Tag Archives: collaboration

WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Provide Feedback

14 Aug
WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Collaborate WriteLab is a powerful online tool built by writing teachers for students and other writing teachers. Students can upload or compose writing on any topic on WriteLab’s website and receive customized feedback. It offers immediate, neutral, non-judgmental and constructive responses to any writer’s prose. WriteLab helps students strengthen their writing while also providing a platform for peer collaboration and thoughtful teacher feedback.
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WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Collaborate One thing that makes WriteLab stand out is how it focuses on decisions writers make rather than correcting grammatical errors.  It uses machine learning to teach its algorithms to learn from user’s choices as they revise and edit — not only offering customized responses, but also continuously improving the effectiveness of its feedback.  Teachers who use WriteLab in their classrooms can also access analytics illustrating how students have strengthened their writing across multiple drafts and essays.
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Learn more by visiting WriteLab’s website!
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If you’d like to work with WriteLab as a pilot classroom this school year contact: ewheltzel@writelab.com

 

 

Mirroring360 by Splashtop: A Fantastic BYOD Tool

11 Jun

For Monica - main m360 imageI’ve mentioned Mirroring360 in the past as fantastic tool for classrooms. Being able to mirror not just iPads but also Android devices, Chromebooks, Macs and PCs makes it a powerful, platform agnostic solution for BYOD environments.

For Monica - massist imageMirroring360 now offers new features – one of which is called Mirroring Assist.

This feature enables devices to mirror across large networks without using Bonjour – invaluable for IT. It also uses a QR code or 9-digit mirroring ID to connect, making it easy for teachers and students to mirror their devices. Teachers can easily save recently connected computers in a favorite list for future connections. In a BYOD environment students with any device can mirror their screen so teachers and students can connect, model, and share easily.

Visit their website to learn more about Mirroring Assist or other Splashtop’s Education products.

PS Want to try Mirroring360 for free at home over the summer? Then take advantage of Splashtop’s Free Summer Promotion!

Transform Class Communication with TocoMail

21 Feb
iPhone New Mail openTocomail is a great tool for teachers and students that I first shared last year.  It is a communication tool that gives students the opportunity to message their classmates and teacher in a closed network that is tightly monitored.  With TocoMail teachers can created a “walled garden” of class communication using computers and tablets.  Students will get a safe email account and can benefit from learning communication strategies and how to be a good digital citizen in safe environment.
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New_Web_MailboxClass communication with TocoMail is simple.  After a quick initial setup the teacher controls all external communication and can monitor internal communication.  This means that they are able to see what is happening and can keep track of student conversations.  Whether students are collaborating on a group project or sharing an opinion on a topic, TocoMail can increase communication in your classroom.
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Visit their website to learn more!

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7 Apps for Helping Others

7 Feb

Apps forHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Teaching children about empathy and giving them the inspiration and know-how to support their peers is a life-skill lesson that plays an important part in the classroom. Students should understand the power of collaboration and what it means to come together for a common mission. The umbrella of helping others can include working with a friend, making a difference in the world, and taking time to show people that you care.

When thinking about the best way to teach students how to help others, iPads probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. There are mobile apps that empower students to create and share with one another, learn about the needs of others around the world, and post or send their knowledge and favorite tips for anyone to see. Explore the following list of iPad apps to gather ideas about using tablets as a medium for teaching students how to help others.

Drawing Together!

Drawing Together! is very cool app that lets users of any age wirelessly connect their iPad screens. Students can…


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Co-Create Multi-media Notebooks with bindrs

19 Jan

BindrInsideIf you are looking to create multi-media notebooks with your students you’ll definitely want to check out bindrs.  This completely free tool supports group projects and is as simple to use as a paper notebook.  It utilizes social media channels like Facebook and Twitter to help bring students together to create, update and share projects.  All of their work and chats are private and safely storied in one place.

BuddyChatTeachers can follow the whole group’s project and give feedback throughout the process.  It’s accessible on all devices including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones.  Instead of sending lots of emails to one another students and teachers can work together all in one place.

Check out bindrs by visiting their website, or search for “bindrs” on Facebook.  You can even contact the bindrs team for support with a trial at your school!

Engaging Social Studies Lessons with Drawp

16 Jan
Drawp Apollo Project draft-2 I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Drawp for School and this includes how easily it can be incorporated across the subject areas.  Social studies teachers love using Drawp as a way to inspire students to create multimedia bundles.  Not only do Drawp creations help students build an understanding of particular subjects and concepts, it’s a great opportunity for having them show what they know.
Drawp Apollo 11 ProjectHere are a few ways to use Drawp in the social studies classroom:
  • Teachers can ask students to explain a historical event with a collage of photos, drawings, voice recordings and text using Drawp
  • Students can draw a portrait of a historical figure and attach a voice recording of a quote by the person
  • Kids can collaborate on projects about history using Drawp and teachers can see the flow of work between the group
  • Students can draw timelines and include photos, drawings, labels and voice recordings
Learn more about Drawp by visiting their website or gather extra ideas for social studies lessons by checking out this post!

ProjectWriter for Collaborative Classroom Assignments

11 Jan

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 1.24.37 PMProjectWriter is a new web tool that lets teachers design projects step-by-step.  Users start off by naming their project and adding assignments for students to complete, such as answering a question by submitting a piece of writing.  As soon as they complete the task you can view their work and offer feedback.  Students can then review the work of their peers anonymously.

ProjectWriterIt’s a great tool for conducting group nonfiction writing projects for History/Social Studies, Science, Technical Subjects, or English Language Arts.  ProjectWriter gives teachers the opportunity to break down units of study into smaller sections.  This lets students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and terms being taught.  ProjectWriter also offers built-in vocabulary tools and teacher-created student accounts.

ProjectWriter is free for teachers and easy to use, learn more by visiting their website!

 

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