An interesting Visual on Project-based Learning for Teachers

June 24, 2017
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, below is one of our popular infographics on project-based learning we published awhile ago. The visual features some useful resources to help teachers integrate PBL in their instruction. These resources include: iPad apps, Android Apps, Web tools, and books on project based learning. The infographic is also available for free download in PDF format from this page. Check it out and share with us your feedback.

An interesting Visual on Project-based Learning for Teachers

An Excellent Website for Creating Educational Games to Use with Students In Class

June , 2017
TinyTap is an excellent educational platform you can use with your students for a wide array of learning purposes. It features a huge library of interactive activities and educational content created by teachers to help students in areas such as math, science, English, music and many more. Students will get to explore a variety of educational games handmade by teachers or , in case they didn't find what they are looking for, design their own educational games from scratch and without the need for any coding knowledge. TinyTap provides a number of powerful tools to help you create engaging content. These include: Questions, Puzzles, Videos, Voice Input, Text Input, Soundboard and more...

As for teachers, they can use TinyTap to ‘create fun educational activities for any purpose and engage their students in something new. Educators around the world are creating valuable learning activities based on the school curriculum.’ Special needs teachers can also utilize this platform to ‘come up with new ways to help those in need and personalize activities to fit each person individually.’ TinyTap  includes a features called Insights that allows teachers and parents to track the progress of their students or children.

TinyTap is also available on Android and iOS. Watch the video below to learn more this too.

6 Great Comic Creator Apps for Students

June 23, 2017
There are multiple ways you can use iPad to unleash your students creativity and motivate them to learn. One effective way is through engaging them in digital storytelling activities using comic strips.  Students will get to design their own characters, narrate their stories and share with others. In the collection below you will find 6 good iPad apps we recommend for such activities. Check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page. Links to the apps are under the visual.

6 Great Comic Creator Apps for Students

1- Halftone
‘Halftone turns your photos into unique, vintage comics that friends and family will love! More than a simple “photo filter” app, Halftone makes it easy to add paper styles, captions, speech balloons, graphic stamps, and fonts (including built-in comic fonts). Your final image can be sent via e-mail, uploaded directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, shared with apps like Instagram, Camera+, and Color Splash, printed, and more.’

2- Comic Life 3
‘Packed with fonts, templates, balloons, captions, and lettering art, Comic Life is a fun, powerful and easy-to-use app that makes creating comics easier than ever. And now you can build your comics anywhere you like!  Easily go from taking photos to creating full comics all on one device with full page templates and panel layouts. Create original stories with the integrated Script Editor then drag and drop your words to the comic page when you're done. ’

3- Comics Head
‘The App is an easy to use comic creator and a self-publishing tool that lets you to create your own storyboards, photo comics, business presentation or class project! If you have an idea you can instantly create visually interesting content on the go. Get started quickly by choosing from our many templates and inbuilt art assets. Go viral with your ideas by sharing on Facebook, Twitter or email.’

4- Make Beliefs Comix
‘Make Beliefs Comix provides comic strip making fun for kids of all ages. Tap into your rich imagination to create your own world and stories with help from our easy-to-use comic strip generator. Then share your comic with the world via email or on any social media channel.’

5- Strip Designer
‘Make your photos come to live and tell a story you can share with friends and family. With Strip Designer you will create comics from beginning to end: Sketch, draw, mask, add warped 3D lettering, balloons, and combine everything with complex panel layouts.’

6- Pupper Pals 2
‘Children unlock creativity with this easy to use (but hard to put down) interactive puppet show! Even young children can create high quality cartoons from their imaginations. Kids can even star in the show along side the built-in characters! ’

Tons of Free Math Video Tutorials for Students

June 23, 2017
Patrick makes it super easy for anyone to learn math through a collection of useful video lessons. Patrick has been teaching math for 8 years at the university level. His website, Patrick JMT  offers tone of free video tutorials covering a wide variety of mathematical topics that include Calculus, Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry and many more. Use the search box in the website to search for specific math videos or you can scroll down and browse through the collection of videos in the homepage.

Once you find the video you want click on it’s title and you will be directed to a page where you can watch it. Resources offered by Patrick are totally free of charge. No registration is required. You may want to spend sometime going through his website and see if you find any video tutorials to use with your students in class.

