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New Premium Services from Frolyc

16 Sep

student-ac-spotEarlier this year I introduced Frolyc as a terrific tool for teachers to design lesson-based interactive activities. Users can now purchase individual activities to use with students or they can upgrade to a premium service where all activities are available for unlimited student assignment.  Kind of like signing up for Netflix and having access to all of the content all of the time. Frolyc is also giving activity authors the opportunity to sell the activities they create and post on the site.

The premium service supports student creativity by letting students access the authoring interface straight from the Activity Spot iPad app. Students can create activities as part of their daily lessons, and demonstrate their learning and thinking.  These student-created activities can be assigned by the teacher to other students, facilitating peer-to-peer learning.

Frolyc can be used in both 1:1 iPad classrooms and learning environments with just a few iPads. Check out their blog to learn how this platforms supports differentiated learning with one or more iPads by giving every teacher the power to curate and create instructional and assessment activities quickly.

Visit their website to get started or watch this video!

Pre-order Announcement! New iBook on QR Codes and the Classroom

14 Sep

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I’m so excited to announce that my new iBook “Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond” is now available for pre-order!

This iBook was made to view on iPads and has tons of ideas for using QR codes to design engaging lessons that reach all learners in your classroom.  It has plenty of tips and includes over an hour of video tutorials.

Pre-order today before it goes on sale September 22nd!

The H&R Block Budget Challenge: Financial Literacy

8 Sep

The H&R Block Budget Challenge has just launched and now teachers can register to win classroom grants and student scholarships.  It’s designed to help kids learn budgeting and financial discipline skills early by presenting financial literacy in a fun and playful context.  Students will be given real-world problems to tackle that they can apply to their own lives.  Teachers can use the lesson plans provided to teach financial literacy while addressing national standards.

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Introducing students to real world skills like financial literacy is an important part of making sure that they are college and career ready!  This program is a great opportunity to get your hands on resources for teaching the subject and get students excited through the challenge.  The H&R Block Budget Challenge runs from October through April but you can sign up today.

Visit their website to learn more!

MelonPrep for Customizable Assessments

7 Sep

logo-lgMelonPrep is a practice platform for students developed by Carnegie Mellon Alumni.  It is designed to help students retain what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real world situations.  Students can choose from a range of topics and concepts. There are over 100,000 questions across the content areas.  MelonPrep lets students quiz from any web browser and view their results instantly.

Teachers can make formative assessments in their classroom easier using this customizable platform.  With a clean and intuitive interface educators have the flexibility to create their own original questions or use the searchable community sourced content.  Teachers can decide what information their students need to know and give them access to review questions and quizzes tailored to their needs.

Learn more about MelonPrep by visiting their website or watching this video!

12 Super Study Tools for Students

6 Sep

Are you teaching students good study skills?

Do you want to introduce mobile apps that can be used on your students’ personal devices?

You’re bound to find something on this list that can help you and your students this school year!

  1. Synopsis (flashcards)12 super study tools
  2. Shmoop (test prep guides)
  3. VocabularySpellingCity (games)
  4. EasyAnnotate (PDF viewer)
  5. NoteLedge (notetaking)
  6. Brainly (social network)
  7. Academic Help (writing guides)
  8. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards)
  9. Outread (speed reading)
  10. MathsRulz (formula guide)
  11. LifeNoted (organization)
  12. gFlash+ (flashcards)

Here are two other lists you may want to check out:

14 Free Apps for Higher Order Thinking

21 iPad Apps Available on Android Tablets

Pave the Way with ClassDojo!

5 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 9.10.45 AMClassDojo is a fantastic management tool that can truly transform student behavior in your classroom.  Their mission is to help teachers improve behavior quickly and easily.  Teachers can use ClassDojo’s website or one of their mobile apps to capture and generate data on behavior that can be shared with par
ents and administrators.

Each student will have their own monster avatar and teachers can award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time.  Using a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer one click is all it takes to record behavior data.  Kids can receive instant notifications and teachers can share reports with families.  ClassDojo Messaging is another cool feature you’ll want to check out.  It lets teachers communicate with parents quickly and easily – straight from a mobile device.

I’m so excited to announce the launch of a brand new video that shows ClassDojo in action!  Listen to these stories and see the benefits of this customizable classroom tool:

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Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more and check out their teacher community for more stories!

 

 

K-2 Math Exercises from Happy Numbers

3 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 3.36.21 PMHappy Numbers is a terrific math web app that is designed to help elementary school students understand foundational concepts.  They have tons of great activities for teachers to use with their students and have just released a new update.  Their new topic Plus-Minus 1-100 (part 2), is designed to help students understand the concept of regrouping and exchanging.

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 3.36.45 PMThis exercise gives students an opportunity to work though two-digit addition and subtraction problems using visual models they can move across their screen.  Using a variety of objects like apples and base ten blocks, students will begin to understand the relationship between place value and operations.  Students will also have the opportunity to use a number line to model addition and subtraction with two-digit numbers.

Learn more about Happy Number’s new update on their blog or visit their website to sign up!

 

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