Britannica (Web App)

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In A Nutshell

Britanica School provides vetted, relevant, and up to date content and information for students Pre-K-12.

Ideas

  • Both students and teachers can use Britannica to find information that can be used for projects, research, or fun facts.
  • Britannica “Learning Zone” is designed specifically for Pre-K-2 students and has scaffolds such as text to speech, lots of pictures, and relevant content.
  • Information and content can be shared with a click of a button with both Google Classroom and Google Drive.
  • Double Click words to get automatic definitions of the words.
Notable Feature

Scaffold reading Levels with the click of a button.

What is the App?

Britannica is a resource provided by MEL (Michigan eLibrary)- https://www.mel.org/welcome

Used to help distribute vetted content that is made for all readers and can accommodate every level of student.

What is the value of the app?

Britannica by itself is a more expensive program with all of the features that it has. Because of the Michigan eLibrary, all residents of Michigan can have access to all of its content. Britannica is also highly valued for its type of content and accuracy. Websites such as Wikipedia do not check for information, and anyone with an account can add information.

How do I use the App?

Buncee for EDU

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In A Nutshell

Buncee for EDU is a creation and presentation tool that allows students to create interactive presentations, stories, and cards in a very simplistic way.

Ideas

  • Use Buncee as a demonstration of learning tool to help student present what they have been working on.
  • Use as a collaborative note-taking tool
  • Create presentations for parents and print off to send home for kids.
Notable Feature

Easily add multiple types of media to make presentations come to life and make learning engaging and fun.

What is the App?

Buncee is a creation and presentation tool. Buncee makes it easy for you and your students to create content for all classroom purposes – whether you’re in need of an awesome presentation, an interactive story, an engaging lesson, or a beautiful card. With Buncee’s fun and educational media tools and graphics, you can open up your world and introduce your students to creativity on-the-go!

What is the value of the app?

Buncee is an alternative to google slides for presenting and creating. It’s important to find alternatives for our students, that also keeps their interests up to ensure learning doesn’t become stagnant.

How do I use the App?

Support Page for Buncee: https://buncee.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

HP Reveal(Aurasma)

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In A Nutshell

Bring Augmented Reality to the classroom and engage your students in a transformative way.

Ideas

  • Create an augmented reality tag for any book in classroom and have students video record themselves giving a review of the book. This way any student that wants to find out more about the book, all they have to do is hold their iPad up to the book and they will see a video review of the book.
  • Create virtual field trips. Use the augmented reality app on a map, globe, or worksheet of a place and embed a video, virutal field trip, or other interactive activity for the kids to go to.
  • Create digital word walls on any surface.
Notable Feature

Make any picture, object, or item come to life with the iPad.

Price:

Free!

What is the App?

HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) changes the way we interact with the physical world. Discover augmented reality (AR) experiences, create your own AR, and share the magic with friends.

What is the value of the App?

AR(Augmented Reality) can help the teacher explain a subject, provide a visual representation of the material, and help students test out their knowledge in practical applications or practice.

How do I use the App?

HP Reveal Support Site: https://aurasma.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

Of course put in a tech request anytime to have Matt or Rick come to classroom to help with building AR in your instruction.

Google Drive

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In A Nutshell

Google Drive is the digital file storage solution with unlimited space for P-CCS staff and students. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.

Ideas

Collaborate anywhere

Co-edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time.

  1. Color code folders: Color-code the names of folders.

  2. Insert bookmarks: Insert a link to another part of your document, like in a table of contents.

  3. Minimize: Star only the docs you want to see at one time, and minimize everything in the left pane for a minimized view.

  4. Annotate with footnotes: Insert annotations as footnotes to your document easily.

Notable Feature

With Drive, you can:
• View documents, PDFs, photos, videos, and more
• Search for files by name and content
• Easily share files and folders with others
• Set sharing permissions to view, comment, or edit
• Quickly access recent files
• See file details and activity
• Enable viewing of files offline

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Price:

District Subscription

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.

Google Drive is not only a storage tool, but it includes the following tools embedded within it:

Google Docs is a word processing tool (like Microsoft Word).

Google Slides is a presentation tool (like PowerPoint).

Google Sheets is a spreadsheet tool (like Excel).

Google Forms is a survey creation tool (like SurveyMonkey).

Google Maps is a mapping tool that has many classroom applications.

Google Drawings is a graphic design tool that is very versatile.

What is the value of Google Drive?

