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.
Generation Global is a completely free resource that is designed to help students learn how to work across cultures. Cross-cultural dialogue is at the core and heart of what they do and how they believe we can better counter conflict and violence around the world. They have an excellent collection of resources and a wonderful platform for helping to bring students together to begin discussions. Read the complete review on our Review's Page.
Author: Rachelle Dene Poth
Towards the end of this past school year, I noticed that student motivation was decreasing, and participation in classroom activities was not as it had been throughout the year. It was a busy time of year, with testing, sports, and other activities which kept students busy. The combination of these events was really affecting their performance in the classroom and diminishing overall interest in learning. Continue reading the post here.
BookWidgets is an excellent service for teachers and curriculum developers that allows you to create a ton of different types of interactive content to assign to your students. It’s easy to share the content you create with students in a variety of formats, and you can also get detailed analytics on student performance. You can read the complete review here on our Review's Page.
QuizPedia is an online quiz creation resource similar to Kahoot! and Quizizz, but with a few interesting differences as well. QuizPedia markets itself as being designed primarily for students to create quizzes (which is possible with other services as well), but what is unique to QuizPedia is their interface and unique features. There are also a few concerns to keep in mind as well, and you can read the full review here on our Review's Page.
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