Use ZipGrade to Grade Assessments

25 Aug

iPhoneWithTestsLeftLogoZipGradeAs you’re headed back to school this year you may want to check out ZipGrade.  It’s a great product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine.  This provides answer sheet templates (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam.  After they finish their test you’ll input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests.  Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.

ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive.  It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo.  After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year.  Download the app or visit the website to learn more.

The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!

School 4 One: Smooth iPad Workflow

24 Aug

screen480x480-2School 4 One is a fantastic platform that helps teachers manage workflow in their one-to-one iPad classrooms.  It was designed to make managing classrooms with multiple devices easier for educators.  Teachers can share files and assignments with students who can then annotate those documents from within the app and send the final product back to their teachers.  Teachers can then assign grades to each piece of work and leave personal feedback for individual students using audio and visual tools.

screen480x480-1The user-friendly interface of School 4 One lets teachers easily track student progress and see which areas their children need intervention.  With this platform teachers can figure out who needs extra help so that they can make informed decisions about their instruction.  School 4 One also has pr made content in a few different subject areas that teachers can access and share with students.

Check out their website to learn more!

Quick Flashcard Creation with Synopsis

23 Aug

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I’ve shared a handful of great study tools and Synopsis is one to add to your list.  It’s an iPad app for students that lets users open up and read any PDF document and create notes by highlighting different sections of the text.  Kids can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. This free app helps users summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material.  Each individual note can be converted to its own flashcard there is no need to buy flashcards or type and create your own.

flashcardAll of these flashcards can be created on the go, as you read through study material on your iPad.  Once each flashcard is saved, they can be viewed on your smartphone so it’s easy to study from anywhere. Teachers and students can even share the flashcards they have created to make it easy for anyone to access and study.

Learn more about Synopsis by visiting their website or watching this video.

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

Skaffl Mobile Learning Platform

21 Aug

imageSkaffl is a mobile learning platform for classrooms with access to one to one iPad technology.  Whether students use the same devices everyday or share them with other classes in a cart, Skaffl works to make one to one instruction easy for teachers and engaging for students.  It was designed by a former teacher and instructional technology specialist to meet the needs of educators in innovative learning envornments.unnamed

The goal of Skaffl is to keep teachers and students organized through an efficient workflow.  Teachers can annotate student work from within the app and provide grades and feedback to students.  The build in annotation tool gives students the power to complete their assignment in Skaffl, or they can save work from the many other creative apps that save as PDF or to the camera roll, with support for other file formats coming soon.  Teachers can view student assignments by class or invidiual child.  Skaffl is even working to provide offline support.

Check out Skaffl’s website to learn more about their platform for one to one classrooms!

 

Learn Students’ Names with Name-Coach.com

20 Aug

nc_logoAs you get ready to head back-to school you may want to check out Name-Coach.com.  This website helps teachers learn students’ names easily and without the stress of trying to memorize pronunciations on the spot.  With its free Student Name Directory, teachers share a single link with their students that sends them to a dedicated page for your class or course.  Students can then record their names and add additional pronunciation guidance.  Teachers will then have access to their dedicated class Name Page so that they can hear students’ recordings to easily learn and remember.  nc_demo

The web-based Student Name Directory works on both mobile and desktop for learning students’ names at home or on the go.  By using the Student Name Directory students will also have the option of using the free VoiceSignature service that allows them to embed their name recording in their email signature and on social media.  This tool could also come in handy at school wide events like assemblies and graduation ceremonies.

Visit Name-Coach.com to learn more!

 

Legend: An Exciting Visual Storytelling Platform

19 Aug

Full logo (black color) A new online platform is helping teachers use stories to make content meaningful and engaging for their students.  Visual storytelling is a powerful way for teachers looking to reach students as they introduce new topics and concepts.  Legend is a terrific website that makes it easy for teachers to use video, images, and text to transform the way they get content in the hands of their students.

This very easy-to-use visual storytelling tool was designed to be as simple as writing a blog post.  By dragging and dropping information into place, teachers can combine multimedia to create a space that contains quality information and engaging content – almost like a Landing_Page (1)virtual encyclopedia customized for their class.  Legend will be launching in the next few months but right now they are recruiting educators that want to try out their platform.

Learn more about how Legend works by visiting their website and signing up for the beta program!

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