Kapwing is a freemium online video, image, and GIF editor that is incredibly simple to use. It’s an excellent tool for both teachers and students who are looking to trim videos, add subtitles, create memes, or any other type of simple video production activity. The free version of Kapwing includes all features, and finished products just contain a minor watermark. Plus, teachers and students don’t even need an account to use Kapwing! Continue Reading.
Facilitron is a resource that supports schools in the management of their facilities. Their cloud-based platform and service enables school districts, colleges, and municipalities to manage, showcase, and monetize their facility availability and utilization while also improving the customer experience for community renters. Continue reading on our review's page.
Author: Bob Hand
Financial literacy is an essential life skill that is, unfortunately, lacking in U.S. K-12 schools. This is becoming a clearer reality with each passing year, and several states are taking action. In late 2017, Arkansas lawmakers approved a new law, named the Personal Finance and Job Readiness Act, which added mandatory financial literacy standards to high school graduation requirements.
School districts can choose to offer a course designed to teach personal finance skills, or those skills can be incorporated into existing courses. This will go into effect in 2021. Continue Reading.
StudySync provides teachers and schools with a complete source for ELA and literature instruction for grades 6-12. The product offers both digital and print resources, and focuses on reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking, and listening skills. The lessons are all standards-aligned, and teachers have access to an enormous amount of support resources, activities, accessibility options, and tools they can use to supplement or fully support classroom instruction.
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Robokind’s Milo Robot is specifically designed to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) practice communication and social skills. The robot was created to be interesting and approachable for learners with ASD, and delivers lessons as well as recurring positive experiences in order to create an environment where students can learn and benefit. Continue Reading.
Matific is an online program that offers over 1500 math games and activities for students in grades K-6. These games and activities are designed to support teachers’ existing lessons and curriculum. All activities are both standards-aligned and textbook-aligned, meaning regardless of your curricular foundation, Matific will likely connect with what you’re already using. Continue reading.
Legends of Learning is an online resource designed to support 3rd - 8th grade students in their science classes. With over 1000 NGSS-aligned games and simulations, Legends of Learning offers an enormous range of engaging, informative activities that students can play through, provided they have an internet-enabled device.
The games are all designed to be short (5-20 minutes), so they can be easily and quickly integrated.
Overall, Legends of Learning is an excellent support resource for the 3rd - 8th grade science classroom. Continue reading on our Review's page.
Myriad Sensors offers a collection of 3 PocketLab sensors, all of which are designed for 4th - 12th grade science classrooms. The PocketLab One is designed to be a basic starter solution (and would fit the needs of most science classes). It can measure motion, acceleration, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature.
The PocketLab Weather sensor is designed for weather measurements and can collect data on temperature, humidity, light, barometric pressure, altitude, heat index, and dew point. Finally, the PocketLab Voyager (which I reviewed) does it all, and collect data on motion, light, magnetic fields, weather, and you can attach an external temperature probe. Continue Reading the Review.
Book Review | Learning Transported: Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for All Classrooms by Jaime Donally
Learning Transported by Jamie Donally is a new ISTE publication that explores how augmented, virtual, and mixed reality tools can be used across K-12 grade levels and subject areas. Donally is a former preK-8 math teacher who is also the founder of ARVRinEDU. Her new book offers definitions and examples of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality as well as comparisons of devices and platforms, with tips for selecting the best ones.
Donally also provides a collection of practical lesson plans, mapped to standards and content areas. Overall, Learning Transported is an excellent read that offers practical suggestions for how these emerging technologies can be used in support of teaching and learning. Continue reading.
Dremel has released their new, Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D printer, which is specifically designed for Higher Education and makerspaces, and currently runs at $1799. In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to review both their 3D20 and 3D40 models, both of which are excellent, so I was excited to take a hands-on look at their new offering. While similar to their previous models, the 3D45 offers the ability to use multiple materials like nylon, eco-ABS, and PLA.
In addition, it has increased precision with 50-micron layers, a newly designed user interface, a built-in camera, and several other features discussed in the review. Continue reading on our Review's page.
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