Free Tech also has a review on, "Backpack Practice - Talk Your Way Through Review Guides." Backpack Practice is a website that gives students a place to practice basic math, science, social studies, and language arts skills. However, instead of typing or writing their answers, students record their responses and the program keeps track of how each student is doing. It looks like a great tool for elementary and middle school students and here is a video of the software in action.
Next up, FT4T has a guide covering "Four Approaches to Getting Content OFF Elementary Students' iPads - No Email, No Problem." With many elementary students not having access to email, this is an excellent guide for alternative methods of getting material off iPads. Definitely worth checking out if your school is using, or considering, iPads at the elementary level.
They also have an incredibly useful write-up on "Useful End of School Year Worksheets, Printables, and Checklists." The article contains a giant list of free activities, worksheets, printables, and checklists that will help teachers make it through the final weeks of class!
Next, Edudemic discusses "How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning." The article examines the benefits of using mind maps for collaboration and hits on points like easy management of content and flexibility in organizing new ideas. And if you're interested, Mind Meister and Bubbl.us are both great online mind mapping tools.
Edudemic closes with a post that takes an "Interactive Look at the STEM Gender Divide." It's an excellent read discussing recent trends in gender and STEM education. You can check out the interactive infographic from the article here.
And, if you've been enjoying the Round Up these past two weeks, head on over to Ed Tech Magazine and vote for us on the list of Must Read K-12 I.T. blogs! Your support is definitely appreciated!
I hope you all have an excellent weekend and the Round Up will be back on Sunday with the weekend report! Until then, good luck with finals and all the other end-of-the-year activities!