10 Great Collaborative Whiteboard Tools for Teachers

May 26, 2017
Collaboration and team work are at the centre of meaningful learning experiences both inside and outside classroom walls. Luckily technology provides us with various tools and applications that support and enhance collaborative realtime work.  In today's post, we are sharing with you 6 good web-based whiteboard platforms you can use with your students and peers to collaborate and coordinate your work in realtime.

1- Jamboard

‘This Google’s latest collaborative tool. Jamboard is designed specifically to enhance realtime collaboration and brainstorming among teams across the globe. It is basically  ‘a collaborative, digital whiteboard that makes it easy for your team to share ideas in real-time and create without boundaries’.’

2- Web Whiteboard


‘A Web Whiteboard is touch-friendly online whiteboard app that lets you use your computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches, collaborate with others and share them with the world.’

3- Mural


Mural is another great collaborative tool that allows users to: ‘Use sticky notes to jot down ideas as fast as you can, either by drawing or typing. Use images, links and videos to support your ideas.Be up to date with what your team is doing. You’ll always know who did what and when.’

4- Realtime Board


‘Use the infinite online whiteboard, a design thinking toolkit and real time collaboration
features created with teams in mind. Organize your teamwork in a simple and visual way —
from research and brainstorming to visualization and review.’

5- DEEKIT


DEEKIT is a collaborative whiteboard that enables you to ‘ work faster and better by collaborating in real-time. Seamlessly collaborate in meetings and discuss ideas with stakeholders. You can draw, write or add notes and images or any other content to your whiteboards to collaborate…’

6- Twiddla


‘Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo - it's all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly.’

7- GroupBoard


‘Groupboard is a free online whiteboard app that can be easily embedded into your website. It works on any web browser including iPhone, iPad and Android with no downloads or plugins required. Used by online tutors, schools and universities worldwide. More than 600,000 Groupboards created!’

8- ZiteBoard


‘Ziteboard is a zoomable online whiteboard with realtime collaboration and simple teamworking to visualize your ideas, enhance your meetings, improve your tutoring sessions and design together.’

9- ConceptBoard


‘A flexible canvas that expands as you add content. Create and share as many boards as you need. Capture ideas, brainstorm, create moodboards, plan initiatives, and map out strategies.’

10- Limnu

‘Limnu is a collaborative online whiteboard made to be fast and simple enough to use for online meetings and video conferences. With Limnu, you can draw, plan, and think at the same time with other people. Make as many boards as you want, as big as you want, see your boards from anywhere, and all your work is automatically archived.’

Sources:
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/10/google-introduced-new-collaborative.html
https://getvoip.com/blog/2016/09/14/online-whiteboard-collaboration/
https://www.producthunt.com/

8 Good Android Science Apps for Elementary Students

May 25, 2017
For those of you using Android with their students in class, here is a collection of science apps curated specifically for elementary students. Using these apps, young learners will get to explore and learn about different science topics in fun, engaging and challenging ways.  For iPad science apps for elementary, check out this page instead. Enjoy

8 Good Android Science Apps for Elementary Students

1- Khan Academy
‘Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.You can learn anything – for free: Over 10,000 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and much, much more’

2- Explorium: Space for Kids Free
‘Put on an astronaut helmet, board a spaceship and set off on an exciting journey with Explorium - Space for Kids. Learn amusing astronomical facts, test your wit in challenging mini-games, and collect all your courage to become a real space hero! ’

3- Toca Lab
‘Welcome to Toca Lab! Explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table. ’

4- Science Lab for Kids
‘Check out our free Science lab experiments, full of fascinating home science experiments that are a great way for kids to enjoy the world of Science labs.’

5- Scientific Experiments
‘ Scientific experiments, is an ideal opportunity for your children to learn the laws of science, in an easy and simple way, all free and a great complement to their education and school work or school application. ’

6- iTooch 4th Grade Science
‘With more than 1,543 activities, iTooch 4th Grade Science is a fun way of practicing and learning Science for fourth graders.’

7- Love Science
‘Kids Love Science series of stories are written for children of ages 3-10, with the aim entertaining these youngsters while introducing them to significant achievements in the history of science, exploration and adventure.’

8- Kids Science Experiments
‘Kids Science Experiments application has more than 50 kids experiments with requirement of experiments, method for performing experiments and logic or happening of experiments.’

