Reviews | ThinkCERCA: Standards-aligned Close Reading and Academic Writing Lessons for English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math.
ThinkCERCA is an online platform that focuses on strengthening close reading and argumentative writing skills across the curriculum. They offer lessons in ELA, the sciences, social studies, and math. This cross-curricular focus allows for teachers and schools to build a common language around literacy throughout grade levels and subject areas. You can read our full review of the platform on our Review's Page.
EDpuzzle is a wonderful free app that can you use to make video content more interactive by adding in things like multiple-choice and open-ended questions. I’ve been using EDpuzzle for a while now with the preservice teachers I work with, and although there are similar services out there, this one has always been my favorites. Take a look on our Review's Page for more details on how you can get started!
Reviews | Google Forms: Collect, Analyze, and Automatically Grade Student Data for Formative and Summative Assessments
Google Forms has been around for a while now, but at last month’s ISTE conference the team announced some exciting updates that make the free tool even more worthwhile and useful for K-12 educators. If you’re not familiar, Google Forms is a Google App (similar to Docs or Slides) that can be used to create forms and surveys to collect student data. Read more on our Review's Page.
ClassFlow is a free software for interactive learning and collaboration created by the folks at Promethean. The system offers an impressive combination of features, including the ability to differentiate lessons, add interactive content, collect real time feedback on formative assessments, and track student behavior. You can find out more about ClassFlow on our Review's Page.
While I was at the ISTE conference this year I discovered a new favorite quiz app: Quizizz. Quizizz is a Kahoot alternative, with a few awesome additions and differences that really make it stand out as a great tool for K-12 classrooms. Like Kahoot, Quizizz is free, meant to be used for classroom quizzes, and can be accessed from any student device that has internet access. You can read all about it on our Review's Page.
Lifeliqe is a new app for iPads and Windows 10 devices that offers thousands of interactive 3D models for the classroom. At this year’s ISTE conference I had the chance to explore the app both in person, and in virtual reality, and they offer an impressive collection of 3D content. The app is designed for a variety of subject areas and you can read more on our Review's Page.
Reviews | Ormiboard: Immersive Whiteboarding to Create Lessons, Activities, and Assessments Across All Platforms
Ormiboard is a new platform that allows you to create lessons, assessments, and activities. It’s meant to be used in a 1:1 environment and lets teachers and students create and share content and interactive games on any device, regardless of the operating system. Ormiboard is offered free of charge in its pre-release form until August 15th and then will cost $30 for a year subscription. Read more on our Review's Page.
I’m currently sitting in the Denver airport, waiting for my flight back to Indy, and trying to sort through the massive ISTE EdTech overload I’m experiencing. For those unfamiliar ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) hosts an annual monster of a conference on everything related to education technology. Around 16,000 educators participated this year, with over 1,000 sessions, and around 500 vendors/edtech companies.
FreeSpeech is an iOS and Mac app that is designed to help students compose grammatically correct sentences by moving words like building blocks. This app has great potential for helping students not only develop a better understanding of grammar, but also for those who face challenges with communication, such as ESL students or students with special needs. Read the full review on our Review's Page.
wePresent is a wireless presentation system which allows up to 64 unique users to collaborate and to give presentations from any laptop, netbook, tablet, or smartphone. For BYOD and 1:1 classrooms, wePresent is a great way to allow students to share their work and collaborate on activities. This past week, I had the chance to review the wePresent Presentation Gateway and the wePresent Sharepod on our Reviews Page.
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