1. It’s free

2. It works on all platforms.

3. It’s perfect for collaboration.

4. It’s paperless.

5. It saves automatically.

6. It builds college and career readiness.

 

 

Apple Classroom

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In A Nutshell

Apple Classroom is a classroom management tool that enables the teacher to view what the students are doing on their iPads in real time. Teachers have the ability to lock students into apps, share work with a single click, and many more useful management features.

Ideas

  • Assessments – Utilize the Apple Classroom app when using iPads for assessments by viewing live how students are taking assessments, and ensuring they are using assessment best practices.
  • Work Distribution/Submission- With Apple Classroom students will be able to submit work to you through Airdrop, and you can assign particular assignments and work with a single tap.
  • Groupings- You can create groups in Apple Classroom to help differentiate instruction and resources. Think about creating your reading groups in Apple Classroom, so when students are working individually it will quickly and easy to distribute work.
Notable Features

– Classroom connects to nearby student devices
– Classroom intelligently assigns students to their individual iPads.

Start, focus, or pause student work
– Launch any app, website, or book on student devices with a tap
– Lock devices into a single app to help students focus
– Lock screens to pause work or refocus your class
– Mute audio on student devices

See what your students see with Screen View
– See an overview of all student screens at once
– Focus on a single student screen
– Students are informed when their screens are being viewed

When you “end” the class at the end of the day or learning session. It will give you a summary of everything you did and gives you a summary of what the students did, how much time they were on a particular app, other other great information.

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Price:

Free!

What is Apple Classroom?

Apple Classroom is a classroom management tool that enables the teacher to view what the students are doing on their iPads in real time. Teachers have the ability to lock students into apps, share work with a single click, and many more useful management features.

What is the value of Apple Classroom?

The iPad is such a powerful learning tool, but can also be a distraction for some students. With the touch of an app, students can quickly access a youtube video, open an educational game when not instructed to, or find some music to listen to when they should be reading. Apple Classroom allows the teacher to make sure the students are being accountable by showing in real time what the students are doing. The teacher also has the ability to lock students into an app, mute audio, or submit work with AirDrop.

Nearpod

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In A Nutshell

Nearpod is a must-have platform that enables teachers, schools and districts to create engaging learning experiences by providing interactive presentations, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.

-iTunes Store

Ideas

  • Use Nearpod as a blended learning tool to provide students with a personalized learning path
  • Use Nearpod to flip your classroom
  • Use Nearpod to create awesome sub plans that will assure delivery of content to your students even while you’re away
Notable Feature

Use Collaborate as a springboard to class debate and incorporate student voice into the classroom with ease. Learn more…

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Price:

Free for the Silver Version. Paid versions available via individual, school, or district subscription.  Learn More…

What is Nearpod?

Nearpod is the go-to tool for interactive presentations and assessments. At the Nearpod website, teachers create their own multimedia presentations or use an extensive and growing library of pre-made offerings (many CCSS-aligned and some at a cost). Teachers can create from scratch or drag and drop files to modify. They can upload videos, images, audio clips, and PDF files and can embed multiple-choice quizzes, slide shows, polls, Draw Its (students write directly on a slide), collaboration boards, and open-ended questions. Teachers launch the presentation and monitor progress either from the website or through the app. Using the Nearpod app on their devices, students input their names to access the content and submit responses.  – Common Sense Media

What is the value of Nearpod?

The presentations provide opportunities for skill development across the curriculum and multiple ways to improve student learning. As an assessment tool, Nearpod provides immediate feedback and opportunities for re-teaching. When students receive quiz scores, they can ask questions to clarify errors in their understanding of the content instead of waiting for a paper copy to be handed back. As a presentation tool, students move through content at their own pace, which allows for differentiation. Teachers may also choose to provide students with different presentations to further personalize instruction. Using it as an engaging interactive tool, students complete polls or post ideas and images to a collaboration board, and results are immediately available for classroom discussion and up-voting. Using it as a homework tool, students can access the assignment outside of the classroom on their own device using the free app or the website. They respond to open-ended questions that the teacher can review online and use to prepare follow-up lessons based on areas of need. Finally, teachers can use it as an instructional tool, projecting student work for the class to discuss, review, or evaluate individual responses.

When direct instruction is a necessity, Nearpod offers a fantastic way to increase student involvement. It would be nice to see some additional collaborative features like a back channel or group annotation capabilities. It would be great if students could create presentations as well. – Common Sense Media

Brainpop

In A Nutshell

Brainpop is an online repository of games, videos, lesson, and other learning tools that help engage learners on various topics.

