Smartick is a web, iOS, and Android app that is designed to provide students with 15-minutes a day of math practice. If you’re familiar with Kumon or Russian Math, Smartick is meant to be an alternative to these types of after school math programs. Smartick is a monthly subscription service, that typically runs at $50 a month. While that is certainly pricey, the team does offer a free trial so you can see if it’s a good fit. Continue Reading.
In general, I try to avoid writing reviews of cases, carts, and similar products. However, when I met the Rug-Ed team at ISTE this year I was impressed, and felt like it would be beneficial to share what they’re all about. In short, Rug-Ed is all about providing protection for K-12 iPads, but the team goes beyond just having an excellent case. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Author: Bob Hand
Few things are as depressing as watching a class of K-12 students silently filling out workbooks. These ineffectual remnants of Industrial Age education persist today, relentlessly killing any enthusiasm or dialogue students might have had about the subject material. Enter what many educators fear might be the “new workbook:” personalized learning software. Continue reading the full post.
TypingMaster.com offers a collection of keyboarding solutions designed to help K-12 students develop keyboarding skills. It combines both games-based and lesson-based learning as well offering free and paid plans. They have an enormous collection of resources to help students develop typing skills, and as a former computer literacy teacher who used Typing Master’s tools, I’ve seen how successful their resources can be. Continue Reading.
The Edison Robot is a simple, 2-wheeled robot that has enormous possibilities for helping to teach 3rd-8th grade students programming basics. And while the design of the robot is simple, it can be expanded upon in essentially unlimited ways, given that it’s designed to also be able to connect with lego pieces. You can continue reading on our Review's Page.
Alive Studios is company that offers augmented reality educational projects designed to help preK-3 students develop reading and math proficiency by the time they finish 3rd grade. They offer a variety of learning kits and products to help with this goal, all of which are meant to be used within small groups, or with a whole class. Continue reading on our Review's page.
Workbench is a platform that provides teachers and students with everything they need to organize, create, and share projects, equipment, and student project portfolios. The Workbench team provides a place where teachers can get ideas, students can find new ways to use products, and everyone can share code, lessons, experiences, and tips with the community. Continue reading.
With more schools, districts, and states shifting towards or considering computer science standards for their K-5 curriculum, elementary teachers can understandably be concerned about how to implement lessons aligned to those standards. Particularly when teachers don’t have a computer science background, knowing how to design activities that meet these standards can be an issue.
Fortunately, this is where books like No Fear Coding by Heidi Williams can be incredibly helpful and informative. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
School Specialty combines everything you need for your school or classroom into a single, online resource. From classroom supplies, to furniture, to makerspace gear, to the lesson plans that support these materials, School Specialty has it all. The School Specialty team even has a collection of model classrooms, whitepapers, and digital samples that show how classroom materials, learning spaces, and curriculum, all come together. Continue Reading.
NetSupport DNA is a suite of easy-to-use tools for managing and supporting IT assets across a school network or campus. With NetSupport DNA, IT admins, school administrators, and teachers all have access to features and tools designed to help with the management of technology. From managing hardware and software across a school or district, to classroom management of devices, NetSupport DNA can do it all. Continue Reading.
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