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 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 ClassTechTips.com readers can use the promotion code 20150408_MQPDUAJFMQ to extend this offer until 3/31/2016.
Visit to Imakiku.com to learn more!
There 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!
I’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!
Earlier 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 ClassTechTips.com 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!
If you are a language teacher you’ll want to check out FluentU. FluentU 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.
FluentU 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.
Visit FluentU’s website or watch this video!