12 Good Windows Apps for Teachers

May 25, 2017
Today we spent sometime sifting through Windows app store and curated for you the list below. This is a collection of some great educational apps for teachers using Windows in their instruction. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: create ebooks, access over 6000 videos covering different K-12 topics, design game-based activities and quizzes to share with students, learn any language for free, capture and organize your notes across various devices, create and share interactive screencasts and many more.

12 Good Windows Apps for Teachers

1- Book Creator
‘Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your PC or Tablet.
With over 10 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, photo books, comic books, journals, textbooks and more.’

2- Khan Academy
‘Our Windows app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 6000 videos on your Windows device. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with tutorials on finance and history.’

3- Kahoot! Create
‘Create and host a fun learning game for any subject, any age, for free. Kahoot! is a free game-based platform that makes learning awesome. It brings fun into the classroom where anyone can play, unleash their secret classroom superpowers and celebrate together.’

4- Duolingo
‘With Duolingo, you learn a language completely for free. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends.’

5- OneNote
‘OneNote is your digital notebook for capturing and organizing everything across your devices. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, or make a to-do list, as well as draw and sketch your ideas.’

6- WolframAlpha
‘Across thousands of domains--with more continually added--Wolfram|Alpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you.
This app gives you access to the full power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.’

7- Read&Write for Microsoft Edge
‘Read&Write for Microsoft Edge™ offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research.’

8- GeoGebra
‘GeoGebra is free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Interactive learning, teaching and evaluation resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at tube.geogebra.org.’

9- Socrative
‘Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Windows app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide graphs of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction. Save time and visualize student understanding when it matters, now!’

10- FlashQuiz
‘FlashQuiz lets you have fun while studying. Enjoy creating your own flash cards with images, sound or even your own drawings! You can keep your flashcards for yourself or easily share them with anyone you like. FlashQuiz lets you keep track of which cards you know and which ones you don't, and replay the ones you get wrong, helping you learn.’

11- Edmodo
‘Edmodo takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect and collaborate—anytime, anywhere.’

12- Explain Everything
‘Explain Everything™ brings together an interactive screencasting whiteboard and a content Discover portal and community for Windows Devices.’

6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers

May 25, 2017
Creating classroom newspapers is a great way for teachers to engage students in a wide variety of literacy activities. Students can use their writing skills to demonstrate their learning, share stories, and collaborate with their peers to produce meaningful reading content.  There are several web tools you can use with your students to create class newspapers, the list below features some of our favourite titles that we reviewed in the past. We have also included two important  resources where you can access and download pre-designed newspaper templates. Have a look and share with us your feedback.

1- Newspaper Story Format by ReadWriteThink


‘Your students will find completing their newspaper article a snap by first filling out this useful handout that helps them identify each key element of an authentic newspaper article.’

2- Printing Press


 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.’

3- Lucidpress


Luidpress offers a wide variety of pre-made templates to use for creating newsletters, flyers, brochures, reports, posters, digital banners, presentations and many more. You can easily drag and drop your content to create your visuals. You can also integrate different types of multimedia materials including images, videos, and text right from your Google Drive or other third party platforms such as Dropbox, Flickr, and YouTube. Lucidpress supports real time collaboration allowing you to work with your peers on the same project. You can interact with your collaborators through chat and comments with the ability to track or reverse the edits with revision history. And when your visual is ready, you have different sharing options: you may want to publish it online via a generated link or download it for printing in PNG, JPG, or PDF format.

4- Canva


Canva provides a Flyer section where you can have access to a plethora of ready-made  templates to choose from. Using Canva’s drag and drop interface, you can insert your photos, text and customize your input the way you like. Once done, you can print or download your flyers to share with others. Canva is also available as an iPad app.

5- Newspaper templates from Lucidpress


The popular Lucidpress platform has this library featuring a number of excellent free templates to use for a variety of educational (as well as business) purposes. Templates are already pre-designed and you don’t have to do any formatting, you simply plug in your content to get the look you are looking for in a matter of few clicks

6- Newspaper templates from Google Docs
Using these templates will enable you to create beautiful newspapers without having to worry about the technical part in the process. Templates come with pre-designed layouts, different columns, fonts, colours etc. You only need to tweak them a little bit and use your own content to make these newspapers uniquely yours. To use any of these templates, make sure you are logged in to your Google account, click on the title of the template then on ‘use this template’. A copy of the template will open in your Docs where you can start editing and customizing it the way you want.

