bulb is a web based platform where students and educators can curate, create, share, and showcase their smarts. The main goal of the service is to provide a space where students and teachers can evaluate the meaningful works they have created, and to showcase their highlights by bringing in all forms of multimedia. It’s an excellent resource and offers some great features that aren’t typically seen in other digital portfolio providers. Read the complete review here.
Reviews | Reading Horizons Elevate®: Interactive Reading Software for 4th Grade to Adult, ELL Students, and Struggling Readers
Reading Horizons Elevate is an interactive reading program that is designed to provide differentiated reading instruction to students in 4th grade and above, including ELL students, struggling readers, and adults. The Reading Horizons Elevate software can be used independently on any computer or Chromebook with an internet connection, or with guidance from a teacher as part of a blended learning environment. Read more.
Reviews | Frontier from eSpark: Differentiated Digital Research and Writing Projects for 3rd - 8th Grade
Frontier is a new online resource that is designed to provide students with differentiated research and writing projects over a large variety of topics. The resource aims to gives students a choice as to which topic they’re interested in researching and writing about, and also asks students to make real-world connections through both topic and assessment options.
Frontier is available on any web enabled device and is currently available for free until March 31st. Read the complete review on our Review's Page.
sciNote is a new resource that is designed to help scientists organize, store, and share data as well as collaborate on experiments. It’s an excellent resource for those working in the field, but it also holds a great deal of potential for use in high school science classrooms. There are multiple possibilities for differentiation and collaboration, plus, it’s a completely free resource. Read the complete review on our Review's page.
Flipgrid is a new K-12 resource that is designed to promote open discussion between all students within your classroom. Teachers post topics, videos, or links for discussions and students respond to the prompt and to each other with short video reflections. It’s a wonderful resource, and Flipgrid offers a free plan as well for those who want to give it a try.
On the student side, FlipGrid is available as both an iOS and Android app, and teachers can login through any browser as well. Read the complete review on our Review's Page.
This review might be a little out of the vein of what we typically focus on here at the EdTech Roundup, but as a piano and percussion instructor for nearly 20 years, I have a deep-rooted passion for the incorporation of music and fine arts into K-12 education. I strongly believe that music education can be both a powerful and empowering component of a student’s education and I believe it’s a shame that so many schools have moved away from music requirements and integration.
Therefore, I’m always incredibly happy to see products like Cantata Learning’s new story books which incorporate music and movement in engaging and enjoyable ways. Read the complete review here.
Author: Bob Hand
At the beginning of this year, President Obama began an initiative called “Computer Science for All” to empower students around the nation with the skills needed to thrive in the modern world. As the end of the year draws near, it’s time to reflect: how has the American educational system changed to incorporate computer science into the curriculum? What can teachers do to further this goal? Read the complete post here.
Brainly is a social learning network designed for students to both seek out and provide help to their peers across all subjects and grade levels. It is a completely free resource that can be beneficial for students looking for help as well as students who are interested in helping others in areas they are interested in. It’s a wonderful resource, that provides lots of fun incentives for getting students involved with helping each other. Read the complete review.
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Blog.
Written by Mary Snapp - Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
Today marks the beginning of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). This annual initiative mobilizes educators, parents, nonprofits and the industry to inspire all young people to learn computer science and open the door to a promising future. Why does computer science education matter?
Right now, fewer than 3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States are in the field of computer science. Yet, computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average and are among the top paying fields. Our tech fueled world is expected to generate 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. alone by 2020. Today, there are already more than 604,000 open computing jobs nationwide. However, only 40 percent of schools in the U.S. teach any form of computer science.
WriteReader is a tool for K-5 classrooms that is currently accessible through web browsers and and is designed to help improve reading skills by allowing students to write and publish their own digital books. It’s an excellent program, that is aligned to the CCSS, and that approaches reading instruction in a unique and engaging manner. Plus, you can get started with the basics of the app for free. Read the complete Review.
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