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The Chrome Extension that Turns Everyone Into a Math Person

The Chrome Extension that Turns Everyone Into a Math Person

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By now, the benefits of increasing student literacy are well understood to be a key factor in student success across a broad spectrum of subjects, from science to civics. At a time when math and STEM concepts are finding their way into an increasing number of curricular subjects and career paths, math literacy in particular has assumed a vital importance in the 21st century. The same cannot be said of math class technology. While language arts classes have benefited from the positive effects of technology in the classroom, including increased engagement, individualized learning, and more robust collaboration, math and other STEM subjects have been left behind. For students that struggle with math, or simply dislike the subject, this lack of technology can further sink engagement and inhibi
Your Commonwealth: Great Classroom Resource for Global Issues

Your Commonwealth: Great Classroom Resource for Global Issues

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6/19/2017 6:20:00 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: Your CommonwealthSummary: Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth Pros: The wide range of voices from passionate global youth is outstanding, and hearing the news of the world from peers will keep students engaged.Cons: U.S. students can't contribute content to the site.Bottom Line: Offers a rich variety of news and opinion stories on global issues, and its young writers will get U.S. students hooked on civic engagement. Read more here. By Common Sense Education...
Create Rube Golberg Machines to Solve Problems & Puzzles

Create Rube Golberg Machines to Solve Problems & Puzzles

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6/16/2017 5:50:00 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: Contraption MakerSummary: Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines Pros: Full-featured puzzle game offers ample opportunities for building conceptual knowledge.Cons: Teachers will need to build the bridge from fun to actual learning.Bottom Line: Hands-on problem-solving leads to great fun and independent learning with the right curricular wrap-around to make connections between what kids are doing and what they need to know. Read more here. By Common Sens...
Great Resource for Differentiated Science Instruction

Great Resource for Differentiated Science Instruction

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6/15/2017 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: KoantumSummary: Engage young scientists with the 5E model, kid-friendly lessons Pros: Lesson plans are very detailed and incorporate a variety of worksheets, digital activities, videos, and hands-on classroom activities.Cons: Assessment is limited to basic multiple-choice quizzes, and standards alignment could be stronger.Bottom Line: Engaging, interactive lesson plans help students grasp elementary science concepts. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post ...
A Tool to Explore the World of Molecules

A Tool to Explore the World of Molecules

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6/14/2017 5:50:00 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: Happy AtomsSummary: Build molecules with physical models, explore with your device Pros: Combines the fun of physical models with digital inquiry.Cons: Kids can waste time trying to get the scanner to accurately recognize the atoms in their molecule.Bottom Line: Empower students to learn about molecules -- built with physical models -- using the camera on a hand-held device. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comment...
Help Students Identify Career Options with C’reer

Help Students Identify Career Options with C’reer

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6/12/2017 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: C'reerSummary: Free app helps kids refine career search, connect to universities Pros: Quiz results provide matching career choices and universities that provide corresponding training programs.Cons: Simplified quizzes might lead to inaccurate or inauthentic results for some students.Bottom Line: For students who are unsure where to begin, this app helps jump-start the college and career application process. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please ena...
Explore Ocean Habitats Virtually

Explore Ocean Habitats Virtually

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6/9/2017 5:30:00 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: iBiome -- OceanSummary: Fun interactive app dives deep into aquatic food webs Pros: Impressive amounts of content, interactive tasks, and a digital journal help students explore feeding relationships.Cons: Scant guidance when kids experiment, along with some feedback that scrolls too fast, could lead to confusion or hollow exploration.Bottom Line:With some extra scaffolding, this interactive resource can be a unique way to reinforce concepts related to ocean ecosystems. Read more her...
Animations, Gameplay Keep Kids Engaged With Electricity & Magnetism App

Animations, Gameplay Keep Kids Engaged With Electricity & Magnetism App

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6/7/2017 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: Meet Science: Magnetism and ElectricitySummary: Super-handy classroom resource has lessons, quizzes, videos, and more Pros: Many layers of learning are built in: lessons with animations, follow-up quizzes, an illustrated glossary, sample experiments, and mini-games that help kids apply what they learn.Cons: The quizzes are a little too brief and would be more useful if they were scored.Bottom Line:Comprehensive, multi-layered resource is great for teaching kids about magnetism and el...
Animations, Gameplay Keep Kids Engaged With Electricity & Magnetism App

Animations, Gameplay Keep Kids Engaged With Electricity & Magnetism App

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6/7/2017 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: Meet Science: Magnetism and ElectricitySummary: Super-handy classroom resource has lessons, quizzes, videos, and more Pros: Many layers of learning are built in: lessons with animations, follow-up quizzes, an illustrated glossary, sample experiments, and mini-games that help kids apply what they learn.Cons: The quizzes are a little too brief and would be more useful if they were scored.Bottom Line:Comprehensive, multi-layered resource is great for teaching kids about magnetism and el...
Play Game, Learn Chemistry

Play Game, Learn Chemistry

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6/5/2017 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: Collisions: Play ChemistrySummary: Game-based challenges build crucial chemistry concepts Pros: Through engaging puzzles, kids discover chemistry principles themselves.Cons: Sometimes frustrating gameplay will require extra teacher support.Bottom Line: Learn about atoms, ions, and bonding through challenge-based gameplay. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post wa...
Study Maps,Geography and More With This Virtual-to-Real World Treasure Hunt

