CommonLit is a completely free literacy resource design for 3rd - 12th grade classrooms. The resource is accessible on any internet-enabled device and offers a growing collection of literacy resources, questions, and tools for helping students improve their ELA skills. Overall, CommonLit is incredibly user friendly, and for a free resource, it offers a wealth of possibilities for the classroom. Let’s take a look.
Pioneer Academics is a public benefit corporation that was the first to create a structured research mentorship program for high school students. The program gives high school students (typically sophomores and juniors) the opportunity to be mentored by college faculty and collaborate with peers around the world while working on a research project. It’s an outstanding program, currently in its 7th year, and it is designed for gifted, talented, and advanced students.
The Pioneer Academics team offers a spring through summer program, as well as an accelerated summer only program.
Epson’s new DC-13 Document Camera was designed specifically for K-12 classrooms and includes a wide range of beneficial classroom features. I had the opportunity to spend the last week reviewing the DC-13, and I am incredibly impressed with the collection of features the camera offers, paired with its simplicity of use. The camera currently runs at $449 through Epson’s Brighter Futures program.
It offers the ability to capture images, and even audio/video recordings of what teachers and students are sharing on the camera, as well as a variety of additional features we’ll explore.
For any teacher or technology leader who has ever needed to record your screen, you know that this can sometimes be a more difficult task than imagined. Fortunately, tools like Screencastify make this process incredibly simple and straightforward. For anyone using a Chrome browser, you can install Screencastify’s free extension, and quickly begin creating screencasts. While the free plan does have some limitations, compared to other options, you can still do quite a bit. Let’s take a look!
Edsby is a K-12 learning and analytics platform that includes a wide range of features and integrations in order to meet the needs of students, teachers, administrators, and parents. It is one of the few learning and analytics platforms that was designed specifically for the K-12 market, and is completely customizable to district needs and use cases.
In short, Edsby offers universal integrations across district tools, and provides a hub where K-12 stakeholders can connect and collaborate.
iknowit.com is a math practice site designed for K-5 students. It’s currently a completely free resource, until August of 2018 (at which point it will cost several dollars per student). The site has over 25,000 Common Core aligned math practice questions across 300 lesson topics, and was designed with an eye towards engaging early elementary students.
In addition to being CCSS aligned, the resources also align with most common math textbooks and curriculums. It’s an excellent resource for elementary teachers, so let’s take a look!
Lightwell is a new creation tool for students and teachers that allows you to build and publish fully interactive, mobile iOS apps without the need for writing code. The Mac (and soon to be Chromebook) app is well-suited for secondary students, particularly those who have previous video/photo editing experience, though that certainly isn’t necessary. In addition to the application, the Lightwell team has put together a great collection of support resources so that teachers can feel more comfortable putting the application to use in the classroom.
Book Review | Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning by Nikki D. Robertson
Connected Librarians is a new ISTE publication by Nikki D Robertson. Robertson is a veteran educator, school librarian, and instructional technology facilitator. In her book, she explores how social media has become essential for outreach, advocacy, and a variety of other school needs. Additionally, Robertson discusses how the responsibility for modeling the proper use of social media to students typically falls to the library media specialist.
Throughout the book, Robertson explores a variety of practical ideas, solutions, and strategies to help library media specialists understand how to effectively use social media to support and improve student learning.
myON is an online, interactive, digital library with over 10,000 books for pre-K to 12th grade students. Teachers can use myON to assign books, create projects, encourage reading, and assess student growth. Plus, students can find books based on their own personal interests and ability levels, and they have a large collection of Spanish reading materials as well. It’s a great resource, so let’s check it out!
Sown to Grow is a new platform that is designed to help students set goals, track progress, and reflect on their learning. The platform also allows teachers to help guide learning, monitor growth, and provide feedback to their students. In short, Sown to Grow is meant to provide students with more ownership over the learning process, and help promote reflection over classroom assignments and activities. It’s a wonderful resource that helps make goal-setting and reflection a habitual practice.
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