Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kid Heroes Verbs

Kid Heroes Verbs is the new educational game from RoomReccess.  This is an innovative strategy game that has students selecting the correct verb (i.e. past, present, past participle) to place a hero in front of their king to protect from him from enemies/monsters.  As w/ all RoomRecess games, Kid Heroes Verbs has lots of replay value and requires lots of strategy on deciding where to place your heroes (i.e. warrior, archer, healer).  This is a great learning tool and excellent way to integrate Game Based Learning into the classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Kid Heroes Verbs by clicking here!!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Night Zookeeper

Night Zoopkeeper is a new free site for students to help their Writing skills through fun interactive lessons.  Best of all, the educational portal allows educators to: assign lessons, track student progress, and assess their work in real-time.  This makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction and implement project based learning in their classroom.

Below is a brief demo...

Night Zookeeper in 80 seconds from Night Zookeeper on Vimeo.

I highly recommend checking out Night Zookeeper by clicking here!!!

Finally, the people at Night Zookeeper have released a free learning tool that easily creates Writing Prompts for students.  All a user has to do is select their writing style, age, and then time on how long they want to write and Writing Sparks creates the challenges/prompts for the students.  As w/ Zookeeper, Writing Sparks will assess students in real-time to help teachers assess student's learning.







For more information on Writing Sparks click here!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BoomWriter PRO


BoomWriter is a terrific site that I’ve written about many times because it lets elementary, middle, and high school teachers conduct non-fiction, fiction, and vocabulary development group-writing activities in almost any subject area. 

Now they’ve added BoomWriter PRO, which is a paid version of their product, and any teacher whose work with students involves writing should definitely consider this upgrade (only $2.99 a month) for the following reasons:

  • Standards-based Rubrics! Boomwriter has made Argument/Opinion, Information/Explanatory, and Personal Narrative rubrics that will resonate with and prove useful to any teacher regardless of the state or region they may teach in.

  • Makes Grading Easy!!  BoomWriter has done a very clever job of overlaying the rubrics and grading feature atop the individual student’s submission.  This allows the teacher to look at the work and the performance descriptor simultaneously before then applying the grade/score with a single click. 

  • Capture Student Writing Data!!!  If the first two reasons were not convincing enough, this one should seal the deal.  Are you frustrated by having to wait until the following school year when the standardized testing results arrive to learn how your students’ writing is progressed?  Not particularly helpful, is it?  BoomWriter PRO lets teachers capture whole class and individual student writing data in real time before then presenting it to the teacher in a highly visual and easy to interpret manner.  This allows you to identify any potential writing instruction ‘blindspots’ that you may need to address with your class, as well as the ability to consistently assess and monitor the progress of each individual student in your class in all areas of writing throughout the entire school year.   

BoomWriter is a free site that keeps finding new and better ways to support teachers through technology.  If you join, be sure to opt for the PRO upgrade.

I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter Pro by clicking here!!!

*BoomWriter is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Squiggle Park

Squiggle Park is an excellent program/educational apps for grades PreK-2nd that focuses on Literacy and Reading skills.  This is done through fun engaging games and activities that focuses on skills such as: phonics, spelling, word/letter recognition, and more.  All of this is done in a safe environment that tracks students usage/progress.  As students progress through the games they will unlock more levels and learn new skills.  Finally, the teacher dashboard makes it easy for educators to monitor student progress through detailed reports that makes it easy to differentiate instruction.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Squiggle Park by clicking here!!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

EDpuzzle

EDpuzzle the amazing simple to use site that educators everywhere are using to "flip" a classroom and differentiate instruction has recently release their "online" curriculum for teachers.  Educators can now access all video-lessons and questions for the whole school year and search for them by subject or grade level.  This is a great way to easily gage student learning in a wide range of subjects and save educators a bunch of time.

New mobile (iOS/Android) Updates

  • revamped player design - cleaner, faster, and sleek
  • improved security and privacy
  • new progress page features


Below is a brief demo video...



For iOS click here.
For Android click here.

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

*EDpuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Andi's Adventure on Buncee

"Andi's Adventure is a tale of one little girl whose imagination brings color to her world.  When she's given the freedom to create and share her story in school, she brings this magic to her classroom and keeps the sparkle in her eye."

Andi's Adventure is the new educational initiative to help educators keep creativity alive in their classroom and their student's lives.

Be sure to watch Andi's Adventure below...



Then read her story/buncee "My Trip to Space" w/ your class and sign the pledge and receive a #andicreate digital badge in your email.

For more information on Andi's Adventure click here!!!

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Zebra Math

Zebra Math is an innovative new iOS app for working on basic Math skills.  Zebra Math is a fun app that focuses on skills such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc etc by having a student just draw the correct answer to the problem in the allotted time.  As a student progresses they will learn more skills and move on to the next level.  Also, a student can share their scores w/ others.  I only wish there was a reporting feature that shows which problems a user got right/wrong, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Zebra Math by clicking here!!!