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Fun with Circuits: Electronics for Kids

28 Apr


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Fun with Circuits makes electronic circuits fun, simple, and accessible for children.  Designed for kids five and above, Fun with Circuits incorporates literacy skills into circuit exploration.  It combines storytelling and circuit building to engage young learners with foundational STEM skills.  Kids read a story, learn the key concepts, and make new circuits.

Collage_3Check out their Kickstarter page to learn more about the vision behind Fun with Circuits and to support this project!

17 Websites for the Social Studies Classroom

26 Apr

Here’s a recent presentation that I gave on web tools that can be used to teach social studies. It includes some wonderful websites for accessing multimedia and informational text. If you have a favorite missing from this list add a comment to this post or send a tweet to @ClassTechTips!

Visit my Events page to learn about upcoming presentations or email ClassTechTips@gmail.com to schedule a school visit!
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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!

Edu.buncee.com Earth Day Contest

13 Apr

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Edu.buncee.com, a creation and presentation tool, is hosting The buncee Earth Day Contest. To enter, students K – 8 will be asked to create a buncee answering the question, “What could your school do to help protect the Earth?” The winners will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card and bunceeEDU Plus subscriptions for their school.

Buncee’s fun digital canvas allows students to easily express their ideas, making it the perfect tool for students to present their environmental school projects. While enhancing presentation skills, the contest also helps support Next Gen Science Standard ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.earth day school contest 3

Judges include Science Teacher Tim McCready and employees of Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. Entry ends May 15th, so check out the contest rules and have your students share their environmental projects to win!

The Smithsonian’s Civil War Mystery App

5 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 8.50.14 AMscreen480x480The Smithsonian has released a new app this year to help students learn about the Civil War.  This iPad app is perfect for middle and high school students exploring this time period and using primary source documents in their studies.  Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery takes users through the artifacts stored at the Smithsonian and presents information on themes associated with this time period.  It’s a great way to introduce students to the Civil War or build upon the knowledge they already have.  Whether this app is used to supplement traditional resources in your school or recommended as an at home extension for families with iPads, Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery can boost student engagement.

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

Teaching with mobile devices this year? Check out my Syllabuy page for more lesson ideas. 

Geography Duel for Partner Practice

4 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.29.51 PMscreen480x480-1There are a handful of geography apps that I love (StrataLogica, TapQuiz, Experience America HD, 3D Atlas) and Geography Duel is another option for students.  This app lets users quiz their knowledge of US states and countries.  It has a single player and multiplayer mode that lets students compete with a partner.  This is a great app game for students who want to boost their knowledge of geography whether they play with a classmate or independently.

Check out Geography Duel in the Apple App Store for iOS devices!

Visit my Syllabuy page to view lots of tech-friendly lessons

Storm App for Weather Tracking

1 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.10.57 PMscreen480x480Bringing weather data into your classroom is a great way to make real world connections to content your students are studying.  Storm is a weather app that gives students and teachers access to lots of maps and data.  Users can search for different parts of the world thanks to Google Maps integration.  In addition to forecast data students can access maps and data layers.

Check out Storm on the Apple App Store for iPads!

Don’t forget to visit my Syllabuy page for tech-friendly lesson plans

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