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!

Bookopolis.com for Social Readers

18 Aug

Bookopolis.com is a kid-friendly social network and book discovery tool.  It gives students an opportunity to safely connect with friends to share their favorite books.  This site helps children locate new books that fit their interests through personalized and peer based recommendations.  Designed for students in second through sixth grade, Bookopolis is completely free.Bookopolis Promo - 920x680.png

Bookopolis - App Icon - 96 x 96If you’re looking for a way to inspire young readers this site has lots of fun features.  Students can earn badges and use their own avatars as they read and share their favorite books.  In the classroom, Bookopolis is a great tool for supporting reading throughout the school year.  Kids can write book reviews, find reading buddies, and make connections between a variety of texts.  Teachers can even track their students independent reading time thanks to daily logs.

Visit Bookopolis.com to set up your whole class with student accounts or simply check out their website to learn more!

Kibbtz.com for Student Behavior Data

17 Aug
imageKibbtz.com gives teachers the power to manage their classroom in a fun and easy way.  This platform automatically collects the data educators need to support students.  Created by a former teacher, Kibbitz allows teachers and school administrators to make behavioral support decisions based on data. It keeps track of data on student behavior – both positive and negative.
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With Kibbtz teachers can quickly build reports for conferences and team meetings that address student performance by having meaningful data on student behavior.  This platform works for individual classroom teachers or in schools where students are serviced by a variety of educators.  Teachers have the option of adding notes when they enter different behavior, and there are tools built in to make sure there is a balance of positive reinforcement.
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Kibbtz is free for teachers and optimized for mobile devices, and they’re even offering weekly prizes for their active users.  Check out their website and blog for more updates and teacher tips for using Kibbtz in the classroom!

 

Create Activities with Make It For Teachers 

16 Aug

MakeIt_ScreensShots_idiomes_2Make it For Teachers is a powerful tool for creating activites, books, and games for students.  As an authoring tool for the iPad it gives students and teachers the opportunity to become content creators.  Final products are compatible with PC and MAC computers and can be shared through email or a variety of social networks.MakeIt_ScreensShots_idiomes_1

If you are looking for a new storytelling tool Make It For Teachers is a dynamic app designed for educators.  You can use this app to create content for whole class lessons or individual learning activities.  It could be used for enrichment or intervention for students in elementary and middle school.  There are drawing and memory activiites in addition to quizzes to include in your creations.  With a wide range of options to customize content you’re sure to find ways to use it in your classroom!

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