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Imakiku for Active Learning: Real-Time Student Response Tool

31 Aug

Imakiku for Active Learning: Real-Time Student Response Tool

When students are part of an active learning environment they participate in class and collaborate with each other.  Imakiku is a real-time student response web-based tool designed to increase active learning in your classroom.  The only thing a teacher and their students need is a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. With no extra devices or apps, classrooms can start to use Imakiku right away.

Imakiku for Active Learning: Real-Time Student Response ToolImakiku lets students quickly answer your questions and view the responses and comments of their classmates in real-time.  Used by over 300,000 students, this tool can work with students in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classrooms, or learning environments where students have access to a variety of devices.

Imakiku is free for everyone until 12/31/2015 and readers can use the promotion code 20150408_MQPDUAJFMQ to extend this offer until 3/31/2016.

Visit to to learn more!


New from ClassDojo: Class Story for Family Communication

5 Aug

New from ClassDojo: Class Story for Family CommunicationClassDojo 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.

New from ClassDojo: Class Story for Family CommunicationClassDojo 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!



Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and More

2 Aug

Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreCreative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreThere are a handful of apps that help students brainstorm and collect their writing.  You can find some of my favorites here.  Creative Writing Prompts is another iOS app that can help students gather ideas and start writing.  This app combines prompts with a space to write and even lets users set up reminders to write on a regular basis.

Creative Writing Prompts is a great choice for students who need extra support to stay focused.  It’s also a useful option for English Language Arts classes that are looking to give students support as they gather ideas.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about this iOS app!

Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding Practice

23 Jul

Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding Practice Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding PracticeI’ve shared some of my favorite apps to teach coding skills and if you’re looking to add to your own list definitely take a look at Swifty.  This iOS app includes quick tutorials to introduce users to the Swift programing language.  From the basics to more complex tasks, this app can help students build a foundation for understanding Swift.

Swifty is free to download and lets users unlock all chapters for $3.99.  It is packed with over 200 tutorials and is a great place for students to start learning how to code.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about Swifty!

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!

Kinedu Baby Development App: Build a Foundation for Future Learning

1 Jun

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 5.31.20 PMIMG_1868Earlier this year I had the pleasure of speaking at the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico about the power of educational technology.  While visiting the campus I met the folks behind Kinedu, an exciting baby development app that supports foundational learning.  Although mainly focuses on PreK-12 educational technology I wanted to share this very powerful iPhone and iPad app.

Kinedu offers families videos and information to help them interact with their young children through educational activities.  The clips are engaging and helpful for parents looking for ideas on how to boost their children’s cognitive skills.  Kinedu is free to download and offers extras with a subscription service.

Visit Kinedu’s website to learn more!

FluentU for Language Learning

30 May

5.learnIf you are a language teacher you’ll want to check out FluentUFluentU helps you teach a language with music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks. It’s a fast and effective way to incorporate authentic content and cultural immersion into your language learning lessons. As a web based tool with a companion iPhone app it makes learning mobile when students are on the go.

3.watchFluentU lets students watch a video with interactive captions – students can tap on any word to look it up to see useful pictures, definitions, and example sentences. It turns videos into interactive language learning lessons and games. Scenes from movie trailers become questions that help students learn grammar and conversational phrases. FluentU is available for learning Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and English and features for assignments and progress tracking will also become available in the next few months.  

FluentU’s website or watch this video!

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