Monday, June 26, 2017

DimensionU

DimensionU is one of my favorite companies for Game Based Learning.  These games take place in an interactive 3D virtual world where students strengthen their Math/Literacy skills.  The games are designed for kids grades 3rd-9th and are aligned to Common Core Standards.

Here are a list of DimensionU games...

Watch the videos below to see all 4 AMAZING
DimensionU Games in action:
Meltdown is the DimensionU game that
offers students a second chance
when answering difficult questions, and
rewards creative strategies to achieve victory.
Swarm is DimensionU's team-based
game that most strongly reinforces
cooperation and collaboration between
students to achieve a common goal.
Towerstorm is the DimensionU game
 that is best for working through the most
 curriculum in the shortest amount of time.
Velocity is DimensionU's high-speed
obstacle course that ensures players
answer questions correctly in order to
continue progressing through the race.
Click to view the MATHEMATICS or LITERACY content included in
DimensionU Games.


I highly recommend checking out DimensionU by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

*DimensionU is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

EdVisto

EdVisto is a innovative new site that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  EdVisto lets educators create "virtual" classrooms, then add members/students.  Once the students are entered, a teacher can create groups, start a chatroom for group discussion, and create assignments/stories.   Best of all are the clips/videos (i.e. similar to iMovie), and the educational portal that lets educators control users, privacy settings, etc. Once a story is finished it can then be shared w/ others.  EdVisto is a fantastic site to use project based learning, digital storytelling, and more.

I highly recommend checking out EdVisto by clicking here!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WordWanderer

WordWanderer is a site I just found about from Larry Ferlazzo's great blog for making word clouds.  This is a neat way to create a word cloud where you can edit what types of words you want to see or hide, such as: nouns, verbs, prepositions, etc etc.  Also, a user can click on a word to see a definition or how it is used in context or drag-a-line between to words to see how they are related.

I highly recommend checking out WordWanderer by clicking here!!!

CodeMonkey

CodeMonkey is a great site for students learning how to program/code.  This is done by guiding a monkey to collect his bananas from gorilla and meeting other characters along the way.  The farther along a user progress the more complex the stages/lessons are.  Students will learn basic JavaScript and principals such as: loops, variables, functions, conditions, and more.

Best of all is the educational portal that allows students to create and track 30 student accounts, a full teacher dashboard, and access to lesson plans.

I highly recommend checking out CodeMonkey by clicking here!!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NameCoach

NameCoach is a wonderful web service that educators are using to learn student's names and pronounce them correctly.  This is especially useful w/ commencement/graduation ceremonies on the horizon.  The way this works is simple as a teacher creates a name/web page and then has the student's speak their names.  The audio gets embedded into a page and a user can access them all on one page at anytime.  Also, NameCoach makes it very easy to share recordings and keep track of student's name/email.  It's easy, accurate, and 100% safe for schools to use.

I highly recommend checking out NameCoach by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



*NameCoach is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Parapara Animation

Parapara is a neat little site that for making animations/slideshows that I just found out about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog.  This is a simple to use site that lets user select and color then draw on a screen/frame.  These frames are automatically stitched together to create a slideshow.

I highly recommend checking out Parapara Animation by clicking here!!!

BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camps

Summer is almost here and BoomWriter's Virtual Summer Camps are right around the corner and a soon to be reality for educators!!! This is an excellent solution for teachers looking to make some extra money over the summer (from the comfort of their own home) using BoomWriter's innovative collaborative writing tool.

More info below...

BoomWriter is a site that I’ve written about many times because it lets elementary, middle, and high school teachers conduct engaging nonfiction, fiction, and vocabulary development group-writing activities in almost any subject area. But their new offering is not just another product- it’s a chance for teachers to completely change how they make money (and relax) over the summer!

BoomWriter announced a while back, that they are developing The BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camp to create engaging, flexible, and profitable experiences for teachers as they work to make extra money over the summer. Teachers can make upwards of $1,200 per week with their camp by facilitating online instruction and writing activities for campers in Grades 4-9 using BoomWriter’s easy to use group writing site.

At $0 cost to teachers, BoomWriter will provide the curriculum, camper sign-up web page, and everything else needed to run a camp, so all teachers have to do is recruit students from their own schools or learning communities to participate. Educators can run as many sessions as they want from wherever they want and truly become their own boss on their own schedule.

Register for their mailing list to receive more information and updates to get you ready for Summer of 2017. BoomWriter is a free site that keeps finding new and better ways to support teachers through technology, and The BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camp is no exception!

I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter Virtual Summer Camps by clicking here!!!

View a sample Virtual Summer Camp "splash page" by clicking here.

Below is a brief video...


*BoomWriter is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.