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9 Workflow Solutions for Tech-Friendly Classrooms

13 Oct

Managing a classroom of one-to-one iPads, multiple devices in a BYOD program, or reaching students through online learning at home can be a logistical challenge for teachers.  These nine tech tools are perfect for classrooms looking to stay organized while making sure students are engaged.  Some work best on iPads others on web browsers or Android tablets.

Workflow Solutions for Tech-FriendlyTake a look through the list to see which one fits best for your teaching style and the needs of your students:

  1. Drawp for School
  2. Otus
  3. Handouts
  4. ChallengeU
  5. School 4 One
  6. Frolyc
  7. Chalkup
  8. Buncee
  9. Skaffl

Popplet: Graphic Organizer for iPads and Web Browsers

12 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 6.58.32 PMscreen480x480Graphic organizers are fantastic for helping students brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative or collect information for a research report.  Kids can create mind maps, sequence events, make connections, and more.  Popplet is a terrific app for iOS devices that is also available on web browsers.  Students can create their own graphic organizers combining text and multimedia.  They even have the option to customize colors and layout.

Try out Popplet Lite for free on iPads or visit their website to learn more about what you and your students can do using Popplet in the classroom!

 

15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

10 Oct

15It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re doing a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph
there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents:

  1. Getty Images (photo library)
  2. Changing America (documents)
  3. DocsTeach (website from National Archives)
  4. Flickr (photo library)
  5. Shadow Puppet EDU (searchable photo library)
  6. LIFE Photo Archive (photo library
  7. Today’s Document (app from National Archives)
  8. Quotable Americans (famous quotes)
  9. Underground Railroad (documents)
  10. Met Museum (artifacts)
  11. Abraham Lincoln (documents)
  12. Congressional Moments (videos)
  13. America History Interactive Timeline (app with artifacts)
  14. DocsTeach (app from National Archives)
  15. American History Clips (videos)

SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for Common Core ELA Support

8 Oct

image001If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP.  It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading.  There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of words and sentences and how ideas are developed over a text.  Students will focus on sequence and arrangement of sentences as they dive into grade level passages.

slide2SNAP Learning also offers a Guided Reading program that includes books and lesson plans to help teachers who are providing instruction on comprehension and oral fluency skills.  This program includes over 130 books for students in kindergarten through first grade which can be accessed on tablets.  Giving students access to digital text is an important as they’ll be expected to read from this medium more and more in the future.  I like how SNAP Learning offers tools that promotes 21st century skills and makes it easy for teachers to distribute to students.

Visit their site to request a demo of SNAP’s Close Reading Portfolio or get a quote for your school!

Create and Share Activities with ChallengeU

1 Oct

ExploreChallengeU is an online educational platform that allows teachers to create and share learning activities. Teachers can make content available to students anywhere at anytime, and ChallengeU is compatible on all devices and completely free.Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.33.56 AM

Teachers can upload different file types and student questions all in the same activity. Students can then hand in assignments in the form or videos, audio, pictures and a handful of other file types. They can even comment on the work of their peers and develop online learning communities. Teachers can track students progress and instantly let students  see comments, corrections and feedback on assignments.

Learn more about ChallengeU by visiting their website or watching this video

Number Frames: App for Arrays!

26 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.42.28 PMI’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard).  Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays.  They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.

screen480x480This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities.  Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers.  Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities.  They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.

Learn more by visiting their website or watching this video!

Edusight Lumark: Free Online Gradebook

22 Sep

edusight-logo-colour_v1Edusight Lumark is a free online gradebook designed to help K-12 teachers save time.  It has a simple online interface that allows teachers to better understand how their students are performing.  With this information you can develop a plan for how to meet the needs of your individual students.

Edusight screenshotLumark is a grade book that helps teachers keep grades, comments, and anecdotal information in one place. Edusight worked with educators from across the US and Canada to develop a product that would be useful for teachers in a K-12 learning environment.  Their web app can be accessed on a computer or mobile device and teachers can customize class lists and assessment data.  Edusight Lumark is completely free for teachers!

Check out their website to learn more or watch this video for a quick overview!

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