SelfCAD: Free Online 3D Modeling and Slicing for K-12 Teachers and Students - Updated for Version 2.0
SelfCAD is in all-in-one online program for 3D modeling, sculpting, and printing that is available free of charge for K-12 students and teachers. It is designed to be approachable and easy to learn, but also provide access to a suite of advanced features that are comparable to programs like Blender. In other words, it’s an excellent tool for any 3D printing need your classroom might have, while still being an easy-to-use tool for 4th and 5th grade students and higher.
Verso is an online toolkit for best-practice teaching and feedback that offers teachers a collection of high impact teaching strategies, a professional community where colleagues can collaborate and share lessons, and a pedagogically designed student response system where students can provide anonymous feedback to their peers and their teacher.
There’s a lot going on with Verso, but at its core, it’s meant to help improve student engagement, gather student feedback, and improve teacher practices by providing strategies that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Overall, Verso provides personalized professional development (PD) to teachers, and also offers a platform for collaboration and growth.
Arrive Math Booster from McGraw-Hill Education is a collection of digital mini lessons, hands-on lessons, and physical board games that can be used to help support a teacher’s current math curriculum. It can be used in teacher-led, small-groups, or independent student learning scenarios, and is designed to be implemented across a wide variety of classroom models.
This could include things such as inclusion classrooms, blended learning and personalized learning environments, math workshops, and traditional differentiation situations. Arrive Math Booster is licensed at the student, classroom, or building level and integrates with most common school authentication systems.
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.
Overall, Vivi is licensed as a subscription service, so that schools won’t be faced with surprise upgrade or purchasing needs that can be seen with other screen mirroring solutions. The Vivi team offers 30-45 day pilot tests for districts to try out their solution.
Quill.org is a free tool that is designed to help K-12 students develop their writing skills by providing activities and feedback as they progress through a variety of activities. In its current state, the tool is designed to help students begin constructing complex sentences, but in the future the team has plans on expanding that to include thesis and essay writing.
It’s an excellent resource, particularly for a free tool, and I believe it could be highly beneficial for the classroom.
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.
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.
Reading Horizons Elevate®: Interactive Reading Software for 4th Grade to Adult, ELL Students, and Struggling Readers - Updated for Version 8
Reading Horizons Elevate is an interactive reading program that is designed to provide differentiated reading instruction to students in 4th grade and above, including ELL students, struggling readers, and adults. The Reading Horizons Elevate software can be used independently on any computer or Chromebook with an internet connection, or with guidance from a teacher as part of a blended learning environment. Let’s take a look!
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.
Using FilterED’s unique inventory, school leaders can answer questions like “What does the current technology landscape look like?”, “What is the cost of failed technology installations?”, “What kind of evidence can we supply in support of our learning ecosystem?” and many more.
Overall, FilterED identifies strengths and perceived gaps/conflicts that keep an organization from growing and improving. It is designed to help school leaders understand your current state, and help you plan accordingly for where you want to go. It helps school leaders answer the question, “What’s the return on learning?” for technology adoptions and implementations.
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.
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