Vocabubble App for iPads: Whimsical Illustrations & New Words

25 Sep
Vocabubble App for iPads: Whimsical Illustrations & New Words
Vocabubble is a whimsical iPad app that helps children discover new words.  This unique vocabulary app connects students to new words associated with the letters of the alphabet.  Each letter brings several different pictures to life.  The classical illustrations move about the screen as new words are spelled out for students.
Vocabubble App for iPads: Whimsical Illustrations & New WordsDesigned for children ages 3 to 7 years old, Vocabubble can be used to leverage what students already know about the letters of the alphabet to help them increase their vocabulary.  The goal of this app is to help students learn new words while interacting with the letters and pictures on their screen.  The combination of familiar illustrations and letters flowing across the screen makes this a neat choice for after school practice or station work.  Vocabubble is available in four different languages and doesn’t have any ads or in-app purchases.
Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about Vocabubble!

Vibby: Highlight, Share & Discuss Any Video

24 Sep
Vibby: Highlight, Share & Discuss Any Video
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.
Vibby: Highlight, Share & Discuss Any Video
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.
Visit Vibby’s website to learn more about this super cool tool!

Osmo Numbers: A Brand New Interactive Math Game

23 Sep

Osmo Numbers: A Brand New Interactive Math GameOsmo 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.

Osmo Numbers: A Brand New Interactive Math GamePlaying 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 for iPads

22 Sep

Speed Reading Academy for iPadsSpeed 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.

Speed Reading Academy for iPadsAs 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!

Write About: Web-Based Writing Platform for Teachers and Students

21 Sep
WriteAbout: Web-Based Writing Platform for Teachers and Students
Write About is a digital writing platform for classrooms with the mission of making writing fun and sharing easy. If you are looking to provide students with an authentic audience for their writing in a safe community, Write About is sure to keep children engaged.
Write About: Web-Based Writing Platform for Teachers and StudentsCreated by educators, Write About includes thousands of visual Ideas to spark every genre of writing and custom groups for student interests, classroom projects and collaborations.  The layers of publishing for sharing include a local or worldwide audience.  Teachers can personalize annotations and provide private voice feedback on student posts.  The new Write About School/District level platform was launched this summer and allows for powerful digital writing options to be leveraged across wider rollouts.
Teachers can join and participate in the Write About community for free and easily set up student accounts to fully test a Classroom membership. Unlimited student posts for up to 40 students is $24.95 a year and for up to 250 students is $39.95 a year.
Learn more about Write About by visiting their website or checking out this video!


Online Math Homework: Problem Solving with SOLVY

20 Sep

Online Math Homework: Problem Solving with SOLVYSOLVY is a totally free online math homework platform for students, teachers and schools.  With SOLVY students can access math problems that have been handpicked by their teachers.  Teachers can assign exercises for students based on their interest and needs. They’ll receive notifications when students require extra support based on their homework performance.

Online Math Homework: Problem Solving with SOLVYSOLVY can save teachers time, helping them use their time efficiently while providing a real world context for learning in the math classroom.  This web-based tool is accessible on lots of different devices.  Students can interact with a graphing tool and teachers can see student work for solving each problem to pinpoint any errors or misunderstandings.

SOLVY is now available for Algebra I. Learn more about by visiting their website!

Classloom Parent Portal: Free Parent Communication Application

19 Sep

Classloom Parent Portal: Free, Easy & Mobile Supported

Classloom is a free social communication platform for teachers and parents.  With Classloom, a teacher or class parent can open a group and invite parents by email.  The group can be used to share school events, homework assignments, exam schedule, announcements, photos and documents with members.  All groups are closed and group members are the only ones who can access content.

Classloom Parent Portal: Free, Easy & Mobile SupportedEach group on Classloom has a group wall with a similar design to a typical social media timeline.  Teachers and parents can post text messages, photos, websites and Youtube video links to the group wall, and comment on posts.  The system also sends instant and weekly notification emails to group members whenever there is an update.  Teachers also have the option to turn their groups into read-only mode. This way just the group owner can enter content others just view.

Learn more about Classloom by visiting their website or check out this video!

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