An Interesting Infographic Featuring 8 Good Exit Ticket Tools for Teachers

February 23, 2017
Here is an infographic we created for the post "8 Great Exit Ticket Tools for Teachers". The post is too long and did't have much space for this visual so we are sharing it here separately.

Exit tickets or cards are informal assessment tools teachers can use to assess students understanding at the end of a class. They can also be used for formative assessment purposes to help teachers design better instructional content based on students feedback. Exit tickets can take the form of a prompt or a question related to what have been taught in the lesson. Here are some examples of questions and prompts to use in your exit cards as featured in Brown University:
“Name one important thing you learned in class today.
What did you think was accomplished by the small group activity we did today?
Write/ask one question about today’s content—something that has left your
puzzled.
Today’s lesson had three objectives (These would have been shared at the
beginning of class and should still be available for referencing.), which of the
three do you think was most successfully reached? Explain. Or, which was not
attained? Why do you think it was not?”
The traditional way exit tickets were used to be delivered was through pen and paper. But with the pervasive use of technology in education, there appeared a number of useful web tools teachers can utilize to create and share exit tickets with students. Here is an updated list of some of the best tools we recommend for teachers:

This visual is also available for free download in PDF format from this link.

8 Great Exit Ticket Tools for Teachers

Grab These iPad Apps- They Are Free Today

February 26, 2017
This week's apps gone free selection features 7 interesting iPad apps you may want to try out. Four of these apps (Sea of Squares, Zenge, Quell+, and Coloring Animal Zoo) are puzzle games to stimulate kids creative thinking and enhance their problem-solving skills. There is also the popular Audio Notebook app which is free today. It allows users to both record and takes notes on the go. The remaining apps are a time management app for keeping track of your daily activities and a Twitter application that enables you to view your Twitter timeline and mentions on the lock screen.

Grab These iPad Apps- They Are Free Today

1- Audio Notebook

‘Stop struggling to take notes while keeping up with discussions. Audio Notebook captures everything that is said, so you don't have to worry about missing a thing.’

2- Time Manager

‘Time Manager is an easy way to keep track of your daily activities. With one touch you can access all your common tasks and edit them at any time. All your tasks will be totaled and broken down into reports and graphs for you to see how well you're spending your time’

3- Tweety Pro

‘View your Twitter timeline & mentions on the lock screen or inside any app to quickly get updated about the world around you with Tweety.’

4- Sea of Squares

‘Sea of Squares is a simple relaxing 3D puzzle game. Match two or more adjacent blocks of the same color to remove them up until you clear entire level. What could be easier? Huh! Try it on your iPad, iPhone or iPod and see how far you can get.’

5- Zenge

‘Game is intended to be a relaxing experience, thus there are no points, stars, tutorials, move counters, in game shops or any other distractors. Just pure, immersive journey with Eon, told through gorgeous art and music.’

6- Quell+

‘Quell is an enchanting game of logic which has taken the puzzle world by storm. It offers Over 80 levels of cunningly crafted puzzles – requires lateral thinking; perfectly balanced difficulty curve; localized for English, French and several other languages...'

7- Coloring Animal Zoo

‘Welcome to the Coloring Animal Zoo, where interacting with every page is easier than ever; simply touch to color! But that’s just the beginning! Complete fun tasks like popping bubbles in the aquarium, chasing the parrot in the aviary and helping cute little birds clean the hippo’s teeth!’

Source: Apps Gone Free

A Great Tool Students and Teachers Can Use to Create Customized Portfolio Websites

February , 2017
Portfoliogen.com is a great tool for teachers and student-teachers allowing them to create a customized portfolio website. Members get their own URL where they can organize all of their materials in one place.


Some current features include:
  • Members can request professional endorsements
  • Password protection is available for the portfolio website as well as files uploaded
  • Members can publish documents and pictures 
  • Video embedding is supported
  • Multiple layouts and design options are available
Portfoliogen also offers a premium service that  includes more features such as :
  • Create UNLIMITED pages
  •  Upload up to 100 documents and files
  •  PDF, DOC, MP3, XLS, PPT File Uploads
  •  Add up to 100 photos
  •  Embed UNLIMITED videos
  •  Export / Download your portfolio
  • Enhanced design and layout customization
  •  Upload header and background images
  •  Save and access all templates and layouts
  •  Add Unlimited web links
  •  UNLIMITED journal posts
  •  Resume Creator
Here is an example of a portfolio website:
http://www.portfoliogen.com/mbishop/

Portfoliogen.com has recently added a number of key features. It started  allowing members to add a public profile to their memberships. Members can find each other and connect allowing them to share information and build their professional networks. This is important because 80% of people find jobs through people they know. As soon as someone registers with Portfoliogen.com and starts building their portfolio website, their public profile can be easily customized, made public at the members' discretion and connected to one's professional contacts also utilizing Portfoliogen.
By: Adam Gibbons from Portfoliogen.

A New Collaborative Storytelling Tool for Students

February 25, 2017
The popular timeline creation tool Hstry is now Sutori. This is not only a change of name but is also a change of focus, it is a 'move away from the less flexible terminology of timeline into the story or presentation space’. Sutori is a great digital storytelling platform students can use to create and share stories. Sutori offers a number of interesting features most important of them is story collaboration which allows students to work on the same story together and in realtime just as is the case in a Google doc.


Students can embed different forms of multimedia content into their stories including images, videos, text, podcast and audio. Besides using YouTube videos, students can even upload their own videos and use them in their stories. ‘On top of being able to embed a story into any website, users now have public profile pages. This is great if you wish to show off some of your work all in one place! Here is an example from one of Sutori users.’ When stories are ready, students can share them via email or on social media.

Here Is A Fabulous Tool for Creating Class Newspapers and Informational Brochures

February 25, 2017
Over the last few years, we have reviewed a number of interesting web tools and applications teachers and students can use to create digital magazines and newspapers. In today’s post we are bringing to your attention another important tool in this regard. Printing Press, from ReadWriteThink, is one of the most popular web tools for creating classroom newspapers, informational brochures and flyers to use in your instruction. It has been designed specifically for K-12 students to help them unleash their creative writing and engage in multimodal literacy activities.


Printing Press is very simple and easy to use. It provides several pre-made templates with multiple lay-outs to choose from. There are templates for creating newspapers, brochures, flyers, sign, and posters.You simply choose the template that works for you, type in your text and add images. When you are done, you can share your final product in PDF or .rwt format through email or you can save and print a copy. There is also a basic planning sheet that comes with this web tool to  ‘help students gather ideas before working on this interactive tool.’

16 Great Apps for Learning An Aboriginal Language

February 25, 2017
For those of you interested in learning and exploring an aboriginal language, the collection below has you covered. Curated from iTunes ‘Explore an Aboriginal language’ collection in App Store, this selection features 16 great iPad apps to introduce you to a wide variety of aboriginal languages spoken by First Nations in countries like Canada, Australia, USA and New Zealeand. More specifically, the languages covered are: Innu, Nakota, Ojibway, Denesuline, Atikamekw, Maskwacis and Manitoba Cree, Tlicho Dene, Mi’kmaw, Michif, and Saulteaux.

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Links to the featured apps:
1- Innu Conversation
2- FirstVoices Keyboards
3- Speak Cayuga
4- Nakota
5- Ojibway
6- Inuktut Naqittautit
7- Denesųłįné
8- Atikamekw Conversation
9- Maskwacis Cree
10- Manitoba Cree
11- Yati
12- Tal-Tluen?
13- L'nui'suti
14- Michif Lessons
15- Innu Dictionary
16- Saulteaux Language App

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