Fun with Circuits: Electronics for Kids

28 Apr

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!

Eduporium for School Tech Products

27 Apr

Eduporium1-2Eduporium is a reseller of technology products that are designed to build  21st century skills including creativity and systemic thinking.  Their site includes child-centered, project-based and STEM/STEAM education tools for teachers.  It organizes lots of resources that have been hand-picked and include academic discounts on many of their products.

Eduporium-2If you’re looking for ideas for service-learning activities, project-based learning activities, or STEM/STEAM programs you’ll want to search through Eduporium’s site.  You can shop on their website for all sorts of products: software, 3D printing, robotics, and lots more.

Visit Eduporium’s website for more information!

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 to schedule a school visit!

BoardShare: The Instant Smart Wall

25 Apr

Camera-2BoardShare is a completely portable device which turns any surface into an interactive whiteboard. Students and teachers can take notes on the virtual whiteboard with the ability to save, edit, print, and email these notes.  BoardShare gives you the ability to interact with and annotate any document, website, or software that is accessible from a laptop or computer.

penBoardShare was designed to level the playing field for students and teachers no matter what school they attend or what resources are part of their building infrastructure.  It’s a very neat tool that can engage students at all levels.  Teachers can use BoardShare on any wall in their classroom and instantly transform it into an interactive whiteboard.

Check out this video to see BoardShare in action or visit their website to learn more!

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!


Cognitive Skills Assessment for PreK Students from Miss Humblebee’s Academy

23 Apr

Image-1Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an online curriculum for preschool through kindergarten aged children.  It includes activities in language and literacy, math, social studies and science, art, and music.  Mobile access makes it easy for children to view content on any device – whether they are at home or in the classroom.

ProgressReportsIconThere is now a Cognitive Skills Assessment built into Miss Humblebee’s Academy Kindergarten Prep Program.  It helps identify what children know so better information is available to teachers and parents about their child’s progress and learning.  When children start using Miss Humblebee’s Academy, parents can decide if they want their child to take a Cognitive Skills Assessment to determine a child’s strengths and weaknesses in particular subjects and problem solving areas.  As the child progresses through the curriculum, they can take additional assessments to help track growth and comprehension.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy now works on Android Smart Phones and they are also giving a 50% discount to all Class Tech Tips followers! Visit their website to sign up and 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!

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