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Translate Websites into Different Languages for Parents and Students

23 May

Google Translate is an amazing website that lets users translate text into another language.  With a simple copy and paste you can take a message in one language and translate it to another.  Although this tool isn’t always perfect it’s a great online resource for teachers looking to communicated effectively with families and students.  In addition to translating text, Google Translate can also work on websites.  Copy and paste the link to the website you would like translated and it will pop up in your screen with words changed to the language of your choosing.

Try it out with a current events article for students or a website with resources for parents!

Take a look:

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i-Skool: Learning in Motion on Mobile Devices

21 May

colourI’ve shared lots of reasons why I’m a fan of QR codes.  i-Skool is a project that incorporates scannable technology and puts learning in motion.  Its goal is to enhance brain activity by getting kids on their feet as they practice cognitive skills.  Teachers create a quiz with an item connected to a color in a specific location.  Children receive directions on what to do based on what they scan as they move around with their mobile device.

Gallery_01The simple game play is perfect for classroom activities where teachers want to connect spaces in their learning environment to important information.  i-Skool is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to expand from their current demo version based on colors to include images and QR Codes.

Learn more about i-Skool by visiting their website and check out their campaign page on Indiegogo!

Literacy Assessment on Tablets with DRA2+ App for iPad

17 May

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 6.54.27 AMTeachers using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2+) can now gather formative reading assessment data on their iPad.  This app guides teachers through data collection as they observe, record and evaluate changes in the reading performances of their students.  It’s a great option for schools making a move to paperless reporting.

The app lets teachers access DRA2 Benchmark, Word Analysis and Progress Monitoring and EDL2 Benchmark, EDL2 Word Analysis and Spanish Progress Monitoring Assessments.  It includes automatic scoring and ongoing view of student progress that makes it easier to differentiate instruction.

Learn more about the new DRA2+ App by visiting this website!

The Answer Pad Interactive Learning Tool

16 May

hide_namesThe Answer Pad is a comprehensive tool that is different from the presentation and assessment tools you might have seen in the past.  This completely interactive mobile app and web tool promotes student engagement and helps teachers monitor student progress.  The Answer Pad lets teachers design summative assessments that can be answered with a tap of the screen, and formative assessments that can be administered on the fly throughout your lesson.  This tool easily integrates into your everyday instruction by giving students an opportunity to annotate images and send answers to their teachers devices.

prof combinedWith time-saving Answer Sheets teachers can score essays and multiple choice questions and import their own standards to demonstrate alignment to nationwide or statewide expectations.  In addition to all of these features, The Answer Pad folks just released a Broadcast feature that lets teachers share one student’s response with the whole class to provide opportunities for collaboration.

Visit The Answer Pad’s website to learn more!

When do games inspire learning? Game-Based Learning Webinar May 18

13 May

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On May 18th, I am moderating a webinar on game-based learning in the classroom with leading expert Greg Toppo, USA Today’s K-12 education writer (and a former teacher).

Greg has been researching game-based learning in schools, and he recently wrote The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter after finding himself surprised by the effectiveness of digital play in engaging students and fostering learning.

In the webinar, Greg will discuss:

  • Successful models for gamifying the learning experience
  • Common concerns about digital play in classrooms
  • Tools and strategies that work, based on his observation

Greg will be joined by Monique Choyce from LAUSD, will share observations from her classroom on the power of gamification.

There will also be ample time for Q&A with Greg and Monique!


Webinar Details:

GAME ON –USA Today & Distinguished Educators Share Gamification and Blended Learning Wins

May 18th, 3pm and 7pm EST

Register Here

Tour National Parks: Virtual Field Trips on iPads

11 May

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Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 8.11.33 AMWhether you’re planning an outdoor excursion or just want to show off the National Parks to your students, check out National Geographic‘s fantastic free app: National Parks by National Geographic.  With tons of information (and the option to upgrade for more) this app can be used for student research or virtual field trips!

It’s a great choice for students who may not be able to hike Bryce Canyon or schedule a visit to Yosemite. The photographs included in this app are absolutely breathtaking and perfect for inspiring students or all ages.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan on the Great Plains or my bundle of American History iPad lesson plans!

Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera

10 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 2.54.05 PMTeachers in one iPad classrooms can turn their device into a document camera with lots of do-it-yourself tricks. The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.  Extra in app purchases let you unlock other features but Stage has lots of options for teachers who want to make use of free tools.

Whether you have just a teacher iPad or are in a one-to-one classroom, this app provides plenty of choices for teachers looking to display and annotate student work.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching with iPads!

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