Friday, February 27, 2015

Shadow Puppet Edu

Shadow Puppet Edu is an excellent free easy to use app for Project Based Learning and Digital Storytelling.  Like the former app it has a drag and drop interface but w/ this new educational instance that allows for easier/safer searching and integration of pictures, as well as no student email account to use.

Below is a list of their other features...
  • Make videos just like before combining photos, video clips, voice, text and drawing. Use up to 100 images, and make videos up to 30 minutes long. All limits/purchases on the consumer version have been removed and the app will be free for edu use.  
  • Search the Library of Congress, NASA, Creative Commons, or generic web/gif search for awesome content to include in videos. A citation page is automatically added to the end of the video. We're super excited about the potential here in social science and science classes—our search tools make it possible to access and use amazing content from Library of Congress and NASA in a way we haven't seen any other apps do.    
  • Common Core-aligned activity ideas to make it easy to get started using Shadow Puppet Edu in English, social studies, science, math, art and foreign language classes.
  • Controls to disable web image search. Parental gates for sharing and the ability to disable/enable those as well. 
I highly recommend checking out Shadow Puppet Edu by clickinghere!!!

To find Shadow Puppet Edu on Edshelf click here.

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.

Sight Words

Sight Words is a nice little site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This is a great site for helping students learn their vocabulary as well as read.  This is done by providing flash cards and educational games for kids grades K-3.  These games and cards are in PDF form so need to be printed out to use.  There are event templates for users to create their own templates and all games come w/ detailed instructions on how to use them and what materials are needed.

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

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chronicle

Chronicle is a innovative new iPad that is ideal for classroom management, grading, assessing, note-taking, and so much more.  It is a educational tool that educators are using for harnessing their teaching best practice methodologies.  It is designed for educators to "Chronicle" each student through detailed and easy to use data by allowing educators to add multimedia (i.e. audio, video, images, etc.) content to each student's progress.  Teachers can customize notes and audio clips to each student, and assess students in real-time using a visual "traffic-light" design.  Also, it allows educators to integrate Common Core Standards and act as a grade book w/ an abundance of export features.

I highly recommend checking out Chronicle by click here!!!

For more info check out Edshelf.
For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.

*Chronicle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.




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Grammarly

Grammarly is a wonderful web based solution for education for spell/grammar checking, plagiarism checker, revision/support tools, and much much more.  This is a site that people everywhere are using to help develop writing skills, build vocabulary, proof read their work, etc.  All a user has to do is copy/paste in their text or upload a document and then get instant feedback w/ detailed reports on 250 points of grammar.

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


Storyboard That

*Just added support for Grid, T-Chart, and Frayer Models

Storyboard That is a fantastic Web 2.0 tool for digital storytelling w/ educational portal.  This portal allows for educators to create student accounts (even batch upload) and assign them to their class via a URL and unique code (i.e. ClassDojo).  Not only can and educator create, manage, adjust privacy settings, and more, they can create storyboard templates and assignments for their class.  Everything is COPPA compliant and very safe to use in an educational setting.

Storyboard That is a very easy tool to use w/ it's drag-n-drop interface and allows students to seamlessly create a storyboards by adding images, clip art, text, record narration, etc.  There is even a innovative slideshow button that turns storyboards into slideshows that easily allows for students or teachers to share their presentations up on a big screen.  A finished product can then be downloaded as a PDF, shared via a link, exported into a PPT, or embedded into a site/blog.

Best of all are the new "Teacher Guides" that are aligned to Common Core standards and contain plot diagrams, Q/A, character maps, and much much more.  Educators are using these for project based learning, digital storytelling, and in a number of different ways to assess student's learning on a project or story.

I highly recommend checking out Storyboard That by clicking here!!!



For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling Click here.

*Storyboard That is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monster Math

Monster Math is an excellent iOS app/game for learning basic Math skills (i.e. addition, multiplication, etc.).  This is done through an engaging and fun game, as a student helps Maxx solve Math problems to find his friend Dextra.  Best of all, is the detailed reporting that allows parents/teachers to track student's progress.  Also, Monster Math adjusts skill level based on a user's performance and differentiates instruction accordingly.  Finally, Monster Math has lots of replay value as there are lots of levels and worlds to explore, and is aligned to Common Core Standards.

I highly recommend checking out Monster Math by clicking here!!!
For a more detailed review check out Edshelf.

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Answerables


Be sure to check out the latest updates!!!

Answerables is one of the most unique sites to come around in awhile.  It is a cross between a Learning Management System and Game Based Learning environment to deliver a innovative and fun learning experience for students.  All of this takes place in a 3D virtual world (i.e. think Second Life but geared towards education) that allows educators to create lessons, scavenger hunts, collaborate w/ other educators, and much much more.  Best of all, all of this takes place in Answerables safe interactive environment.  Also, Answerables can be used by any curriculum to teach any subject using Project Based Learning, "gamifying"a lesson, and differentiating instruction.

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

Below is a brief demo video...



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