Britannica (Web App)

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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?

10 Frame Fill

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In A Nutshell

Provide practice for students with basic rote counting and number recognition.

Ideas

  • Use app to support number recognition
  • Allow students to try multiple numbers with multiple colors to help with engagement.
  • App can be used in either small group or in whole group to help support your classroom instruction.
Notable Feature

The app can be used with different themes to engage more learners.

Price:

Free!

What is the App?

“10 Frame Fill” provides children practice with recognizing additive “10 Families” (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer. Select to show a corresponding number sentence.

What is the value of the app?

Chips can be messy and pieces can get lost easily. With the app, students will never lose any pieces and can be differentiated with colors. Gives instant feedback to the student.

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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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

Edmodo

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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