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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!

 

Scan Answer Sheets From Your iPhone or iPad with ZipGrade

21 May

iPhoneWithTestsLeftLogoZipGradeZipGrade is a fantastic product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine.  This app gives you an answer sheet template (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam.  After they finish their test simply input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests.  Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.

ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive.  It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo.  After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year.  Download the app or visit the website to learn more.

The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!

No More Grading Thanks to ScribeSense

27 Feb

scribesenseTeachers looking to quickly grade papers will be blown away by ScribeSense.  Not only will this service input the answers to multiple choice test questions but it has the ability to grade handwritten answers so short answer quizzes can be scored just as easily.  ScribeSense also provides tools to backup student data, track the performance of your class and share data with parents and students.

Since this grading system supports free-form responses teachers can design tests that are more engaging and provide meaningful results about student progress without increasing the time they spend grading papers.  ScribeSense’s goal is “to bridge the gap between old familiar paper and new digital technology.”  They take the time out of grading papers so teachers can remove an item from their ever-growing to do list.

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ScribeSense is offering a free trial to teachers this Spring so you’ll definitely want to visit their website, watch their video, and sign-up to receive more information!

Common Core with Turbo Math

25 Feb

image1Turbo Math Sea Buddies is an engaging and colorful iPad app that children will love.  The underwater math games help students practice math topics aligned to the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through third grade.  This app supports multiple user profiles, provides tons of free lessons, and access to even more if you upgrade.

Here are a few of my favorite lesson plans for teaching Common Core Math with iPads:

Model Math Word Problems

21 Feb

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Math Word Problems – Addition is a wonderful app for kindergarten and first grade students.  This app provides multiple ways for children to model their computation and supports them in finding the answer.  There is audio support and lots of ways for students to find a solution. The first level of this app is free with download.

Here are two Common Core math lesson plans for teaching with mobile devices:

Track Conferences with Stream Reading

19 Feb

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 11.21.56 AMIf you’re looking for a way to track conferences with your mobile device, check out Stream Reading.  Designed for both iPhone and iPad users this app  lets teachers easily manage reading reports and organize student data.  You can record audio of a student reading using your device’s microphone and  document what happened when you met with the student for a conference.

photo 2 (40)Stream Reading helps users keep track of when they met with students, record data on their comprehension of a text, and check off what strategies children were using as they read.  There is also a spot for teachers to type in comments and goals.  You’ll love the quick reference guide that includes prompting questions to monitor student comprehension.

With Stream Reading teachers can easily share and export data via email, Dropbox or printing straight from the device.  It also gives you the option to send goals directly to students and parents and set reminders for future conferences.  Learn more about Stream Reading by visiting their website!

11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads

13 Feb

The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content.  Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work.  Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:

  1. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.27.50 PM
  2. Score Rubrics on iPads (grade student work)
  3. Show and Explain Your Work (document student understanding)
  4. Class Charts (gather behavior data)
  5. Screenshots (capture student work)
  6. Gmail to Organize Student Work (organize student work)
  7. Behavior Watch: ClassDojo (gather behavior data)
  8. Simple Grading Tools (determine student grades)
  9. Common Core Activities with Frolyc (gather student work)
  10. Edit Student Work on iPads (annotate student work)
  11. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms (formative assessment)

 

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