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Learn Students’ Names with Name-Coach.com

20 Aug

nc_logoAs you get ready to head back-to school you may want to check out Name-Coach.com.  This website helps teachers learn students’ names easily and without the stress of trying to memorize pronunciations on the spot.  With its free Student Name Directory, teachers share a single link with their students that sends them to a dedicated page for your class or course.  Students can then record their names and add additional pronunciation guidance.  Teachers will then have access to their dedicated class Name Page so that they can hear students’ recordings to easily learn and remember.  nc_demo

The web-based Student Name Directory works on both mobile and desktop for learning students’ names at home or on the go.  By using the Student Name Directory students will also have the option of using the free VoiceSignature service that allows them to embed their name recording in their email signature and on social media.  This tool could also come in handy at school wide events like assemblies and graduation ceremonies.

Visit Name-Coach.com to learn more!

 

Bookopolis.com for Social Readers

18 Aug

Bookopolis.com is a kid-friendly social network and book discovery tool.  It gives students an opportunity to safely connect with friends to share their favorite books.  This site helps children locate new books that fit their interests through personalized and peer based recommendations.  Designed for students in second through sixth grade, Bookopolis is completely free.Bookopolis Promo - 920x680.png

Bookopolis - App Icon - 96 x 96If you’re looking for a way to inspire young readers this site has lots of fun features.  Students can earn badges and use their own avatars as they read and share their favorite books.  In the classroom, Bookopolis is a great tool for supporting reading throughout the school year.  Kids can write book reviews, find reading buddies, and make connections between a variety of texts.  Teachers can even track their students independent reading time thanks to daily logs.

Visit Bookopolis.com to set up your whole class with student accounts or simply check out their website to learn more!

Kibbtz.com for Student Behavior Data

17 Aug
imageKibbtz.com gives teachers the power to manage their classroom in a fun and easy way.  This platform automatically collects the data educators need to support students.  Created by a former teacher, Kibbitz allows teachers and school administrators to make behavioral support decisions based on data. It keeps track of data on student behavior – both positive and negative.
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With Kibbtz teachers can quickly build reports for conferences and team meetings that address student performance by having meaningful data on student behavior.  This platform works for individual classroom teachers or in schools where students are serviced by a variety of educators.  Teachers have the option of adding notes when they enter different behavior, and there are tools built in to make sure there is a balance of positive reinforcement.
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Kibbtz is free for teachers and optimized for mobile devices, and they’re even offering weekly prizes for their active users.  Check out their website and blog for more updates and teacher tips for using Kibbtz in the classroom!

 

Science4US Interactive Curriculum

14 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.28 PMIf you’re looking to support your K-2 students in science this year, you’ll want to check out the interactive curriculum from Science4US.  They provide a complete science curriculum with both online and offline materials for elementary school-aged students.  There are teacher resources in addition to activities designed for your kids.Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.43 PM

Science4US aims to build core math and English Language Arts skills while teaching science concepts.  It gives teachers the flexibility to assign materials for whole group instruction or individiualized learning.  Science4US could also be used for center actvities in classrooms that only have access to a few devices.  This interactive curriculum is currently web-based and can be opened on an Internet browser.  Their iPad app is in the works and will be available soon.

Learn more about Science4US by visiting their website and checking out this video!

 

Buncee for Student Creations

8 Aug

ad4Edu.buncee.com is a web based creation tool that makes it simple for students to create anything from digital stories and multimedia research reports, to interactive presentations and holiday cards. 

Using buncee’s digital creation canvas, you and your students can easily complete creative online projects by combining personal media, Buncee artwork and animations, and web multimedia from Google, YouTube, SoundCloud, Dropbox and more. Edu.buncee.com also offers a classroom management dashboard to track student progress and grade their buncee creations.buncee-creation-canvas

Whether you use it for traditional learning, blended learning, or as a presentation alternative, buncee’s digital canvas allows students to spend more time creating and learning in a fun and engaging way.

Check out their website to learn more!

Chalkup Promotes Student Engagement

7 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 7.02.01 AMEarlier this year I wrote about Chalkup, a learning platform that can help teachers manage student work and keep their classes on track.  One important feature I’d like to highlight is how Chalkup can promote student engagement.  Educators who use this tool can keep students on task while engaging them as they explore course content.  Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 7.01.52 AM

Chalkup provides tools to help students work and study together.  Kids can collaborate with their peers through the online platform to complete projects and correspond with one another.  Students can also pose questions when they are struggling to understand an assignment or a core concept.  Chalkup gives teachers the power to create an environment where students are not passively taking in a lecture.  They are engaged, on task and growing as learners.

Check out Chalkup’s website and see how it is being used in classrooms across the country.

 

ComicMaster for Graphic Novels

3 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 3.44.04 PMGraphic novels are becoming more and more popular in school libraries and classrooms.  If your students are reading these texts they might like the idea of telling their own stories using this format.  ComicMaster is a web-based application that lets students create their own comics.

By accessing their website on an Internet browser, students of all ages can use text and animation to tell engaging stories.  You might want to give this option to students publishing personal narratives or ask them to tell a story from history instead of writing a traditional research report.

Visit their website to get started!

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