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?

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.

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.

 

 

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

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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Price:

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

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?

Seesaw

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In A Nutshell

Teachers on all grade levels and across all content areas can use Seesaw in their classes to keep digital portfolios of student work, including commenting on student work.

Ideas

  • Have students record themselves explaining a picture and sharing with class
  • Have students take a picture of their work and obtain feedback from their peers through comments
  • Safe space to teach social media skills to kids
Notable Feature:

QR Code Sign on!

Price:

Free!

Evaluation Score:

17/18

Link to Scoring Rubric

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is a multi-platform app (iOS, macOS, Windows, ChromeOS, Android) through which students can create a portfolio to document the things they have learned. Students can add artifacts to their portfolios by taking pictures of their work (in the case of a worksheet or other physical item), by writing about what they’ve learned, or by shooting a short video to record something they have learned. Students can add voice comments to their pictures to clarify what their pictures document – similar to a screencast.

What is the value of Seesaw?

Use new activities feature to assign students particular work. Can be individuated or work off of a single template.
Great for primary students with QR code integration.