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!

Promote Collaboration with Drawp for School

15 Aug
Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 12.50.40 PMThe iPad is so much more than a content consumption device and Drawp for School is perfect for collaborative learning environments.  It’s a creaive tool that is easy-to-use and contains tons of great features for the classroom.  Students can work together and easily swipe across their screen to share their creations with their peers.  Drawp for School makes it simple for children to share artwork and digital assignments with other students in their class.
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Collaboration is key when it comes to higher-order thinking.  Drawp for School lets students comment and give feedback on other students work in addition to providing space for students to talk about their own creations.  Teachers can follow the progress of assignments as they are being completed and can even leave verbal feedback on a piece of student work.  Since all of the work is saved automatically, students can stay busy without having to worry about losing their work!
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If you’d like to learn more about Drawp for School visit their website and download their iPad and Android app!

Science4US Interactive Curriculum

14 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.28 PMIf you’re looking to support your K-2 students in science this year, you’ll want to check out the interactive curriculum from Science4US.  They provide a complete science curriculum with both online and offline materials for elementary school-aged students.  There are teacher resources in addition to activities designed for your kids.Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.43 PM

Science4US aims to build core math and English Language Arts skills while teaching science concepts.  It gives teachers the flexibility to assign materials for whole group instruction or individiualized learning.  Science4US could also be used for center actvities in classrooms that only have access to a few devices.  This interactive curriculum is currently web-based and can be opened on an Internet browser.  Their iPad app is in the works and will be available soon.

Learn more about Science4US by visiting their website and checking out this video!

 

Vocabulary and Spelling Practice on Tablets and Web Browsers

13 Aug

VocabularySpellingCity-LogoVocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app used to build literacy skills with vocabulary and spelling for K-12. Students can use it to practice spelling and vocabulary words using one of more than 30 games and activities.

In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can create assignments for students, small groups or your entire class. Teachers can create their own word lists, or choose lists from published textbooks. VocabularySpellingCity also provides lists for academic and content vocabulary to reinforce lessons in all subjects.

notePad-VocabularySpellingCityRegister as a free member to sample some of the activities offered by VocabularySpellingCity. Or start as a premium member for access to all games, grading, and data features. Teachers can try premium membership for 30 days for free.

Also created by VocabularySpellingCity is Science4Us.com, an elementary core science curriculum – check back tomorrow for a post on this online resource!

 

NoteLedge for Teachers and Students!

12 Aug

NL icon new_1024NoteLedge is a terrific app that will come in handy for both teachers and students.  It lets users take notes on their iPad that includes video and audio recordings.  You can even record audio of a lecture as you are typing notes on your screen.  It has a varitey of options for notetaking including drawing pictures and highlighting text.  Students can customize their notes by choosing from a selection of templates and stickers to help them stay organized.English_03

In NoteLedge, users can export their notes as a PDF file that keeps their multimedia files embedded.  The app makes it simple to share notes through email or AirDrop.  A built-in backup using Kdan Creative Cloud even syncs notes created in the app.  Another neat feature is the ability to access a browser within the app for moments when students want to locate content on the web as they take notes.

Download the free version of NoteLedge by visiting the App Store or check out their website to learn more!

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