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Science4Us.com for K-2 Digital Curriculum

16 Apr

S4U_ClasstechtipsScience4Us is a K-2 standards-based, digital science program.  It is based on the 5E inquiry-based instructional model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.  Teachers can decide how to deliver material.  This program is flexible enough for whole group lesson, small groups or one on one instruction.  It includes embedded teacher support such as teacher guides and videos.

Science4Us was developed by the creators of Vocabulary Spelling City. It has an iPad app that makes it easy for students to access content from a mobile device. Science4Us integrates math and language arts and annual subscriptions begin at just $360 (Title I and Title III funds can also be used).

Learn more about Science4Us by visiting their website!

Standards Planner Teams Up With Clever

3 Apr
clever-sp-01Standards Planner, an online teacher and district content organizer I shared earlier this year, is now partnering with Clever to bridge the gap between instruction and ease of use. With Clever’s Instant Login, districts and teachers can quickly jump into building and organizing their content with one click.
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clever-app-01If you are a district administrator looking to push the blended learning or flipped classroom model, you can easily get your teachers setup for free, and even pilot Standards Planner to get ready for next school year. They include professional development to help districts stay organized.
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All individual accounts are free with full use of the software. You can take advantage of this organizational tool by visiting Standards Planner’s website to signup and begin planning!

 

CartoonSmart Video Tutorials and Guides

6 Mar

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 is a great resource for students and educators looking for video tutorials on Art, iOS development, HTML5 and more.  As one of the first video-learning sites on the web they’ve embraced the interest in mobile app development and have tons of tools for teachers and their classes.  Their lessons can be streamed online or downloaded to watch offline – a great option for students with multiple tools and different learning environments.
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Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 7.10.12 AMUsers can now check out a new Sample Pack of lessons so they can view hours of free tutorials without a subscription.  This sample pack also includes some complete courses for Sprite Kit and Swift (the iOS programming languages).  If you aren’t coding with your students you can also download their free iBook on animation. Once you dive into CartoonSmart you have options for subscribing to more content or purchasing products individually.
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Learn more by visiting their website!
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Standards Planner Online Tool For Teachers

23 Jan
unnamedStandards Planner is a lesson planner tool for teachers that allows them to search through thousands of free resources such as Khan Academy, CK12 Flexbooks, and even their own Google Drive.  Teachers can create, upload, and convert lessons, videos, and instructional material.  With Standards Planner users can align their plans to all 50 state and national standards including the Common Core.  It even lets teachers collaborate with colleagues to build units together.
unnamed-1This web tool gives teachers lots of extra options like subject calendaring and the ability to create pacing charts.Standards Planner users can schedules when they will teach specific assignments.  Districts that sign up for Standards Planner can bundle features to fit the software to the needs of their schools.
Learn more about Standards Planner by visiting their website!
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Online Resource: ReadWriteThink

1 Jan

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 9.59.13 AMReadWriteThink is a fantastic online resource for K-12 teachers.  It includes access to English Language Arts lessons and activities for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Teachers can search by theme, lesson objective, and grade level as they look for the perfect idea to bring back to their students.

ReadWriteThink also has resources for professional development and afterschool programs.  There are also real teacher stories and a new section with videos.  Visit their website to check out all they have to offer!

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Lesson Ideas for iPad Apps from Apple Education

4 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 9.03.55 AMApp_ExplainEverything_p6_2048x1496.480x480-75Apple Education has a series of fantastic iBooks that provide ideas and inspiration for using iPads in the classroom.  They focus on popular apps that you may have already used with students.  You’ll find ideas for collaboration, content creations and so much more.  Apple Education has iBooks all about Explain Everything, Hopscotch, SketchBook Express, StopMotion Studio and Puppet Pals HD.  These iBooks are completely free and can be downloaded to view on an iPad or Mac computer.

Follow this link to learn more about the iBooks created by Apple Education!

 

Buncee for Edu – Completely Free Creation Tool

19 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.00.50 AMBuncee for Edu is edu.buncee.com‘s new, free iPad app. It’s a fantastic tool for creative education and fun communication!  Similar to edu.buncee.com’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas, media tools, and buncee artwork provide educators and students a tool for creating digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun projects.  The app’s template Wizard also makes it a simple to share photos of classroom activities.  creation canvas
Just choose your photos, select a theme, and the Wizard helps create the buncee for you.

Students can easily print their buncee creations, save them to the photo stream, or publish them on edu.buncee.com If you log into edu.buncee.com, you’ll find the iPad creations stored alongside the buncees you created on the web, ready to be shared anywhere.

Buncee for Edu is completely free – visit their site to learn more or download the app to get started!

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