This October 8-9th the iBooks Author Conference will be held in Nashville, TN to bring educators together who are excited about the power for this dynamic tool. I’ve used iBooks Author for the past few years and have learned so much from fellow educators who have explored lots of ways to bring interactive iBooks into their classroom. Here’s an article on 17 Ways To Use iBooks Author Right Now that can give you some ideas of how it’s being used by teachers. Whether you’re an Apple Distinguished Educator, tech-savvy teacher, or just excited about iBooks Author you’ll want to check out the sessions being offered.
AirServer is a fantastic mirroring tool that is perfect for tech-friendly classrooms. Similar to an Apple TV, AirServer lets users mirror the screen of their mobile device on a computer. That means when a computer is hooked up to a projector, everyone can see the screen of the mirrored mobile device. AirServer uses a wireless connection to display the screen of a mobile device onto a computer – letting teachers and students show off their screen to the class.
In educational settings, AirServer can be used to model how to navigate an app, share student work with the entire class, and promote discussion on course content. It can increase whole class or small group collaboration as students come together to complete an assignment or explore a new skill. AirServer works in one-to-one classrooms and BYOD environments with an assortment of devices.
Istation Math uses game-like formative assessments and an adaptive online curriculum to address the needs of individual students. This digital learning platform can screen students in your class to identify the areas where they need extra help. Through interactive lessons with guided and independent practice, students can work to master foundational math skills. Using Istation’s Indicators of Progress assessment (known as ISIP), teachers can see an overall math proficiency score for each student. This score reports their understanding across content, depth of thinking, and the amount of support a student needs for success.
Istation Math also provides personalized insights with real-time data and reporting. It shows teachers where students are meeting individual, state, and Common Core standards, and pinpoints where they have room to grow. Istation Math helps teachers support small and whole group instruction with downloadable teacher-directed lessons, supplemental digital tools, and interactive whiteboard resources. Istation Math is available on desktops, laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks.
Learn more about Istation Math’s subscription-based app by visiting their website!
ClassDojo is popular classroom tool that can help motivate students and keep track of behavior. Parents can stay in the loop with ClassDojo Messaging which lets families see their child’s progress anytime and anywhere. Class Story is a new addition to ClassDojo that makes it even easier to share the story of your day. Teachers can now share stories from class using photos or text updates. The posts are shared with all connected parents and unlike class websites, Twitter, or Instagram, this means that only parents can see these important stories.
ClassDojo has created a private ecosystem to keep sharing safe for families, students, and teachers. Teachers will know when parents have seen their posts with read receipts and parents can even “like” each post. The Class Story works with any iOS/Android device and any computer for both teachers and parents. If you want to be one of the first to try ClassDojo Class Story sign up as a beta tester beginning August 5th.
Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more about their brand new Class Story feature!
TenMarks is a powerful platform that helps teachers individualize math instruction for their elementary and middle school students. It saves educators time preparing lessons, reinforces concepts to improve student outcomes, differentiates based on student need, and keeps kids engaged and motivated.
In preparation for back-to-school, TenMarks has streamlined and improved both the teacher and student experiences. There are tutorials for teachers new to TenMarks, and pacing guides that help educators connect TenMarks assignments to their curriculum. Students now have self-paced learning options with a point-based incentive system. They’ll receive immediate feedback as they work through math problems.
With both free and premium solutions you’ll want to check out what TenMarks can bring to your students!
Entrepreneurship education provides students with an introduction to skills that can be applied in the real world. By engaging in tasks that connect to their everyday life, students will see a purpose for the math instruction, group work, and presentation skills that are woven throughout K-12 curriculum. Cashtivity is a fantastic, free online tool for teachers looking to energize their instruction. This online tool provides a platform for students to run their own business.
With Cashtivity students will brainstorm their own product ideas, collaborate with a small group to make decisions, and learn how to determine prices and monitor demand. The Cashtivity tool provides an online space for students to come together. Students can work as teams to see their entrepreneurial vision come to life while applying cross-curricular skills to their project. Cashtivity provides the resources you need to bring entrepreneurship education to your classroom.
Visit Cashtivity’s website to learn more!
Lots of teachers use Skype, Google Hangout or FaceTime to connect with other classrooms, guest speakers or special guests. Kindoma Storytime is a very cool app that educators and families can use to connect readers. With this iPad app two users can connect their screen and read stories together. Complete with a webcam and built in library of books, Kindoma lets two readers connect their screen and share a story together.
This app could be used in the classroom to connect book buddies from near or far. Students can engage in choral reading, partner reading or just follow along as a story is read aloud to them. It’s also a great app to recommend to families looking to make the most of mobile devices at home while incorporating a read aloud into their everyday routine.
Check out Kindoma Storytime’s website to learn more about this powerful iPad app!