Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Answer Pad

The Answer Pad is an awesome teacher tool that has two powerful functionalities: it is both a student response system with a focus on drawing and "show what you know", and a grading solution for your teacher created quizzes.  It is browser based for teachers, and works on any device (BYOD), browser or on free apps for iOS or Android for students.  It is an ideal tool for engaging students for any grade/subject area, and turning a classroom paperless.

New Features

Interactive 

  • Quick Connect - no student registration required or prep time for teachers (login via a code).
    • quick checks for understanding by just asking questions and sending a response type make it super simple.
    • draw tool can easily be sent out for students to work through a problem etc.
  • Feedback - color and text feedback w/ the unlock so that students can retry their answer.
  • Broadcast - teachers can send out one of the students responses to the entire class.  This is great way for classroom discussion w/ the names hidden.
    • Hide names, send out a multi-step problem.  Students complete the first step and classroom discusses the anonymous responses.  As a group decide which answer is best and broadcast response to entire class.
    • Yes or No, students discuss response and incorrect response can be sent to group to correct.
  • Send a Web Page - Teacher can send a web page, video, etc to students so they can view w/out having to leave the interactive session.
Answer Sheet
  • Essay question and multiple correct multiple choice question types now available.  These work in conduction w/ the built-in scratch pad that allows a teacher to see and give partial credit for work.
  • Live Monitor - watch live as students work through an assessment
More resources

I highly recommend checking out Answer Pad by clicking here!!!!
  

Below is a demo video...



*The Answer Pad is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Memrise

Memrise is a fun mobile (iOS/Android) app for learning foreign languages.  This is done through Game Based Learning as a user plays through a variety of games such as: speed review, listening skills, difficult words, and classic reviews.  Also, there are lots of resources to help learn a language such as chatbots and videos from actual foreign language speakers.

I highly recommend checking out Memrise by clicking here!!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Otus

Otus the excellent and easy to use Learning Management System for schools has a sleek new design, that allows for easier functionality, a brighter customizable color interface, and real-time analytics and third party integration (i.e. Khan Academy), and of course Otus Worksheets.

Here is a list of their updated features...
  • Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.
  • Real-Time Analytics: A comprehensive analytics dashboard integrates a wide range of performance indicators into one place, including content from select third-party apps like Khan Academy. Teachers can link data to Common Core State Standards or integrate their own custom standards to report on. Otus tracks a variety of data like attendance, participation, student blogs, assessments and grades. In addition, teachers can also create and track meaningful behaviors like grit, leadership and staying on task through Otus ‘Recognitions’. Because Otus logs all student activity in real-time, teachers can quickly gauge their impact on student growth and provide timely, constructive feedback.
  • Toolbox:  Otus functions as an open, interoperable educational ecosystem allowing teachers to integrate and quickly access the third party apps and content that they use everyday in their classroom. Any Otus user can access free third-party apps or content. If third-party apps and content require a subscription, the subscriber must simply link their account to Otus and they will never have to sign-in to access it again.
  • Colorful Work Environments: Now teachers and students can choose from a variety of theme and background color options to create a more personalized, vibrant work environment.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Otus by clicking here!!!
For more information check out Otus on Technology and Learning.

*Otus is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Blue Apprentice

Blue Apprentice is an innovative new iOS/Web game designed to help students 6-12 yrs old learn Science.  Blue Apprentice takes kids on an intergalactic adventure that has them learning about different Science concepts such as: periodic table, energy, space, ecosystems, and much much more.  Also, Blue Apprentice is aligned to state standard and mets COPPA compliance making it safe for kids.  Best of all, BA tracks students progress, has lots of features/levels to unlock, and has high replay value.

I highly recommend checking out Blue Apprentice by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...

Monday, June 26, 2017

DimensionU

DimensionU is one of my favorite companies for Game Based Learning.  These games take place in an interactive 3D virtual world where students strengthen their Math/Literacy skills.  The games are designed for kids grades 3rd-9th and are aligned to Common Core Standards.

Here are a list of DimensionU games...

Watch the videos below to see all 4 AMAZING
DimensionU Games in action:
Meltdown is the DimensionU game that
offers students a second chance
when answering difficult questions, and
rewards creative strategies to achieve victory.
Swarm is DimensionU's team-based
game that most strongly reinforces
cooperation and collaboration between
students to achieve a common goal.
Towerstorm is the DimensionU game
 that is best for working through the most
 curriculum in the shortest amount of time.
Velocity is DimensionU's high-speed
obstacle course that ensures players
answer questions correctly in order to
continue progressing through the race.
Click to view the MATHEMATICS or LITERACY content included in
DimensionU Games.


I highly recommend checking out DimensionU by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

*DimensionU is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

EdVisto

EdVisto is a innovative new site that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  EdVisto lets educators create "virtual" classrooms, then add members/students.  Once the students are entered, a teacher can create groups, start a chatroom for group discussion, and create assignments/stories.   Best of all are the clips/videos (i.e. similar to iMovie), and the educational portal that lets educators control users, privacy settings, etc. Once a story is finished it can then be shared w/ others.  EdVisto is a fantastic site to use project based learning, digital storytelling, and more.

I highly recommend checking out EdVisto by clicking here!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WordWanderer

WordWanderer is a site I just found about from Larry Ferlazzo's great blog for making word clouds.  This is a neat way to create a word cloud where you can edit what types of words you want to see or hide, such as: nouns, verbs, prepositions, etc etc.  Also, a user can click on a word to see a definition or how it is used in context or drag-a-line between to words to see how they are related.

I highly recommend checking out WordWanderer by clicking here!!!