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?

Edmodo

Video

In A Nutshell

Edmodo is a free learning management tool that merges classroom content, safe communication, and assessment with students’ social media savvy.

– Common Sense Media

Ideas

  • Assessments – Utilize the Edmodo quiz builder or poll feature to assess students’ learning during or after a unit of study.
  • Role Playing – Help students understand key historical and literacy events by reenacting them through role-playing activities in Edmodo.
  • Peer Reviews & Critiques – Place students in small groups and have them post their work to their group for peer review and feedback.
Notable Feature

Safe Social Learning

  • Edmodo does not require private information from students. Students join Edmodo at the invitation of their teachers using a unique code the teacher generates within their Edmodo account.
  • Once invited to join Edmodo, students can only access groups to which they have been invited by their teachers.
  • Students cannot be “friended” or contacted by anyone outside of their Edmodo group.
  • Students in Edmodo can post messages to their teachers, or to their entire Edmodo group, but students cannot send private messages to each other.
  • Teachers maintain full control of their Edmodo groups and can delete posts, monitor all activity, review student posts before they go live, and even set individual students or groups of students to “read-only” access.
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Price:

Free!

What is Edmodo?

Edmodo is an educational website that takes the ideas of a social network and refines them and makes it appropriate for a classroom. Using Edmodo, students and teachers can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips. A teacher can assign and grade work on Edmodo; students can get help from the entire class on Edmodo.
It is a safe environment. There is no bullying or inappropriate content because the teacher can see everything that is posted on Edmodo. Also, parents can join the class to bring a level of transparency that is difficult to achieve without technology. All in all, Edmodo is a great companion to just about any class.

What is the value of Edmodo?

Students and parents can get quick answers to questions as well as stay current on class assignments and happenings via the student planner and discussion threads. Post a warm-up question, or take a quick poll to get student input on the day’s topic or to quickly assess understanding. Save time by using teacher-created assessments, and let Edmodo do some or all of the grading for you. Go paperless by collecting, grading, and returning student essays digitally, perhaps using an outside rubric tool for even more efficiency. Help students become more organized by using the teacher and student planner feature to manage assignments and deadlines using Edmodo’s blackboard-like platform. Monitor student progress and personalize learning using the Snapshot feature, and use apps and badges to support student learning and increase engagement. – 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?

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.