Britannica (Web App)

Video

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?

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.

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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

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?