If mapping out your school’s curriculum is turning into a time sink that doesn’t seem to end, think about automating the task. Dynamic’s online Curriculum Trak is based in the cloud so any computer can be used and teachers can collaborate by doing different sections at the same time. The results can be shared across classes, other schools and even to parents. A district with less than 400 students will pay a $475 set up fee, which includes creating school-specific templates, plus $600 a year. A free demo is available.
With the current expansion of pre-K classes, getting kids ready for school has never been more important. Kiko’s Thinking Time is an iPad app that stimulates and exercises a small child’s brain, readying them for critical thinking. It all seems like games, but the app can improve learning capacity in three to seven year olds. The app is free but it costs $8 a month or $50 a year to use the 10 games.
Every day can be letter day with ABC PreSchool Playground because this Android app can help preschoolers learn their letters with a trio of games. Your school’s smallest students can match letters with words, trace dots to form letters, listen to the letters’ sounds and color any of them.
Odysseyware has a slew of new curriculum for a variety of students and teaching techniques, from going beyond meeting the Common Core standards to new Tech Ed courses. The new materials include full math coverage of Common Core standards, 20 virtual labs, six new Career and Technical Education courses and test preparation classes for the most important standardized exams.
The intriguing idea behind After the Storm is that the educational game deals with the days after a huge hurricane has devastated the town. The town’s sixth grade class takes over writing, editing and distributing the local online magazine. Along the way, they describe the damage and how the people are coping. The game emphasizes reading, writing and role playing and it is aligned with Common Core standards for everything from finding key ideas and details to writing informative and explanatory texts. It should go on sale later this summer.
Why not start teaching kids about science and technology during their first days at school? Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes NGSS does just that with a comprehensive program that takes kids from pre-K through high school. It is aligned with Common Core standards as well as those of various states and is used by 1.5-million students in Texas.