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7 Popular Google Docs Add-ons for Teachers

June 23, 2017
Below is a list of some popular add-ons to use with your Google Docs.  The add-ons will empower you with a wide array of functionalities that are not readily available in Docs. Some of these include: integrate various accents into your docs, provide students with audio feedback, create and insert different types of charts and diagrams into your docs, use speech recognition to write your docs, build charts from data in your Google Sheets, and browse a large gallery of professionally designed templates. Check them out and share with us your feedback. Links to the add-ons are under the visual.

7 Popular Google Docs Add-ons for Teachers
1- Easy Accents
‘This Add-on allows users to easily insert accents for different languages directly from a sidebar in their Google Doc.’

2- Kaizena Shortcut
‘Highlight and speak instead of typing. Track skills so students know what to improve. Avoid repeating yourself with quick links.’

3- Lucidchart Diagrams
‘Quickly create and insert flowchart, UML, wireframe, mind map, and more diagrams directly into a Google document.’

4- Openclipart
‘Openclipart provides many of the best clipart images available and now you can search and insert them right into your Google Document. ’

5- Speech Recognition
‘The Speech Recognition add-on will allow you to use speech recognition to write your Google Docs documents.’

6- Template Gallery
‘Browse a large gallery of professionally designed templates, including calendars, schedules, invoices, time sheets, budgeting tools, letters, resumes, financial calculators, and more.’

7- Charts
‘Now you can build a chart from data in your Google Spreadsheet and insert that right into your document.’

9 Good Android Formative Assessment Apps for Teachers

June 22, 2017
Formative assessment as we have stated in multiple posts in the past is 'an evaluative approach that allows teachers to take quick snapshots of students learning in class. It’s an ongoing process that can happen anytime during a lesson regardless of content area. Unlike summative assessment whose goal is to assess students' overall learning outcomes at the end of an instructional unit, formative assessment aims at identifying students learning gaps and design remedial work to move learning forward. Data collected through formative assessment is usually translated into operational steps to inform instructional models and lesson planning.' After we have covered web tools and iPad apps to use to formatively assess your students, today we are sharing with you a similar list for Android users. We invite you to check it out and share with us if you have any suggestions. Links to the apps are under the visual.

9 Good Android Formative Assessment Apps for Teachers

1- Kahoot
‘Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes learning awesome. The best way to play Kahoot! is in a group, like your classroom. Questions appear on a shared screen and you answer on your own device.’

2- Verso
‘Activate student voice, gain authentic feedback and personalize learning. Use the Verso app to transform learning in your classroom. Verso’s ground-breaking peer anonymity and research-based workflows foster original thought from all students and nurture true collaboration, while leaving you in control.’

3- Socrative Teacher
‘Engage, assess and personalize your class with Socrative! Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction.’

4- Zoho Forms
‘Zoho Forms is a free online form builder that lets you create mobile-ready forms. You can create customizable mobile forms, configure email notifications, and collaborate with your team. It's an easy-to-use data collection tool that helps you gather and manage data from anywhere, even offline.’

5- Nearpod
‘The Nearpod platform enables teachers, schools and districts, to use their tablets/Google Chromebooks to manage content on students' mobile devices. It seamlessly combines interactive presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.’

6- iClicker Reef
‘iClicker Reef allows you to answer questions using your Android device. Tap to answer and receive instant feedback. Compare your vote to the rest of the class. After class, access the saved Reef questions to study for a quiz or exam. All data is stored to the cloud so you can access it anywhere from any device.’

7- Plickers
‘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 Android smartphone or tablet 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’

8- Poll Everywhere
‘This mobile app complements the Poll Everywhere presentation experience. Use it to...
1.) Respond to polls: Audience members can respond to the presenter's questions in real time. 2.) Poll an audience: Presenters can ask spontaneous on-the-fly questions and display poll responses live using the web or Poll Everywhere desktop apps…’

9- Recap
‘This student capability includes the ability to ask questions in assignments and record video responses for assessment and social learning. It also includes the ability to gather student questions and discuss them in a feed. Students can also receive Journeys in response to their questions. Actions are prompted within the app from the teacher account, accessed through the web.’