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

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.

 

 

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?