Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Level it Books

Level it Books is the excellent mobile app (iOS/Android) that people everywhere are using to scan a book and get a Reading/Lexile Level.  Educators are using it to create a digital library of class books, as well as creating a class roster of students w/ their Read Level.  Also, a user can add a book, select a "book of the day", and manually search for any book as well.  If you're a parent, librarian, or educator this is the perfect app for you to find the appropriate type of reading material for your student/child.

I highly recommend checking out Level it Books by clicking here!!!

*Level it Books is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tell-a-Story

Tell-a-Story is a nice little site I just found out about from Technology & Learning for digital storytelling.  All a student has to do is drag-n-drop characters/objects onto the screen, add some text into a box/bubble, and then select the background, to create their story.  They can add up to 14 frames and then share the link when they are finished.

I recommend checking out Tell-a-Story by clicking here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Photos for Class

Photos for Class is an excellent new site that is ideal for finding safe images for students.  This search engine uses Flickr safe search as well as some built in filtering to find Creative Common licensed images.  Best of all when a user clicks download the image gets cited automatically w/ the proper licensing terms.

I highly recommend checking out Photos for Class by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Images click here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

iPracticeMath

iPracticeMath is a wonderful FREE (Common Core aligned) site for Math grades K-12.  I like to think of this as the "ultimate" Math resource, as students/educators can find whatever they are looking for, such as: worksheets/printables, interactive problems, detailed problem-walkthroughs, and more.

Also, iPracticeMath covers a wide variety of Math problems.  A user can find Math in all grades/subject areas, from basic Math topics such as addition/subtraction to fractions/decimals/algebra, etc etc.  In the "Math Practice" area students can practice their problems and use the built-in scratch pad as a "blank" sheet of paper (i.e. works on mobile devices too!!!).


iPracticeMath offers a wide variety of worksheets/printables that anybody can use.  It even lets users print out the answers or view them online.  Other nice printables is the quiz generator as well as the "Award" section that lets parents/teachers print out certificates.

Best of all, is the educational portal which allows educators/parents to manage/track student accounts and generate detailed reports.  Not only are these reports generated in real-time but they make it easy to assess students and differentiate instruction.



For another detailed review on iPracticeMath click here.

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


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Kidjo

Kidjo is an excellent free mobile (iOS/Android) app for finding educational videos, songs, cartoons, and more for kids ages 2-7.  Best of all, Kidjo is COPPA compliant so you know all digital content is safe for kids to use.  Also, parents can set time limits through Kidjo's parental control and even store videos off-line to view w/out an internet connection.  Finally, new videos are added every week.

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

I Know It

I Know It is the excellent new (beta) site from Super Teacher Worksheets for interactive Math lessons grades K-5th.  This is a super fun easy to use site for practice on a wide range of topics, such as: place value, multiplication, counting coins, time, and more.  Best of all, I Know It, allows a user to use a certain number of "hints" to help solve a problem and it gives the correct response w/ reason for the wrong answers.

I highly recommend checking out I Know It by clicking here!!!

*I Know It is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

10 Sites Teachers Really Love

10 Sites Teachers Really Love (Sorry Admins)

Though it’s the administrators’ job to steer the ship with regards to technology use in school, every teacher has their favorite edtech websites and apps they love to use with their students.  After all, teachers are the ones who work most closely with their students and know which technology best meets the specific needs of their class.  I’ve heard from many teachers over the years I’ve been writing this blog of new tech tools and their standby favorites.  Here’s a list of some of teacher’s most talked about edtech websites and apps that might not yet be on your admins’ radars:

*In no particular order

  1. emaze — Emaze brings presentation creation to the next level.  With beautiful template designs and engaging animations, whether you’re creating an overview for a lesson or having students create a presentation for a project, emaze is sure to inspire your class.  Emaze is easy to use, fun for all, and will spice up any presentation. (https://www.emaze.com/education/)

  1. BoomWriter — Using a unique collaborative writing and peer assessment platform, BoomWriter features interactive tools for fiction writing, vocabulary development, and assignments across grades 2-12 for all subject areas.  On BoomWriter, students write their own individual pieces, submit to you for feedback, and then all review the anonymous submissions of their classmates to vote for the best entry.  This process continues until the story, assignment, or project is complete. (https://www.boomwriter.com/)

  1. Kaizena — Kaizena is one of the most innovative way to provide students with personalized and in-depth feedback.  With audio feedback, curated lessons, chat features, and skills tracking, Kaizena is your comprehensive solution to provide each student with the detailed assessment you want, easier and faster than grading by hand.  Kaizena also seamlessly integrates with Google Drive, so keeping track of everything is a breeze. (https://kaizena.com/)

  1. TextHelp — Using award-winning assistive learning technology, TextHelp supports students of all ages through reading, writing and language learning.  With a host of different learning solutions, TextHelp can help build students’ confidence and understanding both in the classroom and at home.  Many of TextHelp’s tools integrate with Google, and their software for exams and assessment is aligned with the Common Core and other State Standards. (https://www.texthelp.com/en-us)

  1. Formative — Formative is a great standards-aligned way to go paperless in your classroom for all your assessments.  You can easily and quickly transform your current files onto Formative and start getting live results from students.  Students can show their work and receive your feedback in real-time. (https://goformative.com/)

  1. Canva — Infographics are a great way for students to showcase their comprehension of a lesson, and Canva features great templates that make it easy for students to create and design.  Canva has tons of presized and themed templates great for students to incorporate in their work and projects. (https://about.canva.com/education/)

  1. Buncee – Buncee is a wonderful tool that educators are using everywhere for project based learning, digital storytelling, presentations, flipped lessons, and much more.  Best of all, is the educational portal that allows teachers to create/manage student accounts in a safe environment.  There is even a free iOS app for mobile learning that allows users to share projects publicly/privately.  Finally, there tons of educational resources/projects for educators to browse through on the site or app.  (https://edu.buncee.com/home)

  1. EDpuzzle – Edpuzzle is a fantastic free tool (site/app) for editing a video, cropping, adding quizzes/polls, narration, etc. then embedding into a site/blog.  It is being used to flip a classroom or lesson, project based learning, grading/assessing, and even for differentiating instruction.  The educational portal allows students to sign-up w/out needing an email account and lets educators to track student progress in real-time.  (https://edpuzzle.com)

  1. Storyboard That – Storyboard That is an excellent Web 2.0 site/graphic organizer for schools that educators everywhere are using for a wide variety of purposes such as: digital storytelling, writing prompts, project based learning, timelines, and much much more.  Also, the educational portal makes it easy to track and monitor student progress while generating detailed reports.  (http://www.storyboardthat.com/education)


  1.  The Answer Pad – The Answer Pad is a great student response system and mobile learning tool that allows educators to turn their classroom paperless and do all testing/assessing on an iPad.  Teacher are using Answer Pad to differentiate instruction and assess learning in real-time as they push out their lessons to a student’s iPad. (http://theanswerpad.com)