Collecting data on student progress is an important part of making decisions about intervention and how to best support the children in our classrooms. Running Record Calculator is an app for iOS devices that helps teachers who are administering this type of assessment. It records students as they read a passage and gives you a quick way to keep track of self-corrections and errors. After the recording finishes you can enter the word count from the passage to calculate words per minute.
Over the past few months I’ve highlighted tons of great features about Standards Planner. Their Google Drive integration is by far the most convenient to teachers using this platform in their classroom. This free web app is easy to setup and you can connect to your Google files with one click.
Standards Planner is also continuing to build out their app store which includes thousands of free resources to choose from. Assessment, instruction, and even gamification learning companies are currently partnering with Standards Planner to bring all instructional material into one page. All teachers need to do is find the resource from their left tool bar app center and drop it onto the calendar to the right.
Additional features such as calendar and document sharing, district vetting, and others are available. Learn more by visiting their site!
Pixie is a fantastic creation tool for students that lets them combine artwork with text and voice recording to demonstrate understanding. It can be used across the curriculum for students in any subject area. Pixie is creativity software students can use to share ideas, imagination, and understanding. By combining text, original artwork, voice narration, and images students can show what they have learned about any topic that they are studying in school.
There is an online version of Pixie called Wixie that is perfect for students working in the cloud. Whether your school uses Windows and Macintosh computers, netbooks, iPads or Android tablets, students can use Pixie as an engaging learning tool.
Pixie’s website includes a tutorial and lots of ideas for how to use this tool in the classroom. Visit their site to learn more about how you can get started using Pixie with your students!
Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom. Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet. In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.
Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards. Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer. News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.
Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!
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Chronicle is a powerful conferring app for Reading and Writing Workshop. With the ability to easily associate and share pictures, videos, and audio recording with any individual or group note, Chronicle is also effective for communication and data documentation in any subject. Designed for the iPad, this app gives teachers space to stay organized and keep track of data.
Additionally, Chronicle also lets teachers to connect the Common Core Standards with any class, so they can be used as a reference tool or instructional purposes in a teacher’s daily routine. Mastery of these standards can be visually tracked using Chronicle’s Traffic Light System. Based on proficiency levels, teachers can simply flag students red, yellow, or green. Similarly, IEP goals, report card descriptors, and other learning objectives can be effectively monitored.
There are a handful of screencasting apps that I absolutely love (Educreations, ScreenChomp, Doceri) and here is another free app you’ll want to check out. ShowMe is an easy to use screencasting tool that lets users record their voice as they write on the screen. It’s a great way for teachers to create tutorials to share with their students or for kids to demonstrate their understanding.
ShowMe lets users draw diagrams, import images, and upload their creations for free. You might want to share the link of a tutorial by turning it into a QR code that can be attached to a bulletin board or placed on an activity sheet!