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Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New Features

27 Jun

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New Features I’m excited to share with you a sneak peak of the learning management system (LMS) from Otus Plus.  The redesigned Otus web-based platform is now live and brings the power of the iPad app to web browsers.  This LMS is adaptable to different teaching styles and perfect for one-to-one classrooms.  This new web-based platform, and updated iPad app is completely free for teachers and students.

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New FeaturesWith Otus Plus teachers can now access real-time analytics.  This comprehensive analytics dashboard integrates a wide range of performance indicators into one place, including content from select third-party apps from Otus’ toolbox. Teachers can link data to Common Core standards or add their own standards to report on. Otus tracks a variety of data like attendance, participation, student blogs, assessments and grades.  The new Toolbox feature offers integrations with quality apps like OpenEd, Khan Academy, Actively Learn, Soft Chalk, Theme Spark, Zaption, Write About, Andover Fulcrum, Grammarly and dozens more being added this summer.

Learn more about the new updates from Otus Plus by visiting their website!

EdTech Tip: Preparing Students for Google Hangouts

25 Jun

EdTech TipHere’s a preview of my post for Channel One News – click on the link below to read more!

Google Hangouts makes it easy to connect with people from around the globe, right from the classroom. Students who participate in Google Hangouts should be prepared for the experience. It is important that they understand their role, know when to chime in or sit back and have a few tips in their back pocket for troubleshooting technology issues.

What is a Google Hangout?

A Google Hangout is a web-based video conferencing tool that lets users connect with multiple people using their Google account. It can be used on a computer connected to the Internet or on a smart phone or mobile tablet with the Google Hangout app. The built-in microphone and camera on your device lets you…

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4 Word Games and Phonics Tools for Tablets

23 Jun

4-2Here’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more!

As teachers explore the best uses for tablets in their classroom, there are a range of possibilities for enhancing everyday instruction.  If you have access to just a few tablets you may decide to use these mobile devices in literacy stations.  Students can sign up to visit the iPad center the same way they would join a poetry corner or listening station.

There are many fantastic word games and phonics tools for tablets that will engage students and let them interact with literacy learning.  These apps are available for a range of devices and some simply use a web browser, making them great choices for classrooms with a few computers.  As you get started, think about what needs your students have and how you will introduce these tools to students.

Learn with Homer

This powerful iPad app focuses on…

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Teach Your Monster to Read: Free Phonics Games for Kids

17 Jun

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 9.01.00 AMTeach Your Monster to Read is a super fun, computer-based phonics game for kids.  This completely free online resource has over six hours of content for students to explore as they practice phonics skills.  It includes exercises on letters, sounds, and full sentences.

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 9.01.18 AMThis website can be used to supplement school instruction at home or incorporated into literacy stations.  You might use Teach Your Monster to Read with struggling students or children who need a boost with phonics.

Visit Teach Your Monster to Read’s website to learn more!

Mirroring360 by Splashtop: A Fantastic BYOD Tool

11 Jun

For Monica - main m360 imageI’ve mentioned Mirroring360 in the past as fantastic tool for classrooms. Being able to mirror not just iPads but also Android devices, Chromebooks, Macs and PCs makes it a powerful, platform agnostic solution for BYOD environments.

For Monica - massist imageMirroring360 now offers new features – one of which is called Mirroring Assist.

This feature enables devices to mirror across large networks without using Bonjour – invaluable for IT. It also uses a QR code or 9-digit mirroring ID to connect, making it easy for teachers and students to mirror their devices. Teachers can easily save recently connected computers in a favorite list for future connections. In a BYOD environment students with any device can mirror their screen so teachers and students can connect, model, and share easily.

Visit their website to learn more about Mirroring Assist or other Splashtop’s Education products.

PS Want to try Mirroring360 for free at home over the summer? Then take advantage of Splashtop’s Free Summer Promotion!

10 Apps and Online Museum Resources

6 Jun

10Finding the time and resources for on-the-ground field trips can be a challenge.  Here are ten terrific apps and websites that can help students explore museums, artifacts, and information from anywhere:

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (online search tool)
  2. Power of Poison Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (companion app)
  3. Gettysburg Battle App (virtual battlefield tour)
  4. Museums of the World (app with access to multiple museum exhibits)
  5. The Getty Museum (artifact exploration)
  6. Smithsonian Museums and Zoos (location search)
  7. Timeline: Art Museum (timeline app with artwork)
  8. Shadow Puppet EDU (search museum archives and create slideshows)
  9. Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Faking It (art exploration app)
  10. MOMA Art Lab (creation and exploration app)

Here are two other lists of resources to explore:

Tocomail Online Communication Tool for Kids

5 Jun
New Mail openTocomail provides fun and safe online communication for kids. Kids can use Tocomail to send messages to family members and friends, and it is great as classroom communication service. Since I first wrote about Tocomail, a lot of new options have been added. This includes single click audio and video messaging, texting, and updated interface. With Tocomail kids can send emails and text messages and use a drawing board with a lot of fun tools. Kids can use it to draw and send picture messages including holiday or birthday postcards and greetings.
Tocomail_Web_Mailbox-2Tocomail is available for free on the desktop on iPhones, iPads and Android phones/tablets. With simple yet effective parental controls no message will get to or from the child unless it is coming from a safe contact or was approved by parent or teacher. Tocomail also detects profanities and bullying patterns, quarantines such messages and immediately notifies parent or teacher.  With summer break approaching, Tocomail can help students stay in touch with their friends and practice digital literacy skills.
Learn more by visiting Tocomail’s website!
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