Ideas

  • Use a BrainPOP video as a “hook” and get students excited about a particular topic.
  • Assign a BrainPOP video for students to watch at home and then spend the next day discussing what they watched.
  • Utilize the activities and challenges to help extend learning for students.
Notable Feature

All resources vetted by educators and experts in education.

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Price:

$195/year

What is Brainpop?

Brainpop is online repository of videos, activities, games, and other learning tools geared towards K-12 students. Can be used on both iPads and chromebooks.

What is the value of Brainpop?

It helps support educators by providing an engaging medium that is both fun and informative for students. Has hundreds of different learning components that also work with primary students and ELL students.

How do I use Brainpop?

IXL

In A Nutshell

IXL is an adaptable learning software program for Math and Language Arts that is used to help extend and engage learning for students.

Ideas

  • Use IXL as a station in the stational rotation model for differentiation.
  • Have students reinforce skills at home with IXL.
  • Use IXL in small groups when assessing a particular topic or skill.
Notable Feature

An adaptable learning platform that places students from pre-assessments.

Price:

Free!

What is IXL?

IXL is a website that provides dynamic, engaging and adaptive activities for students in multiple subject areas. Currently PCCS has a subscription for MATH and ELA.

What is the value of IXL?

Math and ELA IXL can be used in addition to your math and ela curriculum for differentiated practice. It is an app on all iPads and can be easily found through their website when using chrome.

How do I use IXL?

Browse to www.ixl.com/signin/pccs or browse to our shortened url links.pccsk12.com/ixl

Click the blue Sign in with Google button and follow any prompts to be logged into IXL.

(Prompts will vary based on whether or not you are already signed into Google.)

If you prefer, students can still use their old usernames and passwords to log in to their account as before (we suggest you consider clicking “Remember” so that their subsequent visits might be able to have their usernames and passwords auto filled).

How to Add Students to a Roster?

Go to https://www.ixl.com/signin/pccs and sign in to your instructor account using SSO.

Click the arrow next to your name in the top-right corner to open your account menu, then select Roster.

Once you are viewing your Roster, scroll down to the bottom and click on Add students.

Enter student details in either the Last name, First name, or Student ID number fields.

If an account has already been created for your student, you will be able to click on their name from the yellow highlighted section that appears as you begin to type into a single field. This will prevent duplicate accounts from being created! Please be patient; it may take a few seconds for the match to appear.

Once you have clicked on the student’s name that appears highlighted in yellow, that student will automatically be added to your roster and you will be able to track their progress in your Analytics.

How Do I Add New Students?

After confirming that a student does not an account (see step 4 on previous slide), you may create a new account for a student.

If you create an account, please be sure to include the student’s Google email address so that they in turn will also have the option of logging in via Google SSO.

Google Classroom

In A Nutshell

Seen as a lite version of an LMS(Learning Management System). Teachers can assign students work, assess students, communicate with parents, and other blended and flipped approaches. Used in typical blended/flipped classrooms.

Ideas

  • Use Google Classroom to assign differentiated work that students can work on both in school and at home.
  • Create and distribute an assessment that grades itself using both Google Forms and Google Classroom.
  • Allow students to give each other appropriate and academic feedback on their classmates work.
Notable Feature:

Organize and Track student progress with submission history.

Price:

Free!

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is designed to help teachers create, collect, and grade assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.

What is the value of Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is ideal for a school district such as ours due to all of our students having devices with Google accounts. The system allows the teacher to communicate effectively with other both co-teachers and students.

How do I use Google Classroom?

Seesaw

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In A Nutshell

Teachers on all grade levels and across all content areas can use Seesaw in their classes to keep digital portfolios of student work, including commenting on student work.

Ideas

  • Have students record themselves explaining a picture and sharing with class
  • Have students take a picture of their work and obtain feedback from their peers through comments
  • Safe space to teach social media skills to kids
Notable Feature:

QR Code Sign on!

Price:

Free!

Evaluation Score:

17/18

Link to Scoring Rubric

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is a multi-platform app (iOS, macOS, Windows, ChromeOS, Android) through which students can create a portfolio to document the things they have learned. Students can add artifacts to their portfolios by taking pictures of their work (in the case of a worksheet or other physical item), by writing about what they’ve learned, or by shooting a short video to record something they have learned. Students can add voice comments to their pictures to clarify what their pictures document – similar to a screencast.

What is the value of Seesaw?

Use new activities feature to assign students particular work. Can be individuated or work off of a single template.
Great for primary students with QR code integration.