ThinkCERCA: Standards-aligned Close Reading and Academic Writing Lessons for English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math.
ThinkCERCA is an online platform that focuses on strengthening close reading and argumentative writing skills across the curriculum. They offer lessons in ELA, the sciences, social studies, and math. This cross-curricular focus allows for teachers and schools to build a common language around literacy throughout grade levels and subject areas. It’s a wonderful resource, so let’s check it out!
Bloomz is a new, free tool designed to help teachers, parents, and PTA members share information and photos through real-time communication and coordination. Built primarily for the K-8 environment, Bloomz is an excellent tool for helping create connections between parents and teachers. It can even be used to help find classroom volunteers and schedule conferences! Let's take a look!
EDpuzzle is a wonderful free app that you can use to make video content more interactive by adding in things like multiple-choice and open-ended questions. I’ve been using EDpuzzle for a while now with the preservice teachers I work with, and although there are similar services out there, this one has always been my favorites. Let’s take a look at how you can get started transforming your video content!
Google Forms: Collect, Analyze, and Automatically Grade Student Data for Formative and Summative Assessments
Google Forms has been around for a while now, but at last month’s ISTE conference the team announced some exciting updates that make the free tool even more worthwhile and useful for K-12 educators. If you’re not familiar, Google Forms is a Google App (similar to Docs or Slides) that can be used to create forms and surveys to collect student data. Let’s take a look!
ClassFlow is a free software for interactive learning and collaboration created by the folks at Promethean. The system offers an impressive combination of features, including the ability to differentiate lessons, add interactive content, collect real time feedback on formative assessments, and track student behavior. Overall, it’s an excellent resource, so let’s take a look!
While I was at the ISTE conference this year I discovered a new favorite quiz app: Quizizz. Quizizz is a Kahoot alternative, with a few awesome additions and differences that really make it stand out as a great tool for K-12 classrooms. Like Kahoot, Quizizz is free, meant to be used for classroom quizzes, and can be accessed from any student device that has internet access. So with that in mind, let’s take a look!
Lifeliqe is a new app for iPads and Windows 10 devices that offers thousands of interactive 3D models for the classroom. At this year’s ISTE conference I had the chance to explore the app both in person, and in virtual reality, and they offer an impressive collection of 3D content. The app is designed for use in human anatomy, animal and plant biology, geology, chemistry, physics, geometry, paleontology, and history, so if you’re involved in one of those subject areas, read on!
Ormiboard: Immersive Whiteboarding to Create Lessons, Activities, and Assessments Across All Platforms
Ormiboard is a new platform that allows you to create lessons, assessments, and activities. It’s meant to be used in a 1:1 environment and lets teachers and students create and share content and interactive games on any device, regardless of the operating system. Ormiboard has a free plan where you can create up to 10 presentations, or it currently runs for $20 for unlimited usage. Let's check it out!
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