Pythonroom is meant to be an interactive curriculum for secondary students and teachers looking to take their programming skills to the next level. It’s designed to be a resource that comes after students have some familiarity with computational thinking and have been exposed to resources like Code.org or Scratch. The entire curriculum is free to use, and paid accounts will also have access to classroom analytics. Let’s take a look!
The TI Innovator Hub is a new device that is designed to be used in conjunction with a TI-84 plus CE or TI-nspire calculator to help teach students about coding, programming, and engineering principles. The TI team has a collection of lesson plans and integration strategies to help you get started, and for teachers looking to incorporate these skills into STEM subjects, there are a variety of possibilities! Let’s check it out.
FreshGrade is free app for students, teachers, and parents that is designed to give teachers and parents a continuous look at student work and progress through their digital portfolio and gradebook. It’s an excellent classroom resource that offers an enormous amount of flexibility in terms of assignments and assessments, so let’s take a look at the app!
GoGuardian offers a suite of software designed to help make management of Chromebooks in schools easier. Regardless of your role in a school system, GoGuardian has an option that will help you track data, understand student behavior, manage devices, and so much more. We’ve got four separate reviews for each of the four platforms, and you can get an overview of each (and link to the full review) below:
GoGuardian Director is a free tool designed to give districts an idea of what software and applications are being used on Chromebooks in the districts. You can get a quick usage report across all devices in order to determine what’s being used and what teachers and students aren’t utilizing as much. This insight can be incredibly helpful in determine which applications are perceived as being useful and relevant. Let's take a look!
GoGuardian Fleet is part of the GoGuardian suite of tools and is meant to be used at the district level to help IT staff manage devices, track repairs, and roll-out devices to students across the district. The tool isn’t used to monitor activity, but instead used to monitor inventory so that the IT department can easily track where all their devices are and what condition they’re in. Let’s take a look!
Generation Global is a completely free resource that is designed to help students learn how to work across cultures. Cross-cultural dialogue is at the core and heart of what they do and how they believe we can better counter conflict and violence around the world. They have an excellent collection of resources and a wonderful platform for helping to bring students together to begin discussions. Let’s check it out!
BookWidgets is an excellent service for teachers and curriculum developers that allows you to create a ton of different types of interactive content to assign to your students. It’s easy to share the content you create with students in a variety of formats, and you can also get detailed analytics on student performance. Overall, BookWidgets is an excellent resource, so let’s take a look!
QuizPedia is an online quiz creation resource similar to Kahoot! and Quizizz, but with a few interesting differences as well. QuizPedia markets itself as being designed primarily for students to create quizzes (which is possible with other services as well), but what is unique to QuizPedia is their interface and unique features. There are also a few concerns to keep in mind as well, so let’s take a look at what the app is all about!
Data collection and analysis are incredibly important STEM skills for students to become familiar with. These skills help students understand how to identify patterns, how to look for trends, and how to solve complex problems using support from data, all of which are necessary when preparing our students to be 21st century learners.
Unfortunately, these skills are often overlooked, or touched on only briefly. Many times teachers can be understandably intimidated by these types of tasks, particularly at the elementary level if they don’t have a science background.
This is where PASCO scientific comes in. They have developed a collection of easy to use, wireless data collection probes that come with K-12 curricular resources and support materials designed to make data collection and analysis tasks easier for classroom teachers to implement. The PASCO team has an excellent collection of new tools and lessons, so let’s check them out!
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