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Create Learning Maps with Edynco

23 Feb

Edynco is an online tool for creating learning maps.  A learning map is a version of a mind map specially designed for teachers and students.  Learning maps can include several elements (called nodes) including: title, instruction/summary and an attached resource, which can be a website, quiz, video, audio, PDF, image or document. Nodes are placed on an endless canvas and are connected to each other with branches that help visualize a learning path to follow.

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Teachers use can learning maps for lesson planning or for creating interactive lessons.  These lessons can be shared with students as a pre-class activity in a blended learning setting.  Teachers can also use a learning map as an assignment where students can create their own learning map about a specific topic individually or collaboratively as a group. Learning maps employ a variety of cognitive skills: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, creating and evaluating.

Learn more about how students and teachers can use Edynco as a creation tool by visiting their website or watching this video! 


Transform Class Communication with TocoMail

21 Feb
iPhone New Mail openTocomail is a great tool for teachers and students that I first shared last year.  It is a communication tool that gives students the opportunity to message their classmates and teacher in a closed network that is tightly monitored.  With TocoMail teachers can created a “walled garden” of class communication using computers and tablets.  Students will get a safe email account and can benefit from learning communication strategies and how to be a good digital citizen in safe environment.
New_Web_MailboxClass communication with TocoMail is simple.  After a quick initial setup the teacher controls all external communication and can monitor internal communication.  This means that they are able to see what is happening and can keep track of student conversations.  Whether students are collaborating on a group project or sharing an opinion on a topic, TocoMail can increase communication in your classroom.
Visit their website to learn more!


Flip Your Classroom in Minutes with Standard Planner

20 Feb
Earlier this year I shared Standards Planner, a lesson planner tool for teachers that allows users to search through thousands of free resources.  Teachers can create, upload, and convert lessons, videos, and instructional material to make a plan for instruction.  Standards Planner users can align their plans to all 50 state and national standards including the Common Core.  They have a terrific feature that makes it easy to share resources with students in a flipped learning environment.  Just follow these steps:

1) Setup your daily schedule: Choose the subjects you teach and the time you teach them and your teaching calendar will be generated for you. Daily, block, and custom scheduling are supported to help organize your teaching material.


2) Drag and drop your teaching material:  Standards Planner is designed to keep you on one screen without having search for teaching material on different websites or change to additional pages. Simply search for resources in one of many apps included on the left tool section, or even upload videos and documents from your computer. (All resources uploaded can be viewed within the app, no more downloading back to your computer to use them). You can search by keyword, brand, or even aligned national and state standards such as Common Core, Next Gen Science, and more. Drag and drop these resources onto your calendar according to the schedule you just setup.


3) Publish your calendar: Once you have finished planning out your week you have the option to make your calendar public. They generate a unique teacher website to push out to parents, students, substitutes, peers, and administrators. Uncheck any subjects and period you do not want to publish and they will not appear.

Standards Planner allows you to enhance learning outside of the classroom so students will be prepared when you instruct them.  Visit their website to learn more!

LoiLoNote School an Active Learning Creativity App

19 Feb

Image 1 (small)LoiLoNote School is an active learning, teamwork and creativity tool for students.  As a tool for both teachers and students, LoiLoNote School can also be used as a classroom and behavior management tool.  It’s perfect to use across the content areas in both a one-to-one and shared tablet environment.

Image 2 (small)-2Instead of switching between multiple apps, this free, cloud-based app lets teachers create, import and share materials.  Teachers can share their screen, push assignments, compare answers, share private feedback, monitor students’ activity, or lock their screens and communication. Students can create personalized multimedia ePortfolios, collaborate with peers in real time, accomplish a task or share their screen as they present to the class.

Visit their website to check out the user-friendly interface and get started with LoiLoNote School!

LoiLoNote School is now offering free trials of the school license with full support and PD workshops. Contact their team by February 28 to get a spot.


Simplify Your Digital Workflow with Seesaw

15 Feb
Earlier this month I posted about Seesaw, an app that captures student work and is great for all learners in your classroom.  With this app students can snap a picture of their work and record their voice.  It’s a neat way for children to show what they have learned about a topic.
seesaw-ios-app-web-appSeesaw can help teachers collect, organize, and share the digital creations their students make.  Students snap a picture, add audio, and tap their screen to show their teacher what they have created.  Teachers can organize all of their classwork by student name and decide which snapshots and clips they would like to share with parents.  Seesaw can import anything saved to the iPad Camera Roll and works with over 20 other popular apps to make it even easier to share their work
Learn more about Seesaw by visiting their website!

One App for All of Your State Standards

14 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.50.47 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.50.40 AMMastery Connect has a terrific app that makes it easy to find the Common Core Standards all in one place.  They have also developed apps that are specific to individual states.  You can tap on a picture of your state and find an app that contains all of your state standards.  Whether you load this on your iPad or iPhone it’ll be easy to find specific standards with a quick tap on the screen.

Learn more and find the app for you by visiting Mastery Connect’s website!

Leverage the Power of Apps with KONGcart Bundle

11 Feb

DSC_0059 (2)Earlier this year I shared the KONGcart Bundle which makes it easy for teachers to move around the classroom while using technology with their students.  There are lots of ways that teachers are combining hardware and software to create an engaging learning experience for their students.

DSC_0062 (2)Many apps and programs make tablets work like Interactive Whiteboards and give teachers the option of being un-tethered from the front of the classroom.  This idea of leveraging the power of apps while projecting wirelessly makes tablet integration simpler during whole class instruction.  The KONGcart Bundle provides a home for the tablet as well as the other elements of a digital classroom: a Casio LED projector that doesn’t require lamp replacement and a 30W sound system that comes with an optional wireless mic with a 6 year warranty.

Having all of these items in one bundle can make technology integration easier for schools and teachers.  Learn more about the KONGcart Bundle by visiting their website!

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