Study Maps,Geography and More With This Virtual-to-Real World Treasure Hunt

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6/2/2017 5:47:00 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: GeocachingSummary: Leave and locate hidden packages in a real-world treasure hunt Pros: The virtual-to-real-world treasure hunts provide a fun activity that can, with guidance, teach kids about math, geography, and other subjects.Cons: There’s no guarantee the geocaches that other users place will contain appropriate content.Bottom Line: Kids learn problem-solving, teamwork, and mapping skills, but the site doesn’t provide instruction or explanations for most of those topics; educato
Use Emojis to Demystify Coding

Use Emojis to Demystify Coding

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6/1/2017 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: CodemojiSummary: Emoji-based coding tool demystifies web design and animation Pros: Sequential lessons on core web technologies, great tutorials, and instant access to student-made websites and animations.Cons: Design elements are limited to images, videos, and sounds contained in Codemoji; teacher dashboard can be buggy.Bottom Line: Emoji-based lessons engage learning and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation. Read more here. By Common Sens...
Use Emojis to Demystify Coding

Use Emojis to Demystify Coding

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6/1/2017 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: CodemojiSummary: Emoji-based coding tool demystifies web design and animation Pros: Sequential lessons on core web technologies, great tutorials, and instant access to student-made websites and animations.Cons: Design elements are limited to images, videos, and sounds contained in Codemoji; teacher dashboard can be buggy.Bottom Line: Emoji-based lessons engage learning and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation. Read more here. By Common Sens...
Use Emojis to Demystify Coding

Use Emojis to Demystify Coding

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6/1/2017 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: CodemojiSummary: Emoji-based coding tool demystifies web design and animation Pros: Sequential lessons on core web technologies, great tutorials, and instant access to student-made websites and animations.Cons: Design elements are limited to images, videos, and sounds contained in Codemoji; teacher dashboard can be buggy.Bottom Line: Emoji-based lessons engage learning and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation. Read more here. By Common Sens...
Reading Rainbow App Keeps Focus on Joy of Learning

Reading Rainbow App Keeps Focus on Joy of Learning

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5/31/2017 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: Reading Rainbow Skybrary FamilySummary: Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library Pros: Access hundreds of videos and real books, all in one easy-to-use app on a single device.Cons: There aren't many cons, but there could be more features that take advantage of the tablet medium.Bottom Line: Wonderful and practical way to get kids excited about learning and reading -- the greatness of the classic TV series, updated for the 21st century. Read more here. By ...
Reading Rainbow App Keeps Focus on Joy of Learning

Reading Rainbow App Keeps Focus on Joy of Learning

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5/31/2017 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: Reading Rainbow Skybrary FamilySummary: Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library Pros: Access hundreds of videos and real books, all in one easy-to-use app on a single device.Cons: There aren't many cons, but there could be more features that take advantage of the tablet medium.Bottom Line: Wonderful and practical way to get kids excited about learning and reading -- the greatness of the classic TV series, updated for the 21st century. Read more here. By ...
Online Learning Community Lets Kids Collaborate Globally

Online Learning Community Lets Kids Collaborate Globally

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5/25/2017 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: PenPal SchoolsSummary: Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe Pros: Projects fuse ELA and social studies while helping students make real-world connections.Cons: You'll need to sync up with the timelines of the courses. Rubrics are limited.Bottom Line: A thoughtful, ready-to-go platform that builds global awareness and collaboration skills by facilitating authentic, cross-cultural PBL experiences. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Ple...
A Great Way to Personalize Geography and Culture

A Great Way to Personalize Geography and Culture

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5/24/2017 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: One Globe Kids - Friends Around the WorldSummary: Beautiful photos and stories build cultural knowledge, self-awareness Pros: Upbeat, relatable stories of everyday lives help kids learn about other cultures.Cons: Adding extension ideas for each country could add support.Bottom Line: Beautiful photos and high-quality audio add to this amazing cultural and social learning experience. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the ...
Free Digital Library Earns Top Grades From Teachers

Free Digital Library Earns Top Grades From Teachers

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5/22/2017 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: Epic! - Unlimited Books for KidsSummary: Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books Pros: Seemingly boundless library includes popular, well-loved authors and series.Cons: Assessment tools are limited, and it'd be great to have multiple book styles for each book (audiobook, read-to-me, and typical solo reading).Bottom Line:This large collection of books and videos on a wide variety of topics is an easy -- and free -- enhancement to any classroom library. Read mo...
Free Online Tool Supports Differentiated Literacy Instruction

Free Online Tool Supports Differentiated Literacy Instruction

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5/19/2017 5:50:00 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: ReadWorks DigitalSummary: Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings Pros: Tons of free, ready-to-print resources including leveled reading passages, differentiated texts, vocabulary lists, and assessments.Cons: Too teacher-focused; students can't choose texts or access readings unless assigned.Bottom Line: An effective digital reinvention of the trusted ReadWorks platform that makes it simple to distribute and track high-quality reading assignments. Read mo...