The good folks at Joy Labz were kind enough to send me a MaKey Makey for review, and let me tell you, I've been having a pretty great time playing around with it. For those unfamiliar, the MaKey Makey is a kit that plugs into your computer and basically turns any type of object into something you can digitally interact with. If that's confusing, we'll watch a video in a moment, but for now I'll just say it's a great tool and has some excellent potential in education.
Splashtop is a service that allows for all sorts of screen sharing. Want to show your iPad screen on your projector? Want to control your desktop computer from you iPad? Want your students to be able to control your desktop? How about having your students share their screens with the class. With Splashtop Classroom and Mirroring360 all of this is possible, regardless of what classroom devices you have.
The new TIME For Kids Classroom iOS App is an immersive digital teaching tool that takes learning deeper by using nonfiction multimedia content to engage students in a more meaningful way. The app features videos, photos, maps, polls and other interactive features to capture K-6 students’ attention and deepen their understanding of news and current events.
Plus, the TIME For Kids Classroom App includes interactive assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards for each grade level. Teachers get full access to standards-aligned quiz keys and assessment results, in addition to lesson plans and Common Core teaching tips. If you have access to iPads in the classroom, this app is a great resource. Plus you can access a free trial until the end of 2014! Let's check it out!
GoGuardian is an excellent and low-cost solution for monitoring, filtering, and providing anti-theft solutions to schools that are using Google Chromebooks. If you are using Chromebooks, or if your school is considering them, I highly recommend checking out GoGuardian because they offer incredibly useful services with an easy to understand interface that even those with limited tech experience can get used to. Let's take a look!
United Teach is a new EdTech startup that aims to bring an enormous variety of digital guest speakers to classrooms around the country. Through the service, you can find guest speakers on art, math, science, careers, pretty much everything imaginable. It's an excellent resource and a wonderful way to help students make real world connections with the subject matter! Let's check it out!
Odysseyware is an online learning system that offers coursework for students in 3rd through 12th grade in an enormous variety of subjects. These courses can be used for students who need to make up credits, to help teachers flip their class, for homebound students, or to simply supplement an already existing curriculum.
With that being said, this review will not focus on their online system as a whole, but rather on an exciting new addition. The Odysseyware team has recently added a great collection of virtual science labs that are designed to fit within their curriculum before their actual science labs take place. However, these lab could also be used on their own within the classroom, as a preview to actual labs, as a supplement to labs, or as a replacement in classrooms where supplies or time are not available. They have some excellent options, so, let's check it out!
The good folks at Sphero were kind enough to send me one of their new robots for review, and I tell you what, it's a pretty amazing creation. Not only can you have a great time simply playing with the robot, but they have a whole collection of high quality, common core aligned, STEM lessons designed for it as well. Sphero can be an awesome classroom resource, so, let's check it out!
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