Gamification is a powerful way to engage students in the science and math classroom. The Universe and More, a nonprofit company founded by a high school teacher, has released a new game called Action Graphing. This iPad app helps students understand key concepts related to graphing. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret graphs to model the motion of real objects. They’ll see how the slope of the line represents an object’s velocity and the y-intercept of the line represents the object’s position.
Action Graphing helps teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of individual students during graphing lessons. It’s a great option for students who need extra practice at home or for teachers to recommend to families during an Open School Night. Action Graphing has over sixty levels for students to move through and saves data to document student progress.
Visit Action Graphing’s website to learn more!
If you’re looking for a fun extension to a reading activity in your classroom, Penguin Books has a free iPad app that connects to a favorite Roald Dahl book. Twit or Miss is an iOS game that brings the characters of The Twits to life. Students can play along with characters from the Roald Dahl classic on their iPad screen.
This is definitely a silly app but is well worth exploring if you’d like to engage readers inside and outside of the classroom. It could serve as a recommendation on a family newsletter or something that students can explore during a transition time.
Learn more about Roald Dahl’s Twit or Miss iPad game by visiting the Apple App Store!
Creativity in the classroom can facilitate successful learning. Incorporating the creative process into lessons enhances engagement, increases retention, and encourages communication. Students of all ages benefit from a clear demonstration of a lesson. Comprehension can be strengthened when creativity is incorporated. Edu.buncee.com gives students the tools to combine imagination with information through a fun and unique storytelling platform.
Buncee’s classroom dashboard lets teachers guide their students through each step of the learning process. It enables them to provide their students with creative assignments to spark idea generation and peak their interest. Whether teachers assign a buncee writing prompt or an engaging and interactive lesson, students who use buncee will exercise their creativity while becoming media-literate.
Head to buncee’s Author’s Corner to find examples of lesson ideas and activities that will be sure to ignite student creativity!
One of my favorite mobile apps to share with tablet teachers is Explain Everything. This powerful screencasting tool lets students record their thinking using audio, drawing and a variety of features. When I present to teachers on digital storytelling, apps for content area instruction, and must-have tools for the math classroom, Explain Everything is always a favorite. It is a dynamic choice for students and teachers and truly puts the task before the app.
Explain Everything is now available for Chromebooks and teachers and students can try it for free! This is terrific option for schools that have chosen Chromebooks as their one-to-one device. Explain Everything is also a great choice for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schools since it is now available on all major platforms.
Learn more about Explain Everything on Chromebooks by visiting their website!
Earlier this year I shared OpenEd, an online educational resource library for K-12 students. OpenEd offers over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, instructional games and lesson plans for every Common Core Math and English/Language Arts Standard as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. The website has tons of videos to show students that can be used to hook students at the beginning of a lesson or to clarify concepts during a unit of study. This infographic shows off some relatively unknown video publishers with videos in OpenEd’s library.
OpenEd lets teachers assign quizzes and homework to students and automatically grades them, recommending videos and assignments in real-time and personalized based on each student’s progress in learning each Common Core standard. The result is a personalized learning experience for every student.
Check out some of the videos OpenEd offers or learn more about its resources by visiting the OpenEd website!