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Shutterfly Photo Story for Classrooms

24 Apr

Icon 1024px_book_cmyk-2Shutterfly Photo Story is an awesome free app for iPads that is great for creating authentic learning experiences for students.  It lets students in all grade levels create customized self-published photo books that apply what they have learned in the classroom through a hands-on, project-based learning experience. 
Shutterfly Photo Story allows students to tell stories through text, photos, audio and Doodle, a feature that enables writing and drawing on any page/photo in the book.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 5.43.14 PMWith this app teachers can promote student engagement and achievement by giving kids easy-to-use multimedia tools that facilitate learning and creativity, and document student knowledge in a tangible artifact.  It enhances student learning in every subject, including English Language Arts, social studies, math and science, and demonstrates student knowledge in these core subject areas by motivating them on a deeper level.  This app facilitates collaboration between students, including brainstorming, peer editing and problem solving.  Shutterfly provides professional development that guides educators through the creation and implementation of lesson plans that meet ISTE technology standards.

Visit Shutterfly Photo Story’s website to learn more!


Drawp for School Now on Chromebooks

22 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 8.43.54 PMThis year I’ve shared Drawp for School, a wonderful workflow management app for iPads and Android tablets.  Now Chromebook users can use this classroom tool by downloading the Chromebook app directly from the Chrome Web Store.  Teachers can now use the same creation, workflow, and storage capabilities of the Drawp for School mobile app on student Chromebooks.

Drawp for School makes it simple to distribute, collect, organize and store student assignments.  It gives kids the power to draw, paint, and add photos, text and voice stickers to their work.  There is unlimited storage for student work in the Drawp cloud and it eliminates the need to email students.  This platform includes collaboration tools that make group learning easy and doable in all classroom settings.

Learn more by visiting Drawp for School’s website! for Common Core Educational Resources

20 Apr

OpenEd logo is the world’s largest K-12 educational resource library and contains over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans.  Teachers can access content that is aligned to every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard. It lets users easily find and assign resources from OpenEd’s pre-built lesson plans (lists of videos, assessments and homework) for every grade level and subject — and they can modify these lesson plans or create their own. While the vast majority of resources are free, OpenEd also offers a Premium Subscription of proprietary content from major educational publishers for just $9.95/month.

You might be familiar with OpenEd’s free app Common Core Quest, which is available for Apple, Android and Chrome. It allows students to take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and English Language Arts skills and earn badges for each category. When students don’t achieve mastery, the app recommends videos and games to learn the precise micro-concepts they are struggling with. The net result is universal personalized learning for each student.

Learn more about by visiting their website!

Mobile Parent Communication (with Students) from Tocomail

18 Apr
Tocomail_Web_Mailbox With Tocomail teachers can effectively create a walled garden class communication environment as they manage and monitor student communication.  Tocomail is also a great option for communication outside of classroom.  The families of your students can practice digital literacy skills at home by setting up parent accounts.  Parents can manage their child’s account and communicate digitally with Tocomail.
MailboxWhen a parent creates an account for their child they can control the contact list.  This makes is possible to have all family members and friends approved by a parent, who can then monitor correspondence.  Tocomail is available on iOS and Android devices and is accessible on the Web.  It can be used to teach digital literacy schools at home and support communication between faraway friends and relatives.
Learn more by visiting Tocomail’s website!

Promote Student Engagement with imakiku

17 Apr

imakiku01imakiku turns students from passive listeners into engaged learners by leveraging mobile technology.  It enables real-time voting, posting and survey capabilities via smartphones, tablets or laptops.  Before class time, teachers can create questions for students with possible answers.  Once class starts, students can use the participation code (or scan a QR code) to access questions.  Students can submit responses during class and you can instantly see the results, choosing from different graphical representations.

imakiku02This web browser based tool doesn’t require any additional software and is free through March 2016 using a special code for readers.  Just visit imakiku’s website, click on the orange sign up button, and copy and paste this code in the promotion box: 20150408_MQPDUAJFMQ

Visit imakiku’s website to learn more! 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!

The Sound Cart for Classroom Audio

15 Apr
GORILLAdigital-sticker JamieWhether you are sharing a video clip at the beginning of a lesson or need your own voice projected around the room, having an audio setup in your classroom can definitely come in handy.  The KONGcart Bundle includes a special audio setup to help make this happen.  This tool comes with a 30W speaker from Anchor Audio that includes a six-year warranty.
KONGcart Anchor Audio and MONKEYmountThe speaker portion of this bundle works with a wireless mic and transmitter in classrooms needing this function to meet the needs of all students.  Its height can be adjusted on the cart to make the most of the space in your classroom.
Visit GORILLAdigital’s website to learn about you can enhance sound in your classroom!
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