Author: Bob Hand
In educational circles, gamification has gone from being a mere curiosity to being a billion dollar industry. Some educators have since dismissed gamification as a fad, while others continue to search for new and effective methods of engaging students with gaming elements. Both sides have valid points. Many teachers have experimented with different strategies of gamification in the classroom. Results have ranged from promising to utterly wasteful. Read the complete post here.
Pythonroom is meant to be an interactive curriculum for secondary students and teachers looking to take their programming skills to the next level. It’s designed to be a resource that comes after students have some familiarity with computational thinking and have been exposed to resources like Code.org or Scratch. The entire curriculum is free to use, and paid accounts will also have access to classroom analytics. Read the complete review.
The TI Innovator Hub is a new device that is designed to be used in conjunction with a TI-84 plus CE or TI-nspire calculator to help teach students about coding, programming, and engineering principles. The TI team has a collection of lesson plans and integration strategies to help you get started, and for teachers looking to incorporate these skills into STEM subjects, there are a variety of possibilities! Read the Review.
Author: Rachelle Dene Poth
The start of each new school year is an exciting time for teachers and students. After the summer break, teachers head back into their classrooms, feeling refreshed, excited for the new year, and full of some new ideas for students. Making the decision about what to cover the first day, the first week, and each day is important. Continue reading the full post on our Editorial Page.
FreshGrade is free app for students, teachers, and parents that is designed to give teachers and parents a continuous look at student work and progress through their digital portfolio and gradebook. It’s an excellent classroom resource that offers an enormous amount of flexibility in terms of assignments and assessments. You can read the complete review here on our Review's Page.
GoGuardian offers a suite of software designed to help make management of Chromebooks in schools easier. Regardless of your role in a school system, GoGuardian has an option that will help you track data, understand student behavior, manage devices, and so much more. We’ve got four separate reviews for each of the four platforms, and you can check them all out here on our Review's Page.
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