Vivi offers a hardware-enabled SaaS solution that is designed to integrate screen mirroring with video streaming, as well as a variety of other educational features plus digital signage and emergency broadcasting functionality. Vivi is controlled from an easy-to-use app, and is managed at the institutional level (typically district-wide) through an online admin portal. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Waterford UPSTART is an in-home, technology-driven kindergarten readiness program. It is designed to give preschool-aged children individualized instruction in reading, math, and science, with a focus on reading. The program is also meant to be holistic in nature, focusing on these academic areas, but also social-emotional aspects.
Plus, the program provides parental support, and even a graduation ceremony for students. It began in Utah, but they have expanded their offerings across the U.S. through federal and philanthropic funding. Continue reading on our review's page.
Author: Nikki Navta, VP of K-12 Computer Science at EMC School
A lack of access to computer science (CS) education is causing our students – and the future American workforce – to fall further and further behind. According to recent National Center for Education Statistics, there are 570,926 open computing jobs nationwide and only 49,291 computer science graduates. In years to come, even more jobs, including those that might not obviously require CS skills, will need tech-savvy workers. Continue Reading on our Editorial's Page.
TypeTastic offers a series of fun and engaging games to help students learn the basics of typing on both keyboards and tablets. TypeTastic is designed using game-based learning, and every learning activity is built around a game. The TypeTastic School Edition includes a complete K-12 keyboarding curriculum and a suite of teacher tools that help teachers track student progress.
The School Edition also includes over 400 gamified activities, and is ad-free. Students and teachers can also use the free version of TypeTastic, but it will include ads and does not offer the teacher dashboard and analytics. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Author: Bob Hand
Part of every educator’s duty is to ensure that learners don’t have access to harmful or explicit material. For as long as the internet has been a part of K-12 education, web content filtering technology has seen use in public schools. In fact, it’s a legal requirement; the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) mandates that schools use content filtering technology in addition to enforcing an internet safety policy and monitoring student activity.
Continue reading on our editorial's page.
FilterED is an adaptive, cloud-based tool that offers school leaders a comprehensive view of the current technology landscape within their schools and/or district. School leaders can use FilterED to get the evidence, data, and context needed to prioritize, implement, measure, and monitor ongoing technology initiatives. Continue reading on the Review's Page.
VentureGirls is a new book from Dr. Cristal Glangchai that offers practical and accessible solutions for how to support girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Glangchai “argues that a key part of raising strong, confident young women is giving them the tools of entrepreneurship to engage” in STEM subjects, and this books offers solutions and suggestions for how parents, teachers, and schools can accomplish this goal.
Dr. Glangchai herself is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor, and the suggestions from this book come from both research and her own experiences. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Learning Ally is an audiobook reading solution designed to support struggling readers and help educators to bridge the gap for students who read below grade level. The resource is meant to be used by students with disabilities or as a response to intervention. Learning Ally houses a collection of high-quality, human-read audiobooks, along with easy-to-use teacher resources. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
littleBits are a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that are designed to empower students to create inventions, large and small. They’re an excellent resource for 3rd - 12th grade students, and can be used to help familiarize kids with basics of circuitry, coding, engineering, and design. littleBits have been around for the last seven years, and I’ve had the opportunity to use them in K-12 settings as well as with the preservice teachers I work with. Continue Reading.
Author: Bob Hand
“When am I going to use that information in the real world?”
This is a common observation from many K-12 students, and it’s understandable that today’s learners can fail to see the real-world value of class material. The rigors of daily life are not segmented into discrete “subjects.” So why does the traditional educational model do so? By completely segregating class material into different subjects, we often fail to engage students with authentic experiences with meaningful, real-world implications. Continue reading.
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