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Mimio Goes Mobile

MimiomobileWith the latest updates to Mimio Studio and Mimio Mobile, the teaching software now runs on Android and iPad tablets.  In addition to providing a classroom space for collaboration, MM3 can control an interactive whiteboard and put any student’s system on the big screen as well as let kids answer quizzes using MimioVote. It’s a free upgrade for Mimio users.

Parents Now Welcome

Regular PSPKickboard’s classroom management system is a great way to consolidate everything needed to educate kids, but one thing was missing: parental oversight and involvement. That changes with the company’s Parent Student Portal, which delivers easy to read behavior and progress reports as well as assignments that have not been completed. 

 

Freebee Friday: All in One

Attendance2LearnBoost may not have all the bells and whistles of other school software packages, but the price it right. The program is free and can handle everything from attendance and grades to sharing lesson plans and letting parents see grades as they are posted. There’s even an analytical section for making comparisons.

 

 

 

Teach Anywhere

Screen480x480These days, education happens wherever there’re students and teachers together and Boardmaker Online’s iPad Student Center helps bring it all together. The app lets students display lessons on their iPads, do assigned activities while teachers can monitor progress that toward educational goals. Plus, the Boardmaker community has thousands of pre-made lessons and multimedia content for you to use. It’s free for individual teachers, but if you want to track students, you’ll need the Professional version, which costs $200 a year, although there’s district discounts.

 

 

Auto Attendance

William-Floyd-Security-ScholarChip and ShuttleBy hiding a smart chip inside a traditional ID card, you can automatically keep attendance for every classroom at school. The Scholarchip cards have passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) circuits that can be programmed to not only open those doors that are appropriate, be used to pay for lunch in the cafeteria and the school can issue temporary guest cards.

 

Two-Generation Education

Main menuGetting parents involved with a local school is half the battle towards achievement and SunGard’s eSchoolPLUS Family App can bring them into the loop. An adjunct to the company’s K-12 Student Information System, eSchoolPlus Family is free but schools and districts will need SunGard’s Connector software to get the data into the right place. eSchoolPLUS works on iOS or Android phones and tablets, allowing allows parents to view their child’s attendance, grades, schedule and classwork. In fact, everything from the school’s calendar to after-school activities can be made available by clicking on one of several large icons on the main screen. The software costs $2,859 for a district with 2,500 students or $7,708 for 10,000 students.

 

Freebee Friday: Parent-Teacher Conferences, the Easy Way

Ptcfast scheduleWhether your school uses a physical sign-up sheet taped to the classroom door or the luck of the draw, PTCFast is an online app that can make putting teachers and parents together quick, easy and – above all – fair. The software centralizes the scheduling of all parent-teacher conferences and has an optional Web page for parents to sign-up. Just pick the time and day and if it’s available, the appointment is scheduled. Best of all, it’s a freebee.

A New Vision for Education

Netop Vision MERather than adding onto NetOp’s Vision software, the company has brought tablet technology to the classroom with an all-new Vision Me app. Available only for the iPad, there are separate programs for teachers and students, but there's nothing for Android systems. When it’s set up, Vision Me can not only put the teacher in control of what every student sees on their screens and block Web access for errant students, but can broadcast to a select group or display any student’s display on the classroom's projector.

A big step forward for education, Vision Me’s software is integrated with Google Drive and Dropbox so that items can be stored locally or online. Any assessment can have videos in them and teachers can get an instant snapshot of each student’s progress. The system can be used over vacations as well as the summer break, costs $7.50 per student per year and there’re district-wide discounts.

Self-Service Set Up

Casper-focus-focus-on-app_800_531_84_1396010603If setting up apps on your school’s systems is killing too much of your time, let the users do most of the work. JAMF’s Casper Focus software can simplify the situation by sending iPad apps and ebooks to a group of students and then recalling them when the class is done. The app can lock a classroom’s worth of screens on a particular site or text, increasing the time spent teaching. The app is a freebee.

 

Freebee Friday: Opening New Lines of Communication

School circle bWhether it’s to discuss a discipline problem or an underachieving student, setting up a parent-teacher conference takes too much effort and time. Enter SchoolCircle, software, which can facilitate meetings and communication between a teacher and a parent. For the teacher, it’s as simple as inviting a parent to a meeting. The system can also be used for scheduling field trips, events and open-house nights as well as provide key documents or a daily classroom update to parents. There’s an online demo so you can see how the software works.

 

 

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