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Friday, July 24, 2015

Next Generation Vocabulary Instruction by BoomWriter

Trending Words feature lets data guide teachers in 21st century vocabulary instruction.

Last summer BoomWriter introduced WordWriter (, which lets teachers conduct short interactive application activities allowing them to access and enhance their students' understanding of key terms, figures, phrases, and dates.  BoomWrtier is now adding their Trending Words
( feature to BoomWriter, allowing teachers to select from top trending vocabulary used by other BoomWriter teachers while displaying the most popular words being taught for that month, in real-time, on a grade-by-grade basis.

The most common way for a student to learn vocabulary words and strengthen their comprehension is through mundane "drill-and-practice" exercises.  However, WordWriter lets educators take a student's vocabulary experience to the next level by creating a collaborative platform in which student's can learn and vote on the Vocabulary process.  Trending Words aids in this process by supplying teachers w/ the most popular words by subject and grade level.  This is ideal for new teachers, ones that have switched grade levels, and for those looking for a "NEW" way to guide their students' instruction pertaining to vocabulary.  This innovative process not only helps students learn vocabulary words but strengthens their comprehension skills as well.

"There's an obvious correlation between students' vocabulary levels and academic performance. WordWriter and our new Trending Words feature lets teachers deliver an engaging and interactive vocabulary development experience that their students are sure to love and benefit greatly from."  Ken Haynes,  Co-founder of BoomWriter 

I highly recommend checking out Trending Words by clicking here!!!

*BoomWriter is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Buncee News

Buncee the innovative site for creating beautiful presentations, projects, greetings, and more... has been getting quite a bit of well deserved press lately.  Besides the unveiling of their new "beta" user interface, they have developed an exciting new relationship w/ Haiku Learning.

What does this mean?

It means that users of Haiku Learning can now embed a buncee inside of it.  Think of it as a place holding frame where users still have the same interactive control of their buncee (all links, animations, etc still work).  It's simple to do (just paste in an embed code) and still maintains the high quality beautiful looking "buncee" that they are known for.

More information can be found here.

I highly recommend checking out Buncee for Education by clicking here!!!

*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

**Also, they've recently won an award for one of the tops apps from the American Association of Librarians in the "Content Creation" category.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Otus the excellent and easy to use Learning Management System for schools has just released a new polished design for their free classroom mobile app and web portal.  This new design, allows for easier to functionality, a brighter customizable color interface, and real-time analytics and third party integration (i.e. Khan Academy).

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 & Learning.

*Otus is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

ClassDojo Groups

ClassDojo the world famous behavior/positive reinforcement manage system for schools has just released their new "group" feature.  This highly requested feature will allow teachers to award points to not only an individual but a group as well.  This is ideal for educators who like to put their class into groups or teams to spark collaborative learning.

Here is how it works...

ClassDojo Groups enables teachers to group students any way they like: table groups, reading
groups, house teams, project groups and more. Teachers can easily encourage a team for any
skill important to their classroom with just a single tap. Each group will keep its own running
total, which students love to maintain a sense of accomplishment and a desire to keep going!
Group points will still show up on student profiles alongside their individually award points, so
that students can see their progress from home and so can parents without any extra work.


ClassDojo Groups will work and sync across any iOS/Android device and any computer.

I highly recommend checking out ClassDojo Groups by clicking here!!!

*ClassDojo is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Carrot Rewards

Carrot Rewards is an interesting new easy to use reward system for students.  It combines customized printable rewards (i.e stickers, certificates, etc) w/ online digital ones.  The way this works is once a student receives their printable reward on the back will be a 6 digit code they enter online to go into their "digital" MyStickers locker.  Best of all, an educator can manage/monitor student accounts to maintain all digital rewards rather then have to rely on the students to do it.  This is ideal for schools that don't want to give out physical rewards and rather stick w/ those that are digital.  Carrot Rewards is a great way to keep students motivated in a fun an engaging way.

*Carrot Rewards is for UK based schools.

I highly recommend checking out Carrot Rewards by clicking here!!!


FlashSticks is an interesting new site/app for learning a foreign language.  The way this works is a user prints out a color coded (blue - masculine nouns, pink - feminine nouns, green - other words) flashcard and then hovers their mobile device over it.  A brief video pops up of a tutor showing how to pronounce the word.  Flashsticks are ideal for learning any number of languages such as: French, English, Spanish, and more.

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

Below is a brief demo...

For my Pinterest board on Foreign Language click here.

Actively Learn

Actively Learn is a new site for Reading/Comprehension that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This site reminds of EDpuzzle, but instead of taking a video and making it your "own" a student/teacher can do it to a Reading passage/article.  All a educator has to do is sign up and then create their class.  Once that is done a student joins by a unique code (think ClassDojo).  Teachers can then upload or select a Reading passage for their students to read.  These Reading passages are arranged by subject, grade, and Reading level and some of them even come w/ comprehension questions.  Best of all, a educator can create their own comprehension question and collaborate w/ students through text messages.

I highly recommend checking out Actively Learn by clicking here!!!