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Metria Master Teacher Edition for Data Collection and Lesson Planning

12 Dec

MTE Student Proficiency ScreenshotMetria Master Teacher Edition is designed to save teachers time and make it a easy to implement instructional best practices.  It comes with supports for creating rigorous year-long unit plans and engaging daily lessons with quick correlation to the Common Core State Standards.  There are links to exemplar Common Core unit plans for K-12 Math and ELA, and unit outlines based on common publisher texts.

MTE Lesson Form ScreenshotIt helps teachers make sure all students stay on track and lets them easily modify lesson plans.  Teachers can set up automatic intervention reminders and provides a quick view of student progress.  With Metria Master Teacher Edition teachers can record observations on student proficiency and set up unit plans all in one place.  It even gives you the option to rollover units to the following year as you reflect and make changes.

Visit their website to register (completely free for this school year!) and start customizing your plans today.

App Update: Zaption Mobile Player

9 Dec
unnamedThis past year I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Zaption.  This app gives teachers an opportunity to make videos interactive with text, images, and questions. The new Zaption mobile player app lets teachers and students watch video lessons on the go straight from their device. This free app works on any iOS device including an iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch.
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unnamed-1How does it work? Instructors create tours on a desktop or laptop computer and viewers take tours on a computer or mobile iOS device.  Instructors can then view analytics about student engagement and responses on their desktop or laptop computer.
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Download the Zaption mobile player on the App Store and learn more about Zaption’s new features by visiting their website!

 

Splashtop – Teacher Mobility and Student Engagement for 1:1 and BYOD

8 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 10.06.59 AMFinding the right tool for engaging students and keeping teachers mobile can be a challenge in a one-to-one classroom.  Splashtop Education products enables you to remotely control the lesson from anywhere in the classroom, annotate then share the content with everyone. Students can also mirror their iPads, Chromebooks, Macs and PCs to your computer.

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 10.07.07 AMSplashtop Classroom allows you to share your desktop and applications. Once connected, students can view, control and annotate over lesson content directly from their own devices. Splashtop Classroom is perfect for teachers and instructors who want to engage the entire room!

Mirroring360 lets you wirelessly mirror your Chromebook, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC screens without the need for  cables or hardware – like Apple TV or Chromecast. Start sharing your work, your ideas, and your latest apps with others using Mirroring360.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Blasts from StudySync for Sharing Student Opinion

5 Dec

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StudySync’s Blast feature offers a real-world, read-write connection for students, giving them the opportunity to share their opinions on a variety of topics. You’ll be able to help students answer the question, What’s happening in the world today? and learn about what your students think about those current events.

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 10.33.05 AMBlasts are one of the many resources offered within StudySync’s award-winning core ELA curriculum.  Designed for grades 6-12, they include short reading and writing assignments based on timely, high-interest topics.  Students respond in short answer format, participating in thoughtful discussion with other students across the globe.  Not only are Blasts engaging, they are a great way to build critical thinking, writing, and research skills!

Watch the video or sign up for a free trial to learn more!

ClassDojo’s New Privacy Policy

24 Nov
IScreen Shot 2014-11-23 at 9.37.01 PM‘ve shared some of the reasons that I love ClassDojo and their Messenger app.  It’s a terrific behavior management program that can be adapted for any classroom.  In addition to offering lots of ways to customize data collection, it gives teachers an opportunity to build communication with parents and help students stay on track.
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screen480x480Although ClassDojo collects lots of information on students for teachers to use they’re not a data company.  They’ve implemented a new policy that will begin in January 2015 where all student records will automatically be deleted after one year.  This way teachers can use the app but none of data will follow students around.  This is a great move by a company that is showing how important it is to be respectful of user information no matter how young or old!
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Read more about ClassDojo’s new privacy policy on their site!

Google Slides on iPads

21 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.07.45 PMscreen480x480I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents.  It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day.  Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before.  Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.

Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback.  With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.

Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!

This app is also available on Android devices.

NPR for Audio Informational Text

13 Nov

 

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There are lots of great apps for gathering information about current events and finding stories that are of high interest to your students.  NPR has an easy to navigate website and high quality iPad app that makes it easy to find articles and interviews.  In addition to accessing print content that you might find in other newspapers, NPR has audio recordings that students can listen to straight from their device.  Not only is this a great option for students who may struggle to follow along with the vocabulary in a news story but it also helps students grow as listeners.

Try out NPR on your iPad or Android tablet and give students a chance to listen and read to informational text!

Check out my lesson plans for ELA and current events!

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