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Digital Lesson Planner Replaces Bulky Binders

Digital Lesson Planner Replaces Bulky Binders

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8/18/2017 6:30:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Common CurriculumSummary: Sleek lesson planner replaces bulky binders, promotes collaboration Pros: Take organization to the next level while also keeping important goals in mind.Cons: A couple of additional features (A/B block formatting, tablet compatibility) would be useful.Bottom Line: Ditch pen-and-paper planning; embrace the flexibility of collaborative lesson planning and calendar design. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScrip...
Bizarre, Fun Games Help Kids Grasp Fractions

Bizarre, Fun Games Help Kids Grasp Fractions

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8/17/2017 12:10:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Fog Stone IsleSummary: Fun virtual world builds deep understanding of fractions Pros: Carefully crafted games ensure long-term retention and conceptual understanding of fractions.Cons: Each time kids begin the game, plan on several minutes for it to load.Bottom Line: A 3D world that uses adaptive computer manipulatives to build important fractions concepts. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Dis...
Biology Game Puts Kids in Command of Learning

Biology Game Puts Kids in Command of Learning

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8/16/2017 6:21:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Cell CommandSummary: Immersive biology game keeps students interested during learning Pros: Placing students in the position to operate a cell is a gripping way to teach biology.Cons: Some students may skip the instructions and dive right into the games, leaving some learning behind.Bottom Line:Students take away a broad knowledge of cell anatomy and function. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Di...
Valuable Tool For Earth Science Teachers, Students

Valuable Tool For Earth Science Teachers, Students

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8/14/2017 12:10:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: EarthViewerSummary: Earth's deep geologic history and real science data at your fingertips Pros: Extensive data is visual, accessible, downloadable, and can be used in all Earth Science subjects and projects.Cons: Requires context and a larger lesson or project to be at its most useful; would benefit from a full curriculum or set of lesson plans.Bottom Line: An unbeatable Earth Science app for its data, scope, and potential for learning. Read more here. By Common Sense Education ...
Create Multimedia Projects with Buncee for Education

Create Multimedia Projects with Buncee for Education

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8/11/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Buncee for EducationSummary: Easy-to-use slide show tool offers lots of customization Pros: The simple interface makes assembling multimedia presentations a breeze.Cons: More design instruction would be helpful, and top-notch features come with a cost.Bottom Line: A straightforward presentation-making tool with many features. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This po...
Save Text, Video, Images to Handy Virtual Corkboard

Save Text, Video, Images to Handy Virtual Corkboard

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8/10/2017 6:00:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: MURALSummary: Multifaceted message boards help kids collaborate Pros: Kids can work together on projects in an effective, visual way, in class or remotely.Cons: Users need a paid subscription to collaborate in real-time, password-protect links, and access other features; some text contains typos.Bottom Line: MURAL can encourage individual team members to contribute to a project; teachers may find the Pro version's options are worth the extra cost. Read more here. By Common Sense Ed...
Free Resource Aids in Building Classroom Community

Free Resource Aids in Building Classroom Community

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8/9/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: StoryCorpsSummary: From the everyday to the extraordinary, personal interviews get kids listening Pros: There's an extensive archive of fascinating and powerful interviews, as well as solid support for preparing, recording, and posting one of your own.Cons: Transcripts of popular interviews are only available in book form, and for cost.Bottom Line: It's a great resource to help demonstrate the value of listening and the importance of storytelling and interviewing skills. Read more he...
Autism Skills App Aids in Achieving IEP Goals

Autism Skills App Aids in Achieving IEP Goals

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8/7/2017 5:40:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Autism Core Skills School Edition: Academic, Communication, and Social Skills Plus DataSummary: Robust app combines high-quality lessons with handy quantitative data Pros: Tons of content with automated progress reports helps guide instruction.Cons: Some in-app games can be a bit confusing.Bottom Line: Academic and social lessons are worth the purchase price for the amount of depth and data produced. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaS...
Phree is a digital stylus that works on any surface – almost

Phree is a digital stylus that works on any surface – almost

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Developed by Israel-based OTM Technologies, Phree is a digital pen that you can use to, in the words of the CEO, express yourself anywhere, anytime on any surface. Well, almost any surface. It doesn’t write on glass, and it writes ineffectively on bumpy surfaces like crackers, as demonstrated by Gilad Lederer, OTM co-founder and CEO, during our visit to their Ra’anana office. The stylus utilizes an optical sensor, invented by Lederer and his co-founders Opher Kinrot and Uri Kinrot, to measure any object’s motion in three dimensions. It connects to devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets, VR headsets) through Bluetooth and works with Windows and Android-based applications, including handwriting recognition software. OTM also offers an iOS and Android app that allows users to take quick not
Create & Share Music With Collaborative Resource

Create & Share Music With Collaborative Resource

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8/4/2017 6:21:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: NoteflightSummary: Safe, collaborative space for creating and sharing original music Pros: Noteflight for Teachers helps teachers and students safely share assignments, musical concept examples, and opinions.Cons: The extensive options can be confusing at first for novices; student comments offer key feedback, but with no language filter, could get out of hand.Bottom Line: This useful, well-constructed music composition tool lets classrooms collaborate and comment on student-created ...
Great Mind-Mapping Resource for Kids & Adults

Great Mind-Mapping Resource for Kids & Adults

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8/3/2017 12:10:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: MindMeisterSummary: Powerful mind mapper aimed at adults, simple enough for older kids Pros: With tons of features and almost-seamless navigation, sharing and presenting are a snap.Cons: There are so many options that it can take a while to orient yourself, and any iffy comments or content of public maps could be hard to manage.Bottom Line: Sophisticated productivity tool enhances learning and organization with simple dashboard and slick workspace. Read more here. By Common Sense E...
Easy-to-Use Messaging Tool for Teachers & Parents

