KONG cart Bundle: A Digital Media Solution

18 Jan

Bundle 2The KONG cart Bundle is a very cool option for classrooms looking to take classroom technology to the next level.  It’s an integrated heads-up digital media solution for the classroom that gives schools an option to replace costly ceiling mounted projectors. Featuring the Casio XJ-M146 Laser LED lampless projector, a 30W Anchor Audio speaker with optional wireless mic, and the MONKEYmount 280 (a universal tablet stand that helps the tablet work like a document camera), these three products work together to give teachers everything they need.

Bundle 1All three products are securely mounted on an innovative and rugged multimedia cart – the KONGcart 2095.  The cart includes an innovative projector arm that makes it easier for teachers to project from a cart.  It gives them the option to face students and project to the rear without glare.

The KONGcart2095 is $1999.99, learn more by visiting their website!

Online Writing Course for High School Students

17 Jan

Complete-best-2A new writing course for students and educators is now available online. Writing Whatever has been called “the missing writing course” for high schools because it bridges that gap between narrative writing in the middle grades and the expository writing of the upper grades. Using a unique, copyrighted numbering system, Writing Whatever shows students exactly how famous writers like J. K. Rowling, E. B. White, Ursula Le Guin, and Bruce Catton achieve such detail, organization, and style.

This completely online course covers the sentence, the paragraph, and ultimately the essay, with 60 lessons and over five hours of focused videos—perfect for the blended classroom.

Visit writingwhatever.com to preview the course and to order your free Teacher’s Guide!

Engaging Social Studies Lessons with Drawp

16 Jan
Drawp Apollo Project draft-2 I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Drawp for School and this includes how easily it can be incorporated across the subject areas.  Social studies teachers love using Drawp as a way to inspire students to create multimedia bundles.  Not only do Drawp creations help students build an understanding of particular subjects and concepts, it’s a great opportunity for having them show what they know.
Drawp Apollo 11 ProjectHere are a few ways to use Drawp in the social studies classroom:
  • Teachers can ask students to explain a historical event with a collage of photos, drawings, voice recordings and text using Drawp
  • Students can draw a portrait of a historical figure and attach a voice recording of a quote by the person
  • Kids can collaborate on projects about history using Drawp and teachers can see the flow of work between the group
  • Students can draw timelines and include photos, drawings, labels and voice recordings
Learn more about Drawp by visiting their website or gather extra ideas for social studies lessons by checking out this post!

All-in-One App from ClassDojo: Connects Teachers, Parents, and Students

15 Jan

2015-01---Refreshed-ClassDojoClassDojo has been featured on my site a handful of times the past few years because I think it is a truly transformative tool for educators.  They’ve released a brand new update that takes all of its fantastic features to the next level. The new app is available on both iOS and Android devices and includes tailored views for teachers, students and parents – one app, three ways.  Teachers get a view of their students and parents and parents see their child’s progress and can message with teachers.  Students can keep up with their progress in real­time.

With enhanced messaging capabilities, ClassDojo Messaging lets teachers and parents communicate safely, securely and instantly.  Teachers can message all parents, or just one at a time. In addition to text messages, teachers and parents can stay in touch easily with Voice Notes so teachers can record and send a message home without the need for a phone call. Teachers can also send parents messages with fun ClassDojo­ branded stickers, too.  ClassDojo Photos lets teachers share photos of fun classroom moments, projects and documents in right away to parents, straight from the ClassDojo app.  This refreshed ClassDojo app is about building the relationships that matter the most: teachers with students, teachers with parents, and parents with students!

Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more and download the app today to get started!

URL Shorteners for Quick Website Sharing

14 Jan

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.53.54 PMI spend a lot of time sharing the benefits of scannable technology with teachers.  QR codes and augmented reality triggers make it easy for students, teachers, and school visitors to find a web resource by using a scanning app on their device.  Another option for quick website sharing is a URL shortener like goo.gl or bit.ly.

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By shortening a long URL you can make it easy for students, parents, or other educators to locate material on the web.  All you have to do is copy and paste a website into the URL shortener.  It will automatically shrink the website and give you a short URL that takes you the same place.

Some people like using URL shorteners because they can track how many people have clicked on a specific link.  It can also be used to bookmark favorite websites that you share frequently with members of your school community.

Try adding a short URL on a class newsletter or message home to parents!

Create Theme Poems on Your Tablet

13 Jan

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 1.15.07 PMscreen480x480-2Theme Poems is another terrific app available for iPads and Android tablets from the International Reading Association.  Elementary school students can choose from a variety of themes and create a poem that takes a shape related to a specific topic.  It’s a great tool to use in small groups or stations when exploring poetry with your students.  They can work in pairs to bring their writing to life and save the final creations straight to each device.

Learn more about this completely free app by visiting their website or check out another favorite from the people behind ReadWriteThink!

Not teaching poetry? Check out my Syllabuy Store for tech-friendly lesson plans for all subject areas!

Prodigy – The Free, Common-Core Math Game

12 Jan

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 10.32.09 AMGame-based learning is a topic we have covered numerous times on ClassTechTips. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!06-01-2014 - Math Battle

One program that is doing a fantastic job of gamifying common-core math is Prodigy. Prodigy is a completely free, adaptive math game that integrates common-core math (grades 1-6) into a fantasy style game that your students will absolutely love playing.  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 better manage classroom time.

Over 1,000,000 students and 30,000 teachers use Prodigy for free math practice. Sign-up your class for free in less than 2 minutes, and see why teaching common-core math will never be the same!

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