5 Excellent Periodic Table Apps for Science and Chemistry Teachers

February 23, 2017
Here are five great periodic table apps to use on your iPad in class. Tables summarize properties and provide more information related to each chemical element. These apps are especially helpful for teachers of sciences and engineering. They are also great references for students to use when working on their homework. Check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

1- iElements - Periodic Table of The Chemical Elements


‘The periodic table of the chemical elements is a tabular display of the chemical elements. Although precursors to this table exist, its invention is generally credited to Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, who intended the table to illustrate recurring ("periodic") trends in the properties of the elements. The layout of the table has been refined and extended over time, as new elements have been discovered, and new theoretical models have been developed to explain chemical behavior.’

2- Quick Periodic Table of the Elements


‘Quick Elements offers rapid access to information on the elements useful for anyone in the sciences and engineering. Four periodic tables summarize a variety of information. Separate screens for all 118 elements provide 22 specific types of data. Access to that data is provided by a searchable list of elements that the user can organize by atomic number, symbol, or name.’

3- Mild EleMints: Free Periodic Table


‘Mild EleMints is an interactive Periodic Table for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is the free version of EleMints, which not only offers a Periodic Table, but also a Plot Graph, Element listing, Electron Diagram and a wealth of information on every element.’

4- The Elements by Theodore Gray


‘The Elements: A Visual Exploration is not just a reference app, it is a rich and engaging love story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you've never seen before.’

5- K12 Periodic Table of the Elements


‘K12 Periodic Table of the Elements lets you explore the elements and their key attributes in a simple, easy-to-use way. It's a perfect reference for working through homework problems for Science courses.’

8 Great Exit Ticket Tools for Teachers

February 23, 2017
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:

8 Great Exit Ticket Tools for Teachers
1- Google Forms/ Docs
You can create an exit ticket form in Google Forms and share it with your students. You can collect and store students responses in a spreadsheet to use for later reference. Alternatively, you can create a Google document with the questions and prompts you want students to work on and share it with them. Using the commenting feature, students add comments to the document and in this way you will be able to see what each student has contributed.

2- Polling tools
You can also use a number of interesting polling tools to instantly assess students learning at the end of a class. Examples include:

Poll Everywhere is a powerful web tool for creating and distributing polls. It offers you five types of polls to choose from: multiple choice poll, free response poll, true or false poll, clickable images poll, and discourse poll. Your respondents can vote on your poll either through SMS or via the web using the generated link you will provide them. Poll Everywhere also has a wonderful way of displaying the results of the poll. You can have the results displayed on a chart of bouncing bars.You can also present your polls as a seamless part of your PowerPoint or Keynote slideshow. Flip on through and instead of another flat picture, your respondents see your slide come alive with real time poll results.

B- AnswerGarden

AnswerGarden is another great tool to use for collecting feedback from students. This is how it works: you type in your question in Create New AnswerGarden page. When you hit ‘submit’ you will be directed to your newly created AnswerGarden page. From there you can share your page with others or embed it in your class blog or website. Respondents will have to either enter their answers or choose from existing ones.”If you're satisfied with the results, you can for instance show the AnswerGarden to your friends, tweet about it or export it to Wordle or Tagxedo.


3- Student Response tools

Here are some of our favourite student response tools to use in class to do the same job a pen and paper exit slip can do:

A- Today’s Meet




This is an excellent tool to use with students to gather instant feedback on their learning or poll them on matters related to what you teach them. Today’s Meet allows you to create rooms and invite students to join them with no sign up. It is also a very good backchannel platform where students can engage in fruitful discussions and conversations.

B- Socrative

Socrative is anther great tool for getting feedback from students. Teachers can use the different question types provided by Socrative to poll their students and garner their feedback in a variety of formats using both smartphones or computers.


C- iClicker



iClicker is a powerful formative assessment tool and intuitive student response system that allows for dynamic student-teacher interaction. Here is how it works: Instructors ask questions through any presentation application; students answer questions with a remote or smart device; instructors display results in real-time and record responses.






Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.

Chromebook Guidelines Chart for Teachers and Educators

February 22, 2017
For those of you using Chromebooks in their instruction, the chart below is a great resource to keep handy. The chart is based on insights collected from Chromebook Help. As is the case with Google Drive Guidelines chart, the purpose of this work is to provide teachers and educators (and students) with  a quick and easy way to access, search and find almost anything related to Chromebooks  from how to get started setting up a Chromebook for the first time to how to turn on accessibility features and edit advanced settings. If you are looking for educational apps to use on your Chromebook, check out this page.


Chromebook Guidelines for Teachers


Get started with Chromebooks
Tour of your Chromebook
Connect your Chromebook
App replacements
Add apps and extensions
Files and downloads
Web browsing
Appearance and language
Users and sync
Advanced settings
Accessibility

An Interesting Infographic on The Importance of Handwriting for Students

February 22, 2017
With the increasing use of digital technologies in our daily life, some of our behavioural aspects are undergoing major transformations. In his book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Internet critic Nicholas Carr discusses the transformative impact of technology on the human mind and concludes that ‘as we adapt to the intellectual environment of the Net our thinking becomes shallower'. Another area where the impact of technology has been significantly marked is in writing and more specifically penmanship. Young learners and mostly digital natives are  relying predominantly on typing to do their writing. In a study referenced in the visual below, 1 in 3 people in the United Kingdom have not put pen to paper in 41 days. However, the quasi demise of penmanship has cognitive costs. The visual below created by the folks in Study Medicine Europe offers some interesting insights into the advantages of handwriting especially for students and how it can help them become better learners.
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15 New New EdTech Tools to Try Out in Your Instruction

February 22, 2017
Below is a collection of some new educational websites we unearthed from the accumulated  piles of emails in our inbox. These are tools that you can use for a variety of educational purposes including: provide students with engaging arithmetic exercises to practice multiplication tables, easily create animated and explainer videos to share with students, develop educational apps appropriate for your own students or kids, upload and share large files, enhance students critical thinking and spacial awareness skills using a number of challenging puzzle games, and many more.

 1- Multiplication Learning


At Multiplication Learning 'you can easily practice all of your tables. The arithmetic problems are clear and simple so you can immediately get started on practicing your tables. Select one of the multiplication table you wish to practice from the list below and show what you can do on the speed test or printout great worksheets.'

2- Animaker

This tool allows you to create animated videos, ‘with 5 video styles that can be worked in collaboration, you can now create 120 different types of animated videos.’

3- STEP BY STEP 


'STEP BY STEP is a professional EdTech studio that focuses on developing educational apps for children aged 1 to 5 years old. During these critical years, children enter a new learning stage every few months. Our apps support and strengthen the development of crucial skills for each learning stage. This way we guide your children, step by step, throughout this entire age range.'

4- Renderforest

'Renderforest is cloud based video maker for creating intro videos for youtube, explainer animations, kinetic typography, product or service promotional videos, music visualizations, wedding or travel slideshows, mobile app promotions, event invitations, corporate presentations, infographics and a lot more.'

5- Drive Uploader

'Receive large files from your clients, friends or students. The data are securely saved in your Google Drive.'

6- Caught in the Middle: A Cyberbullying Tale

'This educational storybook dives into the dangers of cyberbullying and how friends can step up and stop cyberbullying. With discussion questions at the end of the story, this is a great resource for both teachers and parents.'

7- Kiddom

'Kiddom is a team of passionate educators, designers, and developers creating transformative tools to make learning personal, expand access to quality content, and foster community collaboration.'

8- Creativity 365 Education


'Efficiently organize your school works with Kdan Creativity 365 Education. A superior learning environment for teachers and students.'

9- Metrigon 

'Flex your genius with this exciting new strategy game. Exercise your brain by filling in the empty spaces. Metrigon is an original puzzle game that requires critical thinking and spatial awareness skills to earn top scores.'

