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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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Win a Document Camera & Check Out My NEW Book!

20 Sep

QR CoverMy new iBook is now available in the iBookstore!

Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond

You can enter to win a brand new iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera
when you purchase this iBook, here’s how:

1. Download the iBook from the iBookstore

2. Take a screen shot of your receipt and send it to ClassTechTips@gmail.com (or forward your receipt to this email)

3. A winner will be randomly chosen on 10/31/14

*Winners must provide a US mailing address to receive the iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera

STOPit School Bullying Prevention Program

18 Sep

 

image008If bullying is a problem at your school or you are looking for a program to compliment a digital citizenship initiative take a look at STOPit.  It is a school program that provides tools for teachers to help them empower their students and decrease instances of bullying.  This goal of STOPit is to inspire a positive community in your school building and help schools work with all stakeholders to deter bullying behavior.

image010They offer a mobile app for students to report incidents of bullying and connect with a crisis center if they need help.  STOPit also provides a bullying incident management and reporting system for schools as well as posters and promotional items.  They even hold Cybersafe Rallies to keep students, teachers, and parents engaged in the anti-bullying movement.

Learn more about STOPit’s bullying prevention program by visiting their website!

 

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 is also starting a Premium Authoring program where users can be compensated for activities they create – you can learn more about this new program by signing up on their site.

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!

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