MergePDF Online is a useful online tool that lets teachers combine multiple documents to create one PDF. On this site, you can merge PDF and image files (JPG, PNG & BMP) into a single PDF. If you are putting together documents for your school you can even add a watermark to your final merged PDF pages. Whether you’re combining documents as you put together a student portfolio, or want to make a study packet with a variety of documents, this tool can come in handy.
Notable features of MergePDF Online include the ability to add page numbering to the final document. The tool works over SSL and auto deletes all files 20 minutes after processing is complete. MergePDF is also mobile friendly and works on smartphones too.
Visit MergePDF Online’s website to learn more!
Using video in the classroom is a great way to build background knowledge and engage students. Vibby lets teachers quickly locate and play the parts of a video clip that are most relevant and helpful for their students. Instead of skimming to the “right” moment of a clip, Vibby lets teachers highlight different parts of a video. This makes it easy to share the perfect video with students and sets kids up for a meaningful discussion.
With Vibby, teachers can integrate video clips into their lesson. This tools lets educators add questions and prompts throughout the video and is easy to use. The student-friendly design helps kids navigate Vibby videos – interacting with media in a totally new way. Teachers pick a YouTube video and highlight the moments they want to share. Viewers can comment directly on the video and teachers can share the unique link with their students. Teachers can also send videos to their students (or ask them to find them on their own). Students can then highlight the moments they find interesting, complicated, important, etc.
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Osmo is an amazing company that has transformed the way educators use iPads in the classroom. Their interactive games let students combine tangible manipulatives with a digital device. I was introduced to Osmo when it first came out and now they have a brand-new app and toy called Osmo Numbers. Osmo Numbers turns math into an engaging, interactive experience that lets students explore number concepts. With real time feedback kids can learn from their mistakes and problem solve as they work to find the answer.
Playing with Osmo is really a must see to believe experience. As you move the number tiles across a table the iPad registers them and connects your movements to the game. The object of this underwater-themed game is to release the fish captured in bubbles by combining the numbered tiles to reach a matching sum. Watch this video to see how Osmo Numbers works. Osmo addresses a handful of skills including math sense where students learn from trial and error and collaboration as kids work together on a shared screen.
Visit Osmo’s website to learn more about Osmo Numbers and their other super fun apps!
Speed Reading Academy is a fun, educational app that helps young readers build their fluency and stamina. This interactive app is designed to help students increase their reading speed while playing along with the game. Speed Reading Academy works in English, Spanish, Italian and Romanian. While students make their way through each activity they will see simple words on the screen that increase in complexity.
As students move through the levels of Speed Reading Academy they’ll be introduced to new words and improve the reading ability by eliminating subvocalization (saying the words in their head). The exercises are designed to help kids recognize large chunks of words together the same way they internalize sight words.
Learn more about Speed Reading Academy by visiting the Apple App Store or watching this video!