10- Write

'Write! is an elegant workspace to create notes, to-do lists, writing projects and texts of any kind. It has all features of a good word processor packed into a clutter-free interface.'

11- GoPollock

'Go Pollock is a solution for teachers that complements in-class teaching with immediate feedback on students’ level of understanding.'

12- MySimpleshow

'Easily create explainer videos with MySimpleshow. ‘Use mysimpleshow in the classroom with your students or contribute to open educational resources. Introduce, summarize, and explain topics worth sharing.’

12- Collisions

'Collisions is a digital chemistry game designed to give high school students a deepened understanding of fundamental concepts while exploring the system of chemistry through play.'

14- PDF Converter New Features


The popular PDF Converter has added some interesting new features such as : PDF editing mode, custom PDF to CSV Conversion, split and Merge PDF, batch conversion with Scanned Files and many more.

15- Gabrielsseeds


'Gabrielsseeds is educational apps generator. Teachers and educators can make own educational apps by simple filling images into layouts. In addition, teachers can add online media like videos or online games to foster children learning. It is easy to customize any lesson from math, logic, brain teasers, reading or writing for each child and to enrich it with videos according to their talents.'

9 Very Good iPad Apps for Teaching Kids (American) Sign Language

February , 2017
Here is a collection of some good iPad apps for teaching kids and students sign language and American Sign Language (ASL). The collection which we have curated from iTunes App Store and App Advice, embeds some of the most popular sign language apps out there.  We have based our selection mostly on user reviews and ratings. Whether you are a parent, a teacher dealing with deaf or hard of hearing students, or simply interested in learning an extra important communicative code, the collection below is definitely a great place to start with. We invite you to check it out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page. Enjoy

iPad Apps for Learning Sign Language

1- My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary


‘My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary teaches you and your little one the 300 ASL signs you need to know for clear communication. You’ll get detailed instruction, great memory tips and more.’

2- Marlee Signs

‘Marlee Signs© is the perfect app for learning to express yourself in American Sign Language. This app will teach you the fundamentals of ASL – from the signed alphabet and basic vocabulary through to common expressions in everyday life’

3- Sign 4 Me - A Signed English Translator


‘"Sign 4 Me – A Signed English Translator" is the ULTIMATE tool for learning sign language. The ONLY app that provides sign language instruction in 3D!’

4- Sign Language for the Classroom: ASL library


‘This app features over 600 signs for classroom use, including signs for biology, geography, government, mathematics, physics, technology, US history and auto-mechanics. The 96 Biology signs can be accessed for free, the others through in-app purchase.’

5- Sign Language With Sammi Signs

‘Sign Language With Sammi Signs! Learn basic signs for words as Sammi and his best friend Gracie spend a fun-filled day at the park. Sammi uses sign language to communicate words like: Park, Play, Bird, Tree and so much more. Kids of all ages can also test their skills with the Word Learning Quiz. Sammi Signs is a simple to use fun tool for teaching kids basic sign language.’

6- Sign Me A Story

‘Sign Language has never been so exciting! GreenBeanies-One Cool Cat is a fun animated story with pop-up videos. The first story teaches 14 signs: Morning, Day, Eat, Happy, Home, Hat, Cat, Dog, Tree, Walk, Backpack, Finished, Moon and Sleep. Practice reading skills or enjoy having the story read to you.’

7- The ASL App

‘The ASL App is made by Deaf people for you! Learn conversational ASL right now, on the go, with all phrases and signs organized to make it easy for you to learn. ’

8- ASL: Fingerspelling

‘This app is an ASL (American Sign Language) fingerspelling practice tool to help you improve your ability to read fingerspelling! Created by Dr. Bill Vicars of Lifeprint.com.’

9- ASL Fingerspelling by MemoryGap

‘Learn and master all the letters and numbers using American Sign Language (ASL) Fingerspelling (Fingerspelling practice) with a minimum of effort.’