10 Tech Tools to Boost Vocabulary

11 Apr

There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words.  With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines.  Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!

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  1. Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
  2. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
  3. Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
  4. Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
  5. Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
  6. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
  7. Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
  8. Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
  9. Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
  10. MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)

Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)

Check out these two app lists:

Happy Numbers for K-2 Math

10 Apr

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Teachers working with elementary school students will want to check out Happy Numbers to support Common Core Math instruction.  Happy Numbers has interactive activities directly aligned to the K – 2 standards.  Children will move objects across their screen as they learn to count,  bundle groups of tens, practice addition, and more.  The activities address the math concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards and give students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a traditional math lesson.

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Happy Numbers lets teachers set up their own account with logins for each students.  There are lots of math activities to choose from and teachers can pick which ones their students have access to.  Happy Numbers makes it easy to find activities that align to your curriculum and keeps track of student progress.  Happy Numbers can be accessed from any device with a web browser!

Sphero Launches SPRK Program for Classrooms

9 Apr

 

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Have you heard of a Sphero? This interactive robot brings game play to life with a smart toy that rolls, spins and races based on moves programmed by the user.  Sphero is both iOS and Android friendly thanks to the dozens of apps that help users send instructions to this smart toy.  If you haven’t seen it in action, check out this video.  Teachers are finding ways to use this engaging robot in their classrooms with the help of Orbotix, the team behind Sphero.

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Orbotix created the SPRK program because they understand that connected toys like the Sphero can grab the attention of students and help them explore the world around them.  SPRK lessons teach kids the basic concepts of programming, robotics, and math.  There are five plug and play lessons available for teachers and parents to use with children.  They’ll help kids understand foundational STEM concepts while playing games.  Learn more about this smart toy and see how a Sphero can be used in your classroom!

 

YoouKids to Manage Videos for Students

8 Apr

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YouTube is a terrific resource for teachers looking for content to share with students.  There are tons of videos that will reinforce key concepts and help kids get excited about what they are learning in the classroom.  Since there are plenty of videos on YouTube that are not kid-friendly, YoouKids has developed an iPad app that helps teachers organize which clips they want to share with their students.

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Teachers use their existing Google/YouTube account to create and maintain playlists directly on YouTube, that contain only the educational videos they want their students to see.  With a one-time set up, kids can open up their YoouKids app on their iPad and access only the videos that have been hand picked by their teachers.  This app provides a safe space for students to watch educational videos chosen by their teachers.  Instead of sharing links of YouTube videos with students, teachers can simply add new videos to their own playlists on YouTube.  The video clips will sync automatically to student’s iPads. Learn more about YoouKids by visiting their website and watching this video!

K-12 teachers or school technology directors who are implementing 1:1 iPad programs, can contact YoouKids at hello@yooukids.com to receive help with starting a pilot program at their schools.

Word Clouds for Predictions

7 Apr
Check out this word cloud for ClassTechTips.com

Check out this word cloud for ClassTechTips.com

I’ve shared some ways that word clouds can be used in the classroom, and here’s another activity that works for all ages and subject areas.  Find a website that you are planning on sharing with students.  This could be an informational text on a science topic or simply a current events article.  Copy and paste the website URL into the online tool Tagxedo.  This website will create a word cloud using text from that website.

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Early Elementary Math with Dexteria Dots

4 Apr

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 3.05.00 PMA fantastic app for early math education, Dexteria Dots is bright, colorful and teaches important basic math concepts.  With this iPad app your students will be asked to combine and separate numbers on their screen to practice addition and subtraction.  Dexteria Dots has four levels and when students start off they’ll be given a target number they need to reach.  Kids will then be asked to combine the numbers on their screen to count up to that number.  As students move up in each level the activites become more challenging.
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The high-quality, kid-friendly user interface introduces each number in a different color surrounded by dots.  Students will have to slice the dots to split the number into smaller pieces or draw a line to combine numbers.  The diameter of the dots is also proportional to the number value.  For example, a 4-dot is twice the diameter of a 2-dot, and so on. Dexteria Dots is a fantastic choice for teachers looking to help their students build number sense as they count, add and subtract.  Check out this visually pleasing, educational app for iPads on the App Store!

Avokiddo ABC Ride for Alphabet Practice

3 Apr

Avokiddo-abc-ride-mainMore than just an alphabet app, Avokiddo ABC Ride is an original A-Z puzzle adventure that builds early literacy and letter recognition skills.  Children will have to use problem solving skills to make their way through this virtual world.  Kids will use their imagination and logic to find the hidden letters and set them free to spell a word.  Avokiddo ABC Ride is interactive and definitely educational.

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As kids move their bicycle across the screen they’ll reach a new puzzle waiting to be solved.  Children will have to work through each one that highlights a different set of early literacy skills. There are 26 unique scenes one for each letter of the alphabet that all include an interactive spelling activity for a new word.  This app has high quality animations that make it a great choice for the large screen of an iPad.  Check out their website or watch this video to learn more about Avokiddo ABC Ride!