Lyrics2Learn: Boost Comprehension with Music-Friendly Lessons

27 Aug

Lyrics2Learn: Boost Comprehension with Music-Friendly LessonsIf you’re looking to capture your students attention while building core literacy skills, you’ll want to check out Lyrics2Learn.  This website hosts online reading centers and mini-lessons for elementary students.  Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade can work independently through activities to strengthen comprehension and fluency.  This engaging platform can connect student interests to foundational literacy skills that will help them grow as readers.

Lyrics2Learn: Boost Comprehension with Music-Friendly LessonsLyrics2Learn combines music with fluency practice to help students internalize information. Kids can move through different levels of interactive comprehension as they master new skills.  Lyrics2Learn provides practice activities for all levels of elementary school students making it a good choice for teachers looking to meet the individual needs of learners.  It’s a great tool for creating life-long readers who are motivated and interested in literacy learning.

Visit Lyrics2Learn’s website to learn more, take a trial, or sample free lesson downloads!

Pinterest Contest from Versal: Lots of Cash Prizes!

26 Aug
Pinterest Contest from Versal: Lots of Cash Prizes!Earlier this year I shared Versal, an interactive course creation tool for teachers. To celebrate the back-to-school season, Versal is holding a Pinterest Contest. They’re asking teachers to create Pinboards that show how they would spend $2015 on education technology in their classroom this year.
The entry with the most votes will receive a cash prize to put their plan into action.  Versal is also giving away ten $100 prizes for the most creative boards.
Learn more about Versal and this awesome back-to-school opportunity by visiting their website!

Math Game-Based Learning with Prodigy: Free Learning Tool

25 Aug

 Math Gamification with Prodigy: Free Learning ToolAs teachers, we know there is no better time to motivate and empower students than at the beginning of a new school year. Introducing game-based learning into the classroom can help you do just that and Prodigy’s curriculum-aligned math game is one I’d recommend you check out.

Math Gamification with Prodigy: Free Learning ToolProdigy is a completely free adaptive math game that integrates Common Core, MAFS, and TEKS standards into a fantasy style game students will love to play. Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and save tons of time. Over 200 new curriculum-aligned skills were added to Prodigy over the summer, including interactive and multi step questions for students in first through eighth grade.

Visit Prodigy’s website to get started with this completely free math game!  

QuBowl Online Quiz Bowl Platform

24 Aug
If you’ve ever coached Quiz Bowl, you know how tough it can be to not only motivate your players to train but also to track their progress. QuBowl is an online Quiz Bowl training platform that uses analytics to help students and teams train more effectively. Players can practice with category quizzes and daily practice rounds on the site, then see their rating, best and worst categories, and more. Instead of wasting time reading through broad question packets, students can see exactly where they are weakest and focus on that.
QuBowl Online Quiz PlatformQuBowl gives team leaders a bird’s eye view of their students’ skills in specific categories and lets them see how much work each student is putting in to improve. There is also a moderator section that team leaders can use to run practice tournaments with their players. This training tool is available to students as individuals or for teams as a whole with both monthly and yearly subscription options. .
Learn more by visiting QuBowl’s website!

Edusight Notes for iOS: Standards Based Portfolio

23 Aug

Edusight Notes for iOS: Standards Based PortfolioEdusight is a standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student learning with grades, notes, photos, and audio/video comments. Edusight Notes for iOS (iPad and iPhone) lets you capture learning evidence in the classroom as it happens – quickly take a note or record a video of students as they learn, tag standards, and instantly add it to their portfolios. 

Edusight Notes for iOS: Standards Based PortfolioAt any time, teachers can log in to Edusight on the web to see a comprehensive profile for any student.  Edusight keeps all of your grades, notes, and photos for each student in one place so you can gauge student understanding and provide the right help at the right time. This data can be shared with students and parents so everyone stays informed.

Check out their website to learn more, or watch this video to see how Edusight works with teachers every day!

Going on Now! #SchoolSupplied Promotion from PledgeCents

22 Aug
Going on Now! #SchoolSupplied Promotion from PledgeCentsPledgeCents is a terrific website that schools and teachers can use to raise money for a cause.  Teachers keep whatever they raise and have the flexibility to raise for any need.  It is easy and straightforward to sign up and submit your cause.  PledgeCents even has a network that offers matching campaigns.
Going on Now! #SchoolSupplied Promotion from PledgeCentsRight now, PledgeCents is running a #SchoolSupplied contest where schools earn points for their campaigns. The more teachers from your school who create a cause, the more opportunities to earn points.  You are encouraged to set realistic goals so that you can hit your goal quickly and earn points easily.  Teachers can use social media sites like Facebook to help spread the word about their campaign.  PledgeCents can connect teachers with private philanthropists that are hosting matching campaigns during this back-to-school period.
Learn more about PledgeCents’ #SchoolSupplied campaign by visiting their website!
Special promotion: PledgeCents will match the first $100 raised for every cause submitted before 11:59pm CT 8/31/15. Use the promo code classtechtips (goal must be more than $800).

Back-To-School Giveaway from TenMarks’ DREAM Big Campaign

21 Aug
Back-To-School Giveaway from TenMarks' DREAM Big CampaignTenMarks Amazon is encouraging teachers to DREAM Big to kick off the 2015-2016 school year!
Dream stands for: D = Differentiate, R = Reinforce, E = Engage, A – Assess, M = Motivate
Earlier this summer I shared how TenMarks supports classrooms teachers by helping them individualize math instruction while saving time.  TenMarks is running a back-to-school giveaway where teachers can win gift cards and an Amazon Fire Tablet.
All you have to do is sign up for a TenMarks account, and share your big dreams for the new school year and/or how you will D.R.E.A.M. on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest with the hashtag #DreamBigBTS.  You also have the option to enter for more chances to win on their Giveaway page.
Learn more about TenMarks and the DREAM Big campaign by visiting their website!
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