Flexcat is a new audio system that is designed to help teachers and students working in small group settings in K-12 classrooms. The system includes two-way speakers that you can place on students’ desks as well as a microphone and earpiece for the teacher. The general idea is that the teacher can easily hear what’s going on within each group in the classroom, regardless of where they’re at, but there’s a whole lot more to the system so let’s check it out!
pivotEd is a new resource from Capstone publishing company that is designed to be used for reading and literacy activities in 1:1 classrooms. Specifically built for grades 3-6, pivotEd is aligned with CCSS, NGSS, and other standards. The resource is meant to be used to help build collaboration and communication skills for students, and it does an excellent job at achieving that goal. Let’s take a look!
A few months back I had the opportunity to review Dremel’s new 3D20 Idea Builder printer and it turned out to be an excellent product. This month, Dremel sent me their larger 3D40 model to check out. Much like the 3D20, the 3D40 proved to be an excellent tool and survived weeks of constant printing from the preservice teachers I work with.
But beyond that, Dremel continues to show that they have designed their printers with K-12 education in mind. Let’s take a look!
CommonLit is a completely free literacy resource design for 5th - 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.
Animatron is a free and relatively simple animation creator that you and your students can use to create short videos that can be played back on any device. The tool is a great alternative to creating static presentations, and would work well for upper elementary through high school students. It’s a user-friendly app with lots of flexibility and possibilities, so let’s take a look!
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