Project Based Learning

Thursday, October 30, 2014


TowerStorm is a fantastic free iOS app/broswer based game for Game Based Learning in the subjects of Math & Literacy. As w/ any game created by the award winning company DimensionU, this game takes place in a multiplayer 3D virtual world.  Players can create their avatar and unlock special power ups as they immerse themselves in a fun 3D world while solving problems in Math/Literacy aligned to Common Core Standards.  Best of all, the game tracks a players score and generates detail reports as well as lets a player customize and select what problems they want to encounter (i.e. Algebra, Vocabulary, etc.).  Also, TowerStorm has high replay value as each game lasts only 5 minutes and has students trying to answer as many questions correct as they can while trying t
o score points by changing the color of rings on the Tower.

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

For more DimensionU games click here.

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.
To find TowerStorm on Edshelf click here.

* DimensionU is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


SpellingCity is probably the most robust and popular site around for Vocabulary/Spelling.  This is a tool that educators are using in classrooms of all grade levels to help improve student's skills.  Best of all educators can find or create their own word lists and then integrate them into over 26 different games.  This is a great and fun way to help students practice their Spelling & Vocab skills while learning at the same time.  Also, SC has lots of resources for teachers to use as well as a free mobile app (i.e. Kindle, iOS, Amazon) that integrates w/ the site for mobile learning.

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

Below is a brief demo of their mobile app...

*SpellingCity is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

ClassDojo Messenger

ClassDojo the mega popular behavior management/positive reinforcement site has just released their free mobile (iOS/Android) app for messaging.  CD Messenger is a free simple to use app that allows educators and parents to stay in touch through messaging on their mobile device.  Best of all, it's private, safe to use, and allows people to send attachments (i.e. photos, documents, etc) as well.

Here are some more ways teachers are using Messenger...
  • Easily engage parents by instantly sending updates home
  • Privately message 1-on-1 with a parent, or Broadcast to all parents in your class!
  • Share photos of wonderful moments from the classroom :)
  • Know who’s read your messages with ‘Read receipts’
I highly recommend checking out ClassDojo Messenger by clicking here!!!

*ClassDojo is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Biteslide is easily one of my favorite Web 2.0 sites for creating dynamic presentations (known as slide books) in a safe environment.  Biteslide is a fantastic site for creating presentations that can contain all types of media, such as: video, images, text, links and more.  Once a presentation is completed it can then be downloaded, printed out, or best of all embedded into another site/blog.  This is an ideal site to engage students, use for any subject, and great for educators as no student email is required (teachers create the student accounts).  Also, Biteslide can easily be used to Flip a Classroom or for Project Based Learning!!

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

For my Pinterest board on Web 2.0 in the Classroom click here.

*Biteslide is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yogome Math Games

To celebrate Yogome's 2 year anniversary they are listing all their wonderful iOS/Android Math games/apps for free.  Yogome is one of my favorite companies for making fun beautiful looking iOS/Android apps starring their famous characters Yogotars.

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

Be sure to pick up these games if u haven't, as they are all free from Dec 18th-20th.

  • Math Heroes 1 - Basic Operations

  • Math Dojo 2 - Fun Subtractions for Kids

  • Math Dojo 3 - Fun Multiplications for Kids

  • Math Dojo 4 - Fun Divisions for Kids

  • *Yogome is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

    My Weather Book Pro Letter Tracing & Coloring Book

    My Weather Book Pro is a fun educational iOS app that kids can use for word/letter recognition by tracing words and coloring pictures.  This is done in a easy to use interface where parents can select which style (i.e. bold, dotted) of letters can be traced, while the child can select their pictures to be included in their coloring book.  After that by tapping on a picture in the coloring book a user can then access the coloring, brush, drawing/writing tools to interact w/ the picture.  Best of all there is a microphone button that will speak the highlighted word.  This helps w/ word recognition as well as build up a child's vocabulary around the weather.

    I highly recommend checking out My Weather Book Pro by clicking here!!!

    For more info check out Edshelf.

    Math File Folder Games

    Math File Folder Games is an excellent company for finding inexpensive or free educational iOS apps for Math.  These games are fun to play and high replay value being multi-player via bluetooth which allows players to play the same game on separate devices.  Also, MFFG games have interactive "whiteboards" to work out problems, scoring that can be emailed to parents/teachers, and more.

    Here is a list of their games...

    5 Dice: Order of Operations Game

    5 Dice Order of Operations Game Icon5 DIce app store
    (Cost: FREE!)
    5 Dice: Order of Operations Game is a math app intended for upper elementary and middle school students that helps students enjoy practicing their order of operations. Read More Here

    4 Dice: Fraction Games

    5 DIce app store
    (Cost: $1.99)
    4 Dice: Fraction Games is a math app for middle school and upper elementary students. The goal of the game is to present fractions in a way that is both conducive to learning and fun. Read More Here

    Ordered Fractions: Comparing & Ordering Fractions

    Ordered Fractions app store
    (Cost: $1.99)
    Ordered Fractionsgame begins by pressing the button that rolls the dice. Students then insert these numbers into the boxes on the board, which creates the fractions. Students then position the fractions in ascending order by comparing fractions. Read more here

    Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game

    iPhone Icon Grid Lines
    Grid Lines app store
    (Cost: $1.99)
    Grid Lines is a Battleship-style math app used to teach students the coordinate plane. Students will get practice plotting points on a coordinate plane by playing a game similar to Battleship. Read more here

    Tangram Chess: Transformation Games
    Tangram Chess IconTangram Chess
    (Cost: $1.99)
    Tangram Chess For Kids, Translations (slides), Rotations (turns) and Reflections (flips). Every game of Tangram Chess has its own story. Some are long-drawn out strategic affairs; others can be quick, but complicated, tactical battles. The winner is the player who can out-think his or her opponent, and make the best plans for attack and defence. Read more here

    Skip Math: Skip Counting Games

    skip math iconGrid Lines app store(Cost: $0.99)
    Skip Math is a simple math game that helps practices skip counting. Skip Math is a a Doodle Jump style math game in which a girl or boy who jump from platform to platform counting by a certain number. Read more here

    Jack and the Beanstalk a Mathematical Adventure

    Icon Jacks Math
    Hi, my name is Jack. I know you have all heard of me before, I'm the guy who climbs an enormous beanstalk to retrieve the princesses amulet. But today I would like to tell you the real story of HOW I was actually able to accomplish such a feat.  Read more here
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