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Create Engaging Video Lessons with Zaption

4 Sep
BannerZaption is a fantastic web app that gives teachers the power to create their own video lessons using a variety of multimedia.  Combining still images, YouTube clips, and more, teachers can design the perfect video to share with their students.  They can also add interactive elements like quizzes and drawings. With Zaption content comes alive for students giving them the opportunity to benefit from hand-picked multimedia to help them learn about a particular topic.
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Gallery ScreenshotBefore diving in to create your own, you can check out what’s available on Zaption’s website.  They have a Gallery full of ready-to-use content created by teachers from around the country, and content partners like Facing History and Ourselves.  Most of their current content is focused on U.S. History and Government, but they are working to expand to other subjects in the coming months.  Zaption is easy to use and lets you access analytics that show user views and engagement.
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Zaption is completely free for Basic users, $79/yr for Pro users, and offers volume pricing for Campus licenses.  Visit their website to watch a video and learn more!

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

Science4US Interactive Curriculum

14 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.28 PMIf you’re looking to support your K-2 students in science this year, you’ll want to check out the interactive curriculum from Science4US.  They provide a complete science curriculum with both online and offline materials for elementary school-aged students.  There are teacher resources in addition to activities designed for your kids.Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.43 PM

Science4US aims to build core math and English Language Arts skills while teaching science concepts.  It gives teachers the flexibility to assign materials for whole group instruction or individiualized learning.  Science4US could also be used for center actvities in classrooms that only have access to a few devices.  This interactive curriculum is currently web-based and can be opened on an Internet browser.  Their iPad app is in the works and will be available soon.

Learn more about Science4US by visiting their website and checking out this video!

 

Buncee for Student Creations

8 Aug

ad4Edu.buncee.com is a web based creation tool that makes it simple for students to create anything from digital stories and multimedia research reports, to interactive presentations and holiday cards. 

Using buncee’s digital creation canvas, you and your students can easily complete creative online projects by combining personal media, Buncee artwork and animations, and web multimedia from Google, YouTube, SoundCloud, Dropbox and more. Edu.buncee.com also offers a classroom management dashboard to track student progress and grade their buncee creations.buncee-creation-canvas

Whether you use it for traditional learning, blended learning, or as a presentation alternative, buncee’s digital canvas allows students to spend more time creating and learning in a fun and engaging way.

Check out their website to learn more!

Healthy eBook: Keb and Cala Explore Sugar

5 Aug

Insidebookcover_sugar_finalCK-2mKeb and Cala Explore SugarWhat Is It And Why Is It So Sweet? is an engaging eBook designed for iPads that will bring healthy eating to life for children.  It follows the adventures of Keb and Cala as they explore sugar in different foods.  The whimsical animations and characters will grab your students’ attention as they learn about making healthy food choices.

photo 2Teachers can log in to Keb and Cala Explore Sugar‘s companion website to access a fully automated lesson and activity sheets that extend the concepts that are introduced in this book.  There is a Sugar Health Challenge to help teachers guide students through behavior change and think about their community.  Within the text children will find educational games, interactive quizzes and tons of healthy eating tips.  You’ll love how this eBook includes audio support for reading aloud in addition to animations and pop-ups.   

 

Check out Keb and Cala Explore Sugar on iTunes or visit their website to learn more!

 

 

Online Resource: DocsTeach from the National Archives

28 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 4.18.36 PMPrimary source documents are essential pieces of the history puzzle to include in your social studies instruction.  I’ve shared some great iPad apps for accessing primary sources but there are a few websites that contain quality content that can be easily shared with your students.

DocsTeach has a fantastic website (in addition to their iOS and Android apps) that give teachers tons of resources for finding and using primary source documents in their classroom.  If you’re not a social studies teacher you can still find compelling images to bring into your English Language Arts instruction or make connections during a math and science lesson.

 

Online Resource: LIFE Photo Archive

11 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.45.23 PMPrimary source documents, especially photographs, are powerful tools for grabbing the attention of students.  Sometimes it’s challenging to find the right picture to connect to a historical fiction literature circle or to support a Social Studies lesson.  I’m a big fan of Google Image searches but another option is to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.  You can search over a hundred years worth of photographs by typing in a keyword or choosing a specific event or time period.  This is a terrific resource for teachers who work with students of any age!

Looking to explore primary source documents with your students?  Check out this lesson plan!

 

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