesaw is a simple way for students as young as 5 to independently document what they are learning at school.  It empowers students to take more ownership of their learning.

seesaw-app-empower-studentsSeesaw gives parents a personalized, up-to-date window of what their child is doing and learning at school.  It has a visual format that parents can easily follow and crosses language barriers too.  Seesaw makes it easy to collect digital & physical work in one place that’s organized by student and accessible from everywhere.  The kid-friendly Seesaw camera makes it simple to snap a picture of physical work like a poster, drawing, or 3D model.  Seesaw integrates with over 20 other popular content creation apps for the classroom so all student multimedia gets seamlessly collected and stored.
There are over 30 Common Core aligned activity ideas on our Teacher Resource Center so its easy to put Seesaw into practice in your class today.

Learn more by visiting their website!

JuniorTube for Video Curation

22 Jan
iOS Simulator Screen Shot Jan 17, 2015, 7.02.04 PM A very cool solution for getting videos in the hands of students, JuniorTube (formerly YoouKids) helps parents and teachers curate and share a YouTube playlist.  Users can pick out educational videos for kids to watch remotely and safely so they can easily be viewed on children’s iPads and iPhones. JuniorTube makes it simple to put quality content on their devices without worrying about navigating YouTube by themselves. Parents and teachers can suggest to each other their own YouTube playlists that they curate, so they can forward to their kids other recommended safe playlists and videos to watch.
iOS Simulator Screen Shot Jan 17, 2015, 7.03.39 PMAt home, JuniorTube provides kids with safe and controlled access to YouTube playlists picked out by parents.  Children can draw and annotate YouTube videos to demonstrate their thinking.  They can also watch these clips on an Apple TV or Chromecast.  In schools, JuniorTube can be integrated with different learning management systems, like Canvas, via EduAppCenter. JuniorTube can be set up to play videos curated by teachers even if YouTube is blocked in schools.
Learn more about JuniorTube by visiting the App Store!

Teacher-Authored iPad Activities for Frolyc

20 Jan

frolyc-activitiesLast year I introduced Frolyc, a very cool teacher tool for creating lesson based activities and shared their premium offerings.   Frolyc continues to be a flexible and powerful educational platform that empowers teachers and students to curate, create, teach and learn.

Over the past few months Frolyc’s activity catalog has grown significantly. There are over 130 cross-curricular, multimedia-rich reading, questioning and writing activities created by teachers that have been used in their very own classrooms.

Frolyc is launching a teacher-author program to incentivize teachers and further grow this catalog of Common Core aligned activities. If you are a teacher who creates lessons or a teacher who wants to create interactive mini-apps for the iPad, get in touch with Frolyc to learn more about this program.

If not, browse their catalog of iPad activities and assign some to your students. If you don’t find activities that suit your needs, create one or request one. Explore Frolyc, I am sure you will be hooked!

Engaging Social Studies Lessons with Drawp

16 Jan
Drawp Apollo Project draft-2 I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Drawp for School and this includes how easily it can be incorporated across the subject areas.  Social studies teachers love using Drawp as a way to inspire students to create multimedia bundles.  Not only do Drawp creations help students build an understanding of particular subjects and concepts, it’s a great opportunity for having them show what they know.
Drawp Apollo 11 ProjectHere are a few ways to use Drawp in the social studies classroom:
  • Teachers can ask students to explain a historical event with a collage of photos, drawings, voice recordings and text using Drawp
  • Students can draw a portrait of a historical figure and attach a voice recording of a quote by the person
  • Kids can collaborate on projects about history using Drawp and teachers can see the flow of work between the group
  • Students can draw timelines and include photos, drawings, labels and voice recordings
Learn more about Drawp by visiting their website or gather extra ideas for social studies lessons by checking out this post!

All-in-One App from ClassDojo: Connects Teachers, Parents, and Students

15 Jan

2015-01---Refreshed-ClassDojoClassDojo has been featured on my site a handful of times the past few years because I think it is a truly transformative tool for educators.  They’ve released a brand new update that takes all of its fantastic features to the next level. The new app is available on both iOS and Android devices and includes tailored views for teachers, students and parents – one app, three ways.  Teachers get a view of their students and parents and parents see their child’s progress and can message with teachers.  Students can keep up with their progress in real­time.

With enhanced messaging capabilities, ClassDojo Messaging lets teachers and parents communicate safely, securely and instantly.  Teachers can message all parents, or just one at a time. In addition to text messages, teachers and parents can stay in touch easily with Voice Notes so teachers can record and send a message home without the need for a phone call. Teachers can also send parents messages with fun ClassDojo­ branded stickers, too.  ClassDojo Photos lets teachers share photos of fun classroom moments, projects and documents in right away to parents, straight from the ClassDojo app.  This refreshed ClassDojo app is about building the relationships that matter the most: teachers with students, teachers with parents, and parents with students!

Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more and download the app today to get started!

Create Theme Poems on Your Tablet

13 Jan

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 1.15.07 PMscreen480x480-2Theme Poems is another terrific app available for iPads and Android tablets from the International Reading Association.  Elementary school students can choose from a variety of themes and create a poem that takes a shape related to a specific topic.  It’s a great tool to use in small groups or stations when exploring poetry with your students.  They can work in pairs to bring their writing to life and save the final creations straight to each device.

Learn more about this completely free app by visiting their website or check out another favorite from the people behind ReadWriteThink!

Not teaching poetry? Check out my Syllabuy Store for tech-friendly lesson plans for all subject areas!

Create A Kindness Journal On

9 Jan

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Start the new year off with activities that develop empathy in your students. A kindness journal is a great activity to work on empathy, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is the perfect time to start one. Students can create a kindness journal on which they can add to throughout the year.

kindnessTo make a kindness journal, first fill up your buncee canvas with photos of kind acts. Add in links or videos of news and world events where kindness or empathy have been demonstrated. Then, have your students journal how they recently acted thoughtfully, or ask them to write a story of an inspiring random act of kindness. As a beautiful finishing touch, ask the kids to compose a poem on empathy and kindness, illustrating it with drawings, quotes, and stickers.

Students can continue to add to their buncee journals throughout the year, and when the school year draws to a close, each child can present their journal to their classmates. Share it with parents, the school, or local community to spread kindness beyond your classroom walls.

Learn more about Buncee by visiting their website and get started with this creation tool today!

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