This past year I’ve shared Tocomail a platform designed to make email safe for students. They have recently launched Tocomail for Gmail, an app designed specifically for teenagers. It provides instant messaging, a drawing board, avatar customization and optional parental controls, in addition to standard email features.
Tocomail for Gmail lets older kids take their regular Gmail account and transform it into a colorful, personalized tool for sending messages to friends and family. Parents also have the option to keep track of their children’s email activity through parental controls. Tocomail for Gmail is easy to use and gives teens the opportunity to transform their email account into an instant messenger tool.
Tocomail is completely free with extra options available through an in-app purchase. Visit their website or watch this video to learn more!
If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, it’s a terrific website that gives individuals and small businesses the opportunity to raise funding to put their ideas into action. Storyverse is a unique 3D styled popup book platform that contains character driven stories. They’re working to create an engaging product that gives kids a chance to read, play and learn on their tablet.
Storyverse will bring the power of storytelling straight to iOS and Android tablets. It provides an opportunity to bring parents, teachers, and children together to read and figure out puzzles side-by-side. Users will be able to customize characters, record their own voice, and more. You can be one of the first ones to check out this app by supporting their Kickstarter project.
Visit the website to watch a video and learn more!
Sharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets). It provides engaging nonfiction text for young readers to help them learn about the world around them. With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.
Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools. It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading. News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.
Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!
As you’re headed back to school this year you may want to check out ZipGrade. It’s a great product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine. This provides answer sheet templates (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam. After they finish their test you’ll input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests. Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.
ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive. It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo. After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year. Download the app or visit the website to learn more.
The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!
School 4 One is a fantastic platform that helps teachers manage workflow in their one-to-one iPad classrooms. It was designed to make managing classrooms with multiple devices easier for educators. Teachers can share files and assignments with students who can then annotate those documents from within the app and send the final product back to their teachers. Teachers can then assign grades to each piece of work and leave personal feedback for individual students using audio and visual tools.
The user-friendly interface of School 4 One lets teachers easily track student progress and see which areas their children need intervention. With this platform teachers can figure out who needs extra help so that they can make informed decisions about their instruction. School 4 One also has pr made content in a few different subject areas that teachers can access and share with students.
Check out their website to learn more!
I’ve shared a handful of great study tools and Synopsis is one to add to your list. It’s an iPad app for students that lets users open up and read any PDF document and create notes by highlighting different sections of the text. Kids can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. This free app helps users 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.
All 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.