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.

Flipgrid

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In A Nutshell

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform used by millions of PreK to PhD students, educators, and families around the world. Flipgrid brings the back row to the front and helps learners of all ages find their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others. -iTunes

Ideas

  • The new exit ticket – post a question like “what did you learn today,” or better yet, “what did you CREATE today?”
  • Number talks – have your students display their thinking around a math problem and critique others’ reasoning as they work through.
  • Advice to next year’s class or classes- Let your currents students speak directly to next year’s students!  What better way to do it? Use this hyperdoc to get you started or make your own.
Notable Feature

Safe Social Learning

  • Teachers spark discussion by posting topics and questions to a class, school, professional learning community, or the world. It is always the teacher’s choice, so the posted content is more safe and secure than using something like YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Students record, upload, view, react, and respond to each other’s short videos. Flipgrid students build and strengthen social learning communities as they discuss their ideas and experiences with their peers.
  • Flipgrid amplifies student voice and supports student development of global empathy as they immerse themselves in each other’s learning processes and perspectives. That’s what it’s all about!  -iTunes
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Price:

Free!

What is Flipgrid?

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled “grid” display. Grids can be classes, sections, groups of students, research groups, faculty groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions, and each question can hold an unlimited number of responses. Questions are short, text-based prompts (think Twitter) that can include basic formatting (such as bold, italic) and links to websites or documents. -Common Sense Media

What is the value of Flipgrid?

Flipgrid’s teacher tools are stellar: Take a spin through the videos to get a sense of smart ways to use it with your students. The range of tips is astonishing; who would have thought you could use a tool like this in a physical education class? If all of your students have access to a device with a camera, this can be a great way to gather students’ responses at their own pace without kids feeling on-the-spot in the classroom.

Use Flipgrid to further classroom conversations by assigning questions as homework assignments and then continue the conversation in class the next day. Ask students to weigh in on a critical current event for a social studies or civics class; use it in a math class to ask students to describe the process they used to solve a complex problem. You might also use Flipgrid as an opportunity for students to post mini-reviews of books, movies, or television shows. Consider using a “grid” as a way to collect a range of students’ responses on a single topic: Perhaps ask students at the end of a unit or the end of a year to reflect on what they’ve learned and what they’d recommend to other students. – Common Sense Media

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

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?