Easy-to-Use Messaging Tool for Teachers & Parents

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8/2/2017 6:37:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: ClassTagSummary: Flexible user-friendly tool gets parents and teachers in sync Pros: Excellent how-to info makes it easy for teachers to get oriented and get creative.Cons: Some features may be redundant with communications tools your school already has in placeBottom Line: A fabulous way to coordinate the little sign-ups that make a big difference. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comme...
Easy-to-Use Messaging Tool for Teachers & Parents

Easy-to-Use Messaging Tool for Teachers & Parents

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8/2/2017 6:37:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: ClassTagSummary: Flexible user-friendly tool gets parents and teachers in sync Pros: Excellent how-to info makes it easy for teachers to get oriented and get creative.Cons: Some features may be redundant with communications tools your school already has in placeBottom Line: A fabulous way to coordinate the little sign-ups that make a big difference. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comme...
T&L CELEBRATES THIS YEAR’S WINNERS OF THE LEADER OF THE YEAR CONTEST AT ISTE

T&L CELEBRATES THIS YEAR’S WINNERS OF THE LEADER OF THE YEAR CONTEST AT ISTE

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7/31/2017 8:44:00 AM Tech & Learning’s Leader of the Year party, sponsored by turnitin, hosted more than 100 of our esteemed readers and advisors. From left: The Texans: Mitzy Neely, Leader of the Year winner Michelle Cooper, Lori Gracey (TCEA Executive Director), Randy Rogers, and Scott Floyd T&L advisor Adam Phyall with Leader of the Year winner Jerri Kemble The T&L Team: Adam Goldstein, Christine Weiser, Kevin Hogan, Judy Salpeter, Ellen Ullman ( front); Stephanie Rubin, Katie Sullivan, and Allison Knapp (back) ISTE CEO Richard Culatta with Christian Padgett, Kimberly Lane, and Leader of the Year Runner Up Patricia Brown Leader of the Year winner Todd Dugan and his wife Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments
Funds for Learning Initial Survey Results Show Value of E-Rate

Funds for Learning Initial Survey Results Show Value of E-Rate

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7/31/2017 6:35:00 AM Changes in leadership in the White House and the FCC have raised questions regarding the promise of the E-Rate program to deliver broadband connections to students in the US. According to Funds For Learning’s annual survey of applicants, schools and libraries across the nation continue to rely on E-Rate funding to provide connectivity. Key initial findings from the 2017 survey include: ● 87 percent of respondents said E-Rate funding is vital to their organization’s Internet connectivity goals. ● 79 percent said they have faster Internet connections to their sites because of E-Rate. ● 78 percent said they were able to connect more students and library patrons to the Internet because of the E-Rate program. This year, approximately 1,100 applicants completed the sur
Kids Bring Their Stories to Life With GoAnimate for Schools

Kids Bring Their Stories to Life With GoAnimate for Schools

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7/31/2017 6:13:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: GoAnimate for SchoolsSummary: Make professional-looking animations with easy-to-use tool Pros: Fun characters and settings and an easy-to-use interface make this a great tool for a wide range of ages and abilities.Cons: If you want access to the educator features and kid-appropriate content, you'll have to pay yearly.Bottom Line: This highly engaging animation tool is a fun way for kids to experiment with storytelling and digital creation. Read more here. By Common Sense Education ...
Nonpartisan Resource Helps Students Explore Controversial Issues

Nonpartisan Resource Helps Students Explore Controversial Issues

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7/28/2017 6:47:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: ProCon.orgSummary: Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues Pros: Free educational resource provides non-biased information on controversial issues; promotes critical thinking and civic engagement.Cons: Some of the more complex, reading-intensive content may need to be modified for less fluent readers.Bottom Line: The balanced pro/con format makes this a go-to source for online research on controversial issues. Read more here. By Common Sense Education ...
GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING

GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING

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We owe it to our students to bring what interests them into our classrooms. If your students are like mine, that means embracing video games by implementing game-based learning. Game-based learning lets students have fun while they gain or improve various skills. I fused game-based learning for the first time during the 2014-15 school year. I’d challenged my students to create presentations, without using Google Slides, that demonstrated what they’d learned about Romeo and Juliet. Many of them created videos, but one student asked if he could use Minecraft. Although I’d never heard of Minecraft, after he explained that it’s an 8-bit-looking video game that enables players to build anything out of blocks, I decided to let him try it. A week later, he brought his laptop in and walked his cl
GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING

GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING

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We owe it to our students to bring what interests them into our classrooms. If your students are like mine, that means embracing video games by implementing game-based learning. Game-based learning lets students have fun while they gain or improve various skills. I fused game-based learning for the first time during the 2014-15 school year. I’d challenged my students to create presentations, without using Google Slides, that demonstrated what they’d learned about Romeo and Juliet. Many of them created videos, but one student asked if he could use Minecraft. Although I’d never heard of Minecraft, after he explained that it’s an 8-bit-looking video game that enables players to build anything out of blocks, I decided to let him try it. A week later, he brought his laptop in and walked his cl
GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING

GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING

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We owe it to our students to bring what interests them into our classrooms. If your students are like mine, that means embracing video games by implementing game-based learning. Game-based learning lets students have fun while they gain or improve various skills. I fused game-based learning for the first time during the 2014-15 school year. I’d challenged my students to create presentations, without using Google Slides, that demonstrated what they’d learned about Romeo and Juliet. Many of them created videos, but one student asked if he could use Minecraft. Although I’d never heard of Minecraft, after he explained that it’s an 8-bit-looking video game that enables players to build anything out of blocks, I decided to let him try it. A week later, he brought his laptop in and walked his cl