Author: Bob Hand
Regardless of the subject of your classroom, art can — and should — play a role in your curriculum. Indeed, artistic skills are essential in the modern age, and focusing on digital content creation, a component of teaching greatly emphasized by Common Core standards, will help prepare your students for their future careers (and, if they develop their artistic skills, perhaps tackle some of their inevitable student debt?). Continue Reading.
ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy has a wide range of award-winning content for preschool-2 students. The overall goal of ABCmouse is to provide content and a curriculum that helps preschool-2 students prepare to be 3rd grade ready in both literacy and math. Their content is composed of more than 8,500 standards-based learning activities, in addition to over 850 prebuilt lessons, all of which can be used on any web-enabled device. Continue Reading.
Edthena is an online platform that allows teachers to record videos of classroom teaching and then share those videos with peers, coaches, and administrators in order to get feedback and engage in a collaborative conversation about their teaching. It’s an incredibly user friendly platform that offers a lot of potential benefits for teachers and coaches, plus it can be used across all device and OS types. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
SchoolTakt is a new Japanese educational tool that has just been introduced to English speaking audiences. At its core, the tool is designed to be an interactive, digital whiteboard to be used in 1:1 classrooms where students have access to their own devices. Teachers can use SchoolTakt to send out images or slides to their students, and then have a live view of how students are interacting with what they sent out. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
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.
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