10 Powerful Apps to Enhance Students Writing Style

May 24, 2017
Below is a collection of some powerful apps to help you enhance your writing style. They provide you with a distraction-free environment where you can focus more on the writing task.  Some of these apps offer other interesting features that include giving you instant feedback on your writing style, proofreading services, spelling check, and many more. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback. Enjoy

10 Powerful Apps to Enhance Students Writing Style
1- Flowstate
‘The world is a hive of distractions, multi-tasking, and cultural ADD. Many sit down to write and watch hours vanish with nothing to show but a trail of browser tabs. Flowstate is a response to the amphetaminic digital age. It frees the writer to turn on, tune in, and open up.’

2- Danger Text 
'Danger Text is a text creation motivational tool that laughs in the face of writers block and procrastination. It is the perfect tool for rapidly writing—and sharing—your stories and ideas.'

3- Refly Editor
‘Refly is an AI-powered smart editor for authors, bloggers, and content marketers. A smart editor that helps proofread your content as you write. We use modern Machine Learning techniques to identify grammar mistakes. A powerful spell checker helps avoid embarrassing mistakes. A goal tracking tool helps develop a habit and stay on the course.’

4- Expresso
‘Expresso is a little tool to edit texts and improve your writing style. It will teach you to express yourself through writing more efficiently and help make your texts more readable, precise, and engaging.’

5- Writefull 
‘Writefull is an app that gives feedback on your writing by checking your text against databases of correct language. You can use Writefull in any writing tool - from MS Word to Gmail. Simply select a piece of text, hit the short-key to activate Writefull.’

6- Rough Draft
‘Ever write your first draft on a notepad? Writing on paper, you let go and just get your idea out. You don't get caught up perfecting the words too early. Rough Draft is like writing with pen and paper, so you can't delete words, only cross them out. Each "edit" reminds you that you're writing a rough draft.’

7- Paragraphs
‘Paragraphs lets you focus on what you do best: write. No distracting menus, no complicated formatting options. It's just you and whatever you feel like writing.’

8- Ulysses
‘Ulysses is your one-stop writing environment on iOS. Whether you’re a novelist, a journalist, a student or a blogger – if you love to write and write a lot, Ulysses gives you a uniquely streamlined toolset, covering every phase of the writing process.’

9- iA Writer
‘iA Writer is designed to provide the best digital writing experience: Keep your hands on the keyboard and your mind in the text.’

10- Scrivener 
‘Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea.’

Courtesy of Product Hunt

7 New EdTech Tools for Teachers

May 24 , 2017
This month's New EdTech Tools post features 6 interesting applications we are publishing here for the first time.  Some of the things you can do with these tools include: interactively explore math concepts such as Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus; learn English through stories; record and share video notes, and many more.

1-  GxWeb


GxWeb is a free, browser-based app for interactively exploring concepts, modeling problems and discovering solutions in areas of math study from Algebra and Geometry through Calculus.

2- Deep English


Join Over 400,000 Learners Around the World. Speak Quickly and Understand Native Speakers. Learn English with interesting stories. Get fluent by listening a lot and speaking a lot With free lessons and a free email course

3- Why So Scientists Do What Scientists Do


‘A site developed to help non-scientists, or students embarking on a career in science, to understand "the scientific mind-set.’

4- VideoNotebooks


This app allows you to take notes while watching a video. Notes are organized in notebooks, and each notebook corresponds to one video.The app also allows tagging individual notes to be able to retrieve a specific subset of notes across all notebooks later. Notebooks can be also tagged for better organization.

5- Check 123


‘Enjoy more than 20,000 Curated Videos from all over the World in the Web's first social video encyclopedia!All of Check123’s videos are validated by professional experts in different fields, and prioritized by quality - helping you find the best possible answer to your search!’

6- Infomusic

‘Informusic is the all-in-one music history resource for students, professors, and classical music lovers. Browse through biographies, program notes, sheet music, audio examples, and interactive timelines that contextualize musical events with art, history, politics, war, and more!’

7- Your Family on Google
'Share entertainment and stay connected with the ones you love. Create a family group with up to six family members and get the most